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The Curiosity Index (10.06.2019)

White or Wrong? Andrew Wilson on form as usual: Should people self-identify as “white”? In normal conversation? In the church, or other specifically Christian contexts? On a census form or diversity survey? It might seem that the answer is yes to all of the above, and that even asking the question is the height of politically correct silliness. But I think there are at least seven reasons for taking seriously the possibility that the answer is no. Church Planting Mistakes: “I’ll Take Who I Can Get” The Simmonds brothers interviewed…

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What does it mean to be good?

One of my favourite TV shows of 2018 was The Good Place – a very funny show that asks a very important question: what does it mean to be good? Nathanael Smith summarizes the first season plot: The premise of episode one is a juicy one: Eleanor Shellstrop has died. She’s ended up in The Good Place, a version of heaven that each religion “got about 5% right”. It’s a perfectly engineered afterlife designed by the angelic Michael (Ted Danson) for the very best people in the world – if you’ve lived…

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On Technology (massive links edition)

OK warning right up front – there are a lot of links here – don’t even try to read them all. But there is also something for everyone if you’re interested in developments in our increasing technological society and how as Christians we live well in that. I’ve done my best to group them to make it easy to navigate and find what you might be looking for. Disclaimer: I’m not endorsing any or all of these articles, just that they’re interesting and we can learn something from most of…

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What I watched in April 2018

I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in April. Films The number of films I watched dropped to 8 and the number of good films I watched dropped a bit further still. I watched 3 sequels: Red 2, Now you see me 2, and Paddington 2. Only the last of these is really any good and in fact is at least as good as the original which is to say utterly…

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What I watched in March 2018

I’m a little slow this month in posting this but here we go. I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in March. Films Once again I increased the number of films watched from 10 to 11. Now that the weather is improving I wonder if this number will drop. Family movies included The Night at the Museum, Mrs Doubtfire, and Antz. The Night at the Museum was probably the kids favourite. The…

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What I watched in February 2018

I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in February. Films I actually watched more movies in February but that includes several more kids movies. So as a family we enjoyed The Emperor’s New Groove, Nanny McPhee, Babe, The BFG and Tangled. The BFG is a favourite and has been watched several times but of the new films for us I think we enjoyed Babe the most. The Sentinel and The Cold Light of Day…

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How your family can be happier

A lot of people in the rich part of the world are unhappy. The reason for (some) of their happiness is now pretty evident – it’s our addiction to screens. To be a little more precise it’s our addiction to screens as our primary form of entertainment and interaction that is affecting life satisfaction. Too much of a good thing and all that. The two main culprits being the smartphone and the TV. As Jean Twenge says about her research into this: In other words, every activity that didn’t involve…

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What I watched in January 2018

This year I started to make a note of what I was watching in terms of film and TV. I did so for a number of reasons. One I forget, so this helps but also because it will help me see the breadth (or lack thereof) of how I use entertainment. So my first observation is simply, I watched a lot! Seeing the films and TV programmes written down shows you very clearly how much screen time you have consumed. Without doing this, I’d carry on and just assume it’s…

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