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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2018)

Simplicity for the Sake of the Gospel From Jen Oshman: When my husband and I sensed God calling us to plant a church in our new neighborhood, the man we consider our spiritual father had some wise words for us. “Do not get busy,” he said. “If you want to minister to your neighbors and your community, you need to be home. Don’t make a bunch of commitments. Just be there. They will come.” I didn’t believe him. A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong Just a few decades of…

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The Curiosity Index (31.12.2017)

Wishing you all (whoever you are) a very Happy New Year and a fulfilling 2018! Midnight Mass and Holy Observances of Christmas I’d previously shared some round-up pictures of Christmas celebrations and noted that they had nothing to do with Christ. Here are some that do. What struck me was that unlike all other world religions Christianity has proved uniquely flexible and adaptable. Note the geographical &  cultural diversity on display here. Plus this one: I think only in Nigeria. The Spiritual Disciplines: Gratitude No better or more important time…

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The Curiosity Index (19.09.2017)

Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017) Author and Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi has gone to be with His Saviour. Justin Taylor has a fine obituary. I have highly recommended his book. The Miracle of Dunkirk this would have been better had I posted when the film was just released but the story remains remarkable and worth reading. Two museums are having a fight on Twitter and it’s gloriously informative Twitter at its funny & informative best. 26 Useful Websites That Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better A completely overblown and utterly untrue headline…

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Book Review: So you’ve been publicly shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson My rating: 4 of 5 stars When social media was first created (Twitter & Facebook and the like), there was a utopian dream that it would lead to bridge building, greater understand between peoples and peace on earth for all men. What actually happened was that we ended up only talking to people like us and treating everyone else as some kind of demon from the third pit of hell. What we did was bring back and amplify the power of shame.…

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The Curiosity Index (27.06.2015)

Start with the most important: Glen Scrivener tells youthworkers to STOP telling their youth to give their life to Jesus This map shows you how Europe’s population has moved and grown in the first ten years of the 21st century If you’ve decided to give Twitter a go (for what it’s worth – it’s my preferred social network) then here are some twitter tips for beginners If this summer is for learning a new language here are 5 apps that can help (I’ve used both Duolingo and Memrise and can…

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The Curiosity Index (02.03.2015)

Still no internet at home. The situation is getting desperate. Five reasons why the virgin birth is important One church’s journey in generosity. Well worth copying. This leader from the Guardian laments the loss in a belief in hell. Very interesting. Talking of hell – it happens on earth. I’ve flown in and out of this airport a number of times. Very sad to see. And finally King Solomon predicted Twitter Solomon predicts Twitter. Circa 970BC. pic.twitter.com/neSYS01eH0 — Brandie Lee (@birdsflyover) February 7, 2015

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The Curiosity Index (09.02.2015)

I hope you all realise that once again there is war inside the borders of Europe. Here are some ways you can pray for the church in Ukraine Last week this article from the Spectator on Islam as a religion of peace gained the most clicks. Well worth reading if you missed it. Here are five books on writing that will make you a better writer. I have two of them (unread) on my shelves. Which explains a lot. Andrew Wilson offers 20 tips on how to use Twitter I like this…

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