Links 

The Curiosity Index (27.08.2018)

The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here This is something I expect to hear a lot more of over the next few decades – our use, misuse and lack of our most precious resource – water. What makes the situation weirder is that floods such as the ones in Kerala (see below) are likely to become more common at the same time as increasing scarcity of drinking water.  In Acts, did Luke incorrectly date Theudas? Had he misread Josephus? This is another long read but it’s the sort of historical investigation…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (11.06.2018)

Ok, back in the saddle. Secularizing Kingdom I want to get to the discussion I had afterwards with one of our students. She told me she admired her sister who was now at work in a major social service organization because she was doing “kingdom” work. I’ve heard this so many times I think I can put it this way: For many, “kingdom work” means “social” justice while “church work” means “spiritual life.” A big fat hogwash all over this idea. Yes and amen. Church Planting is not the Single-Most…

Read More
Articles 

The Curiosity Index (12.02.2018)

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town The growth of cities is causing water engineers a lot of stress. Proximate vs Root Causes: Why You Should Keep Digging to Find the Answer This is a good article on getting to the root of a problem. On Writing Books and Getting Published Kevin DeYoung with some helpful advice on writing and being published The 7 longest ruling dictators in the world Five in Africa and one each for the Middle-East & Asia. Watch…

Read More
Links 

The Curiosity Index (19.01.2018)

The heart of a heartless world In an interesting editorial, The Guardian talks about prayer. The bleak universe that science appears to reveal, initially random and ultimately purposeless, is not one that anyone can feel at home in. Most people do want to feel at home. Even if religion, as Marx said, is only the heart of a heartless world, those who pray are acknowledging that the world needs a heart. Some might even be led to try to help give it one. Cape Town Is Set to Run Out of Water…

Read More
Articles 

Drink this!

Last summer, on a warm and sunny evening (even at 9pm), I ran a 10k race around one of Stockholm’s 14 islands. On crossing the finish line I was given a medal, energy bar and bottle of water. It was only after drinking the water that I paid attention to the label on it. Take a closer look. It says THE.VATTEN which means THE WATER. Which is, well, stating the obvious. But underneath it says ‘Drink this and be saved’. Which is much more interesting. The advert was paid for by a…

Read More

Water

Last Friday was Blog Action Day and thousands of bloggers all shared one theme to raise it’s profile. Water. To my shame I was too busy and hadn’t pre-written anything. So here are some water related facts they sent me: The problem of scarce clean water: Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, which causes a litany of struggles, diseases and even death. 40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually…

Read More

Blog Action Day: Water

Once a year there is a concerted effort by bloggers on one day to raise an issue above the line on the blogosphere. The theme is voted for and you get to write what you like on that theme. This year the theme is: water. Rich with symbolism for the Christian and essential to life this is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. So on the 15th October why not join in and put your blog to good use of raising the issue of water above the normal dross…

Read More