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The Curiosity Index (11.01.2018)

The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus It might be getting harder to be a Christian in the secular west but while not exclusively true but it is also very clear – the most dangerous place for a Christian to live is in a Muslim country. * Christians in Egypt face unprecedented persecution * Officials demolish Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi, China From debt to divorce, this chart tracks the UK’s year of worries And it provides good evidence why churches that care about their communities…

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What about the future?

Well this is the final post in my ‘what about…’ series that was sparked off by this post from Dave Matthias. It’s taken me a while and I’ve clearly got distracted along the way, but here we are. What about the future? Jesus made a few blindingly obvious statements, ‘worrying won’t add an hour to your life’ (Mt 6:27). It’s obvious isn’t it, the future, that tie that lies ahead of us is something we have staggeringly little control over. All those pension plans ruined by swift collapse in the…

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Where thieves break in and steal…

We’ve just returned from a week’s break in Tenerife (off-setting due to happen later today) and on the whole it was a good rest and an enjoyable experience visiting such a beautiful mountainous island. However the break also became memorable for negative reasons. The second full day we were there our rental car was broken into and my wallet containing credit cards and the vast majority of our holiday cash was stolen. I spent a while cursing myself for not taking greater precautions, not following my usual practices of splitting…

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Taking it one day at a time

One of the many distressing things about contemporary life is that we are so focused on ‘what’s happening next’ that we miss the opportunity to savour and enjoy the present. Today I went for a walk with my wife, I enjoyed it but I kept finding myself thinking to the next thing and it robbed me of the moment. Don’t worry about tomorrow a wise man once said, but what about this afternoon or this evening? Can I worry about that?  To immerse yourself in the present isn’t something we…

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