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 problems secularists have with Christians

A couple of days ago this post caught people’s attention in reaction to this opinion piece in the Guardian by Thomas Prosser. So other than banning Newday and the like, I thought I’d pick through the article and look for the problems that secularists like Prosser have with Christians like me. The obvious one – we believe in God. Secularism is becoming indistinguishable from atheism. It needn’t necessarily be the same but in our case it is. It’s not stated in the article but it underpins the whole thing. They…

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Bodies

I did an assembly to a group of Year 10 students this morning & I played them this: It’s a spiritual song of searching and longing. It’s also one of confusion and at the end of the day hopelessness. You get the feeling from the song that they think, ‘it would be nice if Jesus did die for me but I just can’t believe it’. There are a lot of obstacles to faith. I talked of the search for significance and meaning, the quest for hope and love and I…

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Newday: Roundup *updated*

I might update this one if I find more stuff. Andy has his reflections and Luke who led the ministry team at Newday gives his thoughts. Luke really doesn’t like camping. *Update* Nicholas Ferguson from Catford adds his review of Newday and Adrian Warnock has his daughters report on her first time there. CCK have an interview with Mike Pilavachi. *Update 23.08.09* Matt Hosiers posts a video from the young people of Gateway at Newday Here’s another video for you:

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Newday: The final day

Interesting, interesting. I nearly had a BBC TV crew on site, pulled away at the last minute because of this story. We worshipped, we prayed, we gave £67,000, we climbed walls, we fought in sumo suits, raced on a bungee run. The weather has been great but now everyone is tired. It’s time to go home. But God has been good and for some of our young people it has indeed been a new day.

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Newday: Wednesday

Today was a quiet day for me, not much to do on the media front and the kids occupied themselves most of the time. I had a good chat with another elder from a church near ours, and caught up with a chap who I helped get a book contract. Both really encouraging and its great to catch up with people from around the country. The highlight of the day was the evening meeting – hundreds healed, hundreds giving their life to Jesus and hundreds more recommitting themselves to His…

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Teenagers and Consumerism

This article from the BBC gives a window into the soul of our country by asking some teenagers about their attitudes towards money. Here are some quotes to make you think: “If there’s something I want, I’ll buy it,” says Connor’s classmate, Courtney. She admits she has a bit of a spending habit. “Its just those little novelty items that you have to buy,” she says. “Its just impulse goods and I’m just not very good at saying no.” and… “And the financial habits learned at their parent’s knee may…

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