The Curiosity Index (17.05.2018)

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement.

My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs.
Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right and others are wrong. That’s normal. It isn’t a reason to consider those who hold other beliefs to be bigots.
What’s more, someone who believes I am going to hell because I am not a Christian or the right kind of Christian doesn’t think I am necessarily morally bad. To the contrary, the believer thinks I will go to hell even if I am wholly righteous — because salvation requires specific faith in Christ.

Noah Feldman gets it – salvation is not by works but by grace through faith.

3 Church Methods That Need to Change

I agree with Ed Stetzer here.

But it would make more sense in our current context to do less gathering and more scattering. We are beyond the place where saying “Everyone come!” will bring unbelievers to a gathering. Churches need to have more of a “Let’s go!” mentality. To be successful, leaders need to empower people. Church members need to be released as witnesses in their everyday lives—to be the “church scattered.”

Asia’s Largest Cross

Any guesses as to where? The answer may surprise you.

How Sweden Became A Surprising Enclave for Country and Roots Music

Every now and then Sweden surprises you.

Spectacular Images of the Recent Eruptions in Hawaii

It seems everyone is expecting Kilauea to go boom soon.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI – MAY 09: An ash plume rises from the Halemaumau crater within the Kilauea volcano summit caldera at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 9, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. The volcano has spewed lava and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas into communities, prompting officials to order 1,700 to evacuate. Officials have confirmed 26 homes have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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