The Curiosity Index (23.05.2018)

When a Pastor is a Growth Barrier

From Ed Stetzer:

Sin can certainly lead us to be workaholics, and we burn ourselves or our people out. But it can also lead to the opposite, a poor work ethic.
As a church leader you often do a lot of the work outside of the view of your people, and that can be a temptation toward doing less and just trying to look busy.
Ministry is hard, but God empowers us for it. Leading churches that grow takes sacrifice, focus, and hard work. Here are a few tools you can use to stay focused on your work so that you will lead your church through growth barriers.

6 Breathtaking Examples of Motherhood from History

Jen Oshman on some of her heroes of the faith.

I Couldn’t Call God “Father”: An Iranian Woman’s Journey of Faith

God is doing something special amongst the Iranian people:

In Islam people do not know God as father. But praise God, He has been working in Iran. And many, many people like me are finding their Heavenly Father.

The importance of rethinking religious education

From The Economist: 

However the subject may be taught, it is hard to deny the urgency of improving the general level of knowledge about what religions profess, what they hold sacred and what they consider taboo. In one form or another, the challenge is facing every democratic society.

Visiting Chernobyl 32 Years After the Disaster

About a month ago it was the 32nd anniversary of the nuclear disaster. Pripyat will remain a ghost town.

This photo taken Wednesday, April 5, 2017, shows a central square in the deserted town of Pripyat, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine. Once home to some 50,000 people whose lives were connected to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Pripyat was hastily evacuated one day after a reactor at the plant 3 kilometers (2 miles away) exploded on April 26, 1986. The explosion and the subsequent fire spewed a radioactive plume over much of northern Europe. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)



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