The Curiosity Index (06.02.2017)

So over the weekend this site was hacked and I woke to find my last said “Hacked by Imam. With love.” Which was nice. Imam has been a busy boy – it’s a Google search showing a list of other sites that have been hacked plus a few links on how to sort it out.

Congo remains a mess

DR Congo is a massive country and few people have suffered more than the Congolese. This article explains why.

What did Tacitus really say about Christ & Christians?

Colin Green breaks it down. Here’s a neat little summary:

In any case, there’s nothing favourable about Tacitus’ poisonous treatment of Christians. To recap part of the argument against interpolation, Tacitus’ words are obviously not written by Christians, poisonous hostile words calling Christians and their religion a ‘disease’, a ‘pernicious superstition’, a people ‘loathed for their vices’ who have ‘hatred for the human race’. And Tacitus links all this back to their following Christ. This is just not the sort of publicity which Christians want Christ’s name to be associated with. Tacitus wrote all these words, none of it was written by Christians. Naysayers who say otherwise are just being tendentious.

You’re Going to Die, Here’s How to Deal With It

Not very cheery but very true. It’s always interesting how people handle (or not) this reality. At church we read 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and for those in Christ, death holds no more terror than falling asleep at night because we live and die in Christ who died and rose again. All that being said, there’s no excuse for not getting your stuff in order.

Church planting in Malaga & Kurdistan

It’s a great thing to be part of a family of churches which is committed to planting churches in the nations. Here are two very different places. The Lazenby family preparing to move to Malaga, Spain and another family recently moved to Kurdistan!

Offa’s Dyke

This has to be one of my favourite walks in the world. Atlas Obscura has the lowdown:

In Offa of Mercia’s reign in the 8th century CE, a great earthwork boundary was built that delineated the border between what would become England and Wales. At 176 miles long and up to 12 feet high, the great earthwork is Britain’s longest ancient monument.

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