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US: VISION OF A LIFE-SIZED NOAH'S ARK NOW A REALITY IN KENTUCKY
More than 7,000 people reportedly turned out for the opening day of a new $US100 million life-sized version of Noah's Ark in the US last week.
Called 'Ark Encounter' and located in Williamstown, Kentucky, the 155 metre-long, 25 metre-wide and seven storey high vessel was built "according to the Biblical dimensions in Genesis 6". Described as the "largest free-standing time-frame building in the world", it opened to the public on 7th July.
Its creator, Australian Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis and the founder of the Creation Museum - which lies about 64 miles to the north of the 800 acre ark site, said in a statement that research indicated as many as 40 per cent of visitors to the ark are expected to be non-Christians.
HOW ONE FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY'S PASSION BROUGHT TOGETHER A SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED
When then four-year-old South Australian Noah saw a picture showing Syrian refugee children sleeping on the floor, he asked his mother, Adelaide singer/songwriter Kylie Brice about it.
"Who are they? Why are they lying on the floor? Where is their bed," she recalls him asking. "So I explained to him that their houses had been destroyed and they had no-where to live..."
His response was simple: "They can come live with us!" or, failing that, that they 'Make new houses for them!" It opened the chance for Ms Brice and her husband Clint to have a discussion with him about how they could help families who couldn't come to Australia - and it was a discussion which clearly stayed with Noah.
CONDEMNED: Fighting in South Sudan; by the UN Security Council, after hundreds have died in violence between rival groups since Friday.
ARRESTED: Hundreds of people in the US as protests over police violence towards African American people continues.
8th July, 2016
OUTCRY: In the US, over the deaths of two more African American men shot dead by police; the incidents have sparked protests across the country and prompted US President Barack Obama to say "all fair-minded people should be concerned".
7th July, 2016
HANDED DOWN: In the UK, the Chilcot Inquiry report on the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War. Key findings included military action at the time was not a last resort and that intelligence had not established beyond doubt Iraq was continuing to produce chemical and biological weapons.
WORLDVIEW: SUDAN DETAINS 14 EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN LATEST CRACKDOWN
Christians in Sudan have urged people to prayer amid concerns about 14 evangelical leaders and other Christians who were detained in Bahri, the country's third largest city, sources told BosNewsLife. The Christians, all members of Bahri's 'Evangelical Church' congregation, were taken into police custody Thursday, 7th July, amid a wider crackdown on minority Christians in the African nation.
"Even though the prosecutor ordered their release in the evening, as of the afternoon of July 8, they were still being held," said advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC), which closely follows the case. "So far the police have refused to release them."
The troubles after a government-backed committee sold a school run by the Evangelical Church to businessmen. "On July 7 the businessmen came to the compound to take over the building. When church leaders objected that the sale was illegal the police came and arrested 11 church members, including several leaders," MEC said.
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EGYPT: COPT STABBED TO DEATH LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER ISLAMIC STATE KILLS PRIEST
A Coptic pharmacist was stabbed to death and then beheaded by a group of Salafi Muslims in Egypt’s Delta region 4th July, the latest in a string of attacks against Copts during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Family members found the body of Magdy Attia, 33, in an apartment building where a group of Salafi Muslims reside in Tanta, Gharbia Governorate, according to local media. The attackers had stabbed Attia some nine times and decapitated him, leaving his remains in the room of the apartment where he was slain.
Family members reportedly said Attia went to the apartment building to deliver medicine and stood outside talking to a couple of men for about 30 minutes before going inside. Soon Attia began screaming repeatedly for help, but no one came, according to local reports.
An hour later, family members heard something had happened at the apartment building, went there and found the body. Eyewitnesses reportedly confirmed that they saw two men in clothes covered with blood running away from the building. Security cameras installed on nearby streets obtained a clear image of the men. No one has been arrested in the crime.
Morning Star News reports on a string of attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt... | more... |
ESSAY: COLOMBIAN CHURCH SCEPTICAL OVER FARC DEAL
Thursday, 23rd June, 2016 was an historic day in Colombia.
After four years of peace talks and more than 50 years of armed confrontation, a bilateral ceasefire was agreed between the Colombian government and representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a guerrilla group founded in 1964 and which currently operates with 15,700 members.
The reaction of the church is divided. On the one hand, the long-suffering church is sceptical about the promises of peace and reconciliation by the government and the guerrillas. On the other, leaders and representatives of the urban church have reacted more positively to the proposals.
Ovidio Gomez, a pastor of a church in the northeast of the country, said: “This does not mean that we do not desire peace, it is just that we do not trust what is being negotiated in Havana with these criminals.”
Between 1981 and 2012, Colombia had 11 failed negotiation processes. Broken promises have provoked widespread scepticism - mainly amongst the church in areas where the FARC have ruled.
In an article first published on World Watch Monitor, CAMILO RUIZ and LIZ POVEDA, of persecuted church advocacy Open Doors Colombia, look at how the church of that nation is reacting to news of a new ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the guerilla group known as FARC... | more... |
After eight weeks - one of the longest election campaigns in Australian history, we’re finally down to the last couple of days. More than a million Australians have already voted but for the majority, this Saturday represents our opportunity to be heard at the ballot box.
At Sight we won’t tell you who to vote for. Rather, as Christians, we encourage you to survey the policies of the parties and candidates standing for election and to prayerfully consider them – to weigh them up - in the light of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, particularly as it is expressed through the Word of God.
We hope, that through our coverage over the past two months, we've provided you with some resources to help in that decision. And remember, no party or candidate can claim a Christian’s vote by default or by right – your vote is yours to cast.
Our prayer is that this election may be an opportunity for Christians to let the light of Jesus Christ through them; that we act out of love and not fear.
Your vote this election is important. So make it count.
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CHILDREN: 67 MILLION MORE WILL DIE FROM MOSTLY PREVENTABLE CAUSES BY 2030 UNLESS WE ACT NOW, SAYS UNICEF
Sixty-nine million more children under the age of five will have died from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty and 750 million more women will have married as children by the year 2030 if current trends continue.
Such are the projections of UNICEF's annual State of the World's Children flagship report. Released today, the report paints what the UN child-focused agency says is a "stark picture" of what's in store for the world's children if their needs are not prioritised ahead of the 2030 deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The report shows that while significant progress has been made in saving children's lives, getting them into school and lifting them out of poverty in the past couple of decades, the progress has not been even nor fair.
Data shows the world's poorest children are twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday and twice as likely to be chronically malnourished than the richest.
Across much of south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, meanwhile, children who are born to uneducated mothers are still almost three times more likely to die before they are five-years-old than those born to mothers with a secondary education.
CALL FOR AUSTRALIA'S ELECTION WINNER TO PRIORITISE REDUCING INEQUALITY AMONG CHILDREN
UNICEF Australia's CEO Adrian Graham has called on whichever party wins government at this Saturday's election to prioritise reversing the trend of "growing child inequality" both in this country and overseas.
Speaking as the global organisation released its annual State of the World's Children report, Mr Graham said the report shows that "business as usual" will not produce results for the world's most disadvantaged children.
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OPEN BOOK - HINTS FROM THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS: HEROD'S BLOODY DEEDS
Now that Luke has told us about the death of James, we realise that up until this point he has been silent about the civil authorities in the regions where the earliest Christian mission was active. It is now also apparent that what he has been describing in the first 12 chapters took place over a period of 10 to 15 years. This is important for how we read his book because, as you know, a lot can happen in that time. And sometimes our understanding gets confused when we can't see the connection between events.
It was a needless execution of James, the brother of John, and cousin of Jesus, by Agrippa. And so we can say that the cordon sanitaire "protection" of the Twelve - a Sanhedrin ruse that had been devised in order to "divide and conquer" - no longer applied.
Luke assumes his readers knew some of the political history. The Emperor Caligula (otherwise known as Gaius) had ordered his military commander Petronius to erect a statue of himself in the temple at Jerusalem. This occurred around 40 AD. Caligula was not a happy chappy, particularly with the arrangement Tiberius had made by which sacrifices could be offered daily in the temple on behalf of the Roman Emperor. Caligula wanted those sacrifices to be to him not for him. Hence the statue.
BRUCE C WEARNE looks at some of the events surrounding the death of James, the brother of John, in Acts 12... |
THIS LIFE: RELIGION AND VIOLENCE
Recently my family and I participated in a tour of the historic Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s beauty beyond measure.
But as the guide was speaking, he referenced - on three different occasions - the historic conflicts with the Conquistadors, Mexicans, and later, Americans. With each reference, he insinuated that part of the reason behind the conflicts was a cultural clash over religion. Simply put: Christianity vs the traditional religion of the Pueblo People. As a convictional Christian, it made me squirm. He’s right, I thought: a terrible witness for Christ.
And though there is always more to a story, I think our guide was correct; religion oftentimes commends and creates violence. Just a cursory look at the news, and you’d have to agree. Here’s some headlines from the last week or so:
• 'Gunmen take hostages in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka';
* 'Report Suggests Increase in Christian Persecution Worldwide';
• 'Fourth Secular Bangladesh Blogger Hacked To Death This Year';
• ' Christopher Harper Mercer: Possible Terrorist Link Revealed By Social Media'; and,
• 'FBI said to arrest man plotting to bomb Florida synagogue'.
BRIAN NIXON, in an article first published by ASSIST News Service, reflects on the connection between religion and violence... |
MY MISSION: A CHRISTIAN ALTERNATIVE TO FINDING A HOME AWAY FROM HOME (AND SUPPORTING CHILDREN IN KENYA AS YOU DO SO)
Ray and Marilyn White, former owners of a Christian counseling centre in the UK, didn't have the money to go on expensive holidays when they retired, meaning they had to find a way to do so - without paying full price.
Hearing about a house-sitting organisation which offered people the chance to look after someone's else's home while they were away, they registered and ended up living in a property in France for three months. While Dr White says it was a “wonderful experience”, they did have times of loneliness and couldn’t find a church. There were also some statues and other things left around the house which he says, as Christians, made them feel uncomfortable.
“Marilyn said that next time we should use a Christian organisation,” the South-African born 69-year-old recalls. “(S)o we searched and could not find one anywhere. Marilyn therefore suggested we start one, which we did, and the result is Christian House Sitters."
DAVID ADAMS speaks to UK-based Dr Ray White about his mission to bless Christians looking for a cheaper holiday alternative or for someone to look after their house (and how it benefits children in Kenya)...|
SIGHT-SEEING: FIVE THINGS MUSLIMS CAN LOSE WHEN THEY BECOME A CHRISTIAN
All over the Middle East and North Africa, Muslims who have converted to Christianity struggle with their new identity in Christ. Islam is not just a part of their lives, it is their entire life. From praying in a set direction five times a day, to setting aside an entire month to fast, the actions required to be a Muslim are all consuming. And society is not always kind to those who disagree.
Following Christ as a former Muslim might cost you these five things:
1. Your family
Often, direct relatives are the first and heaviest persecutors of believers from a Muslim background. For many Muslim families, leaving Islam and converting to another religion brings “shame” to the family. In moderate families, a new Christian may be ignored or excluded. In stricter families; forced separation, divorce or the removal of children are all common. In cultures with a strong sense of shame and honour new believers face the most pressure. Family members in this situation can feel that killing the converted family member is the only way to remove the shame from their name.
TIM, of Open Doors Australia, looks at what hardships a Muslim can face when they decide to follow Jesus...|
SIGHT-SEEING: GETTING DOWN TO WHAT'S REALLY AT STAKE CONCERNING RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN QUEENSLAND
I happened to find myself on ABC TV last week, and subsequently on the radio and online. I didn’t set out to become a bit of a ‘practitioner expert’ on religious instruction (RI) in Queensland, but it's the path life took. Teacher, minister, children’s author - and religious instructor, off and on for 25years!
Religious instruction hit the media because a school principal took exception to the Connect curriculum inviting children to become part of Jesus’ team. He understood this to be ‘proselytising’ and against Education Queensland policy. He therefore suspended the program, and wrote to Minister for Education Kate Jones to inform her of his decision.
Ms Jones ordered a review of the particular curriculum to find out if these allegations were true. We now wait with bated breath to discover what will happen to the curriculum.
Religious instruction is enshrined in law by an Act of Parliament in Queensland, and as such, continues along as usual - and will long after the dust has settled on this debate (it has only been suspended in one school).
PAUL CLARK, spokesman for Queensland's Christian Religious Instruction Network, looks at what's really at issue in the debate over religious instruction in Queensland...|
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BOOKS: COMING TO TERMS WITH "CULTURALLY DIVERSE" CONGREGATIONS
I read this book on American church diversity as an Australian pastor, but we face a similar increasingly globalised and culturally diverse ministry context. The main growing edge of the church in Australia, as for much of the Western world, are our languages other than English congregations, and there is increasing interest in distinctly multicultural models of church.
But some of our biggest challenges relate to cultural diversity - how do pastors of culturally diverse churches help different cultural groups to worship and serve together, how do we create spaces of hospitality for cultural diversity - nationally and for churches, how do we connect churches best with second generation migrants, how do we train culturally diverse leaders for mission, how can pastors and churches of different cultural groups serve together and learn from one another?
There is a lot we could learn from culturally diverse congregations and leaders in North America. I am intrigued by read elsewhere about the “2040 reality” in the US that will see the white population dip below half, and cultural minorities become the majority. So I was eager to read Ken Walden’s advice from his experience and snapshot of the North American scene.
DARREN CRONSHAW finds Practical Theology for Church Diversity: A Guide for Clergy and Congregations a good introduction to the issues involved with a culturally diverse ministry... |
THE NET: INTO THY WORD
The flagship site of Into Thy Word Ministries (founded by the late US theologian Francis A Schaeffer back in 1978), this site is all about providing Christians with "effective tools" to be able to better understand and apply Biblical teachings into our lives. Along this vein, the site is packed with resources to do just that whether you're an individual, leading a small group or an entire church (the site features a special page for pastors). As well as Bible reading plans, studies and aids, there are also sections on discipleship, Christian leadership and youth ministry with enough resources on the site to keep you busy for...well, a long time.
Looking for a way to get into the Bible? DAVID ADAMS finds a site packed with resources to do just that... |
ON THE SCREEN:MONEY MONSTER A SCATHING COMMENTARY ON THE MORALITY OF FINANCE AND 24/7 ENTERTAINMENTCULTURE
A movie which has the calibre of actors like George Clooney and Julia Roberts is one that usually gets my attention. And it turns out my hunches about the quality of this movie were not unfounded.
Money Monster is a critique of a society that has become numb to the influences of social media and which sees a culture of violence as entertainment. Clooney plays TV personality, Lee Gates, the host of a tabloid-style financial advice cum game show called 'Money Monster', who has recently given advice to his millions of viewers to buy shares in a company called IBIS Clear Capital, whose share price subsequently tanks, and, as a result, the people who took the advice of the popular Gates lose millions of dollars.
One of those people is Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), who lost his life savings of $60,000 after listening to Gates. Distraught and seeking answers, Budwell infiltrates the show as it goes live to air, pulling a gun on Gates and holding him and his crew hostage, as millions of viewers around the country watch on.
NILS VON KALM finds Money Monster an insightful social commentary... |
APPS: THE BIBLE ON TAP, AND TAKING A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON GOD IN THE MIDST OF A BUSY DAY Have the Bible at your fingertips with the Gideon Bible App(by Gideon's International, the people who place Bibles in hotel rooms and a host of other places). Simply select your language and your version (the English language version offers three different versions - the English Standard Version and two versions of the King James, one with dramatic effects and the other without), and either read or listen to whichever New or Old Testament text you'd like to (the app has been developed with tech by Faith Comes By Hearing).
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the Gideon Bible App and Loyola Press' Three Minute Retreat... |
MUSIC: GYMEA BAPTIST'S NEW HORIZON'S A "GENUINE DELIGHT"
If I was to present to you a worship EP from a large church in the Sydney area, you would think Hillsong right? Ah, but there is more than one church in Sydney that has the gift of music to offer the world. May I introduce you to Gymea Baptist Church and their worship EP New Horizons.
New Horizons - the church's first recording project since 1984 - offers five new contemporary home-grown congregational worship songs of genuine quality that have been created to bless, encourage and inspire worship leaders around the world. Yes, it’s an ambitious goal considering our leviathan brothers at Hillsong, yet it is already coming to pass with churches around the world downloading the free lyrics and chord charts from their web site.
The EP starts strongly with Whatever It Takes, a catchy, rocky, pulsating song of praise offerings our services to God - wherever He takes us. From here, New Horizons really takes off into the stratosphere with You Won’t Let Go, Waterfalls, and Count As Loss. These songs are deeply stirring with each song better than the last. They form a worship progression that is equal to any in the world in terms of lyrical content, song writing and, most importantly, spiritual engagement. The anthem-like title track New Horizons closes out the EP perfectly.
ROBBIE TOWNSEND finds Gymea Baptist Church's new EP...well..."delightful"...|
8th July, 2016
THE TCM UPDATE: UNITED REIMAGINES EMPIRES; BRYAN AND KATIE TORWALT'S CHAMPION; AND THE AIMAS...
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KNOW IT ALL: HMS ENDEAVOUR
• The Endeavour wasn't the vessel's first name - launched in the northern English town of Whitby in 1764 as a collier, she was originally called the Earl of Pembroke and didn't have her named changed to HMS Endeavour (sometimes also called the HM Bark - HMB - Endeavour) until she was purchased by the Royal Navy in 1768 for a scientific mission in the Pacific Ocean.
• Lieutenant James Cook, who was to command the mission, chose the Endeavour for its sturdiness and practical useability; it was a solidly built and also had a shallow draught, minimising the chance of running aground when travelling in uncharted waters. It was adapted for its new use at the Deptford Royal Dockyard in England.
• With Cook in command, the ship departed Plymouth on England's south coast in August 1768 on a two part mission - firstly, an overt mission to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun from Tahiti and, secondly, a secret mission to explore the southern seas for supposed 'Great South Land'.
Archaeologists believe they are narrowing in on the remains of the HMS Endeavour which they believe is among five wrecks at the bottom of Newport Harbour. The announcement has sparked interested around the world - not the least about what would happen with the remains should one of the wreck's be proven to be that of the HMS Endeavour. So why all the fuss about this ship? DAVID ADAMS takes a look at its history and significance...|
TRENDSPOTTER: DECLARING AN INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR?
Did you know that the 13th June was the International Albinism Awareness Day, that 20th June is World Refugee Day and that the 26th June is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture? It seems that almost every other day is a special day commemorating something (generally good causes, mind) and while the UN has a list of official 'international days' (the first was declared for 10th December, 1950, and was Human Rights Day), a growing number of organisations are these days declaring their own international days. These range from the serious, such as the International Day of the Midwife (declared to be 5th May by the International Confederation of Midwives), to the rather more silly International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
DAVID ADAMS looks at the growing number of 'international days'...|
HELPDESK: MICROSOFT'S NOTE-TAKING ALTERNATIVE TO EVERNOTE
When most people think of digital notetaking, they generally think of Evernote. In fact, a Sight article I wrote included Evernote and some of the things it can do. See my previous article here.
Founded in 2007, Evernote grew fast. Investors were throwing money at it and it made moves into hardware, teaming up with other companies to make products designed for their software. They started an online store for customers to purchase their products.
But recently, Evernote has been scaling back its operations, shedding staff, backing out of hardware, closing down its store and various other apps like Evernote Food (see here). This has created a bit of unrest in regards to its future. After all, they hold an enormous amount of their customers' notes on their system.
However, If you have notes in Evernote and are concerned, there's an alternative. Microsoft's OneNote is free, in some cases can do more than Evernote. It's designed intuitively and upon opening, has a familiar interface based on notebooks.
You can create different notebooks for different topics. In those notebooks, you have tabs and in those tabs you have your pages.
Searching for an alternative to Evernote, ALAN TAYLOR finds Microsoft's free OneNote a good option... |
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THE BIG PICTURE: HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR CHILDREN ALWAYS IGNORED YOU?
Alice has a 25-year-old son who recently moved out of home to get married. He’s super busy with work. He’s on social media a lot too. His mum knows because she can see how active he is on Facebook. But when she sends him messages he rarely responds. He says he’s too busy. Peter only lives five blocks away but he never drops round unless he needs something; like dog minding when he’s interstate for work. "We were so close," Alice says. "You don’t know how often I’ve cried wishing I had my little boy back. No one ever told me how my heart would be broken by my son." None of us are perfect sons or daughters. But we know in our heart there’s something wrong with children who ignore loving parents. A child who’s too busy to bother calling, let alone drop in, has forgotten the years of care and commitment their parents provided. They’ve stopped caring about the people who gave them life.
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THEY SAID IT
"This is a great day today."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking on Sunday, 10th July, 2016, as he claimed victory in the federal election following a phone call from ALP leader Bill Shorten conceding the result.
"I understand we need to make this parliament function and we'll be up for that."
- ALP leader Bill Shorten, speaking on Sunday, 10th July, 2016, after conceding the election result.
“I believe we made the right decision and the world is better and safer.”
- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking on 6th July, 2016, after the release of the Chilcot Report which found that then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein posed "no imminent threat" at the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq (as quoted on The Guardian).
"Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause."
- US President Barack Obama, speaking on 10th July, 2016, after the killing of five police officers in Dallas on 7th July, 2016 (as quoted on ABC).
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7th July, 2016
The NASA spacecraft Juno this week entered into orbit around the gas giant Jupiter after almost a five year journey. You can watch a time-lapse movie here showing a view of the planet as Juno approaches,
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5th July, 2016
Faith has become a religious word easily derided as the domain of the ignorant and foolish. We usually interpret it to mean 'blind faith' - believing something without any evidence - because there are those who use it like this.
But faith is more normal than we think. Most businesses are built on faith: you have a great idea, do your research, make a business plan, but in the end you have to take a big breath, step out and risk it all, on something you can never be completely sure of.
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PRINT YOUR OWN OFFICE BUILDING; A SAUNA WITH YOUR BURGER?; BLIND-FOLDED MOWING; AND THE 'CHICKEN CHURCH'...
We've all seen the excitement over 3D printing and the opportunity it presents to print all manner of objects. But what about an entire building? Dubai has opened what it's called the first fully functioning 3D-printed office building, created by printers both large and small. The one-storey prototype cement building was reportedly built in just 17 days and cost about $US140,000.
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CHRISTIAN SYMBOL DISCOVERED ON ROMAN-ERA POTTERY SHARD FOUND IN LONDON...
A 4th century piece of pottery discovered in London almost 50 years ago has recently been found to bear a Christian symbol in what experts say is a rare example of such a find from the city's Roman period.
The symbol, etched into the pottery, depicts the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. The monogram, known as the chi-rho (chi being the Greek X and rho being the Greek P), was reportedly recently discovered on the pottery piece by volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive.