NEW YORK — Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of human rights organization International Justice Mission, recently visited the American Bible Society in NYC to talk with Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas about his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.
"Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence — like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality — has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development," reads a publisher description of Haugen's The Locust Effect, co-written with Victor Boutros.
Haugen has led International Justice Mission for 17 years in its mission to protect the world's poorest and most vulnerable from violence, exploitation and oppression. Haugen, formerly a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, saw the horrors of unchecked and systematic violence firsthand when he served as director of the U.N. investigative team in a post-genocide Rwanda. more >>
Tony Dungy, history-making NFL coach and bestselling author, has penned with wife Lauren Dungy a new book titled Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together that gives an intimate look at how the evangelical Christian couple has managed to keep their relationship thriving for 31 years.
"We've learned there's no secret formula to a happy marriage," says Mr. Dungy in a preview video of the book. "We've walked together hand-in-hand to meet life's challenges head-on."
"We don't feel like experts, but we do have a story to share and principles we've learned that we hope can connect with issues you're experiencing in your marriage," says Mrs. Dungy. more >>
A grand jury has indicted a New York pastor on charges that he sexually molested three children a decade ago.
The Rev. Roy Harriger, 70, the pastor of Community Fellowship Church in Hartland, was accused of molesting his son and daughter in December. According to those charges, the acts occurred between September 2000 and September 2001, when the children were between the ages of 7 and 9.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will not be participating in the city's historic St. Patrick's Day parade in March because of its policy prohibiting LGBT groups from carrying pro-gay banners. His decision has struck the ire of some public figures in the city who argue the politician is opting out of an important and historical tradition.
De Blasio, who was elected to his post in November 2013, is the first NYC mayor in 20 years to not participate in the famous march down Fifth Avenue that is considered to be the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the nation. When de Blasio served as public advocate for the city, he participated in an alternative St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens that allowed LGBT participants to carry signs.
"I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," de Blasio said at a press conference earlier this week, adding, "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade." more >>
After an upturned brick led to the discovery of thousands of buried bodies in one of Rome's ancient catacombs, scientists determined to solve the mystery behind the unusual discovery considered the possibility that the corpses might have been Christian victims of persecution.
In "Roman Catacomb Mystery," set to premiere on PBS Wednesday night, presenter and historian Michael Scott leads viewers into the curious circumstances surrounding six chambers packed tight with human bodies found beneath the streets of Rome.
Were these estimated 2,000 dead, among them men, women and young people, victims of intolerant Roman leaders, such as Nero who brutally targeted Christians, having some of them torn apart by wild animals or burned to death? more >>
Justin Bieber, seen recently in an X-rated photo with an adult dancer, reportedly scoured New York City over the weekend for a private pool where he could be baptized through Hillsong NYC church, led by his close friend Pastor Carl Lentz.
"Justin and his team spent time on Saturday searching for a place with a pool where they could conduct a baptism for him, a cleansing ritual, with the Hillsong Church. But they couldn't find a place in time," one person, among "multiple sources," told the New York Post's Page Six.
The publication reports a second source as saying, "Justin is serious about his Christian faith, and after recent events, he needed to take a pause." more >>