NEW YORK – A national Christian-centered program aimed at promoting awareness and taking action on human slavery is currently taking place over 12-days at New York City campuses, with a mission that one of the organizers described as "what Jesus went to the cross for."
"Awareness for something is like a 50 on a test. That's a fail," said Jonathan Walton, InterVarsity's New York City Urban Project Director, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Thursday.
"If you make someone aware of something, and give them no action steps, that's just irresponsible. Awareness is inadequate, that's what people need to understand. You actually need to give people concrete steps to do this." more >>
An Egyptian Coptic Christian bishop has escaped an assassination attempt this week after his car was barraged with bullets as he drove through Minya province, the Assyrian International News Agency has reported.
Bishop Anba Makarios and his driver fled to the home of a local Coptic Christian but were pursued by gunmen who surrounded the house, shooting at it for over an hour and a half. Minya security forces were notified immediately but only arrived on the scene about 90 minutes after the gunmen left, according to reports.
The gunmen were protesting the bishop's decision to reopen a Christian church in the village that had been closed for the past decade, said Coptic activist Mark Ebeid. more >>
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is set to join the conservative Witherspoon Institute in New Jersey following his departure from New York University, which he says forced him to leave because of pressure from the Chinese government.
"We are taking the responsibility for the financial side and a home really where he can do his work," Witherspoon President Luis Tellez said in a phone interview, according to Reuters.
"We're not asking him to do anything specific," he added. "The main point is he's a truth teller, he tries to tell the truth as he sees it." more >>
A family of six Christians has been expelled from the southern Egyptian city of Zakaria after they were unable to afford to pay a fine imposed on them after accusations made by Muslims in the region, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
The incident was sparked when a Muslim family accused Kirollos Sabet, a Coptic Christian, of having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman. Those accusations caused Muslim villagers to attack and vandalize his family's furniture and household appliance store, breaking items and looting it of many of its goods, the Bishop of Minya, Anba Makarios, described in a statement.
In that incident, while security forces did eventually arrive to halt the attack, they did not prevent some Muslims from verbally threatening Christians and throwing rocks at their homes. more >>
A leading human rights activist has shared her long journey from unbelief to faith in her book Good God, Lousy World, and Me, chronicling the search for a loving God amidst cases of genocide, rape, sex trafficking and slavery, which at one point led her to call herself a "twisted, pissed-off, betrayed, former Christian."
Holly Burkhalter serves as the vice president of Government Relations & Advocacy of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency with a commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ. She has worked for various organizations throughout her 34-year career as an activist, including Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights, and today is a respected expert on human rights who witnesses before Congress.
Her Good God, Lousy World, and Me, The Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith book explores both the cases of extreme abuse around the world and personal tragedy that led her to abandon her belief in God, as well as her continued search for answers in the face of suffering, and her eventual journey back to faith. more >>
Todd Nettleton is a spokesperson for Voice of the Matyrs, an advocacy group for persecuted Christians around the world.
Here he speaks to The Christian Post to offer an insight into the situation in Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Iraq as well as the Middle East as a whole, and what it is like for Christians in the region.
ON SYRIA more >>