DALLAS, Texas – Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author who has written for Veggie Tales and Chuck Colson, is featured in the 100th "I Am Second" film that will launch on Thursday.
More than 10 million people have visited the "I Am Second" website since its initial launch five years ago, and in the 100th film featuring Metaxas, the humorous New York author describes how he first began his prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ 25 years ago. Even though Metaxas had grown up in the church, he didn't have a personal relationship with God, and when he started attending the prestigious Yale University, his doubts about faith grew. But an unplanned detour in his life led him to seek after God.
To honor the movement and celebrate the success of all the films that have been viewed by more than 20 million people, Metaxas interviewed four other "seconds" during a live taping of "I Am Second Live" in Dallas. The show featured Brian "Head" Welch, guitarist for nu metal band Korn, whose film has received the most views to date; Olympic gold medal winner Scott Hamilton, whose film has received the third-highest views behind Christian rapper Lecrae; Annie Lobert, who runs Hookers for Jesus in Las Vegas, Nev.; and former U.S. Navy Seal Remi Adeleke. more >>
Does this sound familiar? Congress is more partisan than ever; Republicans and Democrats do not know how to work together; the Parties are so divided that nothing gets accomplished. But there have been a number of issues for which Republicans and Democrats have recently worked across the aisle with one another.
Here are eight issues where Republicans and Democrats demonstrate a spirit of bipartisanship:
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Russia and China have expressed their objection to being ranked among the worst offenders in the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, released by the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday. But human rights organizations have said that the assessment is fair.
"The anger of the Chinese government against the TIP Report is misplaced. They should channel their anger toward taking effective action against traffickers, rather than against the exposure to the world of their abysmal record on human trafficking," Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, shared with The Christian Post in an email on Thursday.
The TIP report provides detailed profiles on countries and the state of human trafficking within their borders. It also categorizes nations by the level in which they comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act's minimum standards, separating them in three different tiers, with Tier 3 reserved for the worst offenders – governments that do not comply with those minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so. more >>
In the early to late-mid nineteenth century, New York City was at the center of the abolitionist movement to abolish slavery and Christianity was at its epicenter. Today, a new abolitionist movement is emerging in the city, this time to abolish the global trade of women and children for sex, and committed Christians are still centrally involved key players.
Over 150 years ago, New Yorkers were motivated by outspoken religious leaders, religious groups, and organizations involved with the Underground Railroad. The fiery sermons of Brooklyn's anti-slavery preacher Henry Ward Beecher received international attention. His sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, authored the best-selling novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, which became the longest running play at the time, rousing even those on the Bowery to participate in the abolitionist movement.
Today, there are more slaves than at any time in history – an estimated 27 million worldwide are trafficked for sex, the majority of whom are women; 2 million are children. Every hour 34 children are forced into prostitution in America. more >>
Christian human rights organization International Justice Mission has helped free 273 forced laborers in the nation of India this week in what is the second-largest anti-slavery operation that IJM has been involved in.
Working with local authorities, International Justice Mission was able to successfully remove slave laborers from two brick factories located in Chennai on Tuesday.
Saju Mathew, IJM director of Operations for South Asia, told The Christian Post about the history of the group's efforts regarding human trafficking. "IJM has been working with local authorities to fight human trafficking in South Asia since the organization was established in 1997, with IJM's first field office dedicated to combat labor trafficking opening in 2001," said Mathew. more >>
William Wilberforce (August 24, 1759 – July 29, 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. He is proof that joining a network helped him accomplish his objectives.
A native of Hull, Yorkshire, Wilberforce began his political career in 1780 and became the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812) and a close friend of Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. In 1785 he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting in changes in his lifestyle and in his interest in reform. He was 28 years old at the time and wondered whether he could stay in politics and remain a follower of Jesus Christ. His good friend John Newton, who was a converted slave trader and author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace, convinced him to stay in politics to model his faith in the public sector. His life was dramatized in a 2007 movie production from Walden Media entitled Amazing Grace.
In 1787 he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Lord Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition; and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists, heading the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade until the eventual passage of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. more >>