Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.


When the fog lifts

Religion | Former cult leader and convicted murderer Jacques Robidoux says he experienced a transformation in prison, and now he wants others to avoid the crooked path he trod
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/13/19, 03:48 pm

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Over 51 awful days in 1999, 10-month-old Samuel Robidoux slowly starved to death. His parents, part of an aberrational cult that began as a Bible study and home church, withheld food from him so as to obey a “prophecy” from a fellow cult member, the boy’s aunt.

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Way too punk

Music | One promising band from the 1990s tells its story of getting stuck in the no-man’s-land between the Christian music market and a wider market
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/12/19, 04:04 pm

The drummer, bass player, and guitarist from the punk rock band Luxury sat at a hotel bar in New York, laughing over some ridiculous Meat Loaf T-shirts someone handed to them in Times Square. They ordered ginger ale, cranberry juice, and water. 

“That’s a weird set of drinks,” said Glenn Black, Luxury’s drummer.

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A Bronx chat

New York | Two longtime NYC pastors, Tim Keller and Ray Rivera, meet to discuss the future of the urban church
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/04/19, 04:50 pm

A New York moment: 

On a warm, rainy night last week, I took the train up to the South Bronx to join a room of mostly black and Hispanic church leaders listening to pastors Ray Rivera and Tim Keller talk about the future of the urban church globally. 

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