“‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.’” (Roman’s 1:16)
It’s from the verse above which is part of a much longer quotation. In a world where adhering to and proclaiming the Gospel was for fools, extremely dangerous, and much like our world today, Paul is saying he is not ashamed of the Gospel or of belonging to Christ. He is teaching the Romans that they must not try to fit into the world and the way the world tells us them to be but must be willing to be considered foolish for the sake of Christ.
It’s hard not to be ashamed of Christ. Even other Christians will insist that Jesus wasn’t as radical as He is, that following Him doesn’t require suffering or danger or being “odd.” Instead, Christians must be willing to be odd for the sake of the Gospel and, at the same time, be ready to give an explanation for why they choose oddness over fitting in.
August 30, 2016 at 12:29pm
@Slenderman2008 – According to the PPFA 2011 annual report, prenatal and adoption services made up 7% of PP’s activity. Do remember, prenatal services includes referrals to non-PP doctors because very few PP facilities have OB/GYN’s. PP simply doesn’t provide actual healthcare to the poor.
 August 13, 2016 at 12:55pm
The story only tells us that parents may not bring forgotten items (and I’m sure they’d make an exception if it was medication or something absolutely necessary) and that the kids will learn problem solving. We’re not told how the problems are solved. Why assume you know that children are going without meals? Or are being punished? Students who forget their lunch may have to swallow their pride and ask friends to share or lend them money. Forgetful students may have to ask for a special lunch and/or do chores in exchange for a meal. From the story, it sounds as if they are being taught alternatives to calling their parents when they forget and that isn’t stealing unless one has learned that stealing is okay. Do some research and stop casting aspersions on the Catholic Church based in absolutely no information.
 April 17, 2015 at 2:45pm
It’s necessary to anesthetize “brain dead” persons before organs are “harvested.” Otherwise, the “brain dead” person’s reactions are those of someone in extreme pain. If a person is dead, there is no need for anesthesia and no pain. The truth is, only corneas can be harvested after actual, physical death. The rest of the body immediately begins to decay.
I think you’re mistaken about the time. Hearts come from those that are DOA all the time.
I also know of several ‘poor’ or non-rich organ recipients.
Good Lord where do you get this stuff, or do you live in a Long Time Democrat controlled State like Michigan or Illinois where such dark things may be encouraged.
I mean, they support half birthing your baby then pithing it like a frog at the last instant.
Now THAT’S Barbaric, but they are proud of it.
That and other dark practices, but that would have to be local as we don't do that sort of insanity here, thank you very much.
 April 16, 2015 at 2:32pm
How lovely that you prepare to help the homeless. 1 suggestion, keep filtered or spring water instead of distilled. Distilled water actually leaches minerals from the bones. It’s less of a problem for those who eat well. But people who aren’t eating a healthy diet don’t need any help getting porous bones.
May God bless you for caring for “the least of these.”
Also, once all the impurities, minerals, etc. are filtered or distilled out of the water, even before it gets a chance to suck them out of our bodies, it will absorb whatever it can to fill the void, including the chemicals within it's container. Plastic bottles are very concerning, also ceramics that may contain lead.
 April 16, 2015 at 12:05pm
So she laid beside a dead giraffe that reminds “adults” of stuffed toys, picture books, or cartoons from their childhood. At some point we must grow up and stop anthropomorphizing animals. Animals are not cartoons nor are they hugable toys. While we must be good stewards of the earth, animals provide food, clothing, and other necessities for many people. And hunting is far more humane than the factory farms which provide meat for most supermarkets. When will we stop being squeamish children?
 April 15, 2015 at 2:19pm
Heaven does not require the work of the damned. We need to pray for those who battle against God and His Church. There is no bright side when someone chooses hell.
 April 14, 2015 at 2:16pm
Children do owe their parents. If parents and need help, children are the first ones who ought to be helping and caring for them. That’s what it means to be a family.
That said, this mother was not in need of help but saw her son as a cash machine. It’s sad. It’s also wonderful he stopped being her doormat.
 April 14, 2015 at 1:02pm
She’s gorgeous. The neckline of her dress is too low but she’s absolutely beautiful.
You must be a woman. To guys...no neckline on a woman that good looking, is too low.
 April 11, 2015 at 5:30pm
I can see the artistic potential in these. Now we need a painter to make actual paintings so that the colour is vibrant. These made my forehead crinkle in puzzlement. It’s hard to gasp while expressing, WTF?
 April 10, 2015 at 3:02pm
Excellent question. I also have wonky sinuses & suffer from motion sickness when I try to read in a moving vehicle. I’ll do some research & ask my ENT. Thanks.
 April 10, 2015 at 3:00pm
I’ve had motion sickness on buses many times.
 April 9, 2015 at 4:51pm
@SpeckChaser, you’re right. Customers can be jerks. And, as my goddaughter told me after working for several years with her dad who owns restaurants in NYC (including two that only have counter-service), ‘I see customers at their worst. They’re hungry and that makes them cranky.’
My goddaughter also had been told that the customer is always right, her job was to help customers, and if there were any problems she felt she couldn’t handle, she was to call the manager and step aside. My goddaughter, and most of the other people who work at restaurants, adhered to the training she received. This McDonald’s employee did not.
Life includes all sorts of uncomfortable situations. People complain and expect unreasonable things. The question those who work serving the public need to ask is how will I respond to unreasonable customers? This McDonald’s employee was rude, menacing, and she assaulted her customer. That’s not service no matter how unreasonable a customer is.
(BTW – it’s not unreasonable to ask for a new meal when the cheese is forgotten. The customer can’t enjoy the wrong meal and in the time it takes to call and complain, the food gets cold.)
 April 9, 2015 at 2:27pm
If your wife went into marriage with the attitude that she could always get a divorce, she lied to you. You might want to ask your church if the marriage was even valid. Often, Catholics can obtain annulments in such. There are also civil annulments.
 April 9, 2015 at 2:17pm
Many addicts and abusive people do hide their personalities and behaviours before marriage. Once married, they have a captive audience they seek to control. Marriage is their opportunity to “let it all hang out” and they do. It’s not surprising that people are fooled by functional addicts and abusers. Remember, whenever a child is kidnapped or abused, the neighbours always say, “I can’t believe it. He was such a nice man.” of “I’ve seen her everyday and never had any reason to believe she was hurting her kids. She seemed such a nice woman.”
@Peaches, Matt was not talking about situations as yours. Abuse is reason to flee and sever the marriage yo would never have contracted had you known your husband to be was a “psychopath.”
 April 9, 2015 at 2:11pm
In the Catholic Church, your experience might well be grounds for an annulment because the marriage was defective. If you did not know that your wife was an addict, she withheld information about herself which would have affected your decision to marry. Even if you did know, if you didn’t understand the extent of her addiction (thought she was a casual user of drugs and didn’t realize she was addicted), there might still be grounds for an annulment.
Many Christian churches used to grant annulments. I don’t know if they still do but you can check into whether that is available to you. Many people find an annulment healing. They take an honest look at what marriage is and how the relationship was not, in fact, marriage because of lies or inability to freely contract a marriage. (Drug addiction can cause the addict to be unable to freely contract a marriage.)
I’m so glad you saved your children and yourself from the nightmare you were living. God bless you and heal you.
 April 9, 2015 at 2:01pm
@Blest, Most women go through menopause in their late 40s to early 50s. Peri-menopause may begin when a woman is in her early 40′s, but a woman is usually still fertile, though usually decreasingly so. A few women experience early menopause in their late 30s to early 40s but that is considered rare.
 April 7, 2015 at 1:23pm
Jesus does speak against homosexual activity. The word porneia is translated from Greek as sexual immorality.
Matt 5:32 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Unchastity = porneia.)
Matt 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. (Fornication = porneia.)
Matt 19:9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery. (Fornication = porneia.)
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication… (Fornication = porneia.)
John 8:41: Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do what Abraham did, …this is not what Abraham did. You do what your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.” (Fornication = porneia. Also, Jesus saying they are not Abraham’s children means they are the product of porneia.)
Sexual immorality/fornication always includes sex between those of the same gender as well as any other sex outside of marriage (including masturbation). Other words used in the NT are arsenokoitai (sex between men) and malakos (being like the Latins/hpmosexual acts). We’ve changed the meanings of words but that doesn’t change what is written in the Bible. The Bible means what it has always meant.
April 6, 2015 at 5:36pm
That works for sites that allow on sites that allow non-alphanumeric passwords. Not so much for sites that don’t. @KevlNtampa’s suggestion works on those sites. And if one uses numbers other than the obvious (3 = E), it works even better. It’s simply necessary to remember, create a safe place, or prompts for the replacements.
 April 6, 2015 at 4:45pm
As a child, I was told that idle hands are the devil’s playground and was only allowed to be idle (just think rather than study, play or chores) if I hid. This is evidence of that maxim. There are too many kids with nothing to do.