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  • "An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim" (Sermon for Reformation Day; Revelation 14 and Romans 3)

    10/29/2016 4:10:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | October 30, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement known as the Reformation. We are the heirs of that heritage, and so it is that on the last Sunday in October every year we observe Reformation Day in our churches. We are grateful to God for raising up his servant Luther to bring the clear truth of the gospel to light and to prominence once again. And we want...
  • Gaffe of the Century! NYT Says St. Paul Ordered Christians to Execute Homosexuals

    06/20/2016 4:12:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 19, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    With remarkable insouciance, NYT writers Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez blithely make reference to a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays, meaning Saint Pauls letter to the Romans 1:18-32.As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Times editors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves.The Times report, titled After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands, follows on the fatal shooting of...
  • Discovery of 410 wooden tablets gives glimpse into life of London's first Romans (ed)

    06/01/2016 7:41:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    An archaeological dig has turned up the earliest known handwritten documents in Britain among hundreds of Roman waxed writing tablets. Some 410 wooden tablets have been discovered, 87 of which have been deciphered to reveal names, events, business and legal dealings and evidence of someone practising writing the alphabet and numerals. With only 19 legible tablets previously known from London, the find from the first decades of Roman rule in Britain provides a wealth of new information about the city's earliest Romans.
  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

    01/08/2016 6:51:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | January 7, 2015 | Rae Ellen Bichell
    When the Romans expanded their empire across three continents, they probably seemed like the neat-freakiest people to attempt global domination. The Romans brought aqueducts, heated public baths, flushing toilets, sewers and piped water. They even had multiseat public bathrooms decked out with contour toilet seats, a sea sponge version of toilet paper and hand-washing stations.
  • Romans, Martin Luther and 1515 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/10/2015 9:33:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    Don Sweeting ^ | 9/10/2015 | Don Sweeting
    In two years from now, many Christians will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Already there are signs of this significant date approaching. The German toy company PLAYMOBIL has even issued a special, commemorative, limited edition figure of Martin Luther; and it's already sold out! While many of my colleagues at Reformed Theological Seminary are already thinking about 2017, most of us are not aware of a very important church history anniversary this fall. I'm thinking, of course, of the 500th anniversary of Luther's lectures on the Book of Romans, which helped pave the way for the...
  • Ten ancient Romans we could all learn from

    10/27/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 28, 2015 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    A stained glass portrait of St Augustine After Mary Beard's list of important Romans, here's mine...Mary Beard has done more than anyone else, I think, to bring ancient Rome alive, and over at the Guardian she provides us with her list of the ten best ancient Romans. Lists are very personal things, and everyone will have a rival version, so I cannot resist submitting my own. Here are ten people we call all learn from, indeed need to learn from, in the order in which they popped into my head.1. Aurelius Augustinus, better known as St Augustine of Hippo,...
  • "The Law and the Prophets Bear Witness" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Romans 3:19-28)

    10/24/2015 7:22:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | October 25, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Law and the Prophets Bear Witness (Romans 3:19-28)Today being the last Sunday in October, this is the day we observe Reformation Day, celebrating what happened 498 years ago, when, on October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther went to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and there posted 95 Theses questioning the sale of indulgences. That was the beginning of the great Reformation of the church, and as Lutherans we are here today as the beneficiaries of that movement and that heritage. We thank God that he used Luther as his instrument to bring the clear gospel of Christ to...
  • The Early Church on Homosexuality

    08/01/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Reformed Reader ^ | 7/18/15 | Shane Lems
    In the days of the early church Im thinking specifically of the 2nd century Christian apologists had to defend the faith against false charges, accusations, and misrepresentations. One such apologist, Athenagoras (d. 200 AD?), wrote a booklet to Roman rulers called A Plea for the Christians. This apology by Athenagoras is still quite relevant today because it discusses things we still talk about today. Ill come back to this booklet later, but for now I want to point out what this 2nd century Christian apologist said about sexual immorality and homosexuality. Athenagoras refuted the claim or accusation that...
  • Roman Legionary Camp Uncovered in Israel

    07/13/2015 1:26:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies ^ | July 10, 2015
    Archaeologists from the Jezreel Valley Regional Project say they have unearthed the remains of a 1,900-year-old camp of Legio VI Ferrata (Sixth Ironclad Legion) near the archaeological site of Tel Megiddo.During the past three excavation seasons (2013-2015), the archaeologists have made a number of significant finds at the site. They uncovered defensive trenching earthworks next to the foundations of a great wall about 20 feet (6 m) wide. They also found numerous ceramic roof tiles with the legions mark, Roman coins and the fragments of scale armor, and exposed rooms likely belonging to one of the barracks areas. During the...
  • Roman rubbish dump reveals secrets of ancient trading networks

    06/07/2015 9:12:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 4, 2015 | Nick Squires
    The world's largest ancient Roman rubbish dump is revealing intriguing details about the extent and sophistication of trade in the Mediterranean 2,000 years ago. Monte Testaccio is an artificial hill in the centre of Rome that is made up of an estimated 25 million shards of broken amphorae, many from as far afield as Spain and North Africa. The amphorae, containing wine and olive oil, were broken up and dumped on the spoil heap after being unloaded from a nearby port on the River Tiber. They could not be reused because wine and oil residue seeped into the clay, turning...
  • What Israel Got Wrongt...Romans 9-11 pt 6

    Brethren, my hearts desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of Gods righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.(Romans 10:1-4)Again the apostle Paul pours out of a broken heart his deepest desire and prayer, that Israel be saved.He has already assured us in the name of the...
  • Dinner At Piso's: Ancient Romans ate meals most Americans would recognize

    02/07/2015 9:01:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 62 replies
    Inside Science ^ | Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Joel N. Shurkin, Contributor
    Let's pretend it is 56 B.C. and you have been fortunate enough to be invited to a party at the home of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, a great social coup. Piso, after all, was Julius Caesar's father-in-law and a consul of Rome... You need to prepare for pig. Archaeologists studying the eating habits of ancient Etruscans and Romans have found that pork was the staple of Italian cuisine before and during the Roman Empire. Both the poor and the rich ate pig as the meat of choice, although the rich, like Piso, got better cuts, ate meat more often and...
  • "Something in the Water" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord; Mark 1; Romans 6; Genesis 1)

    01/10/2015 5:14:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Something in the Water (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5)I dont listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song thats popular on the airwaves right now that makes some references to baptism. That caught my attention, naturally, so I looked it up and listened to it online. Its a song called Something in the Water, by a singer named Carrie Underwood. I dont know if youve heard it or not. But it does have to do with baptism. Now very likely its coming from a theological perspective on baptism...
  • Roman gums 'healthier than ours'

    11/02/2014 7:47:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 October 2014 | James Gallagher
    People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows. A team at King's College London and the Natural History Museum found only 5% of adults had gum disease in the Roman, and certainly pre-toothbrush, era. Modern day smoking and type 2 diabetes are blamed for a figure of nearly one in three today. But ancient Britain was certainly not a golden age of gleaming gnashers. The smiles of our ancestors were littered with infections, abscesses and tooth decay, the study showed... The research group analysed 303 skulls from a burial ground...
  • "Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10)

    09/07/2014 5:23:07 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | September 7, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law (Romans 13:1-10)Do you want to know what you should be doing this week? I can tell you with sure confidence what Gods will is for you this week. Its pretty simple, actually. I can sum it up in one word: Love. Thats right. Love. In terms of how you deal with the people you encounter this week, thats about the size of it: Love them. How can I be so sure of this? Because Gods Word tells me this is so, that this is Gods will for each one of us. Its no...
  • Subday Meditation;Romans 1 ...What God requires, He supplies

    I WILL SERVE No FOREIGN GODSHoly God We Praise Thy Name For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for therein the righteousness of God is revealedRomans 1:16The book of Romans is unique among the epistles in that it isnt polemic, that is it isnt trying to refute any error. Romans is therefore a clear rendering of the Gospel of salvation . Paul calls it the Gospel of God , and takes us from the bankruptcy of Jew and Gentile to the glorification of man and creation, all realised by the gospel. Paul begins with the declaration that...
  • An ancient wreck tells the tale of Romans in France

    03/20/2014 3:03:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 20, 2014 | Robert Kunzig
    Published: April 2014Roman Boat Romans in France An ancient wreck tells the tale of Romans in France. By Robert Kunzig Photograph by Rémi Bénali The Romans had a serious trash problem, though by our standards it was good-looking trash. Their problem was amphorae. They needed millions of the curvy clay jars to ship wine, olive oil, and fish sauce around the empire, and often they didn’t recycle their empties. Sometimes they didn’t even bother to pop the cork—it was quicker to saber the neck or the pointy base, drain the thing, then chuck it. In Rome there’s a five-acre,...
  • Love and Hate [Excerpt from commentary on the book of Romans]

    01/24/2014 7:25:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Crossway Publishing ISBN: 1-43350685-8 | 2009 | RC Sproul
    I believe that the greatest ethical issue today is that of abortion. In recent years many have come to see terrorist as more concerning than abortion. I am baffled by that, because more people were killed on September 10 in the womb of U.S. women than were killed on 9/11 in New York City. More babies were slaughtered on September 12 than adults were killed on 9/11. If we had a camera on the womb so that CNN could show us graphic videos of what actually happens in the slaughter of unborn children, abortion would be quickly abolished, but the...
  • Mystery of 39 skulls found at London Wall is solved after 25 years

    01/16/2014 4:32:45 AM PST · by Renfield · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1-15-2014 | Amanda Williams
    Skulls discovered within the boundaries of ancient London a quarter of a century ago are now believed to be those of gladiators, brutally killed for the amusement of Roman audiences. The haul of 39 skulls, discovered beneath the site of the Guildhall in the City of London, were discovered in 1988 and were believed to have originated from human remains washed out of burial sites by the Walbrook, one of the areas lost rivers. But now after 25 years in storage, the remains have been re-examined by an historian from the Museum of London, who believes they are the first...
  • Romans 1:17ff A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

    07/01/2013 4:26:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/30/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. As an inspired text it traces out not only the current of the times, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for us to read Scripture with the Church and exercise the care the Church would have us show and, at the end of the day, to submit our understanding to the rule of faith and the context of Sacred Tradition.With those parameters in mind, I would...
  • Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum

    12/20/2013 9:11:01 AM PST · by Renfield · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-19-2013 | Robin Banerji
    For centuries scholars have been hunting for the lost works of ancient Greek and Latin literature. In the Renaissance, books were found in monastic libraries. In the late 19th Century papyrus scrolls were found in the sands of Egypt. But only in Herculaneum in southern Italy has an entire library from the ancient Mediterranean been discovered in situ. On the eve of the catastrophe in 79 AD, Herculaneum was a chic resort town on the Bay of Naples, where many of Rome's top families went to rest and recuperate during the hot Italian summers. It was also a place where...
  • "Hope of the Gentiles" (Advent sermon on Romans 15:4-13)

    12/11/2013 10:29:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies ^ | December 11, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Hope of the Gentiles (Romans 15:4-13)In the reading from Romans that we just heard, there are two words that jump out at me. One of those words is found in the first verse of our text, which reads: Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. And this same word that Im thinking of occurs again--twice--in the last verse of our text, as follows: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power...
  • "Light in the Darkness" (Advent sermon on Romans 13:8-14)

    12/04/2013 9:18:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | December 4, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Light in the Darkness (Romans 13:8-14) Advent is a season of light. In fact, you could say that Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany--the whole three-month sequence centered around Christmas--each of these seasons could be called a season of light. Think of it: Youve got the Advent wreath, with its candles for the four Sundays in Advent. Youve got the Christmas tree, of course, with its tradition of being adorned with lights. And at Epiphany we think of the star that led the Wise Men to the Christ Child, and so we put an Epiphany star on top of the Christmas tree....
  • Prove it

    10/26/2013 9:54:35 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 5 replies ^ | 10-2 | Jim Vander Spek
    Following Jesus means being transformedchangingprogressively becoming more like Him. Dealing with the sin of lust is a good example of how this works. Anyone who has struggled and failed when it comes to lust and then later enters into victory over it knows what this is like. A fascinating and important byproduct of this transforming process is that it proves Gods will. Whoyou may askare you proving this to?
  • London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls: Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.

    10/05/2013 2:00:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 4, 2013 | Roff Smith
    Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possiblyjust possiblybe victims of the famed Queen Boudicca's troops, decapitated during her uprising against Roman rule in 61 A.D.
  • Italian archaeologists have grape expectations of their ancient wine

    08/28/2013 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-22-2013 | Tom Kington
    Archeologists in Italy have set about making red wine exactly as the ancient Romans did, to see what it tastes like. Based at the University of Catania in Sicily and supported by Italy's national research centre, a team has planted a vineyard near Catania using techniques copied from ancient texts and expects its first vintage within four years. "We are more used to archeological digs but wanted to make society more aware of our work, otherwise we risk being seen as extraterrestrials," said archaeologist Daniele Malfitana. At the group's vineyard, which should produce 70 litres at the first harvest, modern...
  • Archeologists revise image of ancient Celts

    06/17/2013 7:16:28 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 50 replies
    DW ^ | 1-19-2013 | Richard A. Fuchs
    The Celts were long considered a barbaric and violent society. But new findings from a 2,600-year-old grave in Germany suggest the ancient people were much more sophisticated than previously thought. The little Bettelbhl stream on the Danube River was completely unknown, except to local residents. But that changed in the summer of 2010 when a spectacular discovery was made just next to the creek. Not far from the Heuneburg, the site of an early Celtic settlement, researchers stumbled upon the elaborate grave of a Celtic princess. In addition to gold and amber, they found a subterranean burial chamber fitted with...
  • Herculaneum Panoramas

    05/10/2013 6:20:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    Herculaneum Panoramas ^ | 2001 - 2012 | Herculaneum Conservation Project
    Virtual tour of Herculaneum, documenting the site, and the work of the Herculaneum Conservation Project. Click on the node-markers to view an interactive 360-degree panorama (in a new window). The plan above shows the locations of panoramas made mainly in 2001 (a few are from 1999), where the aim was to provide an overview of the site (as it was then), along with tours of a few selected houses. The menu of houses and other areas at left accesses additional, more recent coverage (including revisits to some houses and other structures) made from 2003 onward.
  • John Piper on Homosexuality

    04/14/2013 2:12:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-14-13 | John Piper
    A thoughtful pastors teaching on what the Apostle Paul says about homosexual behavior in his letter to the Romans Homosexuality is the most vivid form of that breakdown. God and man in covenant worship are represented by male and female in covenant sexual union. Therefore, when man turns from God to images of himself, God hands us over to what we have chosen and dramatizes it by male and female turning to images of themselves for sexual union, namely their own sex. Homosexuality is the judgment of God dramatizing the exchange of the glory of God for images of ourselves.
  • Researchers building stronger, greener concrete with biofuel byproducts

    03/14/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-14-2013 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts. "The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement," said Feraidon Ataie, doctoral student in civil engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan. "By using these materials we can reduce the carbon footprint of concrete materials." Concrete is made from three major components: portland cement, water and aggregate. The world uses nearly 7 billion cubic meters of concrete a year, making concrete the most-used industrial material after...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Roman toilet paper mistaken for toys

    01/24/2013 1:36:05 PM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1-18-2013
    Ancient artifacts in a British museum have been reclassified as Roman toilet paper. Previously they were displayed as gaming pieces until researchers took another look at them. The artifacts are made of ceramic, and would have been rather - uncomfortable. LONDON, ENGLAND (Catholic Online) - Dr. Robert Symmons, curator of the Fisbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, has announced that new research indicates the ceramic disks, once identified as gaming pieces, were used as sanitary devices, the ancient equivalent of toilet paper.....
  • Handwringing about homosexuality

    12/10/2012 7:45:16 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 73 replies
    Renew America ^ | Dan Popp
    Christians are sometimes challenged as to why we so strongly oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior. After all, there are worse sins and more imminent threats to national security. Before I begin my answer, as I try to say whenever I write about this topic, the biblical view concerns homosexual acts not homosexual people. The current paradigm that some are "born gay" seems to be less empirical than political. It's a weapon used to stifle discussion by intentionally confusing disapproval of a practice with hatred for a person. But even if people are born attracted to the same...
  • America The Unthankful and Doomed

    11/21/2012 7:40:43 PM PST · by kindred · 29 replies
    The Ignorant ^ | November 21, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Well my dear friends... we have arrived at another Thanksgiving Day and we as a nation are more unthankful than ever. It is indeed a sign of the times that we as a nation - founded on moral absolutes and the rule of law - are at a final fatal decline. When millions of Americans receive government befits and many of those have no intention of working or being accountable and are addicted to moral relativism and decadence the jig is up my dear friends. This past 2012 election has showed us that it absolutely pays to be slothful, lazy,...
  • Ancient Romans, Chinese Helped Warm Planet

    10/04/2012 8:25:35 PM PDT · by Milagros · 22 replies
    Newser ^ | Oct. 4, 2012
    Ancient Romans, Chinese Helped Warm Planet ICE SAMPLES REVEAL GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Oct 4, 2012 1:08 AM CDT (NEWSER) Human activity contributed to climate change long before the Industrial Revolution, according to new research. Scientists analyzing ice core samples from Greenland found a spike in emissions of the greenhouse gas methane during a 200-year period around 2,000 years ago, when the ancient Roman and Chinese empires were at their peak, reports the Los Angeles Times. Researchers believe the rise was caused by the widespread use of charcoal as fuel and the burning of...
  • Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

    10/03/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/3/12 | Alister Doyle | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800. A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries. Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead...
  • Divers discover 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that is so well preserved even the FOOD is intact

    08/09/2012 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8/9/12 | Mark Prigg
    The ship, a navis oneraria, or merchant vessel, was located at a depth of about 200 feet after a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was used to scour the seabed. A search for the shipwreck was launched after local fisherman revealed they kept finding pieces of pottery in their nets. The divers found the wreck so well preserved even the food, still sealed in over 200 pots, is intact.
  • Lead poisoning in Rome: The skeletal evidence

    05/31/2012 5:10:10 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 2-24-2012 |
    A recent article in the online publication io9, The First Artificial Sweetener Poisoned Lots of Romans provided a (very) brief look at some of the uses of lead (Pb) in the Roman world, including the tired old hypothesis that it was rampant lead poisoning that led to the downfall of Rome - along with gonorrhoea, Christianity, slavery, and the kitchen sink. The fact the Romans loved their lead is not in question, with plenty of textual and archaeological sources that inform us of the uses of lead as cosmetics, ballistics, sarcophagi, pipes, jewellery, curse tablets, utensils and cooking pots,...
  • Sacrificial Language in the Book of Romans

    01/01/2012 7:59:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Paredwka ^ | Fr. Benjamin Hardu
    To be Prosphora Romans 15:15-16, Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister [λειτουργόv] of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering [ἱερουργounta] the gospel of God, that the offering [προσφορά] of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. From Strong's Dictionary and Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon: λειτουργός - a public minister, a servant of the state a minister, servant - so of military labourers - of the temple + of one busied with holy things +...
  • Rick Santorum says he'd cast vote for Ron Paul after taking 'a lot of antacid'

    12/28/2011 3:07:08 PM PST · by TBBT · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/28/2011 | Alicia M. Cohn
    The Republican candidate said he would "absolutely" vote for Ron Paul if he were the alternative to President Obama. Rick Santorum said Wednesday he would "absolutely" vote for rival Ron Paul if he were the GOP presidential nominee, but admitted he is "nervous" about the possibility. "I'd have to take a lot of antacid when I go into the voting booth and vote for him," Santorum said. The former Pennsylvania senator said ultimately he would vote for Paul in order to have anyone other than President Obama in the White House, with the hope that if Paul won the office,...
  • Rick Santorum Picks Up Two Endorsements in Iowa

    12/19/2011 2:00:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/19/2011 | By Shushannah Walshe
    It has been a busy day for the Rick Santorum campaign, which reeled in two endorsements for the former Pennsylvania senator that he can tout on the campaign trail in the last two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Sioux City talk-show host Sam Clovis is backing Santorum, the first time he has endorsed a candidate in the caucuses. He has a popular conservative radio show on KSCJ, an ABC News affiliate. Clovis said in a statement that his listeners were always asking me who I will be supporting in the upcoming caucuses and its time to take a stand and...
  • Coins from 17AD found under Jerusalem's Western Wall hints sacred site NOT built by Herod

    11/26/2011 3:24:42 AM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11-25-2011 | Rob Waugh
    The history of one of the world's holiest sites - sacred to both Jews and Muslims - is set to be rewritten, following a surprise discovery in a ritual bath beneath the complex. It proves that the Wall - supposedly built by Herod, the Jewish king who features prominently in the Gospels, was in fact built much later. Newly found coins underneath Jerusalems Western Wall could change the accepted belief about the construction of one of the worlds most sacred sites two millennia ago, Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday....
  • Italian Students Storm Milan Goldman Sachs Office (Occupy reaches Europe)

    10/14/2011 8:38:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/14/2011 | Tyler Durden
    While hardly the explanation for why the EURUSD has surged nearly 100 pips in the past 45 minutes on absolutely no news (or, in this bizarro market, explaining it perfectly), and as the market focuses its attention on where the line of angry young protesters is longer: by the New York Stock Exchange or in front of the Apple store, Italians, once again betrayed by their politicians who were bribed by Berlusconi to vote for him in the latest vote of "confidence" (at a price of 250k per vote), have decided to make their feelings for financial innovation, and its...
  • How do homosexuals who profess Christianity .........

    09/10/2011 8:10:42 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 94 replies
    ...... reconcile themselves to Romans 1? Rom 1:18-32 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness....24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature......27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS, 09-06-11

    09/06/2011 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 09-06-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS Written by St. Paul at Corinth about A.D. 58, when he was about to leave for Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. He was on his way to Rome. It is the only Pauline letter addressed to a church that the apostle had not personally founded, preparing the people for his visit to them. He dwells on the justification of humankind through faith in Jesus Christ, the sinfulness of the world, the meaning and fruits of justification, what faith is, and that its fruits are humility, obedience, unity, and...
  • "How God Uses His Law in Our Lives" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10)

    09/03/2011 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies ^ | September 4, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    How God Uses His Law in Our Lives (Romans 13:1-10)Our text today is the Epistle, from Romans 13, and our topic is How God Uses His Law in Our Lives. And he does. God uses his law in several ways in our lives, all ultimately for our good. Traditionally we talk about three uses of the law, and our text today especially deals with two of those three, what we commonly call the First Use of the Law and the Third Use of the Law. Oh, we wont forget about the Second Use. And St. Paul hasnt either; its just...
  • "Genuine Love: Instructions Connected to Our Life Together in Christ" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    08/27/2011 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | August 28, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Genuine Love: Instructions Connected to Our Life Together in Christ (Romans 12:9-21)In 1927, a writer by the name of Max Ehrmann wrote a poem called Desiderata. Desiderata means the things desired. You may have heard of this poem. It begins like this: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. And the poem goes on like that. And on. And on. For example: Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. . . . Be yourself....
  • "What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?" (Sermon on Romans 11:33 12:8)

    08/20/2011 10:18:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 3+ views ^ | August 21, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything? (Romans 11:33 12:8)Some of you probably remember the old advertising slogan, What do you give the man who has everything? Youd hear it during the Christmas shopping season, or maybe coming up on Fathers Day, when you were out looking for just the right gift for that special man in your life, your father, your husband, maybe your pastor. The idea was, the fellow youre shopping for is sitting at home in his recliner, wearing his bathrobe and smoking his pipe--hes a successful man whos made it, hes got everything...
  • "The Particularity of God's Mercy for All" (Sermon on Romans 11)

    08/13/2011 8:34:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | August 14, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Particularity of Gods Mercy for All (Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32)The question of Jews and Gentiles is not a big deal for us today. Most all of us here are Gentiles, I think, that is, non-Jews. The Christian church around the world is almost entirely made up of people who are not ethnically Jewish. For that matter, the world itself--there are just not that many Jews to go around. So the question of Jews and Gentiles is not at the forefront of our consciousness, and naturally so. We do not normally think in those terms. However, the question of Jews...
  • "If God Is for Us" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/23/2011 6:30:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 16 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    If God Is for Us (Romans 8:28-39)If God is for us, who can be against us? Well, indeed, if God is for us, then it really wouldnt matter who is against us, would it? I mean, who could be greater and more powerful than God? No one. By definition, no one or no thing can be more powerful than God; otherwise, that person or thing would be God. If God is for us, who can be against us? But that question then raises another question, one that could be a little ominous, depending on the answer: Is God for us?...