Joni Eareckson Tada, an internationally known advocate for the disability community who has been a quadriplegic more than 47 years and is a breast cancer survivor as well, has made a plea to terminal cancer patient Brittany Maynard who plans to die through physician-assisted suicide to rethink her decision.
"Like many, my heart broke when I watched Brittany's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one — absolutely no one — welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions," said Tada in a statement released on Monday.
"But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave, opening the path to life eternal. Three grams of phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life. more >>
A writer has been pleasantly surprised by the reaction to her article revealing that she is a 26-year-old Christian wanting to save herself for marriage.
"This is happening," Ellen Burkhardt posted to Twitter. "To all who asked: I am excited, stunned & more motivated than ever to keep the dialogue going."
Her article for Salon, entitled "When Guys Find Out I'm a Virgin," garnered international attention for its frank honesty and willingness to explore a topic that has become somewhat passé or trendy, based on one's views. more >>
When Robin Williams committed suicide, figures were released on the skyrocketing numbers of middle-aged men taking their lives. Unexpected health problems, derailed careers, financial implosions and exposure of sexual dalliances were some of the factors.
In the past few years there seems to be an epidemic of adulterous and sexually inappropriate relationships coming to light on a regular basis. Let's be honest, it's alarming to many of us onlookers plus causes much fear and trepidation among spouses who ponder the question, "Are we going to be next?"
And it's not just marrieds who are scratching their heads. Religious authorities are struggling watching the chilling increase of moral failures in their ranks. more >>
One member of the "Duck Dynasty" clan is preparing for marriage after proposing to his girlfriend on Oct. 11.
John Luke Robertson, the 19-year-old son of Willie and Korie Robertson, decided to use his birthday as the perfect setting for his proposal to girlfriend Mary Kate McEacharn.
"I am so excited to marry my best friend," John Luke told Us Weekly. "I know my parents married young as well, and they have always been examples of what 'could be' to me. Fast-forward 22 years and they are more in love than ever, and I hope Mary Kate and I are the same way in the years to come. God has truly blessed us." more >>
"Get the government out of marriage" seems to be a favorite libertarian talking point. Among Christian libertarians, "get the government out of marriage," sometimes means, "get the government out of sacraments." One of their arguments for this position follows this chain of reasoning:Marriage is a sacrament. We don't want the state administering sacraments. Therefore, we don't want the state administering marriage.
Here's what is true about this argument:Some marriages are sacraments. We don't want the state explicitly administering sacraments.
Here's what's false about the argument. It implies that all civil marriages are sacramental marriages. Or, at the very least, it only accounts for sacramental marriages and does not account for non-sacramental marriages. more >>
Social Security is unsustainable at its present level of benefits and taxes. To put Social Security on a sound footing, Congress will have to cut pension benefits or increase tax rates. Congress will not raise tax rates to pay for Social Security. Why not? The reason is simple.
If Congress raises tax rates to pay for Social Security benefits they have already promised, then it will be that much harder for them to increase tax rates to pay for other stuff they want to promise to do. It will be harder for Congress to increase tax rates to pay for that "green" company they want to subsidize; it will be harder to raise tax rates to pay for more defense spending or to increase spending for education special interests. No, Congress will not increase tax rates to pay for Social Security.
Congress will therefore cut Social Security benefits. more >>