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Free Will and Justice

December 31st, 2013 by G.

When Free Will looks in the mirror, it sees the pitiless face of Justice.

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December 31st, 2013 11:35:53

Kaiser Sarkozy

December 30th, 2013 by G.

If you only read one simon-pure, 100-proof doom-and-gloom prognostication today, let it be this simon-pure, 100-proof doom-and-gloom prognostication.

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December 30th, 2013 11:23:07

What Do You Know About Christian Healthcare Ministries as a Solution to the Health Insurance Problem? (January 2015 Update)

December 30th, 2013 by G.

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Many of you know that ACA cancelled my family’s private insurance.  New Obamacare insurance would cost us several hundred  dollars more a month, increasing our premiums by 150%.  It would also dramatically increase our deductible by 150%, but paying the massive premium increase would mean we had no money in the budget left over to pay actual medical bills.  To afford healthcare insurance we would have to not afford healthcare.  We have been a little desperate.

We’ve prayed and researched. We think we’ve found a solution.  We’re joining a Christian healthcare ministry (also known as a healthcare sharing group).  Specifically we’re joining the Christian Healthcare Ministries.

I know many families are looking pretty hard at their healthcare situation right now.  This post is about what I think is a decent option for Mormons and others.  I hope it helps anyone who is looking for an out from a bad insurance situation.   Please share it with anyone who might benefit.

At the same time, this post is a request for anybody who knows anything about Christian healthcare ministries to share what they know.  If you have had a good or a bad experience with a healthcare ministry or sharing organization, please tell us about it in the comments.  I and others who read this would benefit.  The more information the better.

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December 30th, 2013 09:27:47

Yes, Virginia, There is a St. Nick

December 30th, 2013 by G.

John C. Wright pens a Christmas story, of an unusual visit by an unusual St. Nick.

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December 30th, 2013 07:12:24

The Second Day of Christmas

December 26th, 2013 by G.

A day for regretting eating a second helping of stuffing, for raking leaves with the rakes the red-clad elf left under the tree, for puzzling out your daughter’s new boardgame, for testing new firearms with your brothers, and for listening to the Spirit on how you can do good.

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December 26th, 2013 07:36:59

Silent Night 1914

December 24th, 2013 by G.

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Our ward Primary President introduced the singing of “Silent Night” this way: (more…)

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December 24th, 2013 09:37:02

God Delights in Destroying the idols we make of Him in our Own Image

December 23rd, 2013 by Zen

Also titled, Yes, God is a Child-Sacrificing Misogynist and Racial Bigot

It is very easy to imagine God as all the things we like and consider proper. But as Lewis pointed out so starkly, He is not a tame lion. And so it is, that God asks us do things that destroy our preconceptions and leaves us no alternative except to start from scratch in getting to know him, and to discard all the assumptions we didn’t even realize we had. I expect that the Golden Calf was made with the best of intents but the ways that God reveals himself are not ways clean, simple, easy, or kind. We really must learn from Him, who He is, or we can not learn. No, none of us.

Read the article linked. I can not properly do it justice.

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December 23rd, 2013 23:46:44

R.I.P. Mikhail Kalashnikov

December 23rd, 2013 by Bookslinger

Inventor of the “AK-47 — Avtomat Kalashnikov”.

Although he worked for our Cold War enemy, and his classic rifle is generally used by folks we consider to be bad guys, his rifle design was well-suited for its purposes. Tens of millions of both the fully-automatic and semi-automatic versions of his famous rifle are still in use.

As far as firearms designers/inventors go, I would place John Moses Browning (a Mormon) at the top, for his classics which include, but are not limited to, the Colt 1911 and the Browning Hi-Power handguns, the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.), and the Browning Auto-5 shotgun. I would rank Samuel Colt second, and Mr. Kalashnikov third.

My rankings are based on my limited knowledge of modern firearm history. Others whose knowledge extends further into the past may include other inventors in the top spots of fiream history.

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December 23rd, 2013 13:16:58

The Christmas jammies video

December 22nd, 2013 by Bookslinger

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December 22nd, 2013 19:43:22

A Sacramental Christmas

December 22nd, 2013 by G.

Mr. Krueger at Christmas

There is only one Christmas. Each year it comes a little more into view. (more…)

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December 22nd, 2013 08:33:21

Divorce is Bad for Rich Kids and Other Living Things

December 20th, 2013 by G.

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December 20th, 2013 16:35:37

Overlooked Christmas Scriptures

December 19th, 2013 by G.

Christmas is fundamentally a family holiday. We should celebrate the Christ child, but we don’t need to be lugubrious about it. We don’t need to suppress family fun because the family is in the image of the Holy Family and pleasing to God. Your family relation is part of the deep spiritual core of Christmas, as two overlooked passages of Christmas scripture show. (more…)

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December 19th, 2013 11:53:05

I Dreamt I Lived a Christmas Life

December 18th, 2013 by G.

Last night I had a dream. I lay it out in sequence below but the dream was all at once. (more…)

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December 18th, 2013 09:13:45

Are You a Reactionary?

December 17th, 2013 by G.

I am, I am grateful to report, not (though it’s a near run thing).

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December 17th, 2013 15:13:24

Ted Chiang’s Science Fiction

December 16th, 2013 by G.

He’s very good.  Free short stories collected here.

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December 16th, 2013 14:39:47