When Free Will looks in the mirror, it sees the pitiless face of Justice.
What Do You Know About Christian Healthcare Ministries as a Solution to the Health Insurance Problem? (January 2015 Update)
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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John C. Wright pens a Christmas story, of an unusual visit by an unusual St. Nick.
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.
Our ward Primary President introduced the singing of “Silent Night” this way: (more…)
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.
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.
There is only one Christmas. Each year it comes a little more into view. (more…)
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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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Last night I had a dream. I lay it out in sequence below but the dream was all at once. (more…)
He’s very good. Free short stories collected here.