Insurance for dummies and suggestions for the church

I’ve read most of it. All the analyses about the AHCA (“Trumpcare” or “Ryancare”), the proposed GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) have taken residence in my brain. I’ve also logged countless hours in conversation with an expert in the insurance world. So now I now offer a quick, admittedly simplistic summary for [Read More…]

Blue Cross Blue Shield "Accidentally" Cancelled Coverage

Well, this has been an interesting morning. I went to my ophthalmologist for my yearly eye exam and handed the receptionist my Blue Cross Blue Shield card and my Drivers License for ID.  I sat down to wait and was idly thumbing through a magazine. A moment later, the receptionist came up to me and [Read More…]

Poverty is Everyone's Problem: Ministry WITH the Poor

Imagine this scenario:  You and your family are, as are most people in the US, what is called “asset poor.” That is, if family income suddenly disappeared, you would have inadequate reserve cash to live even at the federal poverty level for three months ($1962.50/month for a family of four) and stay current with your [Read More…]

Solution to the Government Shutdown: Holocaust, US Style

I know how to end the government shutdown and the growing economic crisis that it is causing. My solution may seem drastic to some, but drastic times call for drastic answers. Really, it is quite simple: eliminate all non-productive members of society. No more drains on the federal budget. We reverse the unholy dreaded deficit, [Read More…]

An Ethical Core and The Essence of Hypocrisy: the US House of Representatives

Every major religion and ethical system I know of centers on what we often call the Golden Rule:  “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”   Or, in more contemporary language, “Do you like to be treated well and with respect?  Then treat others well and with respect.”   Or, “Consider [Read More…]

Prayers for Annual Conference; unanswered questions to be addressed

Two weeks ago, Bishop Bledsoe invited the clergy of the North Texas Conference into dialogue. Yesterday, he announced his retirement. With Annual Conference starting tomorrow, I find myself deep, deep in prayer for all of us in the NTAC. I am in London on a three month Sabbatical that is also a journey of healing, [Read More…]

Could You Give It All Away?

A young United Methodist clergy woman, Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith, has sold everything she has, given up her salary for the time being, and is living under a bridge so that she can learn what is means to do work with the poor, not for the poor.  The article describing this can be found here. Engaging in [Read More…]