In the August 2017 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest, we seek to equip our members to face the challenges in our world today. James Garlow shares from his book Well Versed: Biblical Answers to Today’s Tough Questions about how to handle some of the issues facing us that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago. Jeff Keenan, MD brings an update on the National Embryo Donation Center and the important live saving work being done there. Plus Casy Mattox helps us understand the facts about Academic Freedom and the battle for Right of Conscience protections.

Meet Our Guests:


Jim Garlow, PhD

Individual Interview Location within the program: 2:00

Dr. Jim Garlow is an author, communicator, commentator, historian, cultural observer and Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California. He is heard daily on more than 830 radio outlets nationwide in his one-minute historical commentary called “The Garlow Perspective.” In March 2010 while continuing as a San Diego pastor, he was appointed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to be the Chairman of ReAL (Renewing American Leadership), based in Washington, D.C. During California’s Proposition 8 (defense of marriage) battle, he founded and led the California Pastors Rapid Response Team, a group of networked pastors committed to the sanctity of marriage. He is the founding director of, a movement encouraging 40 days of prayer, fasting and informed value voting, defending the sanctity of life, the sacredness of marriage and religious liberty, in addition to addressing the excessive national debt. He graduated from Drew University (PhD in historical theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (master of theology), Asbury Theological Seminary (master of divinity), Southern Nazarene University (BA and MA) and Oklahoma Wesleyan University (AA).

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Jeffrey Keenan, MD

Individual Interview Location: 31:25

Dr. Keenan is the medical and lab director at Southeastern Center for Fertility and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.  He also helped found the nonprofit National Embryo Donation Center, where he is medical director. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Dr. Keenan has been published in several medical journals including Fertility and Sterilitythe Journal of Reproductive Medicine and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.  He is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for Fertility and Sterility and Gynecological Endocrinology.  He has lectured throughout the country on topics related to reproductive endocrinology and infertility, with a recent concentration on the subject of embryo donation and adoptions.  In addition, Dr. Keenan has been interviewed for more than 50 television, radio, and print stories including CBS’s 60 Minutes and America Medical News.

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Casey Maddox, JD

Casey Mattox, JD

Individual Interview Location: 49:35

Casey Mattox is Senior Counsel, Director of the Center for Academic Freedom with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Mattox joined ADF in 2009 as a member of the litigation team. Over time, he began to focus his efforts on working with allied attorneys to litigate cases to protect the rights of Christian students, faculty and staff at public colleges and universities across the nation. In this role, Mattox drew on his past experience with the Christian Legal Society, where he served from 2004 to 2009. Before assuming his current position, Mattox also played pivotal roles on the ADF Center for Life and the Legislative Working Group, where he was active in defending the sanctity of life and holding the abortion industry accountable for its abuse of taxpayer dollars. In 2015, he testified before a subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives on the authority of states to defund Planned Parenthood. He also was active in defending freedom of conscience in the healthcare industry. Mattox has numerous media appearances, and his work has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Times, The Federalist and Townhall, among others. Mattox earned his JD from Boston College Law School in 2001, and he clerked for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Champ Lyons. He is a member of the bar in Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th, 8th, 9th and D.C. Circuits and numerous federal district courts.

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