Christian Doctor’s Digest – March 2018


Christian Doctor's Digest is the premier audio resource for Christian healthcare professionals. Hosted by CMDA CEO Dr. David Stevens, it is an audio magazine released six times each year to all of our members. It includes a variety of interviews with experts in various fields pertaining to Christian healthcare professionals.

Topics include bioethics, healthcare missions, financial stewardship, marriage, family and much more. Dr. John Patrick, J. P. Moreland, and Chuck Colson are among the many guests who have appeared on Christian Doctor's Digest.

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens’ focus is on the new Health and Human Services Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom. He interviews Roger Severino, the Director for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Sara Hellwege, who filed a federal lawsuit in 2014 on the basis of discrimination due to her religious and moral convictions. Plus, check out an excerpt from this year’s devotional speaker at the 2018 CMDA National Convention.


Roger Severino

Individual Interview Location within the program: 1:25

Roger Severino is the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Before joining Heritage in 2015, Mr. Severino was a trial attorney for seven years in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division where he enforced the Fair Housing Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and Title II and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has litigated cases under sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, and familial status discrimination. Mr. Severino was previously chief operations officer and legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Mr. Severino holds a JD from Harvard Law School, received a master’s degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California.

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Sara Hellwege, MSN, CNM

Individual Interview Location: 12:22

For more than 20 years, Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown was President of Bryan College and Cedarville University. He was recently named Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He also serves as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, an international technology firm with offices in Kiev, London and Boston. As President of Radical Leadership (and his popular web log, Radical Life), he carries a heavy schedule speaking for conferences, universities, churches and schools. As a nationally recognized speaker and expert in culture and worldview, Dr. Brown has authored several books and more than 100 articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias and newspapers. He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview, as well as Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet), a book used by many colleges and universities as an introductory text to worldview/philosophical thinking. Dr. Brown and his wife Lynne have been married since 1976. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Dr. John Barnett

Individual Interview Location: 29:56

Dr. Barnett has been teaching the Word of God for 30+ years. Born and raised in Michigan, John has studied at Michigan State University, Bob Jones University (BS, BA, MA, MDiv), The Master's Seminary (faculty and ThM work), Dallas Theological Seminary (Dr. of Biblical Ministry) and with Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri Fellowship. John shares his life with Bonnie, his beloved wife, and their eight wonderful children. As a home educating family, John and Bonnie teach children and teens with enthusiasm and love. In the last 30 years of uninterrupted ministry, John has served congregations in Michigan, Georgia, Rhode Island, California, Oklahoma and Michigan. Since 1978, John has led dozens of study tours, retreats, travels and pilgrimages, and he has taught on site in 21 countries and on five continents. John's messages reflect the background of the Scripture from the ancient biblical world, the history of the church and the daily life in far corners of the planet. His Discover the Book Ministry provides electronic copies of John’s audio, video and text studies free of charge to pastors, missionaries and other believers.

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