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Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2013

Erin Brynn shares from her book Finding Roses in the Dust. Dr. Louis Lugo from the Pew Forum discusses those who choose NONE as their religious affiliation. Tim Goeglein opens his book The Man in the Middle about working in the second Bush White House. And Al Weir, MD shares about his weekly devotional for CMDA.

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Luis E. Lugo, PhD

Luis E. Lugo, PhD

Luis E. Lugo, PhD, is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. During his tenure, the Pew Forum has become a leading research organization on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. He has led the Pew Forum in developing landmark surveys on religion, including the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, which detailed the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public. The Pew Forum is now studying the size, distribution and projected growth of the world’s religious populations and analyzing the levels of religious restrictions around the world. Prior to joining the Pew Forum, Luis served as the director of the religion program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia for seven years, and was a professor of political science for more than 12 years. He earned a PhD in political science at the University of Chicago.

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Tim Goeglein

Tim Goeglein

Tim Goeglein Vice President for External Relations at Focus on the Family and a Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He served in high-level government posts for the last two decades and worked as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison from 2001 to 2008. He was the President’s principal outreach contact for conservatives, think tanks, veteran’s groups, faith-based groups and some of America’s leading cultural organizations. He is the author of the political memoir The Man in the Middle: Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era. Tim holds honorary doctorate degrees from Concordia University and Faith Evangelical College and Seminary. Tim serves on the Sanctity of Life Commission for his church body, the 2.5 million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and has served as a deacon in his church for 25 years. Tim and his wife Jenny have two sons.

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Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD, is board certified in internal medicine, with certifications in hematology and oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and was a Fellow in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Alabama Birmingham. After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus & Community Ministries where he served for three years from 2005-2008. He is presently Professor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Heath Science Center and Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is also President of Albanian Health Fund, an educational ministry to Albania where he has been serving for 20 years. He is the author of two books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News and Practice by the Book. Dr. Weir’s work has also been published in many medical journals and other publications. Al and his wife Becky live in Memphis, Tennessee, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

Erin Brynn

Erin Brynn is a busy wife and mother of six with a passion for life and adventure. She grew up as the oldest of three on a ranch in central Texas and attended university in Oklahoma. Her love for children led to obtaining degrees in elementary education and special education. Partnering with her physician husband in international disaster relief efforts and living with her family outside of the U.S. have led to some amazing experiences and challenging situations. Her heart to serve the suffering, the broken and the disenfranchised, along with a love of adventure and travel, has taken her to desperate and needy places around the world. Erin has a deep desire to tell others about the extraordinary experiences and lessons learned through her travels in hopes of helping others see the simple treasures and gifts of everyday life lived out in extraordinary ways. She is the author of Finding Roses in the Dust: A Journey to a New Perspective.