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Christian Doctor’s Digest – July 2019

Christian Doctor’s Digest – July 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Dr. Tyler VanderWeele to talk about the link between religious upbringing and health. Next, Senior Vice President Gene Rudd interviews Dr. Ron Bryce about his book Fingerprint of God. Finally, listen and learn more about Dr. Bill Griffin, CMDA’s new Dental Director.

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Scapegoating the Church for LGBT Suicide and Stigma

Scapegoating the Church for LGBT Suicide and Stigma

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 27, 2019 /

Health statistics for people who identify as GLBTQ+ are recognized as poor compared to the general population. Finding causation for those negative statistics in stigma and the religious groups that allegedly promote it is the ideological zeitgeist. California Assemblyman Evan Low just introduced non-binding resolution ACR-99 Civil rights: lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, which states, “The stigma associated with being LGBT often created by groups in society, including therapists and religious groups, has caused disproportionately high rates of suicide, attempted suicide, depression, rejection, and isolation amongst LGBT and questioning individuals;” and it isn’t the only time “religious groups,” “pastors” or “religious leaders” are mentioned in the text condemning “conversion therapy.” It’s conceptual and factual error and ultimately hurts sexual minorities. Blame shifting does that.

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A Deeper Faith Al Weir, MD May 21, 2019

Preaching to Myself

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 26, 2019 /

Like most of my writings, much of what I have to say is me preaching to myself. Recently I have been struck by several encounters with patients who were either very irritated or irritating. Either way, what should our response be? When someone is being demanding or has unrealistic requests and is upset when we cannot fulfill them? Or maybe they are just plain rude? What do we do?

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Calling 911 Al Weir, MD June 25, 2019

Calling 911

By Al Weir, MD / June 25, 2019 /

“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you’” (John 17:1, ESV).

William carries the diagnosis of autism. He is a handsome and strong young man whose family loves the Lord. I have been praying daily for William, but my prayers may not have been correct. A few years ago, when William was much younger, his family was gathered with all eight of William’s siblings and cousins. As usual, there was vigorous activity throughout the house. Then someone noticed that William was missing.

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Discipleship Deserves Our Investment

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 20, 2019 /

Thank you for your review, feedback, and shout-outs given toward last month’s newsletter. It was our first newsletter for this ministry and we pray that it blessed you. I give a personal shout out to my colleague and graphic designer Mariah, whose talents helped our content to shine. I pray that this month’s content blesses you as you read the story of one of our medical students who shares her journey of faith and how CMDA, her godly community and her peers have helped to disciple her faith.

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In Favor of Organ Donation? June 20, 2019

In Favor of Organ Donation?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / June 20, 2019 /

The Department of Health & Social Care of GOV.UK recently notified its email subscribers of a new law regarding organ donation in England. Beginning in 2020, “Everyone in England over the age of 18 will be considered to be in favour of donating their organs and tissues after death unless: They have said they don’t want to donate their organs (they have ‘opted out’). They have appointed a representative to decide for them after their death. They are in one of the excluded groups – under the age of 18, ordinarily resident in England for less than 12 months before their death, or lack mental capacity for a significant period before their death.”

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Significance Al Weir, MD June 18, 2019

Significance

By Al Weir, MD / June 18, 2019 /

“The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, ‘If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself’” (Luke 23:36, NIV 1984).

Each of us should have a few very special friends in our lives. Dr. Mark Johnston is one of those for me. I love this man, and God has done amazing things through his life, none of which I will mention here. He and I have been serving together in an Albanian mission for Christ over the last 25 years. Mark has been feeling the call of God into an even deeper walk with Him. Not long ago, Mark’s pastor asked his church members to place on the altar a sacrifice, to give to God something that God would truly desire. As Mark was praying earnestly what sacrificial offering might please his Lord, he clearly heard the inaudible message, “How about significance?”

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Emerging Leaders Pass on the Ministry of Dentistry June 17, 2019

Emerging Leaders Pass on the Ministry of Dentistry

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 17, 2019 /

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10, NKJV).

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Trust in Patient Relationships June 13, 2019

Trust in Patient Relationships

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 13, 2019 /

Any third year medical student knows that the basic principles of medical ethics are autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. At least, that is, according to Beauchamp and Childress’s Principles of Medical Ethics, first published in 1985. For many people these are the only specific guidelines we should employ in sorting through clinical ethics conundrums. In western medicine, Autonomy (with a capital A) seems to be the primary, major consideration. The customer is always right.

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Author | Contributor Richard A. Swenson, MD

Richard A. Swenson, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Richard A. Swenson, MD, received his B.S. in physics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Denison University (1970) and his M.D. from the University of Illinois School of Medicine (1974). Following five years of private practice, in 1982 Dr. Swenson accepted a teaching position as Associate Clinical Professor within the University of Wisconsin Medical School system where he taught for fifteen years. He currently is a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author, and educator. As a physician, his focus is “cultural medicine,” researching the intersection of health and culture. As a futurist, his emphasis is fourfold: the future of the world system, western culture, faith, and healthcare.

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Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD

Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his ThD from Duke University Divinity School. He is assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School. He teaches and mentors divinity students, medical and other health professions students and psychiatry residents at Duke.

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William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD

William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD, is professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic and an expert on disorders of the autonomic nervous system. At Mayo Clinic in Florida he chairs the Ethics Committee and leads the Program in Professionalism & Values. The neurology department chose him as teacher of the year in 2015. At CMDA Dr. Cheshire chairs the Ethics Committee.

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Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD, Author

Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Dónal P. O’Mathúna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, and Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. He is a member of CMA and the Paul Tournier Institute speaker’s bureau. He is the Chairperson of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St James’s Hospital Ethics Committee in Dublin.

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Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in McLean, Virginia and is a staff physician in the Primary Care Division of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group (Arlington, VA). He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. He has served on the general internal medicine faculty at three medical schools: Yale University, University of Connecticut and Georgetown University. He also teaches continuing medical education courses for the Continuing Medical Education, Inc. University at Sea program. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998).

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Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Reginald Finger, MD, MPH received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 1983 from the University of Washington in Seattle. For much of his career, Dr. Finger has worked in disease prevention and health promotion in state and local health departments. Dr. Finger has been a CMDA member since 2003.

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Kenneth M. Dudley, MD

Kenneth M. Dudley, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Kenneth Earl Dudley, MD teaches Ethics and Epidemiology at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine as an associate professor. His PowerPoint presentations have been outreach events for medical and college students, or tailored to CMDA and church audiences. He has a BA in Bible-Theology from Moody Bible Institute, a BS in Biology and an MD from MSU. He has practiced as a board certified Family Physician since 1983.

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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 11, 2019 /

Dr. Jeffrey Barrows is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who in 1999 joined the staff of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to help administrate a medical education mission outreach called Medical Education International (MEI). While working with the Christian Medical Association, he was asked by the U.S. State Department in 2004 to research the health consequences of Human Trafficking. From 2005-2008, he compiled and submitted an annual report to the Director of the State Department’s -Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking of Persons. This research resulted in the article Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional published in the May 2008 Southern Medical Journal.

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Harold Paul Adolph, MD

Harold Paul Adolph, MD

By Harold P. Adolph, MD, FACS / June 11, 2019 /

Harold Paul Adolph, MD, has devoted his professional career to volunteering and serving as a medical missionary. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he has been a board certified physician since 1965. Since that time, he has served as Chief of Surgery at various mission hospitals in Taiwan, Ethiopia, Liberia and Niger. For the past 10 years, he assisted in building a surgical training center in South Central Ethiopia as the president of St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation. An active member of CMDA, he previously served as a trustee of CMDA, and also received the CMDA Servant of Christ award in 2003. In 2007, he was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame, and was recently recognized as a Lifetime Distinguished Fellow of the American College of General Surgery. He and his wife Bonnie Jo have two children, David and Carolyn, who also serve as career missionaries in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Getting It Al Weir, MD June 11, 2019

Getting It

By Al Weir, MD / June 11, 2019 /

“Whoever closes his ears to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered” (Proverbs 21:13, ESV).

Last week my son-in law-called me with a new problem. He had sneezed vigorously, and, after that sneeze, had developed periorbital pain, swelling around his eye and a minor change in vision. My daughter sent me a text picture of his eyes with one pupil smaller than the other. I had no idea what was going on, but, as an oncologist, I had seen nasopharyngeal cancers looking just so.

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Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA

Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Autumn Dawn Eudaly Galbreath, MD, MBA is an internist in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband, David, and their three children. Though they met in medical school, David now owns a restaurant in the San Antonio area. Between the two of them, they have experienced multiple career transitions, and weathered the resultant stresses on their marriage and family.

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Sam Molind, DMD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Team Leader, Global Health Outreach
Dr. Sam Molind left his Montpelier, Vermont practice in 1998 to begin Global Health Outreach (GHO) and directed it for 12 years. Prior to his work with GHO, Dr. Molind served as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical School and had a private oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Montpelier.

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Jonathan Imbody

Jonathan Imbody

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Jonathan Imbody serves as Director Federal Government Relations and directs the Christian Medical Association’s Washington Office. As CMA’s liaison with the federal government, he makes more than 200 personal contacts with Congressional leaders and government officials each year.

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Walt Heyer

Walt Heyer

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Walt Heyer was a husband, father and corporate executive who underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 42, going from man to woman.

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Omari Hodge, MD

Omari Hodge, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Omari Hodge is originally from Brooklyn, New York but moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia in his teens. He attended college at the University of West Georgia where he met his wife Kiera Hodge. Through his wife’s hard work and support he was able to attend Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. By the time medical school was finished there were a total of four kids in the Hodge family. He spent three years in Greenwood, South Carolina for residency and has since relocated to Marietta, Georgia. He and his wife have served on a number of trips with CMDA and have recently decided that God was calling them to lead an annual trip in Ethiopia.

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Ryan T. Anderson, PhD

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD, is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and he is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Momentand Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

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André Van Mol, MD

André Van Mol, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

André Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in private practice. He serves on the boards of Bethel Church of Redding and Moral Revolution (moralrevolution.com), and is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatrician’s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality.

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Allan Josephson, MD

Allan Josephson, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Allan Josephson, MD, is Professor and Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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Walt Larimore, MD

Walt Larimore, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Walt Larimore, MD, Award-winning Family Physician and Best-Selling Author, Nationally-Recognized Family Physician and Educator Dr. Larimore has been a practicing family physician for over 30 years (delivering over 1,500 babies).

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Robert Orr, MD, CM

Robert Orr, MD, CM

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 10, 2019 /

Dr. Robert Orr received his MD, CM from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine and practiced in Vermont for 18 years. He was named Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

The New HHS Conscience Rule: What It Means to You and Your Patients

By Jonathan Imbody / June 6, 2019 /

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that implements 25 federal conscience laws and strongly protects the exercise of conscience freedom by health professionals and health entities in HHS funded programs. HHS had issued a proposed conscience rule in January 2018 and finalized the rule May 2 after reviewing some 242,000 public comments, including from the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and Freedom2Care, which strongly support the rule.

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On the Side: June 2019 Marathons and Medicine by Shelly Wyrick

On the Side: June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 4, 2019 /

With the weather warming, I now can wear my favorite sun visor. The words “Missoula Marathon” are written across the headband with a silhouette of a moose that has running shoes dangling from his antlers. It’s super cute. But as I wear it like a trophy, people don’t realize the backstory.

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Two by Two Al Weir, MD June 4, 2019

Two by Two

By Al Weir, MD / June 4, 2019 /

“And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits…So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent…” (Mark 6:7-13, ESV).

Beni Baboçi often assists us with our medical evangelism work in the Balkans. He came to my home the other night and shared with me his early days of ministry. In those days he was part of a team that trudged from village to village in the rural mountains of Albania sharing the Jesus Film, accepted by some and rejected by others. As he spoke, I envisioned the disciples’ experience when Jesus first sent them out from village to village, two by two, preaching that people should repent.

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Conscience Rights: Does Your Medical Association Support Them? June 3, 2019

Conscience Rights: Does Your Medical Association Support Them?

By Anne Foster / June 3, 2019 /

Where leading medical institutions stand on the right of conscience and religious freedom can sway court decisions and influence federal legislation. Therefore, it is important to know where prominent groups, such as the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization, stand on these issues. Each of these groups represents a vast number of medical professionals, and yet their policies do not always accurately express their members’ diverse views, nor do they defend their members’ first amendment rights.

In some cases, the stances of medical organizations stand in direct opposition to the principles in federal law and regulations, which are outlined at the end of this essay.

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The Future Today July 2, 2018

Christian Doctor’s Digest – June 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 30, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Dr. Steve Sartori to talk about CMDA’s new Center for Well-being. Next, he interviews Dr. Matt Montgomery about his experience on mission trips with CMDA’s Global Health Outreach.

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Spirit of the Everlasting God May 29, 2019

Spirit of the Everlasting God

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 29, 2019 /

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, ESV).

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Our Demons Al Weir, MD May 28, 2019

Our Demons

By Al Weir, MD / May 28, 2019 /

“For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet” (Mark 5:4, NIV 1984).

I am trying again to memorize the book of Mark for no other reason than God asked me to do it. The beginning of chapter 5 drove my memory back to one Sunday afternoon, walking through the streets of the small Nigerian village of Sanubi, after we had attended church services. As we approached a concrete block house set off from the others, we came upon a young man, clearly mentally ill, sitting in the dirt with his feet locked by chains. He was talking delusionally, and it was not clear to me whether his chains were there to protect others or to protect him from himself.

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Unmasking Medical Marijuana May 23, 2019

Unmasking Medical Marijuana

By Amy Givler, MD / May 23, 2019 /

At age 60, I can pretty much say I will never recommend marijuana to any of my patients. I have far too clear memories of my teenage years, when I knew many friends and family who smoked pot, to their detriment. In high school it wasn’t hard to tell who was using regularly because it interfered with their learning. They seemed slightly disoriented and less aware of what was going on around them.

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A Deeper Faith Al Weir, MD May 21, 2019

A Deeper Faith

By Al Weir, MD / May 21, 2019 /

“…For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:8-11, ESV).

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Finding Rest May 16, 2019

Finding Rest

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 16, 2019 /

How often do you rest? If you’re anything like me, your answer is, “Not often enough!” Most of us are overwhelmed with things that can be outside of our direct control—a busy practice, a crashing patient, an EMR that requires 1,000 clicks per chart, a healthcare system that increases the RVU requirement every year or two, a prodigal child, a distant spouse. Of course, we have input into the things which we allow to fill our time. But very often, we don’t have control over them. Other people’s requirements and expectations place demands on us that are difficult to simply discard or ignore. And, as healthcare professionals, we are doing good. Our work benefits people. We minister to others in their times of greatest need. Good busyness is the hardest kind to fight because it’s easy to justify.

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Why Do We Follow Jesus? May 15, 2019

Why Do We Follow Jesus?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 15, 2019 /

Why do you follow Jesus?

These are answers I hear a lot: The Bible says so. I grew up in a Christian home. I had an experience with God.

But we are told our lives will be more difficult. That does not sound good. There will be a reward, but not necessarily in this lifetime. Jesus is not always a “nice guy.” Do we want to believe what is pleasant and easy, or what is true? Even though I don’t like my phone bill, I know it is true.

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Tusculum Al Weir, MD May 14, 2019

Tusculum

By Al Weir, MD / May 14, 2019 /

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7, NIV 1984).

I was visiting Ron today. I had been on the periphery of his medical care, but mostly he was my friend, stuck in his home with a stroke and a broken leg. After we had chatted awhile, I noticed a college diploma from Tusculum University and asked him where Tusculum was located.

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Gene Editing to Make Better Human Beings? September 14, 2017

Making Lifesaving Choices

By David Prentice, PhD / May 9, 2019 /

The promises of biotechnology are legion. Many excellent opportunities do exist to develop lifesaving therapies. Many more provide a tempting siren song of “cures!” And if you’re in the healthcare field, at some point you will be asked about your position on some of these wonderful new cures on the horizon. Here’s a short list of some of the recent melodies being sung regarding medical miracles, as well as some truth regarding these apparent wonders.

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On the Side: May 2019

On the Side: May 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 7, 2019 /

“Doctors make the worst patients,” or so the saying goes. Being trained as a physician myself, I refuse to comment, because I am a little biased. But, since I am also married to a physician, I can say that doctors are often non-compliant patients. I could tell you stories that would prove this, but I won’t do so here. You probably have your own examples!

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Silent Listening Al Weir, MD May 7, 2019

Silent Listening

By Al Weir, MD / May 7, 2019 /

“And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me’” (Mark 2:14a, ESV).

Arnie was retired from his orthopedic practice and helping lead the retreat for Christian doctors. He did not know it would be he who would be changed. Based on Dallas Willard’s book Hearing God, the retreat speaker challenged his audience, “I want you each to take the next five minutes and just listen to the Lord in silence.” After three minutes of silent listening, Arnie heard God ask him in the silence, “How are you spending your time?” From that moment, Arnie’s life was rearranged.

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Intersex: What It Is And Is Not May 2, 2019

Intersex: What It Is And Is Not

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / May 2, 2019 /

Intersex is a colloquialism for what is more formally titled Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Per psychiatrist Karl Benzio in an article published in Today’s Christian Doctor in 2015: “Intersex – People who have anatomy that is not considered typically male or female or have anatomy not matching their genetic sex of XX or XY. Most come to medical attention because healthcare professionals or parents notice something unusual about their bodies or puberty or fertility isn’t normal, but some are not known until death/autopsy.”

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Feeling the ‘Burn’ in Burnout February 28, 2017

Christian Doctor’s Digest – May 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens interviews healthcare missionary Dr. Eli Horn about his experiences with burnout. Next, he’s joined by Dr. John Chuck about personal health for healthcare professionals and how to create a balance between work and life.

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“I Chose to Believe” Al Weir, MD April 30, 2019

“I Chose to Believe”

By Al Weir, MD / April 30, 2019 /

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer…” (Philippians 4:6, NASB).

Paul married a girl I grew up with. They worked in Christian ministry together, and then he developed cancer and died. While he was living with cancer, Paul sent out an update to friends and supporters. Within that update he wrote, “A few weeks after finishing my radiation treatments a friend asked me what I had come to know about God through my ordeal. I had been wrestling with many thoughts that very day, and I realized that everything came down to one thing: I had to either believe God’s Word, the Bible, or not.  I chose to believe. As a result, I understood in a new way that God is really sovereign and in control of my life and I am not.”

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Religious Students and Faculty Face Discriminatory Dogma

By Jonathan Imbody / April 29, 2019 /

The cauldron of ideological hostility toward religious principles and people of faith at Yale Law School just boiled over, and its discriminatory policies targeting religious students threaten to ooze throughout academia and beyond.

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Do You See Me?

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / April 25, 2019 /

Regardless of your practice setting, you encounter them also. Those uncertain of themselves yet confident in the need that has violated their entire body. That need for more, the need to fabricate pain just to get more.

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Saving Dogs Al Weir, MD April 23, 2019

Saving Dogs

By Al Weir, MD / April 23, 2019 /

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16, NIV 1984).

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Who Are We?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / April 18, 2019 /

“We started it,” Dr. Atul Gawande told Vox interviewer Sarah Kliff in 2017 when he was asked about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Gawande, a surgeon and author, was referring to the role healthcare professionals played in producing the staggering number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States.

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Gethsemane’s Light on Transitions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 17, 2019 /

“And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them” (John 17.10, NKJV)

Resurrection Sunday blesses the calendars of our lives uniquely this Sunday.  It lifts up the life of our Lord as a model for so many transitions we face along the journey into which Christ has commissioned us.  The passion of our Lord’s heart – poured out in His high priestly prayer of Gethsemane’s Garden – reveals how Jesus evaluated the preparations He made for the transition He would face.

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I Still Need the Cross Al Weir, MD April 16, 2019

I Still Need the Cross

By Al Weir, MD / April 16, 2019 /

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life”  (1 Timothy 1:15-16, NIV 1984).

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Mandatory Re-Testing? April 11, 2019

Mandatory Re-Testing?

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 11, 2019 /

Driver’s license renewal age standards vary from state to state. In Arizona, drivers over the age of 65 have a shorter license renewal cycle. In Hawaii, the renewal cycle drops from every eight years to every two years for persons over 72. In Illinois, the renewal cycle drops from four years to two after the age of 81, and then it drops to a yearly renewal cycle after 87 years.

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Underwater Breathing Al Weir, MD April 9, 2019

Underwater Breathing

By Al Weir, MD / April 9, 2019 /

“The Lord God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…” (Genesis 2:7, NIV 1984).

I did not read Dr. David Stevens’ email until late that evening when I finished rounds. The morning email had asked for prayer for his grandson’s near drowning and critical condition.

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Conscience Freedoms Protect Against Ideological Agendas April 5, 2018

Essay 16: American Conscience Law and Principles Defy the Anti-conscience Movement in Healthcare

By Jonathan Imbody / April 4, 2019 /

Health professionals today who hold to historically noncontroversial moral and ethical standards—such as not killing born or unborn patients—face increasing pressures to compromise those moral and ethical standards. The coercive pressures come from ideologues and activists within and outside medicine, from demanding patients and from the government.

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On the Side: April 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 3, 2019 /

Her eyes met mine as she poured out her heart: “I have a great husband. A wonderful child. We matched and already sold our house. So, why do I feel so depressed?”

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Plain Talk Al Weir, MD April 2, 2019

Plain Talk

By Al Weir, MD / April 2, 2019 /

Sometimes God “talks plain”—usually when our ears are stuffed with the wax of the world. In my own life, these plain-speaking times have not been pleasant. When God has had to “talk plain” in my life, it has been because I was headed in the wrong direction. His words were indeed clear, but they sounded like a two-by-four striking my skull.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 1, 2019 /

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Dr. Steve Manning, a physician from North Carolina who made the jump to Direct Primary Care. Next, he interviews Dr. Tim Elmore about his new book Marching Off the Map.

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New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms October 19, 2017

Adult Stem Cells Are the Gold Standard

By David Prentice, PhD / March 28, 2019 /

Adult stem cells are the successful gold standard of stem cells, especially when it comes to patients and therapies. Adult stem cells are in fact the only type of stem cell to have shown validated, published results of therapeutic benefit to patients. A recent published review of stem cell research documents the significant efficacy gap between embryonic and adult stem cells.

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Overcoming Isolation March 26, 2019

Overcoming Isolation

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / March 26, 2019 /

Drunk, rowdy, and foul smelling, he came into a busy clinic last night. He was roomed immediately to get the disruption out of the waiting room, but his volume penetrated the walls and disrupted multiple other clinic rooms. He had no ID, wouldn’t tell us his name and had no chief complaint.

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03/26/2019 WEEKLY DEVOTIONS

Witness by Proxy

By Al Weir, MD / March 26, 2019 /

“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus would not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’” (Mark 5:18-19, NIV 1984).

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Transgender Athletics: A Justice Issue March 14, 2019

Transgender Athletics: A Justice Issue

By Amy Givler, MD / March 14, 2019 /

Nobody who knows me would call me an athlete. If I wasn’t picked last for team sports at school, then it was next to last. Every time. Because of this pathetic natural ability, I have never been one who availed myself of all the sports opportunities I was given.

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The Ptarmigan Trail Al Weir, MD March 12, 2019

The Ptarmigan Trail

By Al Weir, MD / March 12, 2019 /

“‘What is truth?’ Pilate asked…” (John 18:38, NIV 1984).

I spoke again to my friend in the mountains, the one who follows Buddha rather than Christ, the one who suffered multiple surgeries from a skateboard accident. We met up again in Colorado when I was there recently for a medical conference. We climbed together to the Ptarmigan Lakes at 12,500 feet, wrapped in the grandeur of God’s creation. I shared the gospel and he shared his faith in Buddhism.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – March 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 11, 2019 /

The March 2019 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest… we’re talking about getting together with old friends from organizations that we have worked with for many years. Our guests are Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, CEO of Nurses Christian Fellowship and John Stonestreet, host of Breakpoint.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny November 2, 2017

Essay 15: Medicine Needs Challengers

By Jonathan Imbody / March 7, 2019 /

As noted in previous essays, a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece entitled, “Physicians, Not Conscripts — Conscientious Objection in Health Care,” by Affordable Care Act architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and University of Pennsylvania professor Ronit Stahl, advocates for limiting the exercise of conscience objections.

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Chasing the Wind March 6, 2019

Chasing the Wind

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 6, 2019 /

In dental school, several of my instructors would mention their theory of why the suicide rate among dentists was so high, sometimes as a joke or some for serious reasons. One professor’s theory made the most sense to me: Work itself can become very redundant and most restorations eventually fail. You can feel like you’ve worked so hard to bring someone’s mouth into health and restore their smile, but if they don’t take care of their mouth, all of your hard work can fall apart. He also mentioned that if you’re in it for the money, that will fail you too. If all you’ve built your life on is your work and your things, then it’s going to be a big disappointment.

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I spoke again to my friend in the mountains, the one who follows Buddha rather than Christ, the one who suffered multiple surgeries from a skateboard accident. We met up again in Colorado when I was there recently for a medical conference. We climbed together to the Ptarmigan Lakes at 12,500 feet, wrapped in the grandeur of God’s creation. I shared the gospel and he shared his faith in Buddhism. It stands to reason that two conflicting statements should not both be true. And yet, our present world suggests they can. How do we as individuals, as followers of Christ, as people of reason, decide what is truth in life? When reasonable people disagree about important issues, how do we decide who is correct? In my own simplistic thinking, I know of four ways to discover truth—to discover “life as it really is.”

Mountain Wonder

By Al Weir, MD / March 5, 2019 /

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3, NIV 1984).

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Useful Prayer, June 5, 2018

This Forgiveness Thing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 4, 2019 /

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25, NIV 1984).

We were sitting in a circle, the windows around us open to the East Tennessee Mountains, a group of Christian healthcare professionals sharing personal prayer requests. Andy is in his mid-seventies. He hemmed and hawed a bit before he paused and spit it out, “I need prayer for this forgiveness thing we’ve been talking about.” He paused again, as if almost holding it in, and then continued, “I’ve been divorced 21 years. I know I have forgiven her a number of times for leaving me, but it keeps popping up and interferes with all my thinking. I need your prayers to just settle it.”

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On the Side: March 2019

By Carol Mason Shrader / March 4, 2019 /

The restaurant play area was already packed with children. I could only imagine the germs that my three 2-year-olds were about to encounter. I could just turn around and walk back to the car – I didn’t know a soul there and they would never miss me. Honestly, the ONLY reason I kept moving forward toward the group gathered from the church we had just visited was because I had told my husband and my mother that I was going and I knew BOTH would ask me how it went.

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On the Side: February 2019

On the Side: February 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 4, 2019 /

The Bible talks about the Keys to the Kingdom.

After Peter’s confession that Jesus is “…the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus told him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:16, 17-19 (NASB)

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Disappointment, Rejection and Betrayal, and Reasonable Expectations February 28, 2019

Disappointment, Rejection and Betrayal, and Reasonable Expectations

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / February 28, 2019 /

My senior pastor instructs that successful Christian living—I would add “or any successful life”—requires being prepared for the inevitability of disappointment, rejection and betrayal. Expectation is not fixation but preparation. The aim is not to sour you on life, but to bullet proof you a bit from its down side and to recognize the prize God provides through it.

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Blue Heeler Love Al Weir, MD February 26, 2019

Blue Heeler Love

By Al Weir, MD / February 26, 2019 /

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34, NIV 1984).

He was there to check his iron levels, a bit younger than I with a black, bushy beard. I asked him about the deep scratches on his arms.
“That’s from my dog,” he said.
“What kind of dog do you have?”
“A pit bull,” he said.
“I’d get another kind of dog,” I said, touching the scars on his arms.
“I had two dogs,” he continued.  “One of them gave his life for me. I was walking through the woods and nearly stepped on a copperhead. He would’ve struck me, but my blue heeler jumped out and took the bite right in his neck. My pit bull then attacked the snake, took a strike in the face, but killed the snake.”
“What happened to your heeler?”
“He disappeared in the woods for two days. I found him, but he died five days later. That dog died for me.”

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About 39 Minutes Remaining…

By Stan Haegert, MD, MPH / February 21, 2019 /

The little gray box at the upper corner of my laptop screen told me certain updates could not be completed without a restart. Might as well “Restart Now” and get it over with, so I could plunge into the day’s work without further interruption, right?

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No Politics in the Exam Room? February 21, 2019

No Politics in the Exam Room?

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / February 21, 2019 /

One of the many reasons I entered the medical field was because I innocently thought medicine was apolitical. It did not take very long to see—even as a medical student—how very wrong-headed that idea was! So it was with some surprise that I read recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) the article about Leana Wen, MD, entitled, “New Planned Parenthood President: No Politics in the Exam Room.”

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Sheep, Wolves, Serpents and Doves February 19, 2019

Sheep, Wolves, Serpents and Doves

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 19, 2019 /

Let’s face it. Not everyone in the dental “industry” has a passion for oral healthcare. For some, dentistry is a moneymaking opportunity. Christian owners of businesses are sometimes overwhelmed, sometimes misunderstood and sometimes conflicted.

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Wanting the Healer Al Weir, MD February 19, 2019

Wanting the Healer

By Al Weir, MD / February 19, 2019 /

“…for I am the Lord, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26b, NIV 1984).

He was a bit short of breath as he sat on the side of his bed, trying to regain his strength after a therapy complication had placed him on dialysis.
“I think we will hold your cancer treatment for a few weeks,” I told him.
“That will be good,” he said. “It makes me weak.”
“We need you to get your strength back and then we can deal with all your other stuff,” I continued.
He nodded, and then, after a pause for reflection, added, “You know, Cathy and I have decided that we are going to start seeking the Healer more than the healing.”

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Civility February 14, 2019

Civility

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 14, 2019 /

A few years ago, at the height of the embryonic stem cell research controversy and public debate, I was asked to be one of four presenters for a Friday medical school forum discussing this topic. There were three other presenters: a semi-retired professor whose area of work was in rehabilitation and advocating for accommodations for persons with disabilities, a social science professor and Dr. X, an MD/PhD whose main area of study was stem cell research. I was the lone conservative.

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The Grace of Healing Al Weir, MD February 12, 2019

The Grace of Healing

By Al Weir, MD / February 12, 2019 /

“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured” (Mark 1:41-42, NIV 1984).

Thus far he had beaten two cancers, along with chronic hepatitis and severe peripheral vascular disease.
I told him, “You have had more bad happen to you than most anybody I know. You are really an overcomer. Why do you think God has been so good to you?”
“Grace,” he said. “God has just treated me special. I know lots of other folks who had what I got and they didn’t make it.”
“Why are you special?” I asked.
“No reason. I don’t deserve it.”

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The Future Today July 2, 2018

Edict Aimed at Pro-Life OB/Gyns Shows what “Choose, You Lose” Looks Like in Practice

By Jonathan Imbody / February 7, 2019 /

In a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece entitled, “Physicians, Not Conscripts — Conscientious Objection in Health Care,” Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and University of Pennsylvania professor Ronit Stahl advocate ridding healthcare of conscience protections.

Eliminating conscience protections effectively would rid healthcare of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who rely upon those protections. Polling indicates that ethically driven physicians will leave medicine altogether, avoid the OB/Gyn specialty or restrict their practices rather than compromise their consciences.

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On the Side: February 2019

On the Side: February 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 5, 2019 /

The Bible talks about the Keys to the Kingdom.

After Peter’s confession that Jesus is “…the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus told him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:16, 17-19 (NASB)

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A Bad Dream

By Al Weir, MD / February 5, 2019 /

On the first day of my week away from work at the CMDA National Convention, my wife told me, “I had this horrible dream last night.” Now, I’m used to my wife occasionally sharing bad dreams with me, none of which have ever come true; so, I asked her for the details. “I was on this spiral stairway, leading to who knows where. Nora Jane (our 3-year-old granddaughter) was on the bottom step, but the bottom step dropped off into a long fall. A big man was coming down the stairs above me and Nora Jane is afraid of big men. I was scared to death when she looked up in fright and backed off the step into nothingness. I cried out to you and you just stood there looking into your phone.”

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – February 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 2, 2019 /

The February 2019 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest…A look into hospitality as a way to evangelize within the home. Conservative Christians admit that they do not speak out on political or cultural issues because they do not know how to support their beliefs from a biblical basis. We’ll look at how to defend the Gospel. And finally, the demands of cross-cultural ministry can be overwhelming and draining, leading to discouragement and burnout. We’ll learn how to live the holy, faithful lives God intends for us.

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A Plug for Written Prayers January 31, 2019

A Plug for Written Prayers

By Amy Givler, MD / January 31, 2019 /

When I was a young Christian, I thought written prayers were stale, while my own prayers were spontaneous and alive. Now I think the opposite. Left to my own devices, my prayers sound remarkably similar to one another. And by similar, I mean dull. Heartfelt, but dull.

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Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint January 29, 2019

Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 29, 2019 /

Not long ago, a patient walked in to my office and requested tooth whitening. After a brief exam, I found multiple abscessed teeth as well as loose restorative material that posed an aspiration risk. None of these findings seemed to concern him one bit.

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The Band Director Al Weir, MD January 29, 2019

The Band Director

By Al Weir, MD / January 29, 2019 /

Thad Williams underwent the first bone marrow transplant in Memphis when we treated him for his Burkitt’s lymphoma years ago. He and his wife Cathy became dear friends, bound together by their struggle and by our mutual love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Thad survived the transplant and lived more than 15 additional years before God called him home. Today, my wife and I attended Cathy’s last concert as band director in her city’s high school, a school system she served for 37 years. It was a celebration of Cathy’s life. Many speakers described her accomplishments and lauded her with words like: kindness, competence, mentor, passion and determination—words that well describe our Lord when He walked the earth. With such praise surrounding her, Cathy conducted her final concert as band director, ending with a magnificent arrangement of “God of Our Fathers.”

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Is Dentistry Becoming Dull? January 28, 2019

Is Dentistry Becoming Dull?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 28, 2019 /

Are class II composites getting old fast? Tired of searching for canals on that maxillary molar? Is dentistry becoming dull? This could be for several reasons, but one thing to consider is how much you are doing your daily work for the glory of God. Are you working for yourself, for others or for the Lord?

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James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, FCCP, FACP

James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, FCCP, FACP

By James Avery, MD / January 28, 2019 / Comments Off on James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FAAHPM, FCCP, FACP

Hospice | End of Life Care

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Religious Practices are Healthy for Your Children

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / January 24, 2019 /

Dr. David Stevens explores the topic of religious practices and how they can make a difference in your child’s health. He shares about a recent study that shows how a religious upbringing is a very large protective factor on adolescents.

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Goals for the Day Al Weir, MD January 22, 2019

Goals for the Day

By Al Weir, MD / January 22, 2019 /

Dr. Dave Hafer is a retired maxillofacial surgeon in Montana. He and his wife Bobbie took up painting to fill the Montana winters. They are both incredibly talented and love their new avocation. They love it so much that Dave took it to the Lord and asked Him, “Don’t let this be just for us. Show us how to use it for your glory.” And they have, repeatedly auctioning their work to raise funds for Christian ministries. Last year when they attended a conference for Christian women physicians, an attendee asked him, “Would you consider letting me commission you to do a painting?” Dave replied, “I guess I can do that. What did you have in mind?” The physician answered, “I want a picture of heaven. I want to place it on my office wall so that every morning when I arrive for work, I am reminded of my goal for the day.”

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Ethics, Sexuality and Truth

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / January 21, 2019 /

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath shares about a recent talk she listened to on ethics and sexuality, as well as how that impacts her daily practice of healthcare.

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A Word About Blessed Events

By Ken Jones / October 19, 2020 /

Because October is Down Syndrome Month …

A Word About Blessed Events

Everyone knows that phrase: A Blessed Event.

         A blessed event is what happens when a baby is born.

        A blessed event occurs when that familiar sound splits the air,

                And a neonate cries for the very first time,

And an heir is born who can help carry on the family name and lineage.

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The Control Panel of Life

By Ken Jones / September 14, 2020 /

“Control” is a word we use all the time, have you noticed? In science, every researcher insists on the careful documentation of experiments and the importance of control groups for accuracy in successful drug development. Television studios all have some control room, where people sit staring at monitors to determine which camera angle best captures the story that is unfolding. Every large airport in the world has a control tower, rising several stories above the surrounding runways. Men and women sit in those high control towers looking out on the horizon, while simultaneously watching monitors that display the exact location of airplanes wanting to land or waiting for permission to take off. The pilots are certainly flying the planes, but the controllers are in…control.

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Could You Repeat That?

By Ken Jones / August 1, 2020 /

Communicating through protective masks is something our culture is trying to get used to. Healthcare professionals, of course, have learned to talk through masks as a part of their everyday lives. But sometimes, the challenge isn’t about just being heard. It’s about measuring the weight and value of the words to begin with.

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A Deeper Faith Al Weir, MD May 21, 2019

A Word About…Our Times

By Ken Jones / July 14, 2020 /

CMDA offers its members and friends some great opportunities for educational travel, and I’ve been privileged to be in Greece and retrace the footsteps of Paul and his missionary journeys. On our trip, I vividly remember standing atop Mars Hill, reading aloud Paul’s address to those Stoic philosophers.

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Conversations of The Inner-man

By Ken Jones / June 23, 2020 /

I recently spent time with a dying man, a wonderful Christian man who was wrestling with end-of-life issues. As a pastor for a long time, I will tell you, this is not the first conversation I’d ever had with an individual facing a terminal illness who seemed perplexed by decisions he never had to think about before.

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Signs in the Window of Your Life

By Ken Jones / May 11, 2020 /

A loyal customer might look at a sign like that and wonder, “Will the new management know my name, or what I like, or even who I am?” And a potential new customer might wonder what went wrong with the previous management that would result in ‘new’ management being needed?

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I Was Just Thinking …

By Ken Jones / May 11, 2020 /

As he began his conversation with me, he said, “I hope I’m not disturbing you. But, since I saw your door open, and it looked like all you were doing was thinking, I wondered if I could share something with you?”

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The Dilemma of the Grocery Cart

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 17, 2019 /

Word pictures represent important tools coaches often use in helping their clients ‘re-frame’ or visualize their lives from a different perspective. And one of the word pictures I have often described involves what I call ‘the dilemma of a grocery cart.

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Five Questions Al Weir, MD January 15, 2019

Five Questions

By Al Weir, MD / January 15, 2019 /

This week Ron was in his wheelchair, at the end of his journey with cancer. I asked him if he had any fears.

“No, I am all right. I know where I am going.”

“That’s great,” I said. “We were reading John 11 in Bible study this week and I have been reassured about my own death.”

“I love John 14:2,” he said. “In my Father’s house are many rooms…” (NIV 1984).

“You are right on,” I said. “You should also check out John 11:25.”

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