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On the Side: December 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 1, 2017 /

The Child Life Specialist was working with my 3-year-old triplets in an effort to prepare them all for Benjamin’s upcoming surgery. “This is a doctor,” she told them patiently, as she held up a photograph of a man in dress clothes and tie. “Now who do you think this is?” she asked, holding up a photo of the same man dressed in blue scrubs and a blue surgical scrub hat. “Daddy!” my three screamed in unison.

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Treating the New Chronic Pain Patient

By Amy Givler, MD / November 30, 2017 /

I had a tooth pulled last month. I wasn’t expecting much post-op pain because the tooth already had a root canal, years earlier. Yet with my mouth clamped on a large cotton wad after the procedure, I heard my oral surgeon say to his assistant, “Print out a script for Norco 7.5’s – 30 of them.”

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Marijuana: Profits, Politics and Popularity Over People August 1, 2018

The Commercialization of Marijuana

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / November 22, 2017 /

What happens when marijuana is legalized for either medical or recreational use with little regulation and almost no enforcement? Unfortunately, we know by looking at what has happened in Colorado over the last few years, as Ben Cort relates in his excellent book Weed, Inc.

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The “Force” May Not Be With You November 21, 2017

The “Force” May Not Be With You

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 21, 2017 /

December 14, 2017 marks the day “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scheduled to appear in theatres across the country. No doubt, lines will be long and start forming hours before the first showing, as patrons vie to be among the first to see the latest Lucas Films offering, and remember again those epic words, “The force will be with you.”

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Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / November 16, 2017 /

An article crossed both my inbox and my Facebook feed this week entitled “Here’s Why Women Doctors Need Time Together.” It certainly wasn’t an academic study, but, as a woman physician, I was intrigued by the title. One sentence summarizes the author’s major premise: “There is an amazing power in gathering, shared experiences and decreasing isolation.” And I agree. When I watch my kids play sports or perform, I gather with other parents who share that experience—and we cheer as loudly as we can. When my marriage needs refreshment, my husband and I gather with other couples who share the experiences, both joyful and difficult, of marriage—and the isolation of our challenges is decreased.

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Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / November 16, 2017 /

As Christians, the idea of gathering, sharing experiences, supporting one another and living in community is foundational. Isn’t that what Hebrews 10:24-25, among other passages, commands?

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 15, 2017 /

Reaching out to our world & those in need. Pat George discusses the opioid epidemic and where we can find help for those in addiction. Bob Bowers, MD shares from his book With Dr. Bob in Ethiopia, relating powerful stories of God’s goodness during difficult times on the mission field. Then John Patrick, MD and John Robson recount their story of how to present your witness to intelligent unbelievers.

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The Value of the ‘Reset’ Button November 13, 2017

The Value of the ‘Reset’ Button

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 13, 2017 /

A few months ago, my wife got us one of those fancy vacuum cleaners that will suck up everything from casual dust to extraneous nuts and bolts that might be lying around, without so much as a hiccup. In all honesty, I actually enjoy vacuuming with that thing. Spot a speck on the floor. Roll that wonderful piece of ingenuity over the top of it, and bingo, it’s sucked into the bowels of the machine, never to be seen or heard from again.

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Genome Editing: Social and Ethical Issues August 16, 2018

Exciting Technologies and Ethical Applications

By David Prentice, PhD / November 9, 2017 /

Some scientists have said one reason they don’t consult bioethicists or think about the ethical implications of their research is because ethicists usually say “no” to new technologies, or that ethics is arbitrary. But what they are really avoiding is the necessity of setting rational limits on science, thinking they can thereby avoid any limits on their work. Limits that protect all human beings, even nascent human life, are not arbitrary and actually say “yes” to some exciting—and ethical—applications of new technologies.

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Autonomy Quickly Translates to Tyranny

By Jonathan Imbody / November 2, 2017 /

It’s one thing to expect physicians to do everything possible to advance healing for patients. It’s quite another to insist that whatever the patient wants, the patient gets—so the physician must provide it at risk of his or her career. Whenever one group gets its way regardless of the impact on others, that is not autonomy; that is tyranny.

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Catching Character

Catching Character

By Al Weir, MD / October 27, 2017 /

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice…” (Philippians 4:9, NIV 2011).

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A Word About…’Fixin’ October 26, 2017

A Word About…’Fixin’

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 26, 2017 /

I’ve been traveling and vacationing in the South for the past several days; Atlanta, and the Stone Mountain area, and then on to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Pigeon Forge, hometown of Dolly Parton. While I grew up in the Midwest, most of my relatives are from the Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri. Spending the last few days as a tourist in Georgia and Tennessee reacquainted me with a vocabulary word I’d almost forgotten. It is the word, fixin.

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Mistaken Identity: There is No Straight or Gay October 26, 2017

Mistaken Identity: There is No Straight or Gay

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / October 26, 2017 /

Satan attacks identity, striving to separate us from who we are made to be. Mistaken identity is costly. In this week’s The Point blog, Dr. Andre Van Mol explores the concept of mistaken identity, the false identity of GLBT, and how it makes a difference in both medicine and science.

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The Secret

The Secret

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 23, 2017 /

Do you know the secret of making it to the mission field after you know God is calling you? Do you know the secret of faithful service to the Lord once you get there? Do you know the secret of overcoming the many obstacles you will face on your journey from heartbreaking medical cases, to burn out and the difficulty of being away from your family?

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Whatever… by Rev. Stan Key

Whatever…

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 20, 2017 /

How can parents say to their teenager, “Let me take the speck out of your eye; when they don’t even see the log in their own eye?” (Matthew 7:4, NASV-Non-Authorized Stan’s Version).

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

New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / October 19, 2017 /

A recent report of a “serious blood disorder” corrected by “chemical surgery” sounds like a dream come true. Ian Sample’s article in The Guardian also made the process sound efficient and clean, even sterile. However, a look behind the headline reveals some important facts to consider. Dr. Joy Riley explores the ethical issues in this week’s blog.

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Are You Gifted? October 17, 2017

Are You Gifted?

By Al Weir, MD / October 17, 2017 /

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8, NIV 2011).

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Catching Character October 16, 2017

Destroying Giants

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 16, 2017 /

What are you scared of? For most of the 12 spies Moses sent to scout the Promised Land “flowing with milk and honey,” it was the giants who lived there. In Numbers 13:27-32 they said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are” (NIV 1984). Then, they spread scary rumors among the people of Israel.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2017

Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2017 /

In the October 2017 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest, we delve into the issues of Religious Liberty, the Sexology Movement and World Missions. Former Congressman Joe Pitt shares about what has and is happening in Congress to protect Religious Liberty. In an eye-opening & sometimes EXPLICIT interview, Bill Shaw, MD informs us about how we can respond to the rapidly changing Sexology Movement. Will Rogers talks about the unprecedented opportunities being found today in Medical Missions.

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 12, 2017 /

The top 10 causes of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, chronic renal disease and suicide. Some of these conditions are not preventable, so a more pertinent question is, what are the addressable risk factors for morbidity and premature death in general? And how do we focus on them with our patients?

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A Soulful Place: Taking the Pillow from Battleground to Sacred Space

A Soulful Place: Taking the Pillow from Battleground to Sacred Space

By Judy Palpant / October 9, 2017 /

R.I.P. “Rest in peace” is usually reserved as a benediction for the dead. But it is the living who need restful sleep, and this is only an elusive dream for many American adults.

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Words about the Word, October 6, 2017

Words about the Word

By Rev. Stan Key / October 6, 2017 /

Some of the assumptions we have about life are so much a part of the warp and woof of our faith that we are unconscious we even hold them. Like the glasses (for some of us) that sit on our nose, we have become so habituated to wearing them and seeing the world through them, that we aren’t even aware of their presence.

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"Choose, You Lose" Prescription Threatens the Conscience Rights of Every Professional October 5, 2017

“Choose, You Lose” Prescription Threatens the Conscience Rights of Every Professional

By Jonathan Imbody / October 5, 2017 /

Affordable Care Act architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and University of Pennsylvania professor Ronit Stahl advocate barring from medicine all physicians who would decline a patient’s demand for morally controversial services such as abortion. However, a “patient comes first” rule turns medicine into a patient dictatorship with no checks and balances.

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Test Run September 29, 2017

Test Run

By Al Weir, MD / September 29, 2017 /

“‘…Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty…” (Malachi 3:10, NIV 2011). I was writing clinical notes at my computer when I overheard my administrative assistant talking to someone, probably a family member.

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Tell Me Why September 22, 2017

Tell Me Why

By Rev. Stan Key / September 22, 2017 /

The real question that must be answered when it comes to missions is not Where? or How? Or even Who? The real question is Why? If we can answer this question, all other questions will take care of themselves.

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Sustaining Our Joy in Practice, September 21, 2017

Sustaining Our Joy in Practice

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 21, 2017 /

Are you as a healthcare professional too harried, too rushed, too focused and too overworked to find true joy in your chosen profession? Not just happiness or contentment, but true joy. Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses this topic in this week’s blog post for The Point.

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Dreams September 15, 2017

Dreams

By Al Weir, MD / September 15, 2017 /

It was raining and we could not see the mountains, but we could feel their glory in the freshness of the air. I was sitting in a Christian medical retreat in the mountains of central Asia. A young doctor-in-training was speaking about his life within a radical environment that does not allow the gospel to be preached.

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Gene Editing to Make Better Human Beings?

By David Prentice, PhD / September 14, 2017 /

Gene editing has potential for great benefit but also for great evil. In the medical realm, great advances are possible, but this dual-use technology also could be used to design children, weaponize biological agents or even alter or dehumanize our concept of humanity. Dr. David Prentice explores how gene editing can be dangerous for healthcare professionals and their patients in this week’s blog post.

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As-Built Check List September 12, 2017

As-Built Check List

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 12, 2017 /

My wife and I recently decided to add solar power to our home. We’ve lived in our house about eleven years now, and we thought solar power would be a wise investment. Our solar contractor is a personal friend, and after we settled on the location of our panels and an approximate installation start date, my friend said he would ‘get the ball rolling’ down at the county planning office, applying for a solar permit.

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Critical Care: The Grey Zone, The Heightened Costs and Being a Missionary Physician

Critical Care: The Grey Zone, The Heightened Costs and Being a Missionary Physician

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 11, 2017 /

For every physician who cares for extremely sick patients, there comes a time when you reach a grey zone. A critically ill patient or ambiguous diagnosis confronts you at 2 a.m., and you are unsure of your ability to save the person from death or permanent disability.

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Undiscipled Disciples September 8, 2017

Undiscipled Disciples

By Rev. Stan Key / September 8, 2017 /

Three times in the New Testament the followers of Christ are called “Christians.” But they are called “disciples” more than 260 times! There is more than semantics going on here. The gospel of Jesus is about discipleship.

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In Defense of Healthy Children: Recent Papers Expose the Truths About Dangerous Gender Dysphoria Treatments

By Anne Foster / September 7, 2017 /

According to new research by three expert physicians from Johns Hopkins, the most popular therapies to treat gender dysphoria in children are dangerous and biased. CMA Government Relations Fellow Anne Foster dives into this topic and how this should impact parents making their children’s health decisions.

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Efficient Care & Spiritual Care: Can You Do Both?

By Walt Larimore, MD / September 6, 2017 /

It was bound to happen. And it did, on a Thursday morning. But let me give you some background first. My best friend and practice partner, John Hartman, MD, and I were seeing patients in our family medicine practice from, as they say, conception to cremation. We had been working to introduce a variety of simple spiritual interventions that allowed us to practice not just as healthcare professionals who were Christians, but as Christians who happened to be healthcare professionals.

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Money Thoughts September 1, 2017

Money Thoughts

By Al Weir, MD / September 1, 2017 /

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve” (1 Peter 5:2, NIV 1984).

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Fed Up August 28, 2017

Fed Up

By Judy Palpant / August 28, 2017 /

Early in his presidency, the infamous Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was invited to England by Queen Elizabeth. After a state dinner at Buckingham Palace, he reportedly said, “Thank you, Mr. Queen. I have eaten and I’m fed up. If you come to Uganda, I will revenge.”

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Second Chances

Second Chances

By Rev. Stan Key / August 25, 2017 /

I’m not sure I deserved the credit Bonner gave me. “I want to thank you for saving my life, Doc. “But more important than the credit was the way he finished his statement. “I’m going to put this second chance to good use. I’m not going to squander it.”

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Influencing Legislatures Captive to Rainbow Ideology

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / August 24, 2017 /

Opponents of therapy for minors—and ultimately anyone—wanting to overcome undesired same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria have feverishly worked to enact bans against what is pejoratively labeled “conversion therapy.” Change therapy—be it called reparative therapy, sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) or the more recent nomenclature of SAFE-T (Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy)—has been in the cross-hairs for years, as I wrote about here, and the false claims against it have registered with the public and legislatures alike.

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You Don’t Have to Come Back

You Don’t Have to Come Back

By Al Weir, MD / August 18, 2017 /

In his book The Insanity of God, Nik Ripken (pseudonym) shares the story of a Russian pastor sent to a Siberian prison because of his faith. His wife and children followed him there to support him in his suffering, and they too suffered.

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How’s The Chair You’re Sitting In? August 17, 2017

How’s The Chair You’re Sitting In?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 17, 2017 /

Often, healthcare professionals I coach feel a need for change in their lives, but they’re not exactly sure the direction of that change, the shape of the change or the timing of the change. Many of our CMDA members have discovered that coaching can be a useful tool in helping to define and clarify effective change in their personal and professional lives.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – August 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2017 /

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.

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First Things First

First Things First

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 14, 2017 /

You could easily argue that my first six months on the mission field in Kenya were a waste of time and energy. Jody and I, along with our 3-year-old son Jason and 1-year-old daughter Jessica, weren’t living at Tenwek Hospital, where God had called us to serve. Instead, we were stationed 35 miles south of the hospital at Kaboson, a two-hour mud-slogging drive in the rainy season if you didn’t get stuck.

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The Key to World Transformation

The Key to World Transformation

By Rev. Stan Key / August 11, 2017 /

When one’s eyes are opened to the overwhelming needs around us and then you realize that the Lord Jesus is calling us to help change the world, it can feel overwhelming, even paralyzing. What can I do? Where should I begin? Should I volunteer for the food pantry?

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A Soulful Place: Taking the Pillow from Battleground to Sacred Space

A Soulful Place: Taking the Pillow from Battleground to Sacred Space

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 6, 2017 /

R.I.P. “Rest in peace” is usually reserved as a benediction for the dead. But it is the living who need restful sleep, and this is only an elusive dream for many American adults.

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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition

By Judy Palpant / August 4, 2017 /

“Don’t go to Africa,” they said to us. “You’ll never see your husband. He’ll be consumed by constant medical needs.” “Your children will be at risk of getting malaria.” “Why go to Africa when problems are all around us here in the U.S.A.?”

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Crossing the Bright Red Line: Editing Human Beings

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / August 2, 2017 /

This blog originally appeared on the Tennessee Center for Bioethics and Culture blog. It is being republished with permission. For more information, visit www.tennesseecbc.org.

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Raising Thankful Kids

An Attitude of Gratitude: Raising Thankful Kids

By Judy Palpant / July 31, 2017 /

We deserve better than this, I thought. Sam left a university medical center in America for this hospital? No other doctors to consult. Nothing but a monocular microscope in the lab.

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Pee-Wees

Pee-Wees

By Al Weir, MD / July 28, 2017 /

Nik Ripken (pseudonym) is a Christian aid worker who has served in the most dangerous regions of the world. In his book The Insanity of God, he tells the story of his time in Somalia during the “Black Hawk Down” days. Christianity was extremely dangerous to promote and deadly for Somalians to accept as truth.

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A “Bot” Too Far

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / July 27, 2017 /

In our technological world, it’s easier sometimes easier to have conversations with computers than with people. Dr. David Stevens just spent 35-minutes having a conversation about end of life options with Emily, an artificial intelligence robot. He shares how this is bad for you, as both a healthcare professional and as a patient.

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You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

By Rev. Stan Key / July 21, 2017 /

Huh? Elvis gave hound dogs everywhere a bad name forever. And yet, if we can get beyond Elvis’ body contortions and those mindless lyrics, we may be able to grasp the reality that God is, in fact, a lot like a hound dog. Think about it. Bloodhounds are noted for their ability to follow a scent for long distances. Once on the trail they are famous for their tenacity.

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Gratitude Journals and Healthcare: How Can They Help?

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / July 20, 2017 /

I am very much a can-do person—attacking the tasks in front of me with an astonishing willpower. We’re all like that, right? We wouldn’t have made it through medical school and residency otherwise! But when push comes to shove, I am not necessarily grateful or optimistic. I can tend toward the negative if left to my own human nature. In contrast, I know some people who just seem to have been born genetically positive and optimistic. They are resilient in the face of difficulty, always expect the best from every person or situation, and seem to have an easier time trusting God in their daily lives than I do. Maybe it’s just the outside appearance, but those positive people seem to enjoy life more than I often do.

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I Could Have Been a Better Missionary

I Could Have Been a Better Missionary

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / July 17, 2017 /

I’m an overachiever, probably just like you and most other healthcare professionals. Okay, that is not completely accurate. I confess, I’m an over overachiever. I’ve always wanted to be the best of the best.

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Under-appreciated

Under-appreciated

By Al Weir, MD / July 14, 2017 /

I’ve got a new chief at the office. And he doesn’t know how great I am. He doesn’t know I work harder and longer than most; that I care for my patients more than most. He mainly complains about the petty stuff. I was dwelling heavily on this on the way home this evening: This is not fair; how am I going to prove to him that I am worthy of his appreciation?

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Life—Artificial or Natural?

By David Prentice, PhD / July 13, 2017 /

There continue to be reports of new attempts to create life, sometimes labeled “synthetic” or “artificial” because the entity is not created the old-fashioned way, i.e., by fertilization of an egg with a sperm. The most recent report involved combining two different types of stem cells to form an embryo-like structure that was labeled “artificial.”

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Big God: A Devotional Thought

Big God: A Devotional Thought

By Rev. Stan Key / July 7, 2017 /

How big is your God? Isaiah’s God was enormous! When he writes about his vision of the Holy One, the thing that seems to impress him the most is that the hem of his robe took up all the space in the temple. Jut the hem! Think about it.

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Pyromania

Pyromania

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / July 3, 2017 /

I love a real log fire. It is a feast for all my senses. The flames dance before my eyes in yellows, reds, blues and purples. The popping and snapping is a never-tiring music and the smell of wood smoke fills the house. A real fire is so nice that I will arise from my warm cushy comfort to go out into the bitter cold to add logs and then stoke the fire.

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Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing with Difficult People

By Bryan Stoudt / June 30, 2017 /

Like the withdrawing alcoholic who cusses out and swings at staff. The missionary physician who belittles less experienced team members. The surly dental patient who repeatedly demands the one o’clock appointment yet never expresses thanks.

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TGI Monday

TGI Monday

By Rev. Stan Key / June 23, 2017 /

Jesus spent 18 years as a carpenter. He spent three years as a preacher. In other words, the Savior of the world invested six times more of His life sawing lumber, hammering nails, planning boards, making cabinets and sweeping sawdust than He spent preaching, teaching and healing.

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Why should I do Short-Term Medical Missions?

Why should I do Short-Term Medical Missions?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 17, 2017 /

Do you ever ask what you should get out of serving? What is the benefit to you? How should you be changed by the act of serving? Here are the heart-felt thoughts of someone struggling with exactly these questions.

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God Knows June 16, 2017

God Knows

By Al Weir, MD / June 16, 2017 /

I received a text from Janice today. “They did not have approval for my medicine.” Janice requires long-term immune globulin for an immunodeficiency and my office had forgotten to update her insurance approval. I apologized for the mistake and her wasted time.

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Applying Pressure to the 14-Day Rule

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / June 15, 2017 /

Conducting research on embryos beyond 14 days’ gestation is against the law in 12 countries, including the United Kingdom; the U.S. has only “guidelines” recommending the 14-day limit. Now researchers and others are pushing against that limit. They find it too confining. Where did this rule/guideline originate?

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Applying Pressure to the 14-Day Rule

By D. Joy Riley MD, MA (Ethics) / June 15, 2017 /

Conducting research on embryos beyond 14 days’ gestation is against the law in 12 countries, including the United Kingdom; the U.S. has only “guidelines” recommending the 14-day limit. Now researchers and others are pushing against that limit. They find it too confining. Where did this rule/guideline originate?

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From Battleground to Sacred Space

From Battleground to Sacred Space

By Judy Palpant / June 12, 2017 /

R.I.P. “Rest in peace” is usually reserved as a benediction for the dead. But it is the living who need restful sleep, and for one in 10 Americans, this is only an elusive dream. As sleep evades, the mind becomes a strategic battleground and the pillow a daunting beachhead.

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Amici Brief – Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act June 8, 2017

Amici Brief – Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2017 / Comments Off on Amici Brief – Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act

A brief filed by Americans United for Life in support of Plaintiffs, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Bruce Rauner and Bryan Schneider. Amici includes American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologist, American College of Pediatricians, Christian Medical and Dental Associations and Heartbeat International.

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Nothing is Wasted

Nothing is Wasted

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 7, 2017 /

It was October 1997 and I was spending a semester studying abroad in Australia. I was at a church service, where a group who had just returned from a trip to Namibia was speaking. I listened to their presentation and was struck by how “meaningful” it all seemed, and how, by contrast, what I was doing (studying civil engineering) was not.

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Whole-hearted or Hole-hearted?

Whole-hearted or Hole-hearted?

By Rev. Stan Key / June 2, 2017 /

A nasty rumor is going around, and it is my goal to squelch it! It seems many in the church today have been led to believe that one can be a follower of Jesus Christ without being fully devoted. Do you buy into this rumor? Can you make only a partial surrender to Christ and simultaneously sing “It Is Well With My Soul?”

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Whole-hearted or Hole-hearted?

Struggling Well

By Al Weir, MD / May 26, 2017 /

We were seated in a large circle, each with our spouse, sharing family war stories so that we might hold them up to the Lord-physicians, dentists, physician assistant, medical student, resident in obstetrics. Linda shared her story and then concluded before we prayed, “We have our struggles-but we are struggling well.”

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Humble Apologetics

Humble Apologetics

By Rev. Stan Key / May 19, 2017 /

Perhaps the greatest damage that can be done in our efforts as Christians to “defend the faith” is to do so with a spirit of pride. More arguments are lost by arrogance in our attitudes than by errors in our reasoning! Our apologetics must be humble because the God we serve is humble.

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Change, Transition, and Transformation May 16, 2017

Change, Transition, and Transformation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 16, 2017 /

Dr. Sartori and I recently finished leading CMDA’s 8-week, live webinar, 503 Coaching Change, Transition and Transformation. What a rich time of growth, learning and fellowship! The nine participants have now completed thirty-two hours of ICF-certified coach training with our program, AND, they received the added bonus of twenty-four hours of Category I CME credits.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – May 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 15, 2017 /

The May 2017 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest all about empowering you to make an impact in your community and our world for Christ. Dennis Rainey shares about resources and methods to help your teens remain pure in our sexually saturated culture. Participants in a CMDA Marriage Enrichment Weekend conference share about the ways it helped them make their marriages stronger. Bert Jones and Dr. David Stevens share from their book Servant Leadership about how to lead like Christ did, as a servant to all.

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Artificial Wombs and Modern Incubators

By David Prentice, PhD / May 11, 2017 /

Sometimes what seems like science fiction can actually be science fact, and sometimes new technologies can have the potential for both good and bad uses. So-called “dual-use technology” is most often thought of in connection with potential military as well as civilian use, e.g., weaponized forms of viruses or bacteria vs. using such altered pathogens for vaccine development.

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The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language

The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language

By Rev. Stan Key / May 5, 2017 /

If I were Satan and my mission to capture souls for hell, I think my first theater of operations would be the dictionary. I could greatly enhance my diabolical plan for world dominion if I could subtly change the meaning of words so that verbal accuracy was lost and truth became foggy.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 2)

10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 2)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2017 /

There is so much need, and so much help that you can provide by partnering with people in an intentional and thoughtful way. Thanks to all of you that have blessed me and our hospital in the last 4 years by doing just that, and for those of you who will come to places just like ours.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 1)

10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 1)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2017 /

I’ve read a few articles lately about how short-term teams are negatively impacting children in orphanages, how shoddy building projects mock underemployed communities, how quick-fixes can cause long term damage.

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Expenditure or Investment?

Expenditure or Investment?

By Al Weir, MD / April 27, 2017 /

Yesterday I attended a retreat for Christian medical students at a beautiful spot on a small lake in Arkansas. Tim is a third year medical student who led a session on discipleship for his fellow students there. I was struck by his speaking ability, his maturity in Christ and by one particular statement he made.

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Chechen Government Reportedly Abusing Men Having Sex with Men

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / April 26, 2017 /

An April 10 story in The Daily Mail was headlined, “Chechnya opens world’s first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler’s in the 1930s where campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death.”

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Explaining at the Supreme Court Why Kids at Churches Need Public Safety Protection, Too

By Jonathan Imbody / April 20, 2017 /

I spoke yesterday outside the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments in a court case over whether the Government can exclude kids who play on church-owned playgrounds from safety programs. The case could have broad implications across the nation for how governments treat faith-based institutions and individuals.
I really appreciated working together with colleagues from groups like Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to highlight the message that Government should not set up a religious test for which kids get safety protections.

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Abortion March

Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2017 /

We present 3 valuable interviews to help you engage the culture. Valerie Huber joins us to discuss what is happening in our country as the “progressive” curriculum of Sex Ed is expanding. Then Os Guinness shares from his book Impossible People on how to be courageous with our worldviews. And Jeanne Mancini gives us an update on the battle for life in this country.

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A Word About…Books April 13, 2017

A Word About…Books

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 13, 2017 /

WE ARE A FAMILY of musings and stories and books. In fact, I come from a long line of storytellers. Some people talk with their hands. Some people talk with their eyes. I have to talk with my stories. Without my stories, I fumble for things to say. I struggle to communicate. But with stories, musings, “first-person-happenings-to-me,” I am freed from the need to think in words, and I can communicate in pictures drawn with sights and sounds and smells. I guess that’s why I love to write.

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Where the Battle is Won…Or Lost

Where the Battle is Won…Or Lost

By Rev. Stan Key / April 12, 2017 /

Deep within every human soul resides a kingdom where self is sovereign. In this little fiefdom of autonomy the unholy trinity of me, myself and I reigns supreme. Here, I sit on the throne of my life enacting decrees, making judgments, forming decisions and controlling my destiny.

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Spunk and Love

Spunk and Love

By Judy Palpant / April 7, 2017 /

Author and psychologist Mary Pipher encourages parents to expose their children to beauty and goodness. Thus it was, before home school each morning in Kenya, we walked past hedges and the hospital to stand and stare at majestic Mt. Elgon.

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A Word About…Doors April 6, 2017

A Word About…Doors

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 6, 2017 /

During my years as a coach of Christian doctors, a common topic of interest has been ‘doors.’ Perhaps a doctor has an opportunity for career change or advancement, and wants to coach about whether to walk through Door A or Door B (or there may even be Doors C, D, E, and F!)

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Healing Wounds With Honey

Healing Wounds With Honey

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 2, 2017 /

I had a great chat with Louis Carter at the Global Missions Healthcare Conference. If you don’t know Louis, he spent time as a missionary in Nigeria, and for last 20 years or so has spent a month or two, three or four times a year at mission hospitals teaching plastic and hand surgery techniques. He is now completing a book on those techniques for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons.

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The Ping of the Hammer, the Squish of the Clay March 29, 2017

The Ping of the Hammer, the Squish of the Clay

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 29, 2017 /

Every day, I live some and I die some; I save some, and I lose some. I find life, and I lose life. Kingdom living is like that. Jesus said, “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Lk. 17:33, NKJV) Eugene Peterson’s The Message put it this way: ‘If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.’

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Ziklag

Ziklag

By Al Weir, MD / March 23, 2017 /

It’s been 30 years, but I can still recall his look of disappointment. James was a medical student who had looked up to me when I had surrendered my life to God’s call for international healthcare missions. It hadn’t worked out. We hadn’t lasted. Back after two years in Nigeria, seeking a career like other doctors who had never heard the call, I had let him down.

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Service Spot

Service Spot

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / March 17, 2017 /

I was checking my email in the family room with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on TV in the background when a phrase the announcer used grabbed my attention. He said Nick Kyrigos, an Australian tennis player, was a “spot server.”

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Body Bag Living

Body Bag Living

By Al Weir, MD / March 7, 2017 /

We were seeing him in the hospital because his blood counts had dropped, probably nothing serious. As we talked, I learned he was a Korean War veteran and asked him if he was at the Chosin Reservoir, in that “Coldest Winter” where more than 100,000 Chinese poured over the Korean border and drove U.S. soldiers south though cross-fire and frostbite.

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Feeling the ‘Burn’ in Burnout February 28, 2017

Feeling the ‘Burn’ in Burnout

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 28, 2017 /

There is absolutely no question that physician burnout is on the rise in medicine today. Numerous studies have supported the reality that physician burnout rates range from 30 to as high as 65%, depending on specialty. Burnout, of course, isn’t a ‘disease’ a physician would prescribe medicine for, or even necessarily diagnose in one of his or her patients. But it is a ‘dis-ease,’ to be sure. Burnout is a long-term stress reaction, which includes emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. For a certainty, Christian doctors are not immune to the effects of burnout, and one of the primary elements of CMDA’s coaching ministry is helping Christian doctors manage and address the challenges of burnout in medicine today.

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Perspective… February 22, 2017

Perspective…

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 22, 2017 /

God is very wise, When He decided it was time for “time” to begin, He divided life into bite sized pieces—seconds and minutes, moments for living—each identical in length to all the others, yet each totally unique.

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Christianity and Science: Are They Opposed?

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / February 22, 2017 /

Christianity versus science is a popular false dichotomy promoted to the aggravation of believers as well as non-believers with an eye on history. Add to that the assertion that the church provided the Dark Ages? There were no Dark Ages. It’s a myth.

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The Be-Baditudes February 19, 2017

The Be-Baditudes

By Rev. Stan Key / February 19, 2017 /

Blessed are those who have their act together and are spiritually with it, for they illustrate what God’s reign in this world really looks like. Blessed are those who are healthy, wealthy and happy, for they’ve found the true meaning of life.

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Faith-Health puzzle pieces

Christian Doctor’s Digest – February 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 15, 2017 /

The relation between faith & health is examined with Dr. Tyler VanderWeele about his research findings of church attendance & better health outcomes. Then Bert Jones shares from a message he gave on Psalm 91 about abiding in the secret place. And Ellie Lafario comes to the microphone with wit & insight to discuss her book Leap of Faith.

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That’s A Good Question February 8, 2017

That’s A Good Question

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 8, 2017 /

Experienced and skilled coaches use a variety of tools for helping their clients think, re-think, or ‘new-think’ ways of seeing things. Sometimes, just looking at a circumstance or situation from a slightly different perspective can produce breakthroughs. Asking powerful questions can be amazingly effective in helping individuals see things in a different way. And, as a coach, one of the most affirming comments a client can make to me, (after I’ve asked what may seem like a simple question) is an even simpler response: ‘Hmm? That’s a good question.’

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Sugar Cane Sabbath February 7, 2017

Sugar Cane Sabbath

By Judy Palpant / February 7, 2017 /

Sugar cane-sweet, juicy. Anyone familiar with the taste will salivate at the mention of the word. During our years in Kenya, a fresh stalk of sugar cane trumped all other treats as far as our children were concerned. Eagerly they watched us cut away the tough outer layer with a sharp knife.

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Two Peas in a Pod

Two Peas in a Pod

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 17, 2017 /

Mrs. Nelson* is a 76-year-old widowed lady who came in to the hospital with multiple previous medical problems. She had had a heart attack, an ischemic stroke and had her right leg amputated because of worsening peripheral arterial disease.

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The ‘Ready-Aim-Fire’ of Lasting Change January 10, 2017

The ‘Ready-Aim-Fire’ of Lasting Change

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 10, 2017 /

Ever wonder why achieving lasting change can be so difficult? One of the reasons, perhaps, is that change isn’t as simple as driving a car from one side of a bridge to the other.

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Federal Policy Top Priorities in 2017 January 4, 2017

Federal Policy Top Priorities in 2017

By Jonathan Imbody / January 4, 2017 /

The Washington Office of CMDA focuses on the fundamental issues of the right to life and freedom of faith, conscience and speech, which serve as the foundation for all other rights and freedoms. Here are some of the top priorities for the new year.

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When Pro-Gay Science is Anti-Gay

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / December 20, 2016 /

A study in last month’s Social Science & Medicine reported not being able to replicate the results of Columbia University study showing a shorter life expectancy for LGBT individuals who face prejudice. In this week’s blog, Dr. Andrè Van Mol says it’s another case of non-reproducible results broadcast globally to ideological ends.

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Are You Suffering from ‘Hurry Sickness?’ December 16, 2016

Are You Suffering from ‘Hurry Sickness?’

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 16, 2016 /

Author Lewis Grant describes a condition he calls, “Sunset fatigue,” end-of-the-day behaviors he says may indicate that an individual has been “infected” with hurry sickness. Here are some of the symptoms he has identified. Sound vaguely familiar?

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The “Happiness Habit” of Being Thankful November 17, 2016

The “Happiness Habit” of Being Thankful

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 17, 2016 /

I love Fall. It’s a season of beautiful foliage, football, and a time for me reflect and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, again, I plan to take time throughout the Thanksgiving season to thank God for my many blessings. (My wife and I are particularly thankful this year, with the arrival of our first grandchild a few weeks ago!)

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Faith & Health

Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 15, 2016 /

Ben Mast shares from his book Second Forgetting, the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s about helping caregivers find hope during this most difficult time. Chuck Thompson expounds on his book Presence & Truth about Christian counseling concepts to help us deal with others. Albert Mohler concludes the discussion of his book The Conviction to Lead on leadership principles.

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