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On the Side: July 2020

By Carol Mason Shrader / July 2, 2020 /

The teacher asked to meet with me after school. She told me that the fourth grade would be taking a field trip, but the bus was not accessible. Would I mind driving my son Benjamin and his wheelchair behind the bus? I was heartbroken that his experience would look different than his peers. I was angry that he would miss out on the fun of the bus ride. I was sad I couldn’t fix the injustice of life with cerebral palsy.

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HHS Addresses “Transgender Mandate” in New Rule…but Supreme Court Redefines “Sex Discrimination”

By Jonathan Imbody / July 2, 2020 /

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 12 that it had “finalized a rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that maintains vigorous enforcement of federal civil rights laws on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, and sex, and restores the rule of law by revising certain provisions that go beyond the plain meaning of the law as enacted by Congress.”

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His Fault

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 30, 2020 /

Certainly, the cause of self-inflicted harm is God’s business and the business of the one who harms himself. And we have no business judging the one who causes that harm.

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CPRP Prayer Partners

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 30, 2020 / Comments Off on CPRP Prayer Partners

Christian Physical Rehab Professionals (CPRP) is a specialty section of CMDA. We are here to encourage, support and build up Christian Physical Rehab Professionals CPRP spiritually and professionally. We’d love to share more about our purpose, beliefs and what we offer.

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CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

Bristol, TN—June 29, 2020–Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) decried a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law that required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. CMA had filed a brief in the case, June Medical Services v. Russo.

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Breathing Prayer

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / June 29, 2020 /

I know it’s not a new concept, but it was new to me and may be new to you as well. It’s a way to get your mind to sit still and focus on the Word of God and hear His voice. You pick a short verse or verse portion and repeat it by saying the first half as you breathe in and finishing it as you breathe out.

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Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

Bristol, TN—June 26, 2020–The Tennessee-based, 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today applauded a Tennessee patient protection policy announced this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and developed collaboratively between HHS, the state of Tennessee and disability rights groups.

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Medical Conscience Rights, Part II: Sexual Minority Conflicts

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 25, 2020 /

Conscience rights are constitutional priorities as well as professional and personal necessities for free people, and these enjoy strong and historic support from the legislature, executive branch and judiciary. They are worth defending, especially when misrepresented and misunderstood.

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Living with Uncertainty

By Tracy Liang / June 23, 2020 /

Uncertainty is a fact of life. Though the weather forecast predicts sunny skies for the weekend, rain may still come. When you gather the courage to ask that cute guy or girl from Bible study on a date, will he or she say yes? Or perhaps, you may prepare intensively for a clinical licensing exam, only for your hard-won patient to cancel at the last minute. (Dental students, can you relate?) The higher the stakes, the higher the anxiety caused by such uncertainty. Across the nation, students are graduating during most uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic and national turmoil.

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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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Father’s Day

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 23, 2020 /

“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18, NIV 1984).

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Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

Bristol, Tenn., June 22, 2020 – Freedom of speech, or only freedom of speech when YouTube agrees with you? Today, Christian Medical & Dental Associations (www.cmda.org) sent a letter by fax and the U.S. Post Office to YouTube addressing a video they censored purportedly because it constituted “hate speech.” The video was a panel discussion that featured Walt Heyer, who formerly identified as transgender, who said, “This is a childhood development disorder,” in reference to gender dysphoria in children. He described the irreversible consequences of experimental hormones and surgeries for treating gender dysphoria in children.

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Stand in the Gap: A Summons to Healthcare Professionals

By Steven Willing, MD / June 18, 2020 /

OK. The ad is hypothetical, I’ll admit. But only a little. A just-released report on human sexuality issued a clarion call for Christian apologists to step up and counter the increasingly toxic cultural narrative on human sexuality. That narrative—or perhaps narratives, since some are severely at odds—has led to increasing radicalism and polarization, leaving a tide of refugees in its wake.

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The Song

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 16, 2020 /

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27, NIV 1984).

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Faith & Health

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Faith & Health

The latest up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of faith & health.

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Oppose Prohibited Business Bylaw- Unlawful, Dangerous, and Unnecessary

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 15, 2020 /

Voices-of-change.org, ChangedMovement.com, exodusglobalalliance.org/firstpersonc7.php, SexChangeRegret.com are among groups providing testimonials of people who have changed undesired sexual attraction or gender incongruence through professional counseling.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

Washington, DC, June 12, 2020—The 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org) today expressed optimism that a just-finalized rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with gender issues will help protect medical judgment and the exercise of conscience in healthcare.

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The Best Christian Workplace in America

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / June 11, 2020 /

“Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28, NKJV).

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Heroes, Wistfulness, Roles and Faithfulness

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 11, 2020 /

The viral attack hit especially in the major metropolitan epicenters, and many doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals stayed at work in the trenches, came out of retirement or traveled long distances to volunteer their services to aid those in distress.

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Seed Sprouting

By Al Weir, MD / June 9, 2020 /

His name was classically Hispanic, and he spoke only a few words of English. He came to be with his daughter as his cancer progressed. We could not speak the words of Christ to him, but we did show him the love of Christ. His daughter is a believer. The day he died, my daughter, his oncology nurse, went to comfort his daughter while awaiting the police. She heard the story of this man’s last days. He had not been a follower of Christ, but three weeks before he died, he saw a vision of Christ, fell on his knees and committed his life to our Lord. He then said, “I am ready to be with Jesus.” On his last day, as his son-in-law was praying with him, he slipped into the arms of the Savior.

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On the Side: June 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2020 /

“Mom, Tatonka is the only chick who wants to be held,” my eldest observes. Yes, the smallest of our chicks is often perched on a shoulder, held in a hand or hiding under someone’s knee as they sit crisscross apple sauce. The chick knows my kids are safe and, of course, she wants to feel safe.

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Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

Washington, DC—June 3, 2020—The nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, the Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today expressed appreciation for the Administration’s June 2 international religious freedom executive order that includes funding for international programs “intended to anticipate, prevent, and respond to attacks against individuals and groups on the basis of their religion.”

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Responding to Anti-Christian Animus Revealed in the Pandemic

By Jonathan Imbody / June 4, 2020 /

In New York City, pronouncements against the volunteer work of the Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse revealed venomous anti-Christian attitudes. Because Samaritan’s Purse, led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, adheres to a biblical view of marriage, some New Yorkers would have had the group kicked out of the city rather than allowed to help save lives.

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Downcast

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Downcast

A practical guide with strategies to help you walk by faith through the dark valley of depression.

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Racism

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Racism

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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A Son’s Devotion

By Al Weir, MD / June 2, 2020 /

I was visiting a large church in a state other than my own after fellowshipping with other Christian healthcare professionals. The pastor preached a wonderful message and then opened things up, asking folks to go to one of two microphones and tell the church for what they thanked God or for what they praised God. Many men and women and children voiced beautiful words of thanksgiving and praise, covering family and health and salvation and God’s work in their lives. Then one young boy of 12 or so stepped to the microphone and shared, ” I thank God my mother died, for otherwise I would never have known Him.”

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Our Calling in the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Reverend Stephen Ko, MD, MA, MPH, MDiv / June 1, 2020 /

Few of us trained to treat sick communities and continents. Unfortunately, that is our task during a pandemic. The origin of the word comes from the Greek pandemos, where pan means everyone and demos means population. Pandemics confront us with not just one sick individual but with hundreds of thousands of ill patients. The responsible pathogen overwhelms both individual immune systems and community healthcare systems. The toll is individual and collective.

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Downcast: Suffering, Depression and the Goodness of God

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 1, 2020 /

The question of suffering is a big one in depression, since suffering can lead to depression, and depression itself is suffering. We are fortunate to live in a society that is largely insulated from suffering, compared to other places and times where people have had to grapple with the daily reality of illness, death, poverty or war. As a consequence, we are fearful of any kind of suffering.

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Anxious? Me, Too. How To Lean On God When Feelings Don’t Cooperate

By Amy Givler, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I’ve been a family doctor in the same location for 30 years, so many of my patients have been with me a decade…or two…or three. Following people through their life stages has been a joy. We’ve grown older together. I’ve been acutely aware of this in the last two weeks as I’ve called patients to reschedule them. I’ve wanted to call them myself to make sure they don’t need anything, because I’d rather they avoid any medical facility for the next six months.

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This Is Your Brain on Generosity

By Jill Foley Turner / June 1, 2020 /

It’s what researchers call a “cross-cultural universal.” That means no matter where you live, what your income, age, your culture or even your politics, generous people are, in general, healthier and happier. The mechanisms for it are built into our brains!

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I still remember the first time I donned a whitecoat (one of those half-length coats for students) with a stethoscope in my pocket and walked into a patient room at the big city hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1985. I was a second-year medical student at Indiana University, and I had just received instruction from my clinical instructor on how to perform a thorough history and physical. I don’t remember my first patient’s name, but she was a young woman with a loud systolic heart murmur even I could hear. I also remember three words that were to guide me through each step of a thorough physical exam: “Look, listen and feel.” A couple of years later, those three words became critical again as I took my first basic life support (BLS) course and became certified both in BLS and Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), prior to becoming a surgical resident. Again, the phrase, “Look, listen and feel,” was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Physician

By William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD / June 1, 2020 /

To speak of artificial intelligence (AI) conjures dazzling images of an electronically reconfigured future managed, if not dominated, by calculating, thinking, autonomous machines. Realistically, AI has the potential to deliver numerous useful benefits to medical practice, especially as progress in medical science and healthcare delivery rely increasingly on digital technologies to store and analyze huge data sets. The health information in the human genome and the scientific content of medical journals, for example, exceed the capacity of the human brain to recall, interpret or keep up with exponential advances. AI promises to bridge that gap. Proponents are calling AI the fourth technological revolution following the neolithic transition to agriculture, the industrial revolution utilizing mechanized production and new sources of power, and the digital revolution based on computer processing of digital information.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Summer 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Summer 2020

In this edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, we focus on having courage in the COVID-19. In includes resources to help healthcare professionals during this difficult time, as well as some of the information that would have been available at the 2020 CMDA National Convention.

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Do You Actually Have A Soul?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 1, 2020 /

As healthcare professionals, we know our patients have brains, we know they have hearts. We know these exist because we can see them and study them. They are physical, they are material. But is there a part of us that is immaterial, or is this just a lie we’ve bought into? If so, how can we possibly know it?

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Thinking of Ultimate Things

By Amy Givler, MD / May 28, 2020 /

After 10 weeks of avoiding people, I realize how much I miss them. People, that is. I always thought I disliked crowds, but now I find myself missing crowds also. People bring me pleasure. People are precious.

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Just Add Water DVD: Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics | Is Physician Assisted Suicide Ever Justified?

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / May 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Just Add Water DVD: Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics | Is Physician Assisted Suicide Ever Justified?

Dr. Orr describes a four-quadrant method of reasoning, first introduced by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in “Clinical Ethics,” with application of biblical principles and doctrines included in the decision-making process.

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Carpe Diem Redeemed

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Carpe Diem Redeemed

In Speaking the Tooth in Love, Dr. Adam Algam describes the joys, excitement, and trials of life in the Middle East. Seeing things through Eastern eyes greatly enriches his understanding of scripture passages that originated in this ancient context.

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Dietz Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Dietz Scholarship

Medical Education International is a short-term missions program that provides academic teaching and clinical training while spreading the gospel to doctors and students in hard to reach countries.

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Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Physicians Gain Support from Congress and States in Court Fight Against Discriminatory Firing

Washington, DC—May 26, 2020 – Christian Medical Association physicians (CMA*, www.cmda.org) received support from states, Members of Congress, minority groups, medical affiliate organizations, and legal experts who recently filed legal briefs in a case regarding a federal conscience protection rule for health professionals.

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Purpose in the Pain

By Al Weir, MD / May 26, 2020 /

He died today after a short bout with cancer. I stopped by to share my sorrow with the family. They were gathered in the den, actually fairly cheerful, sharing stories of their dad and husband, glad to be together as a normally scattered family. The wife said, “You know, we have been talking about whether it would be better to die suddenly, being hit by a bus, than the way he died.” One daughter piped in, “I’ll take the bus.” “But really,” the wife continued, “We had time to be together, time we would not have shared, scattered around like we are. We did things that were important.”

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Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Texan Dentist and Wife Receive the Servant of Christ Award

Bristol, Tennessee — May 20, 2019 — Dr. T. Bob Davis, a dentist from Dallas, Texas and his wife, Janis, received the Christian Medical & Dental Associations 2020 Servant of Christ Award at their home with a group of CMDA members and leaders participating electronically.

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WPC Pulse: May 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / May 21, 2020 /

How’s your patience holding up? Mine is running a bit thin, and it’s hard to hear this pandemic might go on another year before it’s “over.” My heart goes out to those who live alone and rarely go out. And we lift up in prayer those on the frontlines working endlessly to save as many as they can. We must also include those who have no work and fearing the future, hoping it might improve soon.

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Specialty Sections Graduate

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Specialty Sections Graduate

Christian Medical & Dental Associations® has several blogs available with articles dating back several years on a wide range of healthcare topics and issues.

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Fellowship of Christian Optometrists Graduate Page

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Fellowship of Christian Optometrists Graduate Page

Being a member of CMDA has lots of great benefits, but the greatest benefit of all is helping to further His kingdom as we change hearts in healthcare. If you aren’t a member of CMDA, we would love to have you join us!

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Lessons from the Epicenter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 21, 2020 /

Last weekend I had the opportunity to join InterMed NYC, a network of Christian physicians and trainees in the tri-state area, to check in with CMDA students and residents and learn about the needs of their community.

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The Polarizing Pandemic

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / May 21, 2020 /

We are living in a highly polarized society. Disagreeing opinions have very little overlap, making compromise difficult. People talk more than they hear, and they hear more than they listen. People rally and argue and protest, but they rarely build bridges across the divides. Political candidates represent the extreme ends of their party’s platform, and those in the middle are accused of being weak on issues. Opinions on social media are strongly worded and leave no room for useful discussion. Family members have broken fellowship over the Trump v. Clinton election. Friendships are strained over differing definitions of social distancing. The world we live in is broken, and people are afraid. Fear, in fact, is the most insidious form of brokenness. It penetrates the very marrow of our character and changes our motivations. The values and ideals we hold dear are corrupted by fear such that we no longer act based on what we believe, but rather out of avoidance of what we fear.

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Dental Graduate

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Dental Graduate

CMDA’s Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

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Faith in Times of Uncertainty

By Sam Molind, DMD / May 19, 2020 /

COVID-19 has upended our routines, but the spirit-filled life remains as accessible as ever. I am, by God’s grace, optimistic. Ask the people who know me best, and they’d all agree I tend to find the sunniest take on nearly everything, sometimes to the point of annoyance.

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Kole

By Al Weir, MD / May 19, 2020 /

I received an email this week from one I had not communicated with in 24 years. He asked me to call him and I did. His name is Kole Akinboboye, and 24 years ago he was a family medicine resident training at our mission hospital in Eku, Nigeria. I reviewed my diary of those mission years and discovered the very last entry: “I misdiagnosed a man with minimal symptoms and a rigid, non-tender belly. He went into shock the next day and in surgery was found to have infarcted his entire small bowel. There was no way he could live. When the patient awoke from his anesthesia, Dr. Akinboboye sat with him and told him about Christ. Before he died, the man accepted Jesus as his Savior.” This young doctor I had trained so long ago is now practicing in Nigeria in his own hospital and sharing Christ through his ministry.

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Immunizing Conscience

By David Prentice, PhD / May 18, 2020 /

Ethical considerations should have a priority place in science and medicine. Promoting sound bioethics promotes confidence in doctors and scientists and their work, among peers, the public and policymakers. This is certainly seen in the recent ethically-guided decisions around federal funding of research with fetal tissue from elective abortions. Ethical guardrails help focus precious research funds on projects with best chance of success and benefit for all. Even in a crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, illumination of the ethical vs. unethical proposals can educate and serve to focus attention and resources on the paths that will benefit all.

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Finding Precedent, Perspective and Our Place in the “Unprecedented”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 14, 2020 /

Renowned British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge once said: “All news is nothing more than new people experiencing old things.” Over the last weeks accumulating into months, the word “unprecedented” has quickly become a favorite and frequently used description of the COVID-19 times we are living in.

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Mary/Martha/Mission/Me

By Al Weir, MD / May 12, 2020 /

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV 1984).

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Dentistry Chose Me

By Nicole D. Hayes / May 11, 2020 /

Those words spoken by Kwame Achampong, a third year Howard University College of Dentistry student and new CDA chapter president, were surprising to hear. After all, at the age of 20, he founded a non-profit called Project Dental All, “whose purpose is to educate children on the importance of oral health maintenance and empower them with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.”

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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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Prayer for 2020 Montgomery County National Day of Prayer Breakfast – May 7, 2020

By Nicole D. Hayes / May 7, 2020 /

Thank you for this new morning and new day you have gifted to us. Thank you for your mercies that are new every morning.

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Speaking the Tooth in Love

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Speaking the Tooth in Love

In Speaking the Tooth in Love, Dr. Adam Algam describes the joys, excitement, and trials of life in the Middle East. Seeing things through Eastern eyes greatly enriches his understanding of scripture passages that originated in this ancient context.

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Downcast: Do Real Christians Get Depressed?

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / May 7, 2020 /

Since the time of Job, people have struggled with depression. Depression isolates, as it causes sufferers to withdraw from others. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding depression often reinforces the isolation. Not only do others stigmatize those who are depressed, but depressed individuals often believe these misunderstandings about themselves and experience shame. This shame arises from ignorance and misunderstanding about the nature of depression.

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An Approach to Outpatient Screening, Treatment, and Community Health Outreach during the Coronavirus Epidemic in New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 5, 2020 /

Beacon Christian Community Health Center (www.beaconcchc.com), in conjunction with personnel from South Korea and Europe, created a first-of-its-kind comprehensive outpatient protocol at the start of the height of COVID-19 cases in New York City.

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A Touch of Compassion

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / May 5, 2020 /

Emergency appointments are a big part of our duties and schedules at Christ Community Health Center where I work in Memphis, Tennessee. We have a walk-in day once a week at four out of our five clinics, and we also take several walk-ins on other days at each of our clinics. So, transitioning to only emergencies did not feel too weird, it just made our schedules lighter. During this pandemic, I’m thankful we as dentists can provide much-needed emergency services to treat pain, keep people out of the emergency room or give someone a quick-fix to hold them off until they can have more work done.

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A Foolish Hope

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 5, 2020 /

He called me on my cell and asked if he could come to see me today. My clinic was light due to the virus and he was welcomed. I’ve known him for a few years as a patient and as a brother in Christ. He had a few symptoms to discuss but mostly wanted to talk. After settling into the chair beside my desk, he placed his cap in his lap and asked how long he might live, given the status of his illness. “I’m not afraid of my own death,” he said. “But I want to be sure to spend my last days well. I have people I need to see. I want to give them hope.”

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

Bristol, Tennessee — May 4, 2020 — Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) today announced Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), as the Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for CMDA, the largest national association of faith-based healthcare professionals. Dr. Barrows, an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, speaker, educator, and medical ethicist has been a member of CMDA for 38 years.

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On the Side: May 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2020 /

Let’s face it, I would never be “voted off” the island. I tell my kids this all the time, and they are smart enough to agree with me. Mostly it’s because I can cook, but also because I’m good in a crisis and have a working knowledge of first aid. My husband says that out of our entire family I would be the one person voted “Most Likely to Survive if Dropped Alone in a Wilderness Area.” He actually tells people that I don’t think a campfire is big enough, unless it can be “seen from space.”

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Keep FDA Safety Requirements and Nix Telemedicine Abortions

By Jonathan Imbody / April 30, 2020 /

Seeing the pandemic as an opportunity to pump up profits from abortions, the abortion industry and its advocates in state governments are lobbying to loosen abortion-related FDA safety requirements.

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Be Contagious | Leading Through the Crisis

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 29, 2020 /

He does not recall where he may have been exposed. While he works in a medical setting, every precaution was taken from the time (and perhaps a little before) it became a common mandate. Could it have been in the community?

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Better than Good

By Al Weir, MD / April 28, 2020 /

We were all tired from the over-work, telehealth, glasses-foggy-from-breathing-through-masks, legitimate-fear and frantic-colleague life. I passed by my partner’s office, concerned for his emotional well-being. I knew he and his wife were having to alternate staying home with their kids because daycare was cancelled. He never showed his fatigue, but I was concerned.

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Medical Conscience Rights, Part 1

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / April 23, 2020 /

Per Alliance Defending Freedom: “Freedom of conscience means you are free to carry out your moral duty without fear of government coercion or punishment.”

Also, it need not be faith-based to count. Conscience is conscience, and these rights protect our atheist colleagues as they do us. Canadian philosopher Edward Tingley explains that conscience rights protect those who object to the norm of what even a majority thinks is right, and they apply when (1) a cogent claim can be made that (2) grave wrong is done. The claim of wrong needs only to be serious and defensible.

Conscience rights exist precisely to protect someone who disagrees with majority consensus. They specifically protect unpopular opinions. The objection needs only to be serious and defensible.

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Transgenderism | Gender Identity | Gender Dysphoria: Crosstalk

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Despite the Authority of Scripture, there are those who are confused on this issue and from that confusion (combined with political correctness) there are professionals guiding individuals through the process of hormonal treatment (as normal) and very tragically, even surgical interventions.

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CMDA Statement: Advance Directives

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Whereas modern medicine has made available technologies that can prolong life, medical science alone cannot answer questions of whether life-sustaining technologies should be used in particular circumstances or whether such technologies are consistent with patients’ goals of care, values, and beliefs about health, life, and death.

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Gifts and Miracles: My Unexpected Journey into Addiction Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

When I entered my family medicine residency, I had a cohort of marijuana-smoking pregnant women to care for. They drove me crazy. Many nights I would come home to my wife and tell her, “If I ever really hate myself, I will figure out a way to treat adolescent, obstetric addiction.”

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The Mountaintop

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

Burnout is the current buzzword in healthcare, the subject of endless articles and editorial commentaries. Fatigue, depersonalization and cynicism characterize this happiness-ruining and career-destroying disease, which has reached epidemic levels among healthcare professionals across the country.

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The Temptations: Addressing Same-Sex Attractions

By Christopher Yuan / April 22, 2020 /

Same-sex sexual expression is sinful, but what about same-sex attractions? As a new Christian, I had defined attraction to be equivalent to tempta¬tion. Therefore, I believed that all same-sex attractions were not sinful—because temptations were not sinful. However, I realized not everyone defined attraction the same.

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After Ebola: Confronting the Trauma

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

In the closing months of 1989, a brutal civil war erupted in Liberia and soon engulfed the small West African country. At the time, T. Abraham Browne was in high school, and the senseless killings forced him and his siblings to flee for their lives to escape the bloodshed. They reached a refugee camp where Abraham would spend the next 10 years.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Spring 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Spring 2020

In this Spring 2020 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor; After Ebola, Confronting the Trauma, Addressing Same Sex Attractions, Mountaintop experiences, Gifts and Miracles of Addiction Medicine, and CMDA’s Statement on Advance Directives.

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Crisis in Nicaragua

By Patricia "Trish" Burgess, MD / April 22, 2020 /

It was one of those phone calls I dreaded receiving—a late night phone call from a team leader is usually not a good sign. That one phone call set off a chain of events that impacted our ministry in ways we could not have imagined.

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Marriage Maintenance

By Patti Francis, MD / April 22, 2020 /

Our marriage has also been a journey. An adventurous one. When Ron and I first started out as a married couple, we were sure we were on the right path. Each of us thought we had the best possible traveling companion.

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The Lure of Money

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / April 22, 2020 /

Most people can do one or two of these things, but very few people can do more than that. I have always found this idea intriguing as my family and I considered how to budget the money we have been given. But it leaves out something very important we can do with our extra money, doesn’t it? We can give it away.

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Transformed Doctors, Transforming the World: Peter E. Dawson, DDS

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 /

“I have been richly blessed by God, and I have a burning desire to do what I can to bring His message to anyone who will listen.” —Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2019

In this Winter 2019 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, A biography of Peter Dawson, DDS, the Crisis in Nicaragua as told by Trish Burgess, MD, the Lure of Money, by Autumn Galbreath, MD, Marriage Maintenance by Patti Francis, MD, and CMDA’s new statement on Recreational Marijuana.

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The Coronavirus Show Us Who We Really Are

By Bryan Stoudt / April 22, 2020 /

Today, I’m writing with a reflection in a small effort to help us profit from this trying time. There are many lessons we could take away, but here’s one that’s smacking me in the face.

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The Lord is Risen Indeed

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / April 21, 2020 /

“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him…‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us…and opened the Scriptures to us?’…‘The Lord is risen indeed…” (Luke 24:31-34, NKJV).

“The Lord is risen indeed.”

On Sunday morning, March 29, after two weeks of “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” I read the 24th chapter of Luke’s Gospel. It all fell into place. Life had changed so much. So much had disappeared—quick trips to the convenience store, meetings with dentists, friends dropping by and dinner out. Life had become both still and different. Busy-ness no longer drowned out worry. There were no distracting deadlines to offer escape from relational struggles. Reflecting back, for two weeks the quiet had given way to a still small voice and the still small voice had been wrongly identified as the insight of an uncluttered mind. Luke’s telling of the walk to Emmaus cleared up that confusion for me.

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CMDA Heartbeat Mug

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 20, 2020 / Comments Off on CMDA Heartbeat Mug

LIMITED quantity available of these recently made, handcrafted pottery mugs with the Christian fish symbol and the CMDA heartbeat. Order yours before it’s too late!

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Christian Healthcare Professionals and Coronavirus: A Global Ministry During a Global Pandemic

By Michael Kee-Ming Shu, MD / April 20, 2020 /

Since the start of 2020, our world has seen a viral pandemic sweep through and ravage countries and nations. COVID-19 and its medical sequelae has uprooted and deeply impacted mankind, regardless of the assembly of the human race—the young and the elderly, the weak and the strong, the rich and the poor. Many are speaking out and also searching for answers amidst what some people fear as God’s judgment on His people.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2020 /

“Religious groups need not apply.” That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named “Human Rights Policy” since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – MED

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – MED

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – 2XL

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – 2XL

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – XL

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – XL

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – LG

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – LG

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – SM

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 14, 2020 / Comments Off on Student Life T-Shirt 2020: “Community” – SM

Campus & Community Ministries

This medium grey t-shirt is a great way to support our students.

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Be Prepared. Not Scared.

By Tim Lawton, MD, MS (Human Nutrition), FAAFP / April 14, 2020 /

As a board-certified family physician and hospital medical director with over 25 years experience in emergency, hospital and nutritional medicine, I want to encourage you to do everything you can to stay as healthy as possible during this devastating epidemic.

As the U.S., state and local governments and healthcare professionals labor tirelessly in compassionate and effective efforts to protect American citizens from the spreading COVID-19 Coronavirus, governments in certain countries instead are reportedly exposing persecuted religious groups to the threat.

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A Good Samaritan

By Al Weir, MD / April 14, 2020 /

Our lead caregiver is Mohammed, a compassionate, wonderful Afghan man who has been serving the poor and sick in the most difficult areas of Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Mohammed is a devout Muslim.

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On the Side: April 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 10, 2020 /

One of the perks of moving around the country is that we have added a beautiful cast of friends to our family. We often joke that the “writer” of our family sitcom thought the cast needed to be jazzed up a bit when he brought certain characters into our storyline. We love the variety of loved ones who are brought to live life alongside us!

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An Uncommon Guide to Retirement

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 9, 2020 / Comments Off on An Uncommon Guide to Retirement

What am I going to do with my retirement? People talk about retirement like it’s supposed to be an endless vacation. But what if, like the majority of those facing retirement, you can’t afford such a luxury? Or what if you just want something more from retirement? Some advocate for no retirement at all. But you’ve worked for decades, and a rest and reprieve do sound appealing. What should you do? Does God have a purpose for your retirement?

Yes, He does. Learn how to discern what it is by taking an uncommon approach. Jeff Haanen looks biblically and practically at the need for rest and purpose in retirement.

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COVID-19 Ramblings and Reflections

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 9, 2020 /

The world is caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has changed our lives, and it will continue to change the lives of people all over the world for years to come. Schools, churches, businesses, restaurants, sporting events and entire countries are closed or are placed under lockdown. Shelter-in-place, an old term, unknown to most, is now widely used, and it affects, by some estimates, more than half the country. At any hour of the day or night, one can find the most up-to-date tallies for morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and around the world. This led me to three observations.

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United in Isolation

By Tracy Liang / April 7, 2020 /

I noticed that rather than being disheartened, our group proved more hopeful, active and responsive than before.

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Our Royal Positions

By Blake Baer / April 7, 2020 /

The advance of COVID-19 interrupted the education of medical students across the country. I was pulled from third year rotations. Although I’m not qualified to speak about medicine with much credibility.

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WPC Pulse: April 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / April 7, 2020 /

Last week I came home from the office, still needing to chart, needing to be on a Zoom meeting and seeing SO many emails in my inbox from every hospital and medical organization I belong to, telling more about TODAY’s COVID-19 changes in what we should be doing and worrying about. I was overwhelmed!

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CPR in the Times of COVID-19

By Christine C. Toevs, MD / April 7, 2020 /

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is universally applied in cardiac standstill, unless a physician order is given to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR). CPR is the only procedure that can be performed without a physician order; a nurse cannot give aspirin, start an IV or feed a patient without an order. However, CPR is the automatic default when the heart stops. This universal application has created several ethical issues, and the current pandemic now has us questioning if CPR should be the automatic default.

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Why is Apologetics Important?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 7, 2020 /

When somebody asks me why I am a Christian, I give them two reasons.

Reason #1: Because I met Jesus and He radically changed my heart (my personal testimony).
Reason #2: Because there is excellent objective evidence that Christianity is true.

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