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Dental Offer

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Dental Offer

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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No Time for Complacency, Speak Up for Ethical Science

By David Prentice, PhD / May 18, 2021 /

Well, that didn’t take long. As predicted, the parade of challenges to human dignity and human life discussed not long ago has already started to come to pass.

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Medicine: A Moral Enterprise

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 18, 2021 /

Healthy Doctor episode 29

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The Gate Opens Inward

By Al Weir, MD / May 18, 2021 /

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20, NIV).

He’s my patient and doesn’t have long to live this side of glory. His life had been very difficult—severely so, some his own doing. I was visiting in his home when he told me, “For 36 years I have been raging in my red-barred cage, pushing with all my being against the gate that would not move, trying to get to God on the outside. Finally, I listened, and God spoke to me, ‘The gate opens inward.’” He heard God’s voice, pulled the gate inward and God came in.

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Dental Advice – Steve Cartin

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 17, 2021 /

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Placement Service – Allen Vicars

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 17, 2021 /

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Christian Medical Association objects to HHS rule requiring abortion referrals, violating conscience laws

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association objects to HHS rule requiring abortion referrals, violating conscience laws

The 20,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today filed objections with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a proposed Title X family planning program rule that would “gut conscience protections,” according to CMA Senior Vice President for Bioethics and Public Policy Dr. Jeffrey Barrows.

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String Theory

By Ken Jones / May 13, 2021 /

His name was Hermon Miller, and he owned the grocery store on the street where I grew up. When it was hot and muggy on many summer afternoons, my mom would ask me to “Go down to Millers Store and get some pork chops for supper,” or perhaps, “Go down to Millers and get some bread for sandwiches, so I can make your lunch. Better get a pound of bologna, too.” I’d hop on my bike and ride down to the end of our street to get what my mom had said I should buy.

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Hard Seasons and Future Grace

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 13, 2021 /

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b, NIV).

Dentistry has the capacity to cause low morale. This has been evident not only personally, but I hear it from colleagues/former classmates and social media. Low morale can be attributed to all the dynamics of being a dentist, including clinic responsibilities, staff/co-workers and personal matters. Feelings of anger/frustration, despondency, diffidence, anxiety, self-doubt, depression, fear, worry, loneliness, burnout and all the like, a dentist will experience. However, the truth is that everyone will experience it throughout the course of life, and it does not matter the profession. My wife is an emergency room nurse, my dad is a small business owner, my brother is a director of strength training and my mother is a customer service agent. Over the years, I have heard them all express what is described above. However, it was those seasons and the help of my brother that led to the message of this blog.

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Winsome Advocacy

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 13, 2021 /

Dr. Micah Watson joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss our modern culture and how Christians can winsomely advocate for Christian policies.

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Intentionally Aware

By Al Weir, MD / May 11, 2021 /

Many years before, when he was shot down in Vietnam, he was rescued, but he thought he was going to die from his injuries. A chaplain from a different faith tradition was there praying for the wounded. He asked that chaplain to pray for him. That chaplain asked him what denomination he was affiliated with.

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Theology of the Body

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 6, 2021 /

Dr. Christopher West joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss God’s design for human sexuality, as evidenced by our bodies and the embodiment of Christ.

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Vaccine Resistance and Public Health Messaging

By Jonathan Imbody / May 6, 2021 /

The Washington Post recently published my commentary below in response to an article (“‘I’m still a zero’: Vaccine-resistant Republicans warn that their skepticism is worsening”) that examined the vaccine hesitancy of conservatives.

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On the Side: May 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2021 /

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Peace seems scarce these days. In fact, we seem to be living on a peace spectrum that runs anywhere from shaky armistice to literal dumpster fire. Even as I write these words, which you may read later, I am sure that if there isn’t something disastrous going on today, there will be tomorrow.

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The Blessing

By Al Weir, MD / May 4, 2021 /

“Then he blessed Joseph and said, ‘May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all of my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm—may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth’” (Genesis 48:15-16, NIV).

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How Your Childhood Affects Your Health

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 29, 2021 /

Dr. Joseph Zanga joins Dr. Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his work in pediatrics and how childhood trauma impacts adult health.

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This is Advocacy: Our Work Begins and Ends with God

By Nicole D. Hayes / April 29, 2021 /

Some would say it started earlier this year in January when the 2021 legislative session began in most states. Some would say it started with our increasingly more “live and let live” culture. However, the iniquity started before any of us were born.

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God’s Smile

By Al Weir, MD / April 27, 2021 /

“And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3, KJV).

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Beware of the Root

By Caren Abraham, DDS / April 26, 2021 /

Imago dei: the idea that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Now, more than ever, I believe we as dental professionals should be embodying this idea in our everyday lives—not only remembering who we are in the Father’s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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Faith Prescriptions

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 22, 2021 /

Dr. Bill Griffin joins Dr. Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the release of CMDA’s new coaching curriculum Faith Prescriptions.

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New Study Addresses Sexual Minorities Who Reject LGB Identity

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / April 22, 2021 /

A new study authored by a socio-politically diverse team of psychologists evaluated a religiously diverse population sample of varied sexual identification and found that sexual minority people who reject LGB identification have positive outcomes that contradict the expectations of both minority stress and sexual identity development theories.

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Plodding through Discouragement

By Al Weir, MD / April 20, 2021 /

…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).

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The Peace…of Paper

By Ken Jones / April 15, 2021 /

I have a friend, Rich, whose quiet, reflective, manner makes him a wonderful person to talk to. When I’m around him, the impression I get is that he actually thinks before he speaks—a rare thing in humans—and then, when he does speak, his words are distilled, salient and worth listening to. I like to hear him talk. He challenges me to grow. Several months ago, I asked him when we could get together for lunch.

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The Return of the God Hypothesis

By Steven Willing, MD / April 15, 2021 /

In last Saturday’s New York Times, Christian columnist Ross Douthat asks, “Can the Meritocracy Find God?”

“The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion,” writes Douthat. Nor is he sanguine for the prospects of that occurring. Douthat postulates two primary obstacles. First, “a moral vision that regards emancipated, self-directed choice as essential to human freedom and the good life.” Second, an entrenched anti-supernaturalism: “The average Ivy League professor, management consultant or Google engineer is not necessarily a strict materialist, but they have all been trained in a kind of scientism, which regards strong religious belief as fundamentally anti-rational, miracles as superstition, the idea of a personal God as so much wishful thinking.”

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act

Bristol, Tenn.—April 15, 2021— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Discharge Petition. CMDA joins in this statement with the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM), which also includes the American Associations of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Catholic Medical Association.

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Coping with Crisis

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2021 /

Dr. Greenbrier Almond joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book, Coping with Crisis, and the impact of mental stress on physical health.

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Light and Momentary

By Al Weir, MD / April 13, 2021 /

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV).

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CMDA National Convention 2021 – Dental Promo – #3

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 8, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA National Convention 2021 – Dental Promo – #3

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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Imago Dei

By Elizabeth Flaherty / April 8, 2021 /

Imago dei: the idea that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Now, more than ever, I believe we as dental professionals should be embodying this idea in our everyday lives—not only remembering who we are in the Father’s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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On the Side: April 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 8, 2021 /

The call came maybe five months after we moved into the house I had dreamed of my whole life. Big front porch. Two porch swings. Rockers. And the icing on the cake—azalea bushes circling the big huge trees in my new front yard. I was anticipating the first of many, many years of Easter photo sessions in front of those bushes. But for that phone call.

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Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. – Cultural Observations

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 8, 2021 /

Dr. Albert Mohler joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss plenary session at the CMDA National Convention and reflect on cultural issues of today.

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The Incredible Impact of a Humble Man of Faith

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 8, 2021 /

In a previous blog, I recommended John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center, and BreakPoint, his daily blog. The Colson Center has several formats for outreach including the Colson Fellow program, weekly podcasts, daily email briefings and Wilberforce Weekend. The Colson Center takes on many of the most pressing issues of the day and thoughtfully discusses ways in which we as Christians can engage our culture. As I said in that earlier blog, if you stop reading this right now and explore the Colson Center options, I will have succeeded in pointing you to a good path for improving your Christian walk.

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Natural Medicine Handbook

By Walt Larimore, MD / April 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Natural Medicine Handbook

When it comes to natural medicines, such as herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements, you want to make sure you’re getting the truth about what works, what is safe, and what is a waste of money. You need evidence-based, trustworthy, unbiased sources and studies so that you can make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

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Seeking That Which Strikes You

By Al Weir, MD / April 6, 2021 /

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge; and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your self-control, perseverance; and to your perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV).

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CMDA National Convention 2021 – Dental Promo – #2

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 1, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA National Convention 2021 – Dental Promo – #2

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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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self pt2

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 1, 2021 /

Author Carl Trueman joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to continue discussing his new book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.

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The Equality Act Targets the Faith and Medical Communities for Ideology-Based Prosecution

By Jonathan Imbody / April 1, 2021 /

The Washington Examiner recently published my op-ed on the radical Equality Act. This ideologically coercive and discriminatory bill, which has already passed the House and now is on the Senate calendar, will radically impact your professional career and your ability to live out your faith.

The commentary is below, followed by excerpts of a CMDA letter to U.S. Senators and of written testimony submitted by several CMDA members.

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Doctor’s Day

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Doctor’s Day

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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CMDA National Convention 2021 – Dental Promo

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 30, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA National Convention 2021 – Dental Promo

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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Bananas

By Al Weir, MD / March 30, 2021 /

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” (1 Timothy 6:12, ESV).

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Willis Fund

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Willis Fund

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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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 25, 2021 /

Author Carl Trueman joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.

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I’m a Slow Reader (Here’s Why), and Living on Borrowed Time

By Amy Givler, MD / March 25, 2021 /

I’ve read novels ever since my youth, and I’ve had an enduring fascination with the side character of the rich elderly female relative who “took to bed” decades earlier. Even before I was a doctor I wondered, “What illness caused her to ‘take to bed’?” There are seldom enough clues to unlock the mystery of which exact medical diagnosis she had that kept her in her bedroom. Writers of novels one to two centuries ago didn’t focus on those clues. She was, after all, a side character.

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Bridging the Language Barrier

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 24, 2021 /

Thomas Tet shares what it is like to work as a translator on a GHO Mission trip and the impact the trips have for the local people, both medically and spiritually.

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Unpacking Short-Term Dental Mission Trip Involvement – Greg Griffin, DMD

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 24, 2021 /

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Timeless Principles of Dental Practice Management – Scott Bedichek, DDS, MS, ThM

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 24, 2021 /

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Equality Act: Day of Prayer and Fasting

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Equality Act: Day of Prayer and Fasting

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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Another House Call

By Al Weir, MD / March 23, 2021 /

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV).

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One Year of COVID-19: Lessons Learned

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 18, 2021 /

Reverend Dr. Ko joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the pandemic, the church and what the future will look like post-COVID-19.

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On Faith and Freedom

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / March 18, 2021 /

Freedom. It’s an important word to us in the United States—arguably the most important word to the founding of our country.

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Dental Student Ministries

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 17, 2021 /

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Journeying Toward a Life of Significance

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / March 16, 2021 /

“You want to be a dentist?! Ohhkayyy Doc, you’re going to be so successful!” I heard some variation of this comment countless times while pursuing my studies of becoming a dentist. Today when I introduce myself in a non-medical setting, I casually say I work in dentistry. If the conversation progresses further, the individual may learn I am a dentist. Then they are wowed by the fact that I am so young to be a doctor, they assume I am successful and often comment on how proud my family must be given my success. Of course, the inevitable question of, “When are you going to open your practice?” comes along, as if to suggest there is yet another layer of success to be attained.

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A Friend Who Prays

By Al Weir, MD / March 16, 2021 /

“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16, NIV).

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Common Psychiatric Consequences of Human Trafficking on Children and Adolescents and Their Medical Management

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

Human Trafficking affects numerous children and teens throughout the world. One of the significant health consequences of this are mental health problems. Of note are high rates of anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) identified in multiple studies of trafficked children. Full medical care of these individuals therefore will entail screening for the symptoms of mental health disorders. Treatment should involve therapy as much is available in the areas where they are recovering and learning to return to normal life. Medications can be considered for these mental health diagnoses as well with care taken in prescribing for children and teenagers. This article gives a framework for primary care professionals to establish mental healthcare as part of their management of children and adolescents who have been through human trafficking.

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ETHICAL VACCINES: Ready for a shot in the arm?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

With millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses already plunged into American arms and hundreds of million more doses on the way, can healthcare professionals confidently receive the vaccines themselves and also recommend them for patients?

While responses to this question often involve important emotional factors that need to be addressed, this article focuses on three rational considerations: safety, efficacy and ethics.

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Seeing the Big Picture of Bioethics

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

I like history, and so I don’t like bioethics. Why? Because I consider it to be a deceptive word used to make people feel good when they should be afraid. And because it took medical ethics out of its privileged position of being solely concerned with the only creature made in the image of God and secularized it.

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First Fridays at the Mortons

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

My husband and I had just moved from Michigan to Texas for my first year of medical school at the University Health Science Center San Antonio. We walked up to the door of a house we had never visited, hand-in-hand wondering what the evening ahead would hold, with unfamiliar people, in this unfamiliar part of the country. As we arrived at the front door, we could hear the sounds of conversation mixed with laughter inside, along with the delicious aroma of cooking pizza tantalizing our taste buds. Another couple our age greeted us warmly while handing us an apron, sending us toward a buzzing kitchen to begin creating our “couple pizza” for the pizza bake-off contest! Wow! It was a Texas size welcome.

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My Hour Has Come!

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’”
—John 12:23

Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection were the fulfillment of multiple Old Testament prophecies, and they coincided with a time period of unbridled harshness and brutality. Death by crucifixion, as described by Martin Hengel, was “a barbaric form of execution of the utmost cruelty” and as “the supreme Roman penalty.”

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Membership Survey Results

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 /

Every five years, the CMDA Board of Trustees goes through a cycle of comprehensive strategic planning. This well-thought out process has guided and directed the organization throughout the last 25 years, as it focuses on better meeting the needs of our members and providing ministry to those we serve around the world.

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CMDA Today – Spring 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 15, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDA Today – Spring 2021

We are excited to release the new CMDA Today, formerly Today’s Christian Doctor. In this edition of the magazine, you can learn more about the ethics of the COVID-19 vaccines. Plus, get a firsthand look at the recent CMDA member survey, earn continuing education credit on the topic of human trafficking, learn how to start a local ministry and more.

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Caring for Medical Missionaries

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 14, 2021 /

Healthy Doctor episode 28

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A Word About Persistence

By Ken Jones / March 11, 2021 /

I have discovered one of the great joys in life, I think: the joy of watching my grandkids grow up. My wife and I have six, four girls and two boys. Seems like I never get tired of hearing about their latest accomplishments or adventures. And this week, as one of them started high school, I remembered a scene I hadn’t thought of in a long time.

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Human Bioengineering: Made in the Image of Whom?

By David Prentice, PhD / March 11, 2021 /

While COVID-19 has consumed the attention and energies of the world for the last year, other bioethical and scientific challenges have not gone away and are set to burst back to the forefront this year. Significant advances were made in 2020 to move away from the antiquated science using human fetal tissue from abortion and toward development of modern techniques and biological models that do not use fetal tissue. However, a resurgence of research using trafficked aborted fetal body parts is likely with the new White House Administration. Calls have already been made to gut the current ethical regulations on federal funding of fetal tissue research. The drumbeat for taxpayer dollars to pay for experiments using fetal organs and tissues from abortion continues, trying to make use of the crisis to justify unethical research, e.g., making humanized “lung-only mice” to investigate COVID-19. In the meantime, adult stem cells have made “mini-lungs” in the lab that faithfully model normal lungs, and they are already being used to study COVID-19 infections and therapies.

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Redeeming COVID-19

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 11, 2021 /

Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath and Philip Yancey join Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about how God is redeeming COVID-19 for His purposes.

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Tell Him to Come!

By Al Weir, MD / March 9, 2021 /

My three-and-half-year-old grandson in Alabama was just released from the hospital after four days of misery. Forgive the picture, but he was so constipated that he was throwing up.

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Serious Concerns Regarding Our Medications in the United States

By Sam Molind, DMD / March 8, 2021 /

When mission teams were going to China, it was always important for us to understand the cultural, political and power structures in the countries we were serving.

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Library

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Library

A program designed to serve domestic and international healthcare missionaries in their work as well as aid in the recruitment and retention of career medical missionaries. CMM also assists students with scholarships and overseas rotations.

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Three Questions to Help You W.I.N. in Life

By Ken Jones / March 4, 2021 /

How’s it going? How did you “do” today at navigating the, no doubt, dozens of things you had to do? Those generic, innocent questions we use in everyday life as we interact with others rarely invite deeper reflection in those we might be asking. “Fine,” is probably the most common response we get when we ask someone else how they’re doing.

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Seeing the Purpose Behind the Virus featuring Drs. Greg and Ali Tsai

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 4, 2021 /

CMDA members Drs. Greg and Ali Tsai live and practice medicine in Manhattan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis when the pandemic initially broke out in the United States. Greg is an ENT physician, while Ali is an OB/Gyn who works part-time with a homeless shelter.

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The “Equality Act” will erase your religious freedom and medical judgment

By Jonathan Imbody / March 4, 2021 /

The U.S. Congress has taken one step closer to ending religious protections—and medical judgment for health professionals—on gender issues, by passing the Equality Act by a largely partisan vote in the House of 224 – 206.

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Countering COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 4, 2021 /

Dr. Jeff Barrows joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss the safety, efficacy and ethics of the COVID-19 vaccine in the wake of vaccine misinformation.

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Book of the Month

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Book of the Month

Will technology usher in a new future or have we gone too far? Unprecedented developments in bioengineering, biotechnology, and biomedicine breakthroughs that could improve the lives of people with debilitating diseases and injuries can also serve as stepping-stones to technologies that can enhance human beings and alter human nature, raising fears about how biotechnologies could be misused. Should we discourage advances in biotechnology and bioengineering that can be used for human enhancement? Or should we take control of our own “evolution” and usher in a posthuman age? Is there another option? In Humans 2.0, authors Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Kenneth Richard Samples open a window to the new world of human enhancement technologies and transhumanism their promises, potential, and pitfalls.

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Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Christian Medical & Dental Associations joins group in support of vaccines and conscience protections

Bristol, Tenn.—March 2, 2021— The 20,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), which is the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare organization, today announced the release of a joint statement in support of vaccines and conscience protection.

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On the Side: March 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 /

The season of Lent has begun. Raised in the Baptist church, Lent wasn’t something that we celebrated, but I have always thought it was a beautiful way to prepare for Good Friday and Easter.

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Vaccines and Conscience Protection

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 /

It has been over a year since the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in the United States. Due to this pandemic’s effects, our society has experienced limitations in personal freedoms to a level we have never known. Social interactions and work environments have been changed by social distancing, masks, hospital and nursing home visitation restrictions and working from home. Freedom of movement about our communities and the nation has been limited by “stay-at-home orders” and mass travel restrictions. The availability of vaccines provides a sliver of hope but also raises many questions. Issues our society must address include prioritizing equitable vaccine distribution and the potential for coercive mandates on vaccine use.

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Coronavirus Vaccine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Coronavirus Vaccine

Friday, March 15 is Match Day for 2019. The graduate medical education community represent the day when the National Resident Matching Program or NRMP releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States.

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Our Greatest Adventure

By Al Weir, MD / March 2, 2021 /

“…for death is the destiny of everyone…” (Ecclesiastes 7:2, NIV).

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Dental Association Bloggers

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Dental Association Bloggers

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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CMDAstudentministries

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on CMDAstudentministries

CMDA Student Life is a network of campus chapters helping students live out the character of Christ on their campuses. We now have more than 300 campus ministries, representing 90 percent of the nation’s medical and dental schools. We are here to help you THRIVE with a purpose during your healthcare training.

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Therapy Bans, APA Talking Points and Counseling Choice

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / February 25, 2021 /

A multitude of states, counties and cities have banned “conversion therapy,” usually for minors only, with efforts underway to issue a national ban for all through the so-called “Equality Act” (HR 5). Yet, “conversion therapy” is a misrepresentative, maligning and summarily ill-defined term employed as a jamming tactic to capitalize on an allusion to implicitly forced religious conversion while stigmatizing and intimidating any therapist who would engage in change-allowing therapy. It implies coercion and suffering, neither of which are true of modern change-allowing therapy (aka SOCE for sexual orientation change efforts). Modern SOCE therapists uniformly view old aversive techniques (think shaming, electric shocks, etc.) as unethical and ineffective. Tellingly, no state or municipality enacting a therapy prohibition has yet to ban aversive practices, only counseling that allows clients to explore their potential for change of SOGI (sexual orientation, gender identity). Why not ban aversive measures too, if abuse is really the issue?

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Embryo Adoption @ NEDC

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 25, 2021 /

Dr. John David Gordon joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to share his testimony of God leading him to the National Embryo Donation Center and the good work they do to preserve life.

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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

By Carl R. Trueman, PhD / February 24, 2021 / Comments Off on The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity.

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Better Tomorrow than Today

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / February 24, 2021 /

“Preach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.” We’ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how we’re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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Center for Well-being | Podcasts

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Center for Well-being | Podcasts

The CMDA Center for Well-being helps Christian healthcare professionals align with God, optimize well-being and maximize influence. Listen to our Healthy Doctor Podcast.

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Thank a Resident Video

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Thank a Resident Video

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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When Will I Learn?

By Al Weir, MD / February 23, 2021 /

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge; and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your self-control, perseverance; and to your perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV).

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Christians and Conspiracy Theories

By Steven Willing, MD / February 18, 2021 /

“You can’t handle the truth!”

That classic line from A Few Good Men from Colonel Jessup in the witness stand became a waving flag for many. It is enticing to think we own the truth, and that those who can’t “handle” it are naïve, weak or cowardly. Delivered to perfection by Jack Nicholson, Jessup hammered a wedge between truth and fantasy, and of course we all know which side we’re on, don’t we?

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Racial Healthcare Disparities

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 18, 2021 /

Omari Hodge, MD discusses the concept of Racial Healthcare Disparities and how Christians in healthcare should seek change to healthcare disparities related to race and ethnicity.

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COVID-19 Fact or Fiction?

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / February 17, 2021 /

A growing proliferation of blog posts, podcasts and online videos presenting confusing information regarding COVID-19 has increased over recent months. Many of these controversies are propagated by physicians speaking to large church audiences. In this blog post, I will address the most common disputes.

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God Jobs

By Al Weir, MD / February 16, 2021 /

“No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds” (1 Timothy 5:9-10, NIV).

He was recovering from an unexpected severe toxicity from a new cancer treatment. Just beginning to make urine and platelets again. We talked about his illness and then talked about his life. “I’ve got this neighbor,” he told me, “who cuts my yard. My yard is twice as big as his, but he cuts it. And he doesn’t just cut it, he manicures it and mows it twice a week—for a year now. He began back when I first got real sick. When I got better, I told him I could take over, but he wouldn’t let me. ‘God told me to do this, so it’s mine,’ he said. Before I got sick, we hardly knew each other.”

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Let Us Be Healers

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 11, 2021 /

This is a non-partisan site, and this is a non-partisan blog. I have not posted opinions supporting any candidate anywhere, and I will not do so here.

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Critical Race Theory & Christianity

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 11, 2021 /

Dr. Omari Hodge joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about critical race theory and how Christian healthcare professionals should approach the issue of racism.

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You Could Help Reverse an Abortion!

By Eric F. Hussar, MD / February 10, 2021 /

Like me, you probably entered the medical field because you wanted to help people who were in significant need, facing challenges, and for whom you could have a substantial positive impact. You may have gone in with the goal to save lives. In healthcare, we have the privilege of helping people at some of their most vulnerable points, while also being a light shining into their darkness. For many women, that moment arrives for them after they have taken mifepristone (RU-486) with the intention of ending their pregnancy.

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Shame in Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 9, 2021 /

Healthy Doctor episode 27

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Earning the Right to Be Heard

By Tracy Liang / February 9, 2021 /

“Preach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.” We’ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how we’re sharing the Good News in this way. If our actions speak more loudly than our words, how are our day-to-day actions preaching the gospel to those around us?

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A Buddhist Funeral

By Al Weir, MD / February 9, 2021 /

“And whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:26a, NIV).

I had never been to a Buddhist funeral. The deceased was the father of one of my new fellows. When I arrived, my fellow greeted me and asked if I wanted to light some incense for her father. I said I would, out of respect for him and love for her. I placed the first incense before a picture of young Buddha. I did not bow to him as those before me but placed a burning stick into the small gravel bowl in respect for a great philosopher. The second incense I placed before a picture of the deceased and bowed my head asking God for blessings on his family.

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Judeo-Christian Values

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 4, 2021 /

Rabbi Yaakov Menken joins Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s CMDA Matters podcast to talk about the common ground between Orthodox Jews and Evangelical Christians and the Biblical mandate to promote life.

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