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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 21, 2018

We publish a wide variety of informational print, audio and electronic publications that are designed to encourage, equip and motivate our members.

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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 5, 2018

This is a bi-monthly e-newsletter designed to educate, encourage and equip healthcare missionaries around the globe. Each issue of the e-Pistleā„¢ includes articles about management on the missionary field, information from like-minded organizations, announcements, new resources available for those on the field, etc. A wide variety of subjects is covered, and it is free to anyone interested in healthcare missions. Be sure to check out…

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FAQs

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 29, 2018

HOME TRAINING EVENTS RESOURCES FAQs DONATE CONTACT US FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is the Difference Between Coaching and Other Helping Professions? When many people hear the word “coach,” they immediately think of a football or tennis coach. In those “coach” settings, the coach corrects a faulty swing or pattern of activity, setting goals for the athlete to strive to reach. But in a professional coaching…

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End of Life Issues

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 22, 2019

As a Christian healthcare professional, have your colleagues ever looked down at you for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill? Or have you ever been punished for maintaining your religious beliefs instead of believing in evolution? Or have you ever been harassed by an attending trying to force you to perform an abortion?

If youā€™ve experienced any type of hostility or discrimination like this, then you know how important it is for healthcare workers to protect their right of conscience. Right of conscience is defined as the right to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions.

Healthcare professionals are being pressured and discriminated against by employers and colleagues because of their deeply held religious or moral beliefs. Almost one in four faith-based professionals state that they have been discriminated against by employers, educators or others in the healthcare system. Nearly two out of five have been pressured to violate their beliefs by referring, writing a prescription or doing a procedure.

Abolishing the right of conscience is dangerous. Itā€™s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but itā€™s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and every patient. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 faith-based doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurses, 95 percent of them said they would quit medicine before violating their conscience.

CMDA is committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight to protect the rights of medical professionals. Weā€™ve compiled a great number of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important it is to maintain the right of conscience.

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Church Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 3, 2020

Be an advocate for Godā€™s Word and speak truth into todayā€™s ethical issues. These resources will help you learn how to answer difficult questions with grace, kindness and truth.

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Bridging the Gap

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 3, 2020

Developed by expert healthcare professionals, this new small group study is designed to ask difficult, thought-provoking questions as we seek the truth found in Godā€™s Word about the ethical issues facing Christians today. This curriculum will help you courageously stand up for whatā€™s morally right according to your beliefs.

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On the Side: August 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 10, 2021

ā€œIā€™ll just sleep while itā€™s red,ā€ I reasoned. At the time, this made perfect sense to my sleep-deprived brain. Happily, I woke up a few seconds later with my foot still on the brake and the traffic light now a lovely shade of green. I thought I was the only intern this had ever happened to, but I soon learned my husband had once had a similar experience. After a different long night on call at the hospital, he had been awakened at a green traffic light by the horn of the driver behind him!

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On the Side: July 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 10, 2021

I love genealogies. Thanks to my beloved Grandpa Sam, I have a detailed genealogy going back to 1690 on my fatherā€™s side. It traces our familyā€™s journey from the Isle of Mull in Scotland to the East Coast of the U.S., and eventually to Colorado. Looking at its 300-plus years of history, I wonder who these ancestors were and what they were like. If each one could tell their story, what would it include? I do know one fought in the Revolutionary War, and one had 18 children!!! I also know that none of them had any clue that their great-great-greatā€¦granddaughter would be writing this from a laptop computer in Palm Desert, California.

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On the Side: September 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 2, 2021

The census taker arrived just as Wade was pulling in from a long stretch at the hospital. He told me to go on doing what I was doingā€”cooking supper with three toddlers at my anklesā€”and he would answer the questions. When the census taker asked Wade how many hours he had worked the week before, I stuck my head out of the kitchen to hear his answer. ā€œAll,ā€ I wanted to scream. He worked all the hours. Wade answered 130. I watched at the gentleman looked at his form, looked at Wade and looked back at the form. ā€œSir, we are only given two squares. Is it ok if I just put 99?ā€

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On the Side: October 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 6, 2021

I recently found a love note from a young wife to her medical student spouse. Iā€™ll warn you; itā€™s mushy with ignorant glee. See for yourself:
Ā 
ā€œI love you. Iā€™d love you the same if you were a park ranger. Iā€™d love you the same if we had nothing because even then, we would have each other and Godā€™s blessing and love for our marriage. We are so richly blessed by agape love. Everything else is detailsā€”icing on the cake. The way youā€™ve used the intelligence God blessed you with over the past two years of medical school is astounding. Today you are crossing into unknown territory. I feel so privileged to be sharing the experience by your sideā€¦.ā€

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On the Side: November 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 2, 2021

Sometimes we hear that Christians are the hands and feet of Jesus here on Earth.Ā Ā It sounds saintly, but itā€™s not actually in the Bible anywhere.Ā Ā I know, because I checked.Ā Ā Iā€™m not sure where the saying came from originally, and perhaps we donā€™t need to know.Ā Ā But we do know this: As Christians we are part of the Body of Christ and it makes sense that putting Christā€™s love into everyday practice with the people around us is like being the hands and feet of the Body of Christ.

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On the Side: December 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 10, 2022

The joke in our house is that Tigger married Eeyore. I bounce from idea to idea with romantic notions of how perfectly photographic and memorable things will turn out. My husband does the actual research to determine if the event/location/idea is actually something we can do, achieve, make happen. I want to jump at the idea and be spontaneous, and he wants to research the idea and be prepared for every contingency. My girls and I took a road trip this summer with only a tenuous sketch of a plan. More than once, one or three of us commented on how we wish Dad was with us and had planned the trip. My Tigger needs his Eeyore.

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On the Side: January 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 10, 2022

I knew Iā€™d broken it before I hit the ground. I heard it snap. Breathing hard on the concrete, between cries for help, my mind moaned, ā€œnot again!ā€.Ā Ā 
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Yes. Again.Ā 
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9 years ago I broke the same ankle, my right one. It was earlyĀ Christmas morning and I was sleepily walking down the stairs to get baby Tylenol for my teething son. One wrong step and down I went. This time it was December 23rd. I think next year my family may cocoon me in bubble wrap and prop me up in the corner until New Yearā€™s.Ā 

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On the Side: February 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 2, 2022

As I write this, I am on Day 8 of a self-imposed quarantine for COVID-19. Dr. H and I managed to come down with it at almost the same time; so have several of our family members. No one seems to know just who gave it to whom, but at this point it doesnā€™t much matter. All of our happily vaccinated and boostered selves are doing better now, by Godā€™s grace, and we are very thankful about it.

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CAHM – Partners

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 8, 2021

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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Morality in Malpractice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 25, 1977

The malpractice crisis has been with us for three years. In 1974 insurance premiums jumped by nearly 200 percent, and each year since then they have risen higher.

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Opinion Letter

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 29, 1977

I do not carry malpractice inĀ­surance. Originally I decided not to carry it simply because I could not afford it. Now, howĀ­ever, I practice uninsured as a matter of principle.

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Making Truth-Telling Your Practice

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 30, 2010

Sixty years of hiding the truth taught this doctor a very hard lesson.

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On the Side: March 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 7, 2022

My middle daughter has a problem with trust. She often asks me, ā€œMom, are you going to take me to dance today?ā€ or ā€œMom, are you going to pick me up from school?ā€ She frets over small things like have I signed a permission slip yet, or have I made that orthodontist appointment yet. It is frustrating as a parent to feel like my precious girl doesnā€™t know that I am taking care of her, that I am here for her.

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On the Side: April 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 5, 2022

The dog groomer took some sort of hiatus. And while I donā€™t begrudge her time off, away or whatever she needed, we have three dogs in this house. Two fairly large, all fairly fluffy dogs. And furthermore, finding a good groomer in our area is like finding gold at the end of the rainbow. It eludes most and did us for a long time. Finding a replacement was impossible.

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On the Side: May 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 9, 2022

Iā€™m in my early 60s. This means I have about 50 years of clear memories of news events, politics, fads and fashions, stemming from the early 70s. I even remember when JFK died, although I was just a little girl; the reactions of the adults around me were so remarkable that I still remember exactly where I was. In all of that time I will tell you what I have learned: God is the only One we can trust to tell us the truth and the only One who can give us peace.Ā 

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On the Side: June 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 2, 2022

One day, a mole decided life underground wasn’t his thing. Ready for something new, he found a folded lawn chair in a driveway and thought, yes, this was his best next step. So he moved in.

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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 couldnā€™t fix the injustice of life with cerebral palsy.

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On the Side: July 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 5, 2022

We were doing a residency rotation in Florida when the triplets were four. One dreary overcast Saturday we were enjoying family time even though Wade was on call. We didnā€™t understand that in Florida rain can turn to sun in less than a minute. That day it did just that. And three four-year-olds began to wail. I couldnā€™t understand why the sun was making them cry. As I attempted to console them, I was asking why they were sobbing: ā€œDaddy will have to go to work now.ā€

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CAHM – 511 Groups

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 1, 2022

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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On the Side: August 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 2, 2022

I donā€™t drag out my MD for just any occasion. Typically, I keep it tucked away. But today I thought I would speak (indirectly) to residents, especially first-year residents or interns, so it seemed appropriate. Perhaps you ladies, who are reading this article, will pass along my remarks to the young physicians in your lives.

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The Writing Dentist

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | August 16, 2022

ā€œā€¦ā€˜It is writtenā€¦ā€™ā€ (Matthew 4:4, NKJV).

As followers of Christ, leaders in dentistry have the opportunityā€”perhaps even the responsibilityā€”to write things down for their teams as a reference and to understand as principled guidance for working together, serving the patients in their care or dealing with the vendors who knock on their doors or crowd their inboxes. When those written guidelines are lived out by the owning dentist or partners, dental teams catch a vision for how dentistry and ministry come together in kingdom living. And those who put their thoughts into words on paper or screen can have an impact far beyond the walls of their offices.

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On the Side: September 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 7, 2022

Behind the smile I was shouting, ā€œOh goodness mercy of course!ā€ I have been the new girl showing up at the team meeting, the book club, the Bible study far, far more often than I have been the one standing with friends. It can be excruciatingly hard. It can also be invigorating.

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On the Side: October 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 10, 2022

Medical life takes grit. We wrap our minds around MCAT scores, acceptance letters, residency placements and job contracts, knowing it’s not easy. There’s risk in leaving a paying job and moving across the country. And it’s scary. Will you land on your feet? Will you live on this budget? Will you make friends? Regardless, we have hope. We see the endpoint, or the little milestones on the wayā€”the white coat ceremony, the match and the job signing.Ā 

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Service: The Highest Level of Leadership

By Erica Chambers | July 25, 2022

In one of my Bible study periods, the words found in 1 John 2:6 captured my attention. The verse reads, ā€œHe who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walkedā€ (NKJV). The ā€œHeā€ in this passage, written by the apostle John, was referring to ā€œJesus Christ the righteous.ā€ Long after reading this Scripture, the words kept coming back to my mind. I knew the Holy Spirit was inspiring my mind to engage in a specific activity, to walk just as Jesus walked. I realized, then, that it is not enough to say you are a Christian; instead, there must be practical evidence to support that statement.

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Authenticity, Mother Teresa and ā€œA Really Good Apologyā€

By Katrina (Kate) Brouwer, DDS | June 22, 2022

There was a time when some Christians felt the need to appear like they had it all together.Ā  As though living an abundant life in Christ was a formula you just had to plug into and what emerged was someone who demonstrated equally all the fruit of the Spirit, all the time.Ā  And while we might strive to be that endlessly selfless and giving person to our patients, itā€™s a little harder to keep that image up with the people we spend the most time with.Ā  Naturally you might think of those you live with, but thereā€™s also what someone in my office described as our ā€œwork family.ā€

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Transformation

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | May 18, 2022

Do you remember the first dental patient for whom you helped make a significant transformation in their oral health? Can you recall the day they came to see you for their very first appointment? It is likely they hadnā€™t been to the dentist in several years. Maybe they came because they had dental pain, or maybe they were ready to make a change in their lives and better their health. Whatever the reason, they were in your chair. You examined this patient and listed off several disciplines of care they would need: periodontal therapy, oral surgery, operative, prosthodontics, etc. A lengthy treatment plan that would take several months to complete as the patient underwent a process of transformation.

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For Him, From Him, Through Him

By Liz Flaherty | June 9, 2022

I graduated from dental school a couple of weeks ago. This moment was what I had viewed for a long time as the precipice, the ultimate, the ā€œeverything I was working forā€ for 12 straight years. I say 12 years because even in high school I was a three-sport athlete involved in multiple clubs and activities and AP classes, and I was determined to never let my grades slip. My mom tells stories of me not leaving the dinner table most nights way beyond the time everyone else went to bed. She would try to stay up with me, but eventually her eyes would grow heavy, and she knew she had to be up early the next morning. She would give me a hug and say she was proud of me, and then quietly shut her bedroom door and allow me to keep working. College was no different other than that my mom was not there to witness the countless nights of studying, writing and completing assignments. I was on my own, but I was still just as determined to succeed in every metric. While some may say this sounds like admirable dedication and hard work, what I know to be true is that the underlying motivation for me was actually fear: fear of being a failure, fear of being a disappointment, fear of my life not being worth anything if I did not achieve.

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God Has Said

By Sam Molind, DMD | January 6, 2022

ā€œā€¦God has said, ā€˜Never will I leave you; never will I forsake youā€™ā€ (Hebrews 13:5, NIV).

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As a Man Thinketh

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | November 18, 2021

ā€œYour beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.ā€
ā€• Mahatma Gandhi

If youā€™ve never heard this quote before, really take a moment and read it again. Let the words sink in. This quote really embodies the saying ā€œā€¦for as he thinketh in his heart, so is heā€ (Proverbs 23:7, KJV). You remember that feeling in dental school when you doubted if you could get a high grade on that dental exam or pass that competency? Or now when you do not believe you can get an exceptional outcome on that new dental procedure you have on your schedule next week? As dentists who are also human beings, we think about all the things that can go wrong, such as the dental equipment malfunctioning, the assistantā€™s inability to find the right instruments we need, poor lighting or that uncontrollable heme obscuring our vision. We verbalize our fears to our colleagues and/or others, and we limit our actions of researching better techniques or ways to execute the outcome we desire. We develop a habit of ā€œwinging it,ā€ giving our minimum to the practice of dentistry, which ultimately is a better reflection of our values than what we recite to our patients. This is the slippery slope of our beliefs driving our words which can eventually drive our destiny.

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Timeless Dentistry: Reflections from the Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Conference

By Liz Flaherty | December 8, 2021

As we continue in this season of gratitude and reflection on the meaning of Christā€™s birth, I am especially grateful for the time I spent at the 2021 Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Conference. On Friday, October 29, 2021, I made my way with classmates Rachel Wians and Malory Peterson through the Minneapolis airport with the destination of Athens, Georgia in our sights. That weekend, we gathered with Christian dentists of all stages to reflect on what it means to be Christā€™s image bearers in our field. Held in the spirit of passing wisdom on to future generations of Christian dentists, this conference has deeply impacted my vision and mission for living as a believer in the field of dentistry.

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King Solomon, DMD

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | October 26, 2021

ā€œTwo are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their laborā€¦Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.ā€ ā€“ Ecclesiastes 4:9,12, NKJV

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When Nice Isnā€™t Nice

By Tracy Liang | October 11, 2021

As Christians in our present society, we feel responsibility to represent our heavenly Father who created us in His image and called us to be His children, the human signposts pointing all those around us to Him. What does this look like in our lives as Christian healthcare professionals in the public square?

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Pearly Whites

By Caren Abraham, DDS | August 24, 2021

The clichĆ© phrase that is our lifeā€™s goal: pearly whites for all our patients. But are pearly whites enough?

Working at a mission hospital in rural Africa, I try to do as much as possible before taking an x-ray. Much of my examination is done just visually, until I can convince a patient an x-ray really is necessary. With this style of examination comes a bit of guess work, and sometimes, it is the ā€œtooth that looks normalā€ that is actually the problem!

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Working in Light of Eternity

By Elizabeth Flaherty | August 10, 2021

Throughout dental school, I have been actively seeking a rhythm of work and rest that honors the Lord, serves my patients and allows me to truly rest. This became of paramount importance to me because, if Iā€™m honest, I knew this was something I had failed at for a large portion of my life. During college, I watched one of my roommates and best friends observe the Sabbath every Sunday. Blake would be running out the door with a picnic blanket and a football in her hand as I was cramming in last-minute studies for the week ahead. It was not that I never took breaks, but I could never bring myself to take off an entire day every week. Since elementary school, I had always strived for perfection in my work, so it was no big change for me in college to stay up late, wake up before the sun, incessantly check off to-do lists and barely enjoy the feeling of finishing one test before moving on to study for the next one. Looking back now, I realize how much of that striving was actually rooted in fearā€”fear that my future rested entirely in my own hands, fear that this is what was required for my life to be of value and, ultimately, fear that my ability to serve in the future was based entirely on my performance now.

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Be Open to Godā€™s Surprising Will

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | July 20, 2021

If you had asked me my third year of dental school where I would be in five years, I would not have told you Memphis, Tennessee. Iā€™m from Texas, and Iā€™m one of those Texans who felt like they would always be in Texas because, as the catchy song goes, ā€œGod Blessed Texas.ā€ At the same time, I felt God called me to do dentistry for a specific purpose. When looking at my options in Texas, everything felt like it would just be something to do but not what God was calling me to. Iā€™m still not proficient at seeking Godā€™s will, but I was even less proficient then. The Lord had to drop an opportunity right in my lap for me to think outside of what I thought was possible. He had me open an email from CMDA that I almost ignored, and I read a description of the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program that pulled on all the heart strings of what God used to lead me to dentistry. It described working in urban community clinics in Memphis, Tennessee to serve patients with the spiritual love of Christ and physical healthcare through dentistry. It also offered discipleship and a call to expand this vision beyond Memphis to other underserved settings in the U.S. and abroad.

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What a Difference a Huddle Makes

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | July 6, 2021

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, weā€™ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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True Humility in Jesus

By Tracy Liang | June 15, 2021

In the process of becoming dental professionals, we have amassed a collection of academic and professional achievements under our belt. Along the way, weā€™ve probably been told how capable and talented we are and praised for our varied accomplishments.

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Learning from Others

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | May 18, 2021

What has your experience with mentorship been like? I have had the privilege of being both mentor and mentee with the CMDA Dental Residency [+] program. It has been a wonderful experience learning the different ways mentorship can happen. Before going through the program, my idea of mentorship was very unimaginative. All I really heard about was people finding a good match for an associateship so you could have someone teach you all their wisdom and experience as you grew into who you were as a dentist. While that is a great way to be mentored, I have realized mentorship comes in many forms.

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Hard Seasons and Future Grace

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 13, 2021

ā€œI do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!ā€ (Mark 9:24b, NIV).

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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 livesā€”not only remembering who we are in the Fatherā€™s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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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 livesā€”not only remembering who we are in the Fatherā€™s eyes, but also remembering that each of our patients was intentionally, uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving Father.

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Journeying Toward a Life of Significance

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | March 16, 2021

ā€œYou want to be a dentist?! Ohhkayyy Doc, you’re going to be so successful!ā€ 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, ā€œWhen are you going to open your practice?ā€ comes along, as if to suggest there is yet another layer of success to be attained.

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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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Better Tomorrow than Today

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | February 24, 2021

ā€œPreach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.ā€ Weā€™ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how weā€™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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Earning the Right to Be Heard

By Tracy Liang | February 9, 2021

ā€œPreach the gospel at all times, using words when necessary.ā€ Weā€™ve probably heard this adage before. As Christian healthcare professionals, we may wonder and self-reflect how weā€™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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Convicted of Apathy

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | January 19, 2021

Have you been frustrated or angry with anything in the last year? Maybe a better question would be, ā€œHow many times have you been frustrated or angry in the last year,ā€ because it was a doozy. Over the course of 2020, God helped me wrestle through a lot of those frustrating things. I thought Iā€™d grown past the point of letting the continued craziness get to me. I recently realized, however, that though I have grown spiritually this year through handling difficulties in my life and the world around me, I have also become apathetic at times as well. I realized my decreased response to bad news wasnā€™t necessarily maturity but born apathy of being tired of it all. God convicted me of this reality when someone was giving me a news update last week. I just nodded and tuned them out, because in my mind it was just more bad news, and I didnā€™t want to know more because I didnā€™t want to have to think about it.

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Eternal Eyes

By Tyrous David Ward, DDS | January 7, 2021

ā€œā€¦Fear God and keep his commandmentsā€¦ā€ (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NIV).

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Spiritual Warfare

By Sam Molind, DMD | December 28, 2020

The problem for many Christians is that they have no concept they are living in a war zone. Too many Christians trudge half numb through this life oblivious to the perils all around them.

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Christmas Light for the Darkness

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | December 13, 2020

2020 will go down as a year to remember, a year many want to forget. But this Christmas season, letā€™s commit to renewed adoration of our Savior.

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The LORD is My Shepherd

By Caren Abraham, DDS | December 3, 2020

ā€œAnd there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.Ā And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.Ā And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.Ā For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lordā€Ā (Luke 2:8-11, KJV).

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Back to Basics: Laying a Strong Foundation

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | September 29, 2020

ā€œWe need to get back to the basics of life, a heart that is pure and a love that is blind, a faith that is fervently grounded in Christ, the hope that endures for all times. These are the basics, we need to get back to the basics of life.ā€

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Does the Bible Endorse Racism and Slavery?

By Jerek B. Petrous, DDS, MS | September 24, 2020

The topic of slavery and racism couldnā€™t be more relevant in this age of social justice we are in right now. It goes without saying that racism is evil. Genesis 1:27 makes very clear that all are created in the image of God. The image of God, or Imago Dei in Latin, refers to the fact that humans were made uniquely and separately from all the rest of creation in a way that reflects Godā€™s image in our moral, spiritual and intellectual essence. It means that in certain aspects, and in an imperfect sense, we resemble God. It is because we are image bearers of God that our lives have intrinsic worth, and this of course goes for all humans. It is precisely because we are made in Godā€™s image that racism is evil. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about this frequently as the basis for civil rights. He argued that the brotherhood of man is dependent upon the fatherhood of God. Reject the latter and you erode the foundation of the former.

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Covid Lessons

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | September 1, 2020

This new Covid world has taught us things. Weā€™ve learned more about ourselves, our families, our country, and the world as a whole and how connected it really is.Ā  Have you had a chance to be still and reflect on what you have learned during this tumultuous time?Ā  Iā€™ve had a little time, but Iā€™d like to take more and really sit and thank God for what Heā€™s done in the midst of the brokenness.Ā  Once you do get a chance to reflect, write those thoughts down and share them with someone and then ask them to tell you about what they have learned. The more you share and hear, the bigger and more beautiful the picture will be of what God is doing.Ā  Iā€™ll share with yā€™all a little of what Iā€™ve learned.

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An Old Evangelist and the Password to DentrixĀ®

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | August 18, 2020

ā€œCall unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest notā€ (Jeremiah 33:3, KJV).

Itā€™s hard to guess how many annual revivals I have taken part in or led in 34 years of ministry. One stands out above all the others.

Itā€™s impossible to count the dentists Iā€™ve worked with in the U.S., United Kingdom and Ireland. God has blessed me to know some of His choicest servants in the course of the ministry of dentistry. One stands out who must remain nameless for reasons we shall see later.

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A Salt and Light Revolution

By Sam Molind, DMD | July 21, 2020

In some ways we are living out the famous words of Charles Dickens: ā€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.ā€

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Never Too Late to Learn

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 9, 2020

Last month, one of my Side By Side sisters, Christon Sawatsky, pushed me out of my comfort zone. Christon asked me to post a statement for Side By Side surrounding racism and the death of George Floyd. I am not proud of my initial response to her. Frankly, I was just not sure what to say. I am thankful, however, for her insistence I write the statement. To begin, Christon urged me to examine my own life by looking in my heart for the presence of racism. She had already done this and had been doing research to more fully educate herself. Christon was gentle but insistent with me, pointing out she did not believe that I, a white woman, understood the real truth about the plight of my black sisters. She also said she had heard that Side By Side was not a welcoming place for our black sisters. I did not know why this was the case, and I truly believed it was not true. I never imagined it because I thought I welcomed and loved everyone. Didnā€™t everyone else?

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Persevering in the Perilous

By Caren Abraham, DDS | July 6, 2020

ā€œWatch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strongā€ (1 Corinthians 16:13, KJV).

For most of us on the planet, life has been turned upside down over the last few months. An event that no one (or possibly very few) living today personally remember has taken the world by storm, and many are struggling to adjust to a new way of life. Society appears to be fragmenting, not just across the country but around the globe. Just before all these things began, I moved to Kenya to start a dental clinic in a rural mission hospital. This is something that has been on my heart for many years. I have been here a few months tackling Swahili, and now I am working to acquire materials and doing administrative groundwork for the clinic. There are many days when I feel like Iā€™m running an uphill marathon.

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Breathing Prayer

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | June 29, 2020

I know itā€™s not a new concept, but it was new to me and may be new to you as well. Itā€™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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The Best Christian Workplace in America

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | June 11, 2020

ā€œLet 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 needā€ (Ephesians 4:28, NKJV).

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Do You Actually Have A Soul?

By Jerek B. Petrous, DDS, MS | 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 weā€™ve bought into? If so, how can we possibly know it?

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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 Godā€™s grace, optimistic. Ask the people who know me best, and theyā€™d all agree I tend to find the sunniest take on nearly everything, sometimes to the point of annoyance.

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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, Iā€™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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The Lord is Risen Indeed

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | April 21, 2020

ā€œThen their eyes were opened and they knew Himā€¦ā€˜Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with usā€¦and opened the Scriptures to us?ā€™…ā€˜The Lord is risen indeedā€¦ā€ (Luke 24:31-34, NKJV).

ā€œThe Lord is risen indeed.ā€

On Sunday morning, March 29, after two weeks of ā€œ15 Days to Slow the Spread,ā€ I read the 24th chapter of Lukeā€™s Gospel. It all fell into place. Life had changed so much. So much had disappearedā€”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. Lukeā€™s telling of the walk to Emmaus cleared up that confusion for me.

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Why is Apologetics Important?

By Jerek B. Petrous, DDS, MS | 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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In the Midst of Uncertainty

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | March 30, 2020

It happened so quickly, it seems. One moment it was business as usual: reviewing lab cases, getting ready for boards, opening our practice doors for patients to arrive, joking with staff and colleagues throughout the day and planning to attend the next mission trip, church service, conference, wedding or other event. It feels as if we all became affected at the same time. In an instant those jokes were replaced by concern as dental boards were put on hold, our office closed to routine dental care, we became unemployed or we put some of our staff on unemployment to keep the practice afloat in the midst of uncertainty. Our plans got cancelled one by one, our normal way of life crumbled. Itā€™s now challenging to find one broadcast, social media post, YouTube video, email or conversation that does not mention ā€œvirus,ā€ ā€œpandemicā€ or ā€œCOVID-19ā€.

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Is it Time to Relegate Routine Opioid Prescriptions to the Oral Surgery Archives?

By Sam Molind, DMD | March 18, 2020

The first introduction to opioids for teenagers and young adults is often in the dentistā€™s office when they are prescribed pain medications following oral surgery. However, because opioid prescriptions may be associated with subsequent opioid abuse in this patient population, alternative therapies for managing acute dental pain may be warranted.

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Storms

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | March 9, 2020

One of the worship songs this morning at church was ā€œPeace Be Stillā€ (featuring Lauren Daigle). I had never heard it before, but it stirred up various thoughts Iā€™ve had and set them together like puzzle pieces. I have many times been like the disciples or Peter in the midst of ā€œstorms.ā€ Iā€™ve been dismayed that, from my perspective, Jesus could be asleep while something so crazy is happening in my life. I have also been in seasons where things are so great and then, all of a sudden, I realize Iā€™m out on the water and freak out and let myself sink. Both times, Jesus has been with me, just like He was with them. Merciful Savior, asking me how I could doubt because He was there the entire time and is more powerful than any storm.

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Letting Go

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | February 19, 2020

ā€œThen Jethro rejoiced for all the good which the LORD had done for Israel, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptiansā€¦And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until eveningā€¦So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, ā€˜The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these peopleā€¦will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourselfā€™ā€ (Exodus 18:9-18, NKJV).

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Help Me See What I Cannot See

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 20, 2020

ā€œWhatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are servingā€ (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV 1984).

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The Power of Community

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | December 19, 2019

I recently returned to work from my maternity leave and was reflecting on what I learned from the time off. The thing that stood out to me most was how incredible it was to have community in my life with family and with the church body. They helped my husband and me in so many ways with our children as we transitioned into life with a newborn and a toddler. Seeing how God used these people to help us in this time of life also showed me how I had taken for granted the encouragement Heā€™s given me in my working life through community as well.

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Regardless of the Opposition

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 4, 2019

Last year I read a book by Os Guinness entitled Impossible People. I read something that really set me back on my heels: ā€œThe truth is that the world, as Christians have known it for many centuries, has goneā€”gone and gone for goodā€¦gone so decisively, any simple return or reclamation is out of the questionā€”Christian culture warring has been in vainā€ (p. 45).

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 2

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 18, 2019

ā€œEveryone who is called by name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and madeā€ (Isaiah 43:7, NIV 1984). In Part 1 of this blog series, a search for the meaning of life was presented. That was due to observations of recent events suggesting a concern for humanityā€™s appreciation for life. In that search, a scientific basis for the meaning of life was presented, but then it was argued to be self-limiting. In contrast, a Christian worldview was presented, and a clearer meaning for why God created us was introduced. Simply, God created us for His glory. As I mentioned in Part 1, being informed that our existence is for some known or unknown Godā€™s glory may instill negative emotions. However, the purpose of this blog is to grow in greater understanding of what it means to be created for Godā€™s glory. To better understand that meaning, let us first look at the biblical meaning of the word ā€œglory.ā€

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The Dreaded ā€œCā€ Wordā€¦

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | October 31, 2019

ā€œJesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.ā€ ā€“ Hebrews 13:8, NKJV

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Jesus had Staffing Problems, tooā€¦12 of Them

By Steve Cartin, MDiv | October 17, 2019

ā€œWhile I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilledā€ (John 17:12, NKJV).

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How to Share with Patients in Despair

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | September 3, 2019

I have a handful of patients every month who mention all the pain and brokenness around them when asked what prayer requests they have. Sometimes itā€™s directly in their lives, and sometimes they are just overwhelmed by all the hopeless stories on the news and the anger people have at each other over different things.

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For Glory and Glorification: Part 1

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 22, 2019

ā€œā€¦To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amenā€ (1 Peter 4:11, ESV).

Everywhere I go I carry a little brown NIV Bible. This particular Bible possesses significant sentimental value to our family. Firstly, it is the Bible my father used during my wifeā€™s and my wedding. In between the pages are love notes from my wife, drawings from son, an ultrasound of my daughter, our wedding vows and other cherished memories that are all used as bookmarks. Furthermore, inside the cover is a note written by my father. This note details some of his emotions regarding his role as a first-time officiant of our wedding. Despite his fears, he found comfort in the fact that his role was ultimately ā€œall about God.ā€ In other words, it was a moment for Godā€™s glory and our glorification of Him. That is the ultimate message that will be discussed in this blog series.

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Follow the Lord

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 6, 2019

As you practice your faith, the words ā€œfollow the Lordā€ are often heard and shared. The direction of the Lord does not have a yellow brick road. The words are meant to send you to prayer and develop your sense of discernment. As a dentist, dozens of people will ask you to follow them. These requests are loud and clear and often do have a yellow brick path. Some follow their golden paths before them. God blesses each of us with guidance, and for some it is easy to determine the guidance because many of us in the dental profession can use wise counsel and success to guide our steps. There are roles in every community for successful dentists. I respect the best in my community and love all my colleagues for their shared commitment to excellence. The dangers of greed and ethical challenges are to be lifted up to the Lord likewise to turn our steps to bless those around us. We are guided by the Lordā€™s work in our hearts, often to avoid missteps as often as we discover blessings.

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Touched with the Feeling of Our Infirmities

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 24, 2019

ā€œFor we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sinā€ (Hebrews 4:15, KJV).

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On the Side: November 2022

By Sharon Chatwell | November 3, 2022

I make a mean lasagna. Always have. Itā€™s my momā€™s recipe and it has never let me down. (Donā€™t worry. Iā€™ll share it with you in a minute.) So, naturally, when I think of taking food over to someoneā€™s house, I think of lasagna. Itā€™s easy, portable, reheats well, and lasts for days. This is especially helpful if the person is sick, or in this case, recovering from surgery.

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Waiting for the Gift

On the Side: December 2022

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 5, 2022

The Christmas season is upon us! I love the smells, the lights and the traditions. One tradition we have in our family is to not put any Christmas gifts under the tree until after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve. It is a tradition born out of practicality: we had curious toddlers in our house for more than 10 years. But even now, when our youngest is 11, we still keep all the gifts safely tucked away until late Christmas Eve. It is so much fun to see the surprise on their sleepy faces Christmas morning!

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On the Side: January 2023

By Eric Willingham | January 3, 2023

It is a foggy morning at my house and I just filled my fourth garbage bag following the departure of my Christmas guests (full disclosure: my mom is still here after airline troubles delayed her flight by a week!) I am not ready to un-decorate yet as we love to savor the Christmas lights for a bit as we enter the new year. The deep sigh of tidying up is truly palpable ā€” getting things back in their place somewhat and organized so that the new year can begin.

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On the Side: February 2023

On the Side: February 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 2, 2023

Kicking and screamingā€¦most of the time. Protesting in the loudest and most ridiculous ways imaginable. Much like a disobedient child, who is being drug from a store by a parent; misbehaving just because they didnā€™t get what they wanted. Thatā€™s me. Why? How do you follow Jesus?

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On the Side: March 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 2, 2023

It has been said that all the world is a stage, and the people are mere players. If that is true, then sometimes I feel like a supporting character in my own life. My husbandā€™s career has been center-stage for so long, I canā€™t remember a time when our life didnā€™t somehow revolve around it. It determined where we lived, and how long. It determined when dinner was, and when we could go on vacation. It was the reason we moved away from home, and the reason we moved again, and again, and again. And I have been the one making sure all the endless ā€œlittle thingsā€ got done along the way. I am pushing the plot of our lives alongā€”but standing outside the spotlight.

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Stinky

Stinky

By Al Weir, MD | March 7, 2023

ā€œAnd walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to Godā€ (Ephesians 5:2, ESV).

Yesterday morning one of my colleagues, whose office is next to mine, walked into my office just before clinic started.

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On the Side: April 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 5, 2023

Some days when the deadline for writing my On the Side devotional is loomingā€”or loomed last week and is now bearing down on me like a bullet trainā€”and the words are stuck in my head, I scroll through old issues to see what topics we have covered as a team.

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On the Side: June 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 5, 2023

When I sit among the women of our local Side By Side chapter, I sit among power. Wives of physicians, some physicians themselves, some experts in other fields, some nursing stay-at-home moms. A group diverse in age and background and current employment, but always powerful.

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On the Side: July 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 31, 2023

Several years ago, there was a house down the street from us that had the most amazing landscaping! Ok, Iā€™ll admit it, I experienced a little ā€œflower envyā€ every time I walked by with the dogs. I may have even sneaked a pic or two to save for when spring came around again so I could plant similar flowers.Ā 

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On the Side: May 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 5, 2023

Moving has the effect of making you take stock of what youā€™re carrying with you. It is important to know what baggage to keep and what to get rid of.

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On the Side: August 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 7, 2023

God knows everything He is planning to bring about in our future. He is the One who makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. We may look around us and see nothing of that promise, but He encourages us to look anyway and to see with the eyes of faith.

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On the Side: September 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 12, 2023

I met my best friends from high school this summer in North Carolina. It was our third annual trip togetherā€”we have been to a couple of beaches, but this year we chose the mountains.

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On the Side: October 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 16, 2023

God knows everything He is planning to bring about in our future. He is the One who makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. We may look around us and see nothing of that promise, but He encourages us to look anyway and to see with the eyes of faith.

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On the Side: November 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 1, 2023

As I am writing this article, it has been just a few days since hostilities erupted in the Middle East. Every morning I have to get up and see what they are doing over there. It is unquestionable that any information I have today will be obsolete by the time you read this. I donā€™t know what else to say except, ā€œPray for theĀ peace of Jerusalem: ā€˜May they prosper whoĀ love youā€™ā€ (Psalm 122:6, NASB).

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Voice of CMDA Media Training

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 24, 2023

August 9-10, 2024
The two-day training is designed to teach participants how to use the media as an educational tool and to sharpen skills as CMDA media representatives. We will share a proven methodology that works in the most hostile situations. Real-life examples will illustrate this method, then we will work with each participant one-on-one as we practice in the radio and television studios.

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On the Side: December 2023

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 4, 2023

We drove to Mississippi from Chicago while in medical school. We had three under two and knew we probably wouldnā€™t make it the entire way in one day but werenā€™t exactly sure how far we would make it. And so, we decided to drive until we had to stop. It was a great decision right up until the triplets were past exhausted and there was not one hotel room to be found. Not one.

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