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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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By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 15, 2019

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® News Releases

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Westra Short-Term Mission Scholarship Information

Scholarship | Westra Short Term Missions

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 7, 2018

The James S. Westra Memorial Fund was established in 1981 to provide scholarships for students to do rotations in mission hospitals.

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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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Scholarship | Good Samaritan Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 25, 2022

To introduce diverse health care students to Christian medical missions allowing them to not only become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, medical and dental problems in developing countries, but also to obtain the skills to participate, in training and mentoring the next generation of missionaries in the name of Jesus.

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On the Side: January 2019

On the Side: January 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 2, 2019

I usually fly through the process of getting rid of junk email. I zoom through each morning selecting everything that isnā€™t personal and then hitting the delete key ā€“ I hate having a ton of junk cluttering my inbox. But recently, an email from Fitbit caught my eye and gave me pause due to the word Italy in the subject line.

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On the Side: February 2021

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

As I have said in the past, ā€œAs wives of doctors, we are the people, who take care of the people, who take care of everyone else.ā€ Since 2020 has now mercifully drawn to a close, I think itā€™s okay for us to take a moment to look back and take stock of how we are doing and think about what we need to do going forward to help take care of ourselves.

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South Central Pennsylvania

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

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations of South Central Pennsylvania (CMDA South Central PA) exists to glorify God by motivating, educating, and equipping Christian healthcare professionals and students in order to transform lives with the gospel. CMDA South Central PA’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 11, 2019

We are a community of Christian academic physicians and scientists who are committed to helping one another discern and live up to our faith-based calling. We endeavor to transform our academic communities through faith, fellowship, and scholarship.

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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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Phoenix

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 11, 2022

Bryan & Sharon Stoudt serve with CMDA in the Metro Phoenix Area. They enjoy helping Christian healthcare students and professionals thrive (not merely survive), and together have four (mostly) fantastic children. In their spare time, Bryan enjoys staying active and roasting coffee, while Sharon has a passion for all things French.

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On the Side: December 2018

On the Side: December 2018

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 4, 2018

My 12-year-old looked at me as we approached the exit for our usual shortcut home and said ā€œMom, I think we should go the long way. I canā€™t see well enough tonight to look for deer.ā€

And I heard in that statement an immense pressure to keep us safe. I heard in her sweet voice, the weight of staring into the dark and straining to see any animals that might on a whim jump in front of our vehicle. And I heard in my baby girlā€™s voice cares that I never intended her to carry.

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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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Houston

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 19, 2019

CMDA Houston’s vision is to strengthen and equip physicians, PA’s, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, students, and other healthcare professionals with the wisdom and compassion of Christ as they transform their professional fields through holistic care. Through this network of Christ-centered, compassionate caregivers, people receive the latest medical treatment through the transformative power of the gospel.

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Family Medicine

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 11, 2019

The mission of the CMDA Family Medicine Section is to motivate, educate and equip Christian Family Physicians and Family Medicine Residents to show the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ to our patients and their families, our colleagues, communities, and the world we called to serve in His name.

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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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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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Charlottesville

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 11, 2022

The Christian Medical Association at UVA exists to provide fellowship, encourage spiritual growth, and build authentic relationships both within the Christian community and the larger UVA medical community. Our desire is to serve and encourage both students and faculty and promote discussion on the intersection of faith and medicine. CMA is largely student-led and provides regular weekly meetings, Bible studies, and fellowship times. Other activities include an annual student retreat and occasional dinners with local physicians and residents.

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On the Side: January 2021

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 12, 2021

The May Day pictures from my daughterā€™s fourth grade moving up ceremony are some of my favorites. The girls are dressed in matching white dresses with ribbons around their waists and flower crowns in their hair. Those flower crowns alone made them appear angelic. But the fact that those little friends had skin tone ranging in every color made the photos seem like a little slice of what heaven will be. In hindsight, I was feeling pride about that. I thought we had found the way to move race relations forward in this next generation. I thought we had reached a better placeā€”these girls cared far more about what they had in common than the skin tone that might otherwise separate them. Oh, what I was feeling was definitely pride bordering on smugness in the ease with which this could be ā€œfixed.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 – Long-Term Service

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 9, 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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Eternal Eyes

By Tyrous David Ward, DDS | January 7, 2021

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

In the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ gave the Sermon on the Mount, and in Matthew 6:22-23, He teaches about the importance of keeping our eyes healthy. As Jesus said, ā€œThe eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of lightā€ (Mathew 6:22, NIV). When reading that passage, I could not help but imagine what the collective eye of humanity witnessed during 2020. It is true, that year generated and continues to generate great despair, fear, worry, frustration, anger, hopelessness, sin and all the like. Although the above verse is a part of a passage that teaches on money, there is more to these verses. There is a heart condition which is rooted in the greatest commandment. That commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). It is this principal that can help us work through seasons like last year and keep our eyes on eternity.

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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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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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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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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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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: August 2019

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

By now, some of you have just finished your first month in a new job, which also may have meant a new home and a new city.

I empathize. My husband and I moved 3 times in 6 years in between med school and career. Each location seemed more remote and further away from family than the last. Finally, we reached the exotic location where we would live for the next 30 years; Lincoln, Nebraska. When we got here, we told our real estate agent that she was our best friend in town. (She was the ONLY person we knew in town!)

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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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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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Richmond

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | September 3, 2019

CMDA Richmond facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with likeminded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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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).

I heard Steve Brown on the radio telling about the ugliest car he had ever seen. It had a large gash on its side; the door was held together with bailing wire; many places on the car were rusted out. The muffler was loose and, with every bump, was hitting the street sending sparks in every direction. It was hard to tell the original color of the car. The rust had eaten away much of the original paint, and so much of the car had been painted over with so many different colors that any one of them, or none of them, could have been the first coat. The most interesting thing about the car was the bumper sticker. It read: ā€œThis is not an abandoned car.ā€

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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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Kenneth E. Dudley, MD

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

Evidence-Based Faith

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Scholarship | Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 14, 2021

This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable students and residents to participate in mission rotations here in the United States, working with marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable populations in a Christian healthcare setting.

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Humble Apologetics

Humble Apologetics

By Rev. Stan Key | May 19, 2017

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

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On the Side: December 2020

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

We donā€™t watch Itā€™s a Wonderful Life every Christmasā€”it is always on our must-watch list, but I am pretty sure that is because it isĀ myĀ favorite and so the family tries to appease me. But trust me, if schedules are too busy, and we donā€™t get through our entire Christmas list, this is definitely the one that doesnā€™t get watched.

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Commission on Human Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 30, 2018

There are several types of human trafficking including forced labor, sex trafficking, forced child labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, debt bondage among migrant laborers and child soldiers. Human trafficking occurs in every part of the world, from less developed countries to more developed countries. As such, it is a crime under U.S. and international law.

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Seeing Beyond the Chief Complaint January 29, 2019

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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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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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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Scholarship | Minority Short Term Mission Scholarship

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 14, 2021

This scholarship seeks to encourage and enable non-white students and trainees to participate in mission rotations outside the United States.

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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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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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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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You Ainā€™t Nothinā€™ But A Hound Dog

You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

By Rev. Stan Key | July 21, 2017

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

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On the Side: November 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | November 4, 2020

In a few days, we will be voting on who will be the President and Vice President for the coming four years. To say that this is important to us all is an understatement. It is not only important to the United States of America, but it is also important to the entire world, especially in light of COVID-19 and its subsequent fallout. Countries all over the world have been affected by the pandemic and by the economic consequences of it as well.

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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: July 2019

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | July 16, 2019

Our new home is not exactly a new house. It has been standing here for almost 100 years. Never having owned an old home, I was concerned about the home inspection prior to our closing. My girlfriend looked at me and said, ā€œRelax. That house has been standing forever. It is fine.ā€

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On the Side: March 2020

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

My life hasnā€™t always been busy. My husbandā€™s residency, for example, was not a busy time for me. He, of course, had an overloaded schedule, but I had left the workforce and entered life as a stay-at-home mom. Difficult? Yes, beautifully difficult. Rushed? Not so much.

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Pee-Wees

Pee-Wees

By Al Weir, MD | July 28, 2017

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

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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

When King Solomon signed up for his first dental Facebook group, he had all kinds of questions. What are the best agents to use for anterior bonding? How do I respond to my practice manager who pushes my front desk team to the point of daily frustration and thinks she is doing me a favor? How do I balance home life and office life? Any ideas on what’s going on upper right maxillary in this PAN?

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Preaching to Myself

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 26, 2019

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

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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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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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First Things First

First Things First

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

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

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Side by Side

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

Side By Side is a network of local chapters that encourage and minister to women in healthcare marriages through fellowship and Bible study. We are a CMDA ministry for women who are married to medical and dental students, residents and fellows, as well as staff physicians and dentists. We are a non-denominational, Bible-based ministry that is evangelical in nature. We seek to encourage, support and minister to women in medical marriages through fellowship, Bible study and prayer. We commit to standing side by side our husbands, side by side our sisters in Christ and side by side our Lord.

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

Emerging Leaders Pass on the Ministry of Dentistry

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 17, 2019

ā€œFor Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israelā€ (Ezra 7:10, NKJV).

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On the Side: February 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 4, 2020

I have spent the majority of my adult life trying to be perfect. That is a terrible admission to make, but those who know me will say itā€™s true. Never able to relax, and hardly ever able to lean back and rely on Jesus to be good enough for me.

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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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Tell Me Why September 22, 2017

Tell Me Why

By Rev. Stan Key | September 22, 2017

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

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On the Side: October 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 5, 2020

I once finished the Chicago Marathon. I ran right through the city uninhibited by the two million people who lived there. It was really something. I ran freely through a maze of normally congested streets. There were people pressing in on every side, yet I was unrestrained to work toward my goal. Do you know why?Ā 

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CMDA’s The Point

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 15, 2018

A weekly blog keeping you updated on emerging topics relevant to today’s issues in healthcare written by CMDAā€™s staff and members. Perspectives and Opinions on Issues and News Topics is a publication of Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ®. Join the conversation with The Point, CMDA’s blog focusing on breaking news stories in bioethics and healthcare. CMDA’s experts contribute to the blog and also recommend additional resources and information.

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

On the Side: June 2019

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

With the weather warming, I now can wear my favorite sun visor. The words ā€œMissoula Marathonā€ are written across the headband with a silhouette of a moose that has running shoes dangling from his antlers. Itā€™s super cute. But as I wear it like a trophy, people donā€™t realize the backstory.

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Ultrasound Education Section

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | December 20, 2018

We are a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals and Jesus followers who have a passion for using and teaching ultrasound, with the goal of equipping Christian international healthcare workers to incorporate ultrasound into their practice of medicine in the most challenging of settings.

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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:
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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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Letā€™s Talk Strategy: Tackling Student Loans

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

If youā€™re reading this, you already know this is a big and extremely relevant problem for the vast majority of dental and medical graduates under the age of 45. Itā€™s not uncommon these days to graduate dental school with $300,000+ in debt. Heck, I have friends who graduated with close to $500,000 in debt (and when I say friends, I may or may not be referring to myself). This isnā€™t news.

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On the Side: November 2018

On the Side: November 2018

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

Water is wonderful, glorious stuff. Being from the Gulf Coast originally, I now chafe a bit at my adopted (but sadly landlocked) Nebraska. The only water I can get in here year-round is chlorinated; but I am happy to do that. And every time I find myself up to my elbows in it, trudging from one side of the pool to the other, I try and thank God for creating this beautiful, amazing wet stuff. It simultaneously buoys me up and resists my movements. It also provides many opportunities for me to improve and challenge myself. It is just what I need.

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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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Spirit of the Everlasting God May 29, 2019

Spirit of the Everlasting God

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 29, 2019

ā€œFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly placesā€ (Ephesians 6:12, ESV).

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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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WPC Pulse – May 2012

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 1, 2012

I grew up in a Christian home and I donā€™t remember life without Jesus. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor and I attributed it to a God-ordained calling on my life.

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GHO – Additional Resources

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 9, 2018

Membership Donate Now About GHO Trips Find a Trip Trip Preparation Urgent Needs Resources Application Information Team Participant Manual Trip Preparation Mission Scholarships Additional Resources FAQs GHO Blog Contact FIND A TRIP ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Health Education Program for Developing Countries Human Trafficking Continuing Education GHO Discounted Resources Order Form – Additional resources available GHO Blog Sugar Cane Sabbath Feb 7, 2017 Read Blog The Be-Baditudes…

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Is Dentistry Becoming Dull? January 28, 2019

Is Dentistry Becoming Dull?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 28, 2019

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

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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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Why Do We Follow Jesus? May 15, 2019

Why Do We Follow Jesus?

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 15, 2019

Why do you follow Jesus?

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

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

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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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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 11, 2019

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

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Dr. David Stevens Testimony Against Physician-assisted Suicide

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) | June 9, 2015

It is dangerous for physicians. It wrongly assumes physicians are always ideal moral agents. They are not. I know doctors I would refer my loved ones to, but I also know doctors I wouldnā€™t let treat my dog.

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CMDA Statement on Capitol Violence

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 7, 2021

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations was shocked and appalled on January 6th by the rioters who attacked and invaded our nationā€™s Capitol while Congress was in session. We strongly condemn these acts of violence and lawlessness, specifically under the pretense of any righteous endeavor or the banner of Christā€™s cross.

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Ethical Issues Regarding Post-Fertilization Effects of Oral Contraceptives

By Walt Larimore, MD | December 1, 2015

I have prescribed “the Pill” since 1978. My wife and I used the Pill for years, having no moral concerns about it. Then, in 1995 my friend and practice partner John Hartman, MD, showed me a patient information brochure–given to him by a friend–that claimed the Pill had a postfertilization effect causing “…the unrecognized loss of preborn children.”

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Testimony: William J. Lawton, MD

Testimony: William J. Lawton, MD

By William J. Lawton, MD | December 16, 2013

Testimony regarding Massachusetts House Bill 1998, Compassionate Aid in Dying.

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Standing for Truth Amid Shifting Government Policies

By Anna Pilato | May 10, 2022

As a former federal government employee, I have observed firsthand how policies affecting our everyday lives are often crafted and administered by unelected federal bureaucrats. Coupled with presidential executive orders, this gives the executive branch a remarkable amount of power. Within the executive branch exists the regulatory framework, which is overseen by a little-known office under the purview of the White House called the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Proposed actions from this office are published in the ā€œUnified Agendaā€ twice a year in the spring and fall, giving the public a glimpse into what future regulatory action is on the horizon. Most of us are unaware (some may say blissfully so) of the volume of regulatory and deregulatory actions under development and review in more than 60 federal departments, agencies and commissions across the government. To give some perspective, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) currently has more pending actions than any other cabinet level department, which underscores the sheer size and reach of this titan agency with a budget that surpasses the gross national product of several countries!

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Slate

By Al Weir, MD | June 29, 2021

ā€œSuppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ā€˜Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,ā€™ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?ā€ (James 2:16, NIV).

Doctors are really good diagnosticians, but not always at home. My wife is an incredible home manager and a servant to many people she loves, including outsiders in trouble. Last week she drove 400 miles to help my son and his wife pack up to move, then she returned with their 12-year-old dog, Slate. When they reached home, the dog developed severe polyuria and polydipsiaā€”leading to incontinence, mopping and Lysol. Yesterday I came into the kitchen to find her crying. I diagnosed her tears as emotional strain caused by a woman she was helping in prison ministry, now multiplied by the huge work of caring for my sonā€™s sick dog. I diagnosed, ā€œIā€™m so sorry you are having to deal with Slate on top of everything else.ā€ Wrong; she wasnā€™t crying for herself but for the dogā€™s suffering. I said, ā€œIt doesnā€™t help to cry.ā€ For which I got the look. I then recovered, ā€œItā€™s good that you love the dog enough to cry for him. Letā€™s do something about it.ā€ We spent the rest of the day ordering a portable outdoor fence, tracking down a doghouse, picking up doggie diapers and setting up a vet visit for Monday. At the end of the day, my servant wife was tired, but her floors were dry, and her tears were gone.

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Identifying Healthcare Professionals Who May No Longer Be Able to Care for Patients

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) | June 10, 2021

As Christian healthcare professionals, God has granted us the high privilege and responsibility of serving others through healthcare. Part of this responsibility is that of maintaining clinical knowledge and skill in order to provide high quality care to our patients. If we lose some of our skills due to trauma, physical or mental illness, or due to normal aging, this may not always be optimally possible.

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Our Duty to COVID-19 Patients

By Eric F. Hussar, MD | December 30, 2020

You see a 68-year-old male with diabetes and hypertension in the office for coughing, body aches and recent loss of taste and smell, whose symptoms started about three days ago. His pulse oximetry is 95 percent, and the lungs are clear. A COVID-19 test is run and comes back positive. He asks what can be done to decrease his risk for going to the hospital or even death. Unfortunately, you tell him, there are no easily accessible outpatient treatments for COVID-19, and you recommend he use over-the-counter treatments to help his symptoms and to let you know if he is getting significantly short of breath. There are times like this when we in the primary care realm can feel helpless or like thereā€™s not much we have to offer for patients. But is this truly the case for COVID-19?

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UK High Court Rules Puberty Blockers Experimental, Minors Cannot Consent

By AndrĆØ Van Mol, MD | December 23, 2020

In a stunning decision with international implications, the United Kingdomā€™s High Court ruled December 12 in Bell vs. Tavistock that puberty blockers (PB) and cross-sex hormone (CSH) use in gender dysphoric minors was experimental and should not, in most cases, be given to children under 16 without court order, adding that such petitioning was also advisable for 16 to 17 year olds. They clarified that the consent issue was not about the breadth and depth of information the minors were given, but that ā€œThere is no age appropriate way to explain to many of these children what losing their fertility or full sexual function may mean to them in later years.ā€

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Stand in the Gap: A Summons to Healthcare Professionals

By Steven Willing, MD | June 18, 2020

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

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WPC Pulse: April 2018

By Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ | April 10, 2018

I had my annual physical recently, having called for an appointment last fall. She has been my doctor for more than 30 years and caught my colon cancer early so Iā€™m still here today. Much to my surprise, she ordered several tests. Each test precipitated a referral to another specialist because they were abnormal. My appointment book is filled with doctor visits up the wazoo!

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Biblical Turkey Tour – In The Footsteps of Paul & John

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 14, 2022

***EVENT FULL***

October 15-23, 2022
Optional Mediterranean Gulet Boat Extension, October 23-26, 2022
Come join us for a life-changing trip to Turkey and follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul and Prophet John.

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