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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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Scholarship | WPDC Mission Trips with GHO

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | March 8, 2018

In partnership with Global Health Outreach, WPDC women are invited to go on mission trips which offer participants an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of refugees, orphans and human trafficking victims around the world.

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Scholarship | Westra Short Term Missions

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

The James S. Westra Memorial Fund was established in 1981. It provides scholarships for healthcare students, trainees, and young professionals to serve in healthcare missions.

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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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Johnson

Scholarship | Johnson Short-Term Mission

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

Encouraging MD/DO residents and fellows to serve the underserved cross-culturally and in doing so to seek the Lord’s will for their lifetime involvement in medical missions.

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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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Protected: Website Development & Redesign Request (INTERNAL USE ONLY)

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 14, 2023

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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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CMDA 2018 House of Representative members

Our Leadership

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 16, 2018

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of CMDA. It is the final policy making body for all matters. The Board interprets and applies policies of the organization and establishes guidelines for the Chief Executive Officer and staff. It is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget with the Chief Executive Officer, supervises financial officers, and gives an accounting of the organizationā€™s finances at the annual meeting of the House of Representatives.

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CMDA Home

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | October 18, 2017

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® educates, encourages, and equips Christian healthcare professionals to glorify God. Christian healthcare professionals glorify God by following Christ, serving with excellence and compassion, caring for all people, and advancing Biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and throughout the world.

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Position Statements

Position Statements

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | May 14, 2020

Position & Public Policy Statements Ethics statements deal with ethical issues. They are drafted by the Ethics Committee of the Board and the final version has to be approved first by the Board of Trustees and then by the House of Representatives representing the CMDA membership. These statements can be based on biblical, scientific, moral and social principles. They are not binding on CMDA members…

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Kenneth E. Dudley, MD

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

Evidence-Based Faith

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Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

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

Medical Missions | Clinical Medicine | Ethics

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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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Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | August 25, 2020

Human Trafficking | Sex Trafficking | Pornography

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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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Greater New York City

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | January 16, 2020

CMDA Greater New York facilitates gatherings for students to fellowship with like minded peers and with Christian graduate professionals to build relationships that promote growth professionally and personally.

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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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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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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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Joy Cometh in the Morning

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | April 30, 2008

I still don’t know how I made it through the remainder of the day, or how my shakĀ­ing hands were able to suture the next patient’s laceration. Instantly, the joy was gone from my life.

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Allan Josephson, MD

Allan Josephson, MD

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 10, 2019

Allan Josephson, MD, is Professor and Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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Harold Paul Adolph, MD

Harold Paul Adolph, MD

By Harold P. Adolph, MD, FACS | June 11, 2019

Harold Paul Adolph, MD, has devoted his professional career to volunteering and serving as a medical missionary. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he has been a board certified physician since 1965. Since that time, he has served as Chief of Surgery at various mission hospitals in Taiwan, Ethiopia, Liberia and Niger. For the past 10 years, he assisted in building a surgical training center in South Central Ethiopia as the president of St. Lukeā€™s Health Care Foundation. An active member of CMDA, he previously served as a trustee of CMDA, and also received the CMDA Servant of Christ award in 2003. In 2007, he was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame, and was recently recognized as a Lifetime Distinguished Fellow of the American College of General Surgery. He and his wife Bonnie Jo have two children, David and Carolyn, who also serve as career missionaries in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Policy & Issues Home

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | June 18, 2018

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® Policy and Issues homepage.

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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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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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Dental Featured

Dental Membership Offer

By Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® | February 12, 2020

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

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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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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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Newsroom Featured

Newsroom Archives

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

Christian Medical & Dental AssociationsĀ® News Releases

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A Childā€™s Prayer

By Al Weir, MD | May 23, 2023

I know some of it is realizing that the child we love has a new connection with the God who may someday become the Lord of his or her life.

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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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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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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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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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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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