Understanding and Ministering to Church Members Who Need Organ Transplants

Mark Farnham, PhD

I received the phone call from my doctor that changed my life when I was only 38 years old. I had End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and would need a kidney transplant within the year, or else begin dialysis until a kidney could be found. I was floored. I thought I was perfectly healthy. In addition, I knew absolutely nothing about kidney disease or organ transplantation. I was blindsided, and my wife and young children were terrified that this disease might result in my early death.

Is the Old Testament Relevant to Our MedTech World?

Michael Cox, PhD

“When I was growing up, the idea of re-engineering human DNA was a staple of science fiction. Now, it’s a reality.”[1] Our brave new world is here, thanks to a new gene editing technology called CRISPR. (And it’s cheap! Maybe you qualify for a free CRISPR kit? Google it.) The potential applications of the technology are myriad.

Running towards the Mess: Pastoral Ministry in the Foreign Land of a Complex Medical System

Wayne Kent

We entered the hospital, headed for the elevator, and Billy Bob pressed the button for the 5th floor. Suddenly it hit me, I’m encountering an unexpected lesson in pastoral ministry.

Here’s what led up to the lesson:

I entered pastoral ministry in a strange and backward sort of way. I was a business administration major in college, with a piano minor. Covering some of the costs for school included using my musical skills for a small congregation. Playing the piano each Sunday helped pay the bills. The church was kind to me throughout my college career and members became my friends.

Thinking as Christians about Love, Compassion, and Suffering at the End of Life

Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

“When someone who is in terrible pain is at the end of their life, why isn’t it the loving and compassionate thing to end their suffering?” A small group confronted me with this question, and variations on its theme, after a bioethics presentation I gave not too long ago at a church.