5 Questions: Bioethical Education Beyond the Need for Response

Keith W. Plummer, PhD

Q: How would you describe your role in Christian education? What role do issues in medicine and technology play in your teaching?

A: I’m a member of Cairn University’s School of Divinity where I mainly teach college students. The courses I teach most are apologetics (which all students have to take regardless of their major) and hermeneutics. I also teach a grad class on pastoral counseling. I periodically teach a course on theology and technology in which we explore what technology is and try to situate it and its effects in the biblical/theological framework of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation.

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.