Guest Viewpoint: Whatever It Takes

About 19 years ago, I had the sad responsibility to inform a mom and dad that their beautiful 5-year-old daughter had leukemia. They were shocked and overwhelmed. A few weeks later, I sat on a hospital bed by their side as an oncologist explained that their insurance would not pay for most of the very […]

The Preacher’s Daughter and the Prayer Warriors

“Pamela” visited my office when she was 16 weeks pregnant. Her boyfriend, a heavy beer drinker and a member of a motorcycle gang, browbeat her to have an abortion. She was a waitress at a restaurant, barely surviving financially. Her father was a Baptist preacher and, although very disappointed in her, encouraged her to do […]

Sanctity of Human Life: Hard Choices

I opened the paper chart, saw the positive pregnancy test, gritted my teeth, and breathed a silent prayer as I opened the door to exam room 2. I was immediately aware of the suffocating atmosphere in the room, where my patient, a lovely blonde with striking blue eyes, was perched on the table. A high […]

Staring at the Persecuted Church

About 10 Indian pastors sat in front of me. I stared at them and they stared at me in a crowded, little room in northeastern India. In a few short days, I would grow to love these men as I ministered to them physically (as a physician) and spiritually (through Bible teaching). Prompted by the […]

Guest Viewpoint: What Matters Most?

On Thursday night, Sept. 1, at the Wofford-Tennessee Tech football game in Cookeville, Tenn., Wofford player Michael Roach pitched forward off the bench in the second half and stopped breathing due to a cardiac arrest. Panic-stricken players called for rescue workers, who quickly cut away his jersey and pads while thousands of fans watched in […]

Guest Viewpoint: An American Patriot

My father, a family doctor in my hometown of Manning, S.C., strived to provide excellent medical care to a very impoverished community. He loved what he did. Nevertheless, in 1965 he left a growing family medicine practice to volunteer for the Air Force in the midst of the Vietnam conflict. Trained as an air surgeon […]