Interview on Faith Radio’s ‘Connecting Faith’ Show

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I was interviewed on Faith Radio to discuss faith and science. 

You can read the article below, or click on this link to hear the podcast. Jo Bender and I had a great discussion about medicine, faith, science, doubt, and how the Word of God can help us in times of uncertainty. 

Doctors recommend a routine physical exam to detect and prevent serious health problems. We can do the same for our spiritual health. 

Brain surgeon Dr. Lee Warren uses the example of a stroke to help us to understand the similarities between spiritual health and neuroscience.

“I see an example in my practice after people have had certain kinds of brain hemorrhages, where they slowly develop something called vasospasm. Vasospasm is where the arteries and the little capillaries in your brain can start to narrow themselves and become sort of spastic and over time; the brain begins to lose blood flow and oxygen supply.”

“These people don’t have big dramatic strokes, they just lose little bits of function over time; sometimes they have dramatic strokes, but at first it’s real subtle.”

Dr. Warren says that similar to a stroke that occurs inside of the brain, a spiritual stroke can happen in our spiritual lives.

“Maybe we get busy and we stop praying for a while; we don’t spend as much time in the word, maybe we just haven’t had time to go to church, or connect with small groups. Over time, we begin to find situations that normally we would handle with our faith intact, begin to be a lot bigger of a deal for us.”

“We begin to not be able to recall that verse that we used to call on when we had trouble, and it just feels like our spiritual lives are in spasm.”

Is your spiritual health declining towards a possible stroke? The Word of God can intervene and help to improve the condition of your life.

“There’s a verse in Proverbs 7 that says, ‘if you’re wise, you’ll let the word of God be the lens through which you see your life,’ and if you don’t have the word in you, then you can’t see the world with that corrective lens in place.”

Dr. Warren describes how he is able to keep himself spiritually strong while dealing with stressful situations in life.

“For me, the set of things that I tend to worry about I can only handle if I arm myself for that worry by preparing the first part of every day with time in the word and time in prayer.”

To avoid spiritual strokes that will starve us of the oxygen that comes from God and His word, we need to have spiritual checkups on a regular basis.


Dr. Lee Warren is a board-certified neurosurgeon and a retired major of the United States Air Force. He was only the second U.S. Air Force neurosurgeon to be deployed to a wartime hospital since the Vietnam War, performing combat brain and spinal surgery during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He practices at Advantage Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, providing comprehensive care of the brain and spine. He is the author of A Peek Under the Hood: A Brain Surgeon Looks at Life.

Incredible Story About Faith in Action

Breitbart News
24 January 2017

This is an article about the Free Burma Rangers, a group of Christians who are doing relief work in Mosul, Iraq and under daily attack by ISIS. No matter how hard your day is today, you’re unlikely to have to do anything that gets you shot at. Please pray for these amazing people. Powerful article. 

The Trap of Sameness

sethgodin.com
April 25, 2015

In our quest to achieve success, we risk falling into sameness.

This post from Seth Godin points out how important it is to maintain the things that set us apart, make us unique, differentiate our voice and story and work from everyone else. 

Ironically, being yourself and whittling down your message to its essence is the true path to broader appeal and success. 

If you want to achieve greatness, don’t try to be like everyone else. Believe so much in what it is you can contribute to the world that everything you do is unmistakably you. We don’t need another Michael Hyatt, Chris Brogan, Marie Forleo, or even another Seth Godin. Those people are successful because they’re following their own paths, listening to their hearts, being true to their purpose. 

That’s what we need from you. You’ve got something the world needs. It’s okay to borrow a theme, copy a recipe, modify something that works. Just make it your own. Michael Hyatt didn’t invent leadership, he’s just teaching us all more about it. But he’s doing it in his own way. And it’s different than Chris Brogan’s way. We need them both.

Take two minutes and let Seth Godin inspire you to be yourself. 

That’s who we really want to follow, by the way. You, not your version of someone else.

Hone your message into its purest version and share it with the world.

That’s the good stuff. Avoid the trap of sameness. 

And start today.

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