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.

Gosnell (Regnery Publishing , 2017)

This is among the most disturbing books I’ve ever read

Kermit Gosnell was convicted in 2013 on three counts of homicide- three babies he tried to abort but who were born alive in his clinic in Philadelphia. Gosnell cut the babies’ spinal cords with scissors and kept their feet in jars for mementos. Although he was only convicted of three murders, police found over forty dead babies in storage containers- some of them cardboard boxes, old soda bottles, etc.- and had witness reports of possibly thousands more murdered babies Gosnell killed in his clinic over his 40-plus-year career. 

The story is shocking, tragic, and unbelievable. But there’s another story here as well: despite Gosnell’s horrific crimes, his trial was given almost no major media coverage until online bloggers and a few conservative writers basically shamed the major media into doing their jobs. 

That’s not an editorial comment, but rather something I learned from passages like this in the book:

Marc Lamont Hill, host of HuffPost Live, readily acknowledged the bias at work. “For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights,” he said. “Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I think that’s the way it is.” — from Gosnell

There is a major motion picture coming soon, but the writers are having trouble finding distribution channels for it, another example of the mainstream media’s determination to set the agenda for what we’re allowed to know and discuss. Click here to read more about the Gosnell movie. 

Another documentary, 3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy, details the story very effectively. You can watch it for free below.

 

Gosnell is a difficult book to read, but it is important to read since it really shines a light on a very controversial subject and helps you see that it is not, as many claim, simply a ‘choice.’ No matter which side of this issue you take, Gosnell will challenge, educate, and shock you. Click on the book cover below to get the book.

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. 

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

Love is not just a noun; it’s also a verb. Love does stuff. 

 

Bob Goff’s book puts hands and feet on a life of really loving and pursuing what’s important in relationships: with God, our families, and other people. Love Does will produce laughs, tears, and moments of the deep tug in your heart you feel when you know you’re being called to something higher in your life.  Love isn’t a feeling; it always does something. 

I was surprised at some of Goff’s spiritual insights. He sees angles in the Bible I’ve missed before about how Jesus loves people in practical ways. If you want to take a fresh look at how important it is to love people with more than just words, how to raise your kids with a sense of excitement about the adventures life holds, and what’s really important in relationships, I recommend this book highly. 

Chapter 11 is a devotional and life-lesson on God’s desire to have community with all of us, and it had the biggest impact on me. 

“When we accept life’s invitation, it’s contagious too. Other people will watch us and start seeing life as something more amazing, more whimsical than before. When you show up to the big life, people (the type who don’t think they’re invited) start seeing invitations everywhere as thick as colorful fall leaves. They don’t think about their pain or their weakness any longer. Instead, they think about how incredible a big life really is and how powerful the one who is throwing the banquet is too.”

Love Does will challenge you to want more from your life and your relationships, especially with God. 

I think the most powerful line is this one:

I’ve realized that I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”         

 

 

 

Bob Goff is the founder of Love Does, a nonprofit organization that operates schools and pursues justice for children in conflict areas such as Uganda, Somalia, Iraq, and other countries. Bob is a lawyer and serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University and lives in San Diego with his wife Maria, their kids, and extended family.

If you want to get smarter in 2017, you need to read more. Join Lisa and me in the 2017 Book-a-Week Challenge!

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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Violence of Action: Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror (Colorado Springs, CO: Blackside Concepts, 2014)

Marty Skovlund has given us the definitive history of the U.S. Army Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror. 

I give this book my highest recommendation. Our son-in-law, Bryce Dryden, is a medic in the Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. He’s been to Afghanistan twice, and he shared this book with me. After reading it, I’m even more glad that our daughter Kimber married Bryce, because now I understand even more fully the type of man he is. 

Marty Skovlund’s book is inspiring, heartbreaking and powerful. It’s an account of the Ranger’s work in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001-2011. Chapter eleven is my favorite, and contains some of the best theology I’ve read (surprising in a ‘war’ book).

This book does what it promises: it chronicles the work of the U.S. army Rangers in the War on Terror. It doesn’t politicize, over-dramatize or romanticize. It’s full of heartbreaking stories, intense action, and utter despair. It’s at turns inspiring and unbelievable as we read of some of the things our men had to do to accomplish the mission and make it home. War isn’t easy, and neither is this book.

But Marty Skovlund has given us a treasure. Read it to learn of the extraordinary deeds done by these finest of America’s sons. Read it to remember the fallen, and to more deeply appreciate the living. And read it to be reminded, again, how thankful you should be that no matter the threat, there are people willing to step into the gap and take the fight to the enemy.

As Marty Skovlund reminds us, Rangers Lead the Way.