When English literature captures complex theology

In the Christian faith, the idea as to the nature and work of Jesus, His life as God and man and His offer of salvation to those who follow Him are sometimes hard to understand from a logical or spacial perspective.  John Milton an English author and poet ca 1650, in book 3 of his…

Fall in the Sangre’s

The Sangre de Cristo mountains of south central Colorado offer some of the most stunning beauty in the Rocky Mountains.  Click this link for some of our seasonal photographs of the area, most recently this fall.

Psalm 19 and forgiveness

In support of our healthcare provider wellness study which is ongoing, we have just published a new devotional wellness tool called Psalm 19; Insights and Exercises in Personal Forgiveness.  Psalm 19 is a great passage of scripture which focuses on God’s faithful revelation of Himself to us in order for us to find renewal in…

1 Peter 4:16-5:3; Encouragement for a suffering presence

Medical Ethicist Stanley Hauerwas in his book Suffering Presence writes, “medicine needs the church not to supply a foundation for its moral commitments, but rather as a resource of the habits and practices necessary to sustain the care of those in pain over the long haul” (p.81, Suffering Presence, University of Notre Dame Press 1986). …

Finding satisfaction in life?

Our societies today are in many ways more affluent than ever but so often even when we have all the necessities of life, meaning and joy and satisfaction seem even more elusive.  As these same societies become more competitive, abrasive and socially hostile, anger and defensive speech weigh down our spirits.  Enter the words of…

The science of Cannabis use

As the bellwether states of Colorado and California have led the nation to consider both medical and recreational use of marijuana, an understanding of it physiologic effects is important.  In the era of fake news, marijuana is touted as a panacea and anytime a devoted following promotes “cure-alls”, one needs to be cautious.  So many…

When Worlds Collide; Hiv, cloning, the CCR5 receptor and medical ethics

In our last blog post ( https://dduffee.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/hiv-the-search-for-a-cure-continues/ ) and previously ( https://dduffee.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/update-on-medical-genomics/ ) we described the role of the CCR5 white blood cell receptor and its relationship to the progression of HIV in an infected person as well as a genetic tool that had been used in other gene therapies (crispr-cas9 platform).  Now on the…

HIV; the search for a cure continues

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash In a case report published February 2009 in The New England Journal  of Medicine, a patient with HIV and leukemia received a stem cell transplant from another person to treat the leukemia. This “other person” (aka an allogeneic stem cell transplant donor) had white blood cells missing a surface receptor called CCR5….

CS Lewis, transposition and my hope for heaven

Originally posted on The Living Word:
Photo by Lysander Yuen on UnsplashIn his essay, Transposition, CS Lewis writes of a “continuity problem” between the natural life and the spiritual life.  How much of the natural life forms our desire for the spiritual (what he calls reasoning from below, a reasoning which skeptics use to show the unreality of the spiritual…

Common concerns in Primary Care Medicine; Do I need a Shingles Shot?

The disease commonly called “Shingles” is caused by reactivation of a Herpes type virus (varicella or chicken pox) which we have all encountered and fought off as kids, but can lay dormant in an area of a peripheral nerve called the “dorsal root ganglion”.  For reasons that are not completely clear, the virus which sets…