Why work? Insights from Romans 4

In these crazy times where in the matter of days our culture can go from stable and orderly to unstable and crazy, what is it that allows one to remain calm and patient in the midst of a pandemic viral storm?  In a time when many are out of and longing to get back to…

Sights and sounds of Covid-19

After finishing a week on the Covid team in our local hospital, certain impressions have emerged.  Fortunately (or unfortunately if we are simply behind the curve), the volume of disease in our region is minimal compared to elsewhere.  But we have prepared nonetheless.  Rather than being busy, the hospital wards are quiet.  Anticipating a surge…

Pendelluft partners and sharing ventilators; the ethics and the physiology

The recent reports of ventilator shortages in New York city ERs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is a cause for concern.  But even more alarming is the idea floated as a possible solution, sharing ventilators.  This solution seems troublesome on at least 2 levels.  Ethically, does trying to save 2 people with suboptimal ventilatory treatment outweigh…

Taking control of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Data continue to emerge on the value of exercise in health.  Mayo Clinic Proceedings has just published a study showing that exercise of 178 minutes per week or more can improve Type 2 diabetes enough to allow down titration of medication treatment in some instances.  While 178 minutes of cardio based activity a week is…

Sun

Originally posted on The Musings of a Daydreamer:
I was the timid pink of dawn. ? Naive, untested. ? I lived afraid, A shivering mouse skittering out to a dew drop Before the big bad snake thirsts for blood. ? I did not believe that I could I only knew that I should. Caged by…

Toward regaining one’s passion for life

I still remember a summer in east Tennessee when I drove through farm country with my guitar to a friends farmhouse to jam and write music.  At the time it felt magical.  Lush green fields, a comfortable evening humidity in the air, fireflies and music that flowed in spontaneous expression.  I remember that time fondly,…

I was Adam, now I am free

Just last Sunday pm, our home fellowship group grappled with the first half of Romans chapter 7 where Paul describes/explains/extols the purpose of God’s Law to His people as summarized in the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).  In reflecting on these verses in Romans 7:1-13 it struck…

The “ISCHEMIA” trial; medication and lifestyle can protect the heart as well as stents and bypass in stable coronary artery disease

The ISCHEMIA trial results just presented this month (11/2019) provide sound evidence for the importance and impact of optimal medical therapy (OMT) as compared to invasive therapy + OMT in patients with moderate to severe but stable coronary artery disease.  In particular the study showed that OMT + lifestyle + stents/bypass in partially blocked coronary…

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.