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Christian Doctor's Digest - November 2014

  • John Stonestreet - Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach 
  • Jonathan Imbody - Right of Conscience Update 
  • Charles Smith, MD and John Elsen, MD - Walking Down Memory Lane


John Stonestreet is Executive Director of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics, and he is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools and other various gatherings each year. John is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of “Breakpoint,” the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of the “Point,” a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and Bryan College in Tennessee, and he is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and they live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Connect with John at ThePointRadio.org.

Jonathan Imbody serves as Vice President for Government Relations and directs the Christian Medical Association’s Washington Office. As CMA’s liaison with the federal government, he makes more than 200 personal contacts with Congressional leaders and government officials each year. A veteran writer of more than 30 years, Jonathan has published more than 100 commentaries in The Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times and many other national publications. Jonathan’s writing focuses on public policy issues including freedom of faith, conscience and speech; human trafficking; abortion; assisted suicide; stem cell research; the role of faith in health; international health; healthcare policy; sexual risk avoidance and HIV/AIDS. Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in journalism and speech communications from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from Penn State in counseling and education and a certificate in biblical and theological studies from the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. Jonathan and his wife Amy have four grown children and live in Ashburn, Virginia.

Charles Smith, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He also completed a radiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and received a master’s degree in radiology from University of Minnesota. Dr. Smith worked in private practice in the Indianapolis area for six years before accepting a position as Chief of Radiology at Howard Community Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana, a position he held for 37 years. He participated in short-term mission trips to 10 countries and visited more than 50 countries to help encourage missionaries they supported. He has been a member of CMDA for nearly 70 years, participating in a variety of ministries. He lectured at the Continuing Medical and Dental Education conference for missionaries in Kenya and Malaysia, ministered to medical students, served on CMDA’s Board of Trustees and more.

John Elsen, MD, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1922. At age two, his family moved to Winnebago, a small farming town in north central Illinois. His parents were both Wheaton College graduates so it was expected that he would attend there as well. It was at Wheaton that he gave his life to the Lord. It was also where he met his wife of 70 years, Virginia, both of the class of 1942. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, his father's alma mater, and then completed an internship and unexpected ENT residency at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Elsen’s medical practice was in Evanston, Illinois, where God gave them a much desired large family. This was a “God” thing, considering their Rh incompatibility. Their babies were born at the time exchange transfusions for newborns were just beginning. The Lord made it very clear when retirement should take place and they now live in the northwoods of Wisconsin.