Encouragement

Mind Boggling New Year Promises

“If you want to feel small, just imagine moving at 34 thousand miles per hour for forty years and getting—astronomically speaking—nowhere. Late last year, the Voyager 2 space probe became the second craft to ever leave our solar system. Now 11 billion miles from earth, it is one of the farthest-flung man-made objects in existence. more »

Christmas 2018 and Prostate Cancer

I’ll bet you have never seen the words “Christmas” and “prostate cancer” linked before. Let me start by addressing some personal thoughts about Christmas. When Jesus was born, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, the father of Jesus, and explicitly told him to name the baby “Immanuel” which means “God with us” (Matthew more »

Am I On the Right Track? Encouraging Good News on Nivolumab (Opdivo)

In December 2016, when I first embarked on my latest course of prostate cancer treatments, it seemed logical to me to treat the cancer first by stimulating my immune system; therefore, Provenge® (sipuleucel-T) was my first choice. That course of three treatments were administered quite readily. Immediately after receiving Provenge®, I was unexpectedly made aware more »

From Prostvac to Fear Then to Faith

As many of you readers know, I have early stage, asymptomatic but advanced prostate cancer. After treatment with Provenge, I was informed (perhaps divinely through a former colleague) of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trial currently recruiting patients like myself. The protocol involves treatment with the vaccine Prostvac and the antibody therapy, Opdivo. I more »

Mightier Than All Our Troubles; Never Measure God’s Unlimited Power by Your Limited Expectations.

 Psalm 93 states: 1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;     the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;     indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. 2 Your throne was established long ago;     you are from all eternity. 3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,     the seas have lifted up their voice;     the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the more »

My Presentation With Dr. Jacek Mostwin (Johns Hopkins) at the 5th Conference on Religion and Medicine, March 25th, 2017, Houston, Texas

A few months ago, my long-time Johns Hopkins urology surgeon, Dr. Jacek Mostwin, suggested that we prepare a joint presentation for the meeting cited above. I readily agreed. The annual conference on Religion and Medicine encourages physicians, care-givers and hospital pastoral staff to see their patients as more than data, results and medical information but more »

When God Does Not Heal

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). If God is all-powerful, why do we witness so few miraculous healings? There are many reasons for this. Sometimes we do not ask Him. more »