In recent years, we’ve seen the health care industry become an expansive force in American culture, politics, and the economy. It has grown more specialized at a time when we, as patients, are increasingly responsible to navigate its complexity on our own. Sometimes help can be found in surprising places.
Pharmacy, as a profession, is responding to the needs and opportunities created by the new health care landscape. Your “friendly neighborhood pharmacist” does much more than stand behind a counter and fill your prescriptions. Pharmacists are taking more active roles in research, medication management, preventive care, education, ethics … and ministry!
This issue of Cedarville Magazine features several faculty members from Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy. Their perspectives help us see the range of health care expertise a trusted pharmacist can provide and how their field is uniquely positioned to share Christ with all who seek healing.
It’s summertime! And our thoughts turn to backyard barbeques and picnics at the park, vegetable gardens and farm markets. It’s not just the bold colors and textures of summertime foods that capture us, but also the words we use to describe them: fresh, ripe, juicy, crisp, organic. Summer is an exciting food season. And because this is a time of year when we tend to be more active, spending more time outdoors, we are more intentional about how we fuel, restore, and steward our bodies.
In this issue of Cedarville Magazine, we provide a variety of perspectives and resources to help us consider and even change how we think about food and how we use it, either for our health or for our undoing. Ultimately, we want to be able to ask God to “bless this food to our bodies and our bodies to His service” and mean it.
In October 2012, Cedarville hosted the American Dream Conference: Christian Perspectives on the Economy. The conference was part of the Critical Concern Series exploring cultural issues of our day from a biblical perspective.
Keynote speakers included economists, authors, professors, and market researchers. Their areas of scholarship ranged from Social Security administration and investment research to biblical perspectives on capitalism and the role of government.
In this debut issue of Cedarville Magazine, we present a sampling of the keynote remarks as well as supporting perspectives from our own Cedarville family. In these pages you will find men and women of faith who are thinking biblically about our nation’s economy, our role as citizens, and how to appropriately steward God-given resources.