The Compass Headlines 04-30-2017

The Compass Headlines 04-30-2017

Alvin Plantinga is the 2017 Templeton Prize Winner It has been over a century since Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead.”  Is God really dead?  Well, not according to Alvin Plantinga, a world-renowned Christian philosopher with the Dutch Calvin heritage.  He is credited to be "the man who brought belief in God back into the study of phil

Adventist Health Professionals Provide Care to Michigan Refugees

Adventist Health Professionals Provide Care to Michigan Refugees

On August 12 and the 14th, several dentists from across the state of Michigan provided humanitarian service to the refugee community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event was referred to as a refugee dental expo. Refugees from various counties, as well as several residents from Michigan received services. Service providers were dentists and nutritio

God Said, “Do It”: How Dr. Lela Lewis Surmounts Challenges in Ministry and Motherhood

God Said, “Do It”: How Dr. Lela Lewis Surmounts Challenges in Ministry and Motherhood

With a sunny smile that she shares generously throughout a busy week of patient care and planning logistics, Dr. Lela Lewis clearly enjoys what she does. She also leaves everyone wondering how she balances her roles as president of Your Best Pathway to Health (YbPTH), mother to four young children, and professional obstetrician/gynecologist. Throug

A Cause Worthy of Sacrifice: For Millennials, Pathway to Health Is a Surprising Draw

A Cause Worthy of Sacrifice: For Millennials, Pathway to Health Is a Surprising Draw

If its social media and online engagement say anything—and in this day and age, when even the POTUS and Pontifex tweet, they say a lot—Your Best Pathway to Health should not be an organization for millennials. I came to this realization when my editor texted me a few days ago asking if I’d found the hashtag for the Los Angeles event. Then I remembe

A Sneak Preview of Heaven

A Sneak Preview of Heaven

Ricardo, 59, is from Guatemala, and he makes me think about heaven.* When I meet him, his face is etched with lines of care. He nods quickly when I ask to take his picture but doesn’t try to smile when I hold up the camera. Three years ago, after immigrating to the United States, Ricardo suffered a stroke that left him in a coma. When he woke up in

A Mental Health Nurse Meets Overwhelming Needs at Pathway to Health

A Mental Health Nurse Meets Overwhelming Needs at Pathway to Health

I arrived by train early on Thursday to register as a volunteer for Your Best Pathway to Health and found the Los Angeles Convention Center already buzzing with activity. Lines for volunteers and lines of citizens in need swirled around the main floor. There was a feeling of excitement to begin meeting the need and seeing the divine appointments th

In L.A., Volunteers Prep for Free Adventist Clinic While Patients Line Up

In L.A., Volunteers Prep for Free Adventist Clinic While Patients Line Up

Your Best Pathway to Health volunteers began pouring into the Los Angeles Convention Center before 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, to register for the event and receive their nametags and shirts. As volunteer registration was occurring, there was simultaneously a special registration for pre-op patients who had already signed up online to receive

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping Breakfast

Diabetes. An all-too-familiar word in our communities these days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2014 there were 29 million people in the United States with this disease and an additional 86 million with prediabetes. These numbers have increased significantly over the past few years, and not only in the older pop

How to Deal with Negative Emotions

How to Deal with Negative Emotions

One Friday morning I heard a little boy crying on the bus. I also heard the driver say, "Do not cry, man. Are you a man or a plate of porridge?" I don’t think I would have paid much attention to what was happening if my day had started well, but I empathized with that boy. I too was moody because I’d had to wake up early to go to my internship, and

Diet and Character Development

Diet and Character Development

The recent evidence evaluation and announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the carcinogenicity of red and processed meat adds to numerous studies suggesting a vegetarian lifestyle as a better dietary option. A simple Google search comparison of the scholarly interest in vegetarianism between 2000 and 2015 suggests a threefold increas