Who am I?
I am, first of all, a Christian. To learn something of what it means for me to be a Christian you may read my comments under “My Beliefs.”
Second I am Husband to my wife and friend, Laurie.
Third, I am father to our seven children, born between 1987 and 2000.
Fourth, I am part of the Christ’s body of believers, and attend, Bethel Free Reformed Church of Mitchell, Ontario.
Fifth, I am a small town Family Doctor, and have been since 1989.
Some comments on my qualifications are in order. I am a medical doctor. My undergraduate courses were mainly in sciences. I also excelled in Mathematics. I have a logical analytical approach to problem solving. I completed my four year medical degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987, followed by a residency in family practice, completed in 1989. I have always been interested in questions related to life issues and I have had a keen interest in Biblical Christianity for as long as I can remember. If I was to believe something I needed to know why.
Early in my career as a doctor, I came to appreciate that there is really no separation between what one believes and how one acts from day to day. This has led me to consider how God wants me to approach all questions in life including those of medical practice, such as the use of the various technologies that are available in medicine
The Scriptures (the Bible) contains all that is necessary to be directed in how God wants us to respond to the issues we face. We do, also, need to understand the facts of the technologies but, considering the facts, how we respond, or what we do, is directed by the Bible.
In 1997, I was asked to speak on medical technologies at Christian women’s conference. I researched and delivered a speech titled The Biblical Approach To Medical Technologies. (Click on the title to view the speech) In 1998, I was asked to share my thoughts on organ donation at the elders and deacons conference of the denomination that I attend. Other than being introduced to organ donation during my medical training, it is through the research for this conference that I really started to become interested in and to research the facts of organ retrieval in the light of what the Bible teaches. The speech I delivered can be accessed at the following link — Organ Donation: A Christian Family Physician PerspectiveOrgan Donation: A Christian Family Physician Perspective. Since that time, I have had a keen interest and continue to seek out the facts of organ retrieval and try to understand them in the light of the Bible.
IVF is more common than organ donation. A number of people have ask me questions about IVF. This has lead to my researching the facts of IVF.
Since 2007, I have been a member of my church denomination’s ethics committee. We have been asked to address the issues of IVF and organ donation, along with a number of other medical issues. This has led to an even greater depth of research.
During my research I have found that, in a number of churches, the facts of these technologies are not well known or understood. Without knowing the facts, it is hard to know what questions to ask. Part of the reason for starting this blog is to introduce people to some of the facts and to some of the questions that should be asked.
If you have questions you can send them to me as a comment. If you prefer that your comment or question not be posted for others to read, include this in your comment and I will not post it or If I post a similar question I will not identify you.
Thank you for reading.
Dr Greg Kenyon