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Perseverance

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2006
You know you are entering a different stage of life when you get asked to respond to the question, “What has kept you going in“ over the decades?” I wish in retrospect I had kept a diary that recorded yearly responses to that question. The answer would have changed markedly over the years. I helped start Lawndale Christian Health Center as soon as I finished my cardiology fellowship in 1984 and have never had a desire to move on. hat is not to say that I have not struggled a... Read More »
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Faith

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2006
When our family moved to North Lawndale, we felt our calling here was pretty clear. We were leaving Pittsburgh and thought we were heading to the Northwest, where I grew up. But in a few months, circumstances changed and we were considering a move to Chicago. As we prayed over it, we realized so many areas of our lives were pointing to Chicago. I knew that if all these areas had been pointing to the Northwest it would have been a “clear” calling to move there. So we felt God was l... Read More »
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The Kingdom Is in our Midst, by Katherine Roberts

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2004
From my first day here I have felt myself fit as a key to a lock, as though for the first time I was “home.” It does not seem very probable for a middle class, white, country-raised woman to find her home in Kensington, a neighborhood I would be advised by most not to drive through let alone live and work, and - “God forbid” - love. But love is precisely what brought me here and keeps me here. Jesus reminds us that what was most important in the Law and prophets of the... Read More »
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The Resurrection Health Center, by Rev. Charles G. Biegner

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2004
In Resurrection’s immediate neighborhood, all the other mainline Protestant congregations and most of the Roman Catholic churches have either closed or relocated to suburbia. While the number of members declined, the makeup of Resurrection slowly changed from all white a little over thirty years ago to now about half African American and half European American. But change in the surrounding community has been even greater. Resurrection Church is now in the heart of the East Side African... Read More »
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The Grity and the Glorious, by Larissa Funk

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2004
The moments where God and life on earth interface truly fascinate me. This is where the gritty meets the glorious: Jesus Christ, the Eucharist, burning bushes in a word, the transcendent. In this combination I am reminded that God is not far away. At times when I drift off to sleep, or as I wait on God in the early mornings, my fascination turns more into a hunger. I hunger to see and touch and know God in tangible ways. I know transcendence exists because I see it in the Bible and have known... Read More »
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Making Christian Service Reality During Medical School, by Amber Featherstone

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2003
Practically speaking, this has given me somewhere to turn when I have had difficult questions concerning my faith and how it impacts my presence in medicine as a student and, in the future, as a physician. I would not hesitate to say that the same people who have encouraged me when I have faced these issues have also challenged me. They have kept me accountable for the mission to which God called me as a child, when I accepted him as my Savior. As a medical student, that calling has led me do... Read More »
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Treating Toxicity: Pablo's Story, by Tim Leaman

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2003
And so the story poured out in desperate bursts and fragments — from the old surgery, to the fire that still burned in his stomach. A decade and a half before he had begun to have significant abdominal pain, and a surgeon in the Chicago area attempted to correct it but was unsuccessful. The aftermath was severe postsurgical complications, resulting in a long hospital stay, and later two repeat surgeries to attempt to resolve the problem. But the three surgeries, rather than solving anyt... Read More »
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The Biblical Basis for Serving and Empowering the Poor

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 1983
My job is to lay a Biblical basis for serving and empowering the poor. It is a topic close to my heart. I could expound the Bible from cover to cover on this one item, God’s concern for the poor. In fact, I’m convinced God’s justice is biased in favor of the poor. That’s a heavy statement. It can be seen in Jesus’ inaugural address in Luke 4, where He quoted Isaiah, saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel t... Read More »
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