Speaker Notes & Presentations
AGENTS OF COMPASSION
RLRI WESTERN CANADA: Powerpoint Presentation • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Ed Neufeld, DVM
We will be looking at the life of Paul in Corinthians and seeing how he faced real tensions in his work. These lessons will look at stress, opposition, and encouragement in our lives and in our workplaces.
ARE YOU A MATURE WATERMELON?
RLRI NORTH & SOUTHEAST: Powerpoint Presentation • January 26, 2019 • Dr. Patty Scharko, DVM
Our faith gets “thumped” by several things- challenging circumstances, unexpected delays, and difficult people. How can you become a mature melon? Daily attitudes and actions will be discussed with interactions between participants.
BEING THE MOUTH OF CHRIST
RLRI NORTHWEST: Powerpoint Presentation • January 19, 2019 • Dr. Rebecca Quam, DVM
CERTAIN HOPE DURING TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
RLRI NORTHEAST: Speaker Notes • January 26, 2019 • Dr. Bettina Mattos, DVM
There are seasons in life where we get to experience God as our anchor and hope. You’ll be encouraged through powerful stories of ways my faith was strengthened from the time I failed boards, to this past year in my life.
RLRI SOUTHEAST: Powerpoint Presentation • February 9, 2019 • Dr. Richard and Celia Thompson, DVM
There is always more to learn about the Biblical perspective on sex, dating, and healthy relationships. Since there was such a positive response to last year’s talk, the Thompsons are happy to share additional thoughts this year. Come learn from the truths of the Bible and personal stories about living this area of life God's way.
COMING TO TERMS WITH MYSTERY
RLRI NORTH CENTRAL & WESTERN CANADA: Speaker Notes • February 16, 2019 • Drs. Aaron and Nancy Vigil, DVM
As veterinarians, we are trained in the scientific method and encouraged to think analytically. We are indoctrinated to use our intellect to reason through problems and come up with rational answers. We use rule-out lists, flow charts, lab data and hard evidence to make determinations about what is true, and then draw conclusions about how to effectively treat a patient. Even so, there is an element of faith in medicine. We have faith that a body has the ability to heal itself. We must have faith that the medications we prescribe are working to fight infection or kill cancer cells, even if we cannot see them doing it. And we must have faith in our own ability to make accurate diagnoses. In our Christian life, we are also called to have faith. God as the Creator of the universe; the unseen world of angels/demons and miracles are examples. Faith in the unseen and unknowable can be hard for data-driven, fact-minded individuals to grapple with. This discussion will center on how to grow in faith and come to terms with mystery.
COMMUNITY IN CHRIST
RLRI NORTHWEST: Powerpoint Presentation • January 19, 2019 • Dr. Liz Neaveau, DVM
Through a wonderful devotion during Lent this year and the guidance of a few special people in my life, God has been teaching me about the importance of community to nourishing the Christian life. Considering Hebrews 10:24-25 and the early Christian community, we will look at what community means as a believer, how it can sustain you through the joys and fears of life, and talk about what to look for as you build your community.
RLRI SOUTHWEST: Article • January 19, 2019 • Dr. Gregory K. Ogilvie + Anthony S. Moore
Compassion fatigue is perhaps the greatest threat to the health and happiness of any member of the veterinary health care team.
DEFENDING YOUR FAITH WITH SOUND ARGUMENTS
RLRI NORTH CENTRAL: Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Steve Adams, DVM
This Christian apologetic talk will focus on the strong evidence that God exists and that God created the universe and everything in it. The absurdities of a universe of infinite age will be noted. Philosophical and scientific reasons will be given supporting special creation and refuting macro-evolution resulting in new species.
RLRI NORTHEAST: Powerpoint Presentation • January 26, 2019 • Dr. Kim Carney, DVM
When our hope is anchored in the inner sanctum of Christ we have a strong foundation. Don’t stop with the foundation—the beauty of life and ministry is in the details of the construction and the décor of life. If your foundational beliefs are correct, then contextualizing the gospel for a people group is a creative work in progress. Join us to explore some parallels in ancient cathedrals and field service in a “Christian country.”
RLRI SOUTHWEST: Speaker Notes • January 19, 2019 • Dr. Debbie Spencer, DVM
In order to share our faith with someone, we must have a relationship with them. Dr. Spencer, shares some of her experiences from almost 30 years of management to give you ideas and tools to start building solid relationships and sharing the love of Christ in your work environments.
DIFFICULT CLIENTS - A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
RLRI SOUTHEAST: Powerpoint Presentation • February 8, 2019 • Dr. Richard and Celia Thompson, DVM
Veterinarians and their staff are often faced with clients who upset the harmony, joy, and peace of their days at work. However, there are some wonderful principles in the Bible that certainly apply to us in working through these challenges. Come hear the Thompsons share Biblical wisdom that they gleaned through a combined 60 years of life in the trenches.
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
RLRI 2019 CARIBBEAN: Powerpoint Presentation • March 2, 2019 • Dr. Travis McKinzie, DVM
Why are we able to be nice to everyone all day and then blow up at home? Is there hope for controlling this?
ETHICS AND ETHICAL FATIGUE
RLRI NORTH CENTRAL: Powerpoint Presentation • February 15, 2019 • Dr. Diane Noll, DVM
An open forum discussion looking at the well-known issue of Compassion Fatigue and the new topic of Ethical fatigue as more and more ethical issues enter our practices every day, especially for the Christian Veterinarian.