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Cedarville Stories Podcast: Thankful for a Bonus Round

by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

On this Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful for all of the Lord’s many, many blessings. This week’s podcast guest, Dr. Michael McKay, Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology, has experienced those blessings in a profound and life-changing way this year.

On a relaxed Saturday morning in June, Michael was experiencing some odd aches and pains, but he didn’t give much thought to it. When his left leg went numb, he and wife, Lee-Ann, administrative assistant for the Department of History and Government, realized these aches and pains were far beyond the norm.   

They suspected a stroke, so they sped off to Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio. During a CT scan of Michael’s chest, doctors found something shocking – a dissected aorta. He was rushed to Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio, for emergency surgery.   

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Peter Pavlina and his team operated on Michael for more than 10 hours. Friends, family, and church family worldwide beseeched the Lord for a miracle. And to the amazement of many, Michael survived. He returned to teach classes this fall.  

“Every medical professional in my family or who is a friend of mine . . . told me they did not think they would have seen me again until the presence of the Lord,” Michael shared with Cedarville public relations. “By all the statistics, I should be dead. I’m in the bonus round.”

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More to the Story

Last year, Michael appeared on the Cedarville Stories podcast and shared about traveling to Russia to train church leaders and visiting the Holy Land with Cedarville students, including his children, Alexis, Andrew, and Katherynn.   

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,715 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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