To My Departed Friend

I couldn’t speak at your funeral. I could read Matt 11:25-28 for you — the passage you’d selected yourself, from which you drew deep courage and peace when the tempests mounted. But I couldn’t deliver a speech. I probably should have, but the memories of the past six months crowded out more gracious images. Those…

Two Helpful Books for the Hurting

In the body of Christ, we readily talk about our joys and our blessings, but we less often discuss the ways in which the brokenness in life tears us open. Even though the message of the Gospel is our one hope for healing, shame can silence us, and fear isolate us. We worry that admission…

Snow and Supermoons: Homeschool Day-in-the-Life, Year 3

This is the third year that I’m participating in the “homeschool day-in-the-life” linkup at Simple Homeschool. When I reflect back on previous years, I’m stunned at the Lord’s work in our lives. Homeschooling was never the plan. But God steered us this way, and the process has shaped and molded our family so unexpectedly, the…

Discerning Secular Ethics in Medicine

I’ve mentioned before the divide I’ve witnessed between spirituality and medical care. Namely, I’ve seen people in the throes of serious illness confront issues of life and death — which are profoundly spiritual — and find themselves flummoxed by an institution so complex and  removed from Christian thought that it leaves them flailing for guidance….

The Tangled Web of Pride

Jonah earns the title for the worst prophet in the Bible. He was a proud patriot. 2 Kings 14 tells us he expanded Israel’s territory northward. He was a herald of military glory for his people, all of it divinely inspired. But then God called him to minister to Nineveh. Its city walls housed the…

The Wellspring of Gratitude

I’ve been dreading the holidays. The magic began its silent ebb years ago, when work ballooned into the spaces needed to prepare and reflect. I’d hoped to recapture some of the wonder and joy with the kids, as they played with tinsel and nutcrackers, and crawled under the Christmas tree to gaze up into the…

Heavy (and not-so-heavy) Topics

My writing for the Gospel Coalition has delved into some somber territory lately — but hopefully in ways that will help. The following two articles were published recently: Postpartum Depression and the Christian In the Debate Over Physician-Assisted Suicide, Words Matter On a more lighthearted front, I recently gave an interview for How Do I…

A Lifestyle of Learning

A friend of mine who is an educator recently commented, “You’re trying to be a parent and a teacher. I don’t know how you can do that. That’s hard.” I appreciated her sympathy, but the truth is I’m not a “teaching” in the typical sense that comes to mind, when we consider brick-and-mortar schools. There…

Doctoring for the Gospel

I was privileged to interview two amazing physicians with experience in medical missions for an article for the International Missions Board. Their story is an inspiring account of God at work in unexpected circumstances. You can read the piece here: Doctoring for the Gospel: Two Medical Missionaries’ Journey of Faith