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

The Gift of Firelight

My thoughts on this blog often focus on God’s grace in the face of brokenness. I talk a lot about our struggles with our son’s sensory processing disorder. I reflect upon my own failings, my tenuous confidence in my transition from the hospital to the home, and the idols with which I struggle. I too…

Book Update and Recent Articles

As I know many have inquired about it’s release — my book Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care will be released on April 30th, and is now available for preorder on Amazon! Tony Reinke from desiring God offered a very gracious compliment about the book today. Also, over the past…

Evidence for Humility

On Facebook, a colleague of mine once listed her religion as “evidence-based medicine.” I recoiled at the outright declaration of idolatry. . . but I secretly admired her dedication, and through my actions, I assumed the same stance. While medical giants of old founded their practice on theory and the ways of revered mentors, I…

Borne Back Ceaselessly

I returned to a hospital corridor a few weeks ago. It was like wrapping in a favorite garment, its thread familiar to your contours, your own scent lingering in its weave. . . only to discover it no longer belongs to you. I was there to work not as a clinician, but as a friend,…

Writing on Depression; Talking about Homeschooling

Depression has spiritual ramifications, often steeping sufferers into a despair that threatens faith. Unfortunately, while as Christians we rush to support neighbors through hospitalizations for other medical conditions, with depression we often fall short. My most recent article on TGC explores how to love our neighbor in depression: Why Christian Love Matters in Depression On…

The Gritty Reality of the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser’s Pulitzer-winning biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, offers a thorough, thoughtful, and timely examination of Wilder’s life, and how her novels represent a blend of fact and fiction. Debates about medals aside, I would argue that a more complete understanding of Wilder’s life and times enhances, rather than detracts…

Our Daily Bread

I’m trying to establish a new norm in our household.  I’m trying to make discipleship integral to life, to let God’s word work through our moments like yeast through dough. I’ve written before about our hopes for missions and adoption, which the needs of our family have made wholly unrealistic this season. But God still…