Article Index



The following list includes my articles — editorial, not scientific — published elsewhere. Articles appear in reverse chronological order. I’ll update this index periodically.

Christianity Today

5 Books That Provide Comfort in Terminal Illness, March 2019

The Gift of Mom Guilt, Sept 2017 (CT Women)

A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician, March 2017

When Prolonging Life Means Prolonging Suffering, Sept 2016

Crossway Books

How Faith in Christ Alters Our Perspective on Death , (video) April 2019

Desiring God

Some Kids Barely Survive Christmas, December 2018

Verses to Memorize for the Hospital, September 2018

What Not to Say to Someone in the Hospital , August 2018

Love Other Mothers as Thyself, June 2018

The Only Freedom from Remorse, May 2018

In Search of Home , April 2018

If God Doesn’t Heal You, January 2018

For Now, We Groan: Finding Hope in a Fractured World, December 2017

Idolatry at the Office: Confessions of a Workaholic , October 2017

Out of the Depths I Cry to You, August 2017

Big Kids Should Cry More, July 2017

God Desires Your Heart, Not Your Degree, June 2017

The Quiet Plague of Painkillers, April 2017

He Loves You Even More Than I Do , April 2017

Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment, February 2017

The Breath of Life , December 2016

Words We Dread to Hear , November 2016

Four Ways to Pray in the Wake of Zika , August 2016

From Medical Doctor to Stay-at-Home Mom, August 2016

Doctors Live on the Brink of Death , July 2016

Modern Medicine Failed Me in Kenya, June 2016

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ethical?, April 2019

The Gospel Coalition

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Kathryn Butler , April 2019

The Hospital Is Not Heaven: Discerning Secular Thought in Medicine, February 2019

Beyond Truth and Fiction: Loving Our Neighbors with Dementia, December 2018

Napalm Girl and God’s Saving Grace (Book Review of Fire Road), November 2018

Postpartum Depression and the Christian, November 2018

In the Debate Over Physician-Assisted Suicide, Words Matter, October 2018

The Hope and Heartache of Prenatal Screening, August 2018

What’s the Point of Wellness If Everyone Dies? (book review), July 2018

Why Christian Love Matters in Depression, July 2018

The Gritty Reality of the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, July 2018

When Flesh and Heart Fail: Why Believers Should Consider Advance Directives, June 2018

Lest We Forget: Reflections Heavenward on Memorial Day, May 2018

The Turpin Case and the Urgent Call to Neighbor, February 2018

On Losing a Loved One to Dementia, December 2017

Summer Vacation Is No Sabbath, August 2017

Dignity in Dementia, August 2017

International Missions Board

Doctoring for the Gospel: Two Medical Missionaries’ Journey of Faith, October 2018

7 Comments Add yours

  1. shencharmaine says:

    Just discovered your writing and appreciate what you are doing so much, especially as a Christian physician/mom. Like you I’ve had to cut back significantly from clinical work (internal Med) for a number of reasons. I especially liked the article from desiring God: Doctors Live On The Brink of Death. Thank you again.

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    1. Katie Butler says:

      Thank you so much! And blessings to you in your journey.


  2. chamberschip says:

    Just wanted to say your articles have been an incredible blessing. As a pre-med Christian (who was homeschooled) I’m often caught between the medical literature I love reading (on end of life care, the role of empathy in medicine, etc.) and books which awaken my affections for Christ. Thank you for providing me reading which intertwines the two. I’ve sent many of them to dozens of friends in medical school who have very much appreciated them.

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  3. Katie Butler says:

    Thank you so much for your feedback! The road is rewarding, but complex and at times unsettling. I pray the Lord guides you and equips you with His peace.


  4. jimbogl says:

    Hi Katie. I have just read your article, Dignity in dementia. This prompted me to your blog site where I found your blog on the experience in Kenya. Both were a great read. I worked in South Africa doing trauma counselling both in the church and community. Ten months ago we emigrated to New Zealand where I now work at a hospice as a pastoral care coordinator. There a very different struggles here and one of them is gospel centred resources on end of life care and counsel. I am looking forward the the realise of your book in the coming months. James


    1. Katie Butler says:

      James, thank you for the important work you do, and have done. I can only imagine the challenges. I’m writing this book after having witnessed patients and their families struggle with agonizing questions in the surgical ICU, without context for a Gospel-centered discussion. It’s a comfort to me to know that those in hospice have more support. Blessings to you.


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