Book List: End-of-Life Care

I’ve found that I often receive requests for resources on the various topics about which I write (medicine, end-of-life care, homeschooling, etc). To address needs more systematically, twice a month I’m going to post topical book lists. Some will be on Christian themes; others on medical ones; still others resources for homeschooling. This first book…

Parenthood Is a Refining Fire

I sat with my back against the door to keep him from bolting, and to wait out the tempest. He screamed inches from my face, his breath hot, the curves of the cheeks that I adored contorting as he howled. My joints ached as he writhed and flailed like a cornered animal in my embrace….

The Turpin Case and the Urgent Call to Neighbor

I seldom write about current events, but I felt compelled to put thoughts to words about this. In our culture, we can all easily drift into complacency — I include myself among the culpable. This horrific case, I think, serves as a warning. The Turpin Case and the Urgent Call to Neighbor , The Gospel…

If God Doesn’t Heal You

My next article on Desiring God explores how single-minded prayers for healing can mislead us and shake our faith — unnecessarily — when illness strikes. If God Doesn’t Heal You

A New Year, a Constant Joy

A bracing Arctic cold has locked us in ice. We flee indoors for warmth, but as clutter and dust accumulate, so does restlessness. As the minutes pile up, my mind turns inward. The world narrows. I am eager to bid December 2017 goodbye. Apropos with the barren tree limbs clawing the frozen sky, this year…

On Losing a Loved One to Dementia

I was honored to write a review for Douglas Groothuis’ poignant, honest, and achingly beautiful book, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness — A Philosopher’s Lament.  There is no sentimentality in this memoir of a descent into dementia. There is, however, a steadfast hope in Christ. Find the review on The Gospel Coalition: On Losing…

For Now, We Groan

Those of you familiar with the challenges with my son will recognize the impetus for this next Desiring God article. We are all out-of-sync. Only Christ can heal our fractured hearts. For Now, We Groan: Finding Hope in a Fractured World 

Excellent Devotion for Healthcare Professionals Raising a Family

I receive a lot of questions from residents and medical students about the tension between work and family. The CMDA posted a devotion recently that poignantly and thoughtfully addresses this issue. Bottom line, we must always ask ourselves for *whom* we work and sacrifice. CMDA Nov 28 Devotion  

How Surgery Prepared Me (and Didn’t) for Homeschooling

In many ways, my career ill-equipped me for homeschooling. Surgery is all about protocol. In an emergency, when the blood pools on the floor, the blood pressure on the monitor drops, and panic swells in the room, surgical training teaches you to lean into procedure. You cut out the noise, ablate the chaos from your…

Hollowed Out, Crashing Down

A few weeks ago, a storm unexpectedly ravaged our corner of the country. It brought hurricane-force winds unannounced, ripping entire trees from their roots and pitching much of our area into cold and darkness for days. By God’s mercy, no one suffered injuries, even though trees cracked and precariously teetered over every street. The first…

Workplace Idolatry

My next Desiring God article will ruin my reputation. Which is precisely the point. Find it here: Idolatry at the Office: Confessions of a Workaholic

Hurry, Lord.

First Harvey floods Houston. Then Irma grinds her way through the Caribbean, reducing a chain of island paradises to rubble. Afterward, Maria pitches Puerto Rico into darkness. Now, New Orleans braces itself as Nate barrels toward the Gulf Coast. Earthquakes shatter Mexico, compelling frantic parents to search for their children under rubble. In Bali, residents…