God Desires Your Heart, Not Your Degree

Discussions with a few readers struggling with the competitiveness and focus on self-promotion in their studies inspired my next article on desiring God:  God Wants Your Heart, Not Your Degree I’ve experienced first hand the murkiness that arises when we endeavor toward a God-honoring pursuit, but must do so within a system mired in idolatry….

Between Life and Death (Coming April 2019!)

On April 30, 2019, my book Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care will be released by Crossway! The literally hundreds of heartbreaking meetings I’ve held with patients and their families to discuss tragedies in the ICU inspired the book concept. Over the years I became progressively discouraged by the whirlwind…

The Quiet Plague of Painkillers

My next article now appears on desiring God. This was a challenging topic for me to tackle; I hope it speaks to others. The Quiet Plague of Painkillers: The Opioid Epidemic in America  

He Loves You Even More Than I Do

My next desiring God article is up. This one I wrote out of compulsion. He Loves You Even More Than I Do: Letter to My Children Excerpt: “He knows your every whim and fingerprint, and reigns over every cloud above you, every wave into which you venture (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:1–12). As you stumble through…

A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician

My testimony appears in the March 2017 issue of Christianity Today. This is very close to my heart; I pray the Lord uses it to encourage others. A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician

Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment

New article on desiring God: Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment “… we must never presume to know God’s intent for someone in anguish. God has an infinite capacity to effect goodness in the midst of our inequity.”


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Why Write?

I hope to capture the blessings of everyday. To touch them, breathe them in, marvel before they tumble away in a brittle tangle, careening headlong into the past.