Podcast: Bible-Based Guide to End-of-Life Care

I had a great conversation about the subject matter of Between Life and Death with Debbie Chavez on BOB radio today, and she was kind enough to record it as a podcast for others to listen! Here is the link: Bible-Based Guide to End-of-Life Care, Debbie Chavez

Book Review: Labor With Hope by Gloria Furman

I can recall few books that infuse motherhood with gospel hope in such elegant and compassionate prose as Gloria Furman’s Labor with Hope: Gospel Meditations on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. Ms. Furman’s words will not only encourage expectant mothers for years to come, but also direct their gaze steadfastly toward Christ. I first encountered the wonders…

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…