All posts by Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at www.MatthewAndMaggie.org

what about Christian healthcare sharing ministries?

I get asked fairly frequently for my opinion about Christian healthcare sharing ministries. I’ve not had very many patients who use them, so I don’t have a lot of experience from the provider side. However, my wife and I used...

/ October 17, 2017

letting dying people die is not the same as killing them

Ian Tuttle asks some very good ethical questions in the case of Charlie Gard, the British infant with a rare mitochondrial disease whose parents have been forbidden by the courts from taking their child to the U.S. for experimental treatment:...

/ June 30, 2017

the insanity of autonomy

Kate Shellnutt asked wrote a piece in Christianity Today discussing a new Gallup poll suggesting that Americans are getting more liberal in their social views: The church today finds itself in a precarious position, as an ethical shift pushes public...

/ May 26, 2017

The healthcare problem markets and charity can’t fix

My internet friend Ian Barrs, a conservative dude who originally hails from the UK, has written a moving post about Medicaid and his son Hugh: I’ll be honest: when I read of “per capita limits on MedicAid spending”, I ask...

/ May 12, 2017

You CAN force your morality on others! That’s what government is for.

One does not have to travel far on the information superhighway (or the meatspace) to encounter this sentiment in relation to Christians in politics: “Well, we can’t just force our morality on others.” Yes, you can. Actually, that’s what the...

/ May 9, 2017

New Gods and Old Demons

I am incredibly excited that Alan Jacobs is now taking on the project of marrying Walter Wink’s examination of “The Powers” with Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Wink demonstrates, compellingly I think, that the Powers were made by God and granted stewardly...

/ April 27, 2017

5 ways to actually reform American healthcare

Obamacare is the law of the land. For better or worse, we’re stuck with it for now. It still has problems — millions of people are still uninsured and its cost-containment measures, while often useful, are probably not enough to...

/ March 29, 2017

Health care is not a human right, but it is also not just a market commodity

As the GOP prepares to continue its long and painful process of self-immolation by voting (or not voting) on a bill whose greatest priorities appear to be cutting taxes for rich people and allowing young, healthy people to pay less...

/ March 24, 2017

Andy Crouch on race, power, and culture making

Just wanted to quickly highlight some recent podcasts featuring Andy Crouch. I have long enjoyed Andy’s writing and his work with Christianity Today (here’s my review of his most recent book, Strong and Weak), but I found these podcasts full of...

/ March 13, 2017

addiction: the devil you can measure and the devil you can’t

Christopher Caldwell has an arresting essay in this month’s First Things: If you take too much heroin, your breathing slows until you die. Unfortunately, the drug sets an addictive trap that is sinister and subtle. It provides a euphoria—a feeling...

/ March 8, 2017