preventing child deaths in America

America Magazine asked me to write a short piece about America’s shameful discrepancies in child deaths. It wasn’t easy to squeeze 3 very different causes of death into 750 words, but I did my best. It was interesting  (for me,...

/ February 26, 2018

experts shooting themselves in the foot with conflicts of interest

Skepticism of medical authorities is, at least in terms of vaccine refusal, becoming worse and worse. I think this is a bad thing, and have previously commended Ari Schulman’s essay on the politics of medical denialism to help understand why this...

/ February 22, 2018

denying admission to Christian refugees

The U.S. recently denied asylum to about 100 Iranian Christians who had previously been invited to apply for refugee status, reports Mindy Belz at WORLD. Some, apparently, did not meet the security requirements. Sadly, while a lot of opposition to...

/ February 21, 2018

song post: Steve Taylor, “Cash Cow”

Steve Taylor is a legend in Christian music. (I highly commend to you two great podcasts, The Pivot & Cultivated where he tells his war stories about saving Sixpence None the Richer from an evil lawyer and directing Michael W....

/ February 20, 2018

can evangelicalism’s corpse be revived?

Alan Jacobs has a grim prediction for the future of evangelicalism: There will of course continue to be vibrant congregations that define themselves as evangelical, but fewer and fewer as the years go by, I think. Most churches that would...

/ February 16, 2018

questioning brain death

This devastating story about Jahi McMath, a young woman who suffered a terrible complication of surgery (and might not have had she received closer attention) is worth reading in and of itself, but the questions it raises about the commonly...

/ February 15, 2018

that’s how all good comedies go

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day this year, and Barbara McClay has some good thoughts on the matter: If Valentine’s Day is about the incommensurability of feeling and gesture, Ash Wednesday presents us with the ultimate...

/ February 14, 2018

Song Post: “Mary Consoles Eve”, Rain for Roots

I have written before about Rain For Roots’ album Waiting Songs, but I just have to recommend it again. [I was originally hoping to publish this during Advent but didn’t. It’s still a great year-round record.] Yes, it is technically categorized...

/ February 13, 2018

EMRs are designed for billing, not for retaining information

The dirty secret of all electronic medical records (EMRs) is this: they are not primarily designed to help doctors record, review, or share information about their patients. No, they are primarily designed to capture the data necessary to submit bills to...

/ February 12, 2018

follow the money, asthma prevention edition

The Washington Post explains why prevention gets shafted when it comes to treating chronic diseases like asthma: Both [major teaching hospitals in Baltimore] receive massive tax breaks in return for providing “community benefit,” a poorly defined federal requirement that they...

/ February 9, 2018