Writing

My biggest writing project at the moment is my novel Trousseau Syndrome, which I’m releasing one chapter at a time. It’s a novel about patients and doctors in Baltimore that explores themes of class, community, health, and spirituality. Just imagine if Flannery O’Connor wrote Season 6 of The Wire and replaced all the drug dealers with physicians.

Below are my contributor pages for sites that I regularly write for:

Mere Orthodoxy– Theology, politics, history, culture, and whatever else the editors let me get away with. They also host my Doctors Without Boredom blog, where I write shorter posts that don’t really fit well on this website and aren’t long enough for a serious essay.

Christianity Today– In 2016, I wrote a column every other month called “Bodies and Souls” about public health. They also published my first cover story, Why Christians of All People Should Get Their Vaccines.

Comment– The online and print magazine associated with Cardus, a really great think tank publishing great research and writing on the common good.

The American Conservative– Mostly I’ve written stuff here about Baltimore and community development.

Christ and Pop Culture– I enjoy contributing to Christ and Pop Culture because they’re willing to take things very seriously… or not. And both are totally okay!

Books & Culture– I love this magazine’s approach to thoughtful engagement with good books and their desire to not just talk about great books, but also to wrestle with ideas and cultural currents that would otherwise not get highlighted.

Off The Page– This ministry of Our Daily Bread has featured some of my shorter articles, mostly about the practical implications of “life together” for Christians in our day and age.

Gomerblog– Sometimes there are things in healthcare that can only be described with satire because the real thing is just sad or horrifying.

Some other articles of note:

Faith, Fatalism, and Freddie Gray– Written in the midst of Baltimore’s unrest in April 2015 and published in First Things, I explored the structural forces that foment injustice and how the Church can counteract them.

The Need For Neighbors– I wrote this pre-unrest, but it’s just as relevant now as ever: struggling communities need good neighbors. This essay contains a lot of what I’ve learned from spending five years in Sandtown.

Maryland Family Doctor: Challenging Patients– I was guest-editor for this edition of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians’ quarterly journal and wrote the editorial about how family doctors are uniquely suited to help the most challenging patients in our healthcare system.

Needing My Neighbor– I wrote for Plough Quarterly about how idolizing my self-righteousness about social justice drew me into anxiety and pornography and how my friends in Sandtown helped me learn the disciplines of grace to fight back. Along the way, I discussed how we can truly make mental health treatment more holistic.

The Right Thing Has A Real Cost– In this follow-up to some of my Christ and Pop Culture articles about abortion, I described some of the political and social welfare policies by which pro-lifers might aggressively pursue an end to abortion in America.

Why Should A Straight Person Care About Spiritual Friendship? – I’ve loved and followed the Spiritual Friendship blog for a while, so it was a real honor to write about their work and why it’s so important for Christians to think through the questions of friendship and community.

I also write music and sometimes record it with my friends. If it’s decent enough, I’ll post it on SoundCloud.