Parenthood, disability, ethics, and the crooked way of grace

Articles, Posts & Book Chapters

Stealing Home—A Review of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond
Print piece in Sojourners magazine, April 2016
I’m Dependent on Narcotics; That Doesn’t Mean I’m an Addict
Post on, January 17, 2016
Redefining “Fruitful”: Is Procreation a Divine Mandate?
Print story in Sojourners magazine, February 2016
Having a Baby 15 Years Ago vs. Having a Baby Today
Companion essays on how the experience has and hasn’t changed, and the changing role of technology in parents’ lives
Brain, Child Magazine online, May 7, 2015
Let’s Stop Bashing These 5 Christmas Traditions
Published at OnFaith on December 18, 2014
Do We Put Too Much Emphasis on Children’s Gifts at Holiday Time??
I contributed one of three posts, each of which featured a different approach to children’s
Christmas gifts, and all of which argued for a thoughtful and proactive approach. Published
at Brain, Child Magazine online on December 11, 2014
The Pain of Passing My Disability on to My Child
Published by TIME online on September 29, 2014
When I Wanted More Online Traffic, I Went Evangelical
Published at OnFaith on July 16, 2014
How Having an (Insurance-Covered) IUD is Saving My Life
Published at on July 3, 2014
“Inspiration Porn” Objectifies People with Disabilities
Published by the Huffington Post/TEDWeekends on July 11, 2014
Why I Stopped Feeling Guilty for Wanting a Beautiful Home
Published at OnFaith on May 7, 2014
Reprinted in the Washington Post (print edition), May 24, 2014, page B2
Essay for Brain, Child Magazine online, May 5, 2014
The Story of My Broken, Redeemed Body
Guest post on Amy Julia Becker’s blog on, May 6, 2014
Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few
Scoundrels (October 2014, Jericho Books)
This is a “devotional with a twist,” edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani, and including
chapters from several dozen writers. In my chapter, titled “Broken and Bent,” I reflect on wishing
Jesus had once (just once!) experienced a broken bone, and how I have (and haven’t) encountered
the grace of Christ in life with a disabling bone disorder.
The Problem with Exercise Plans and Miracle Cures
Published at (Sojourners’ “God’s Politics” blog), February 25, 2014
Messy Stories: Disabilities and the Choices Parents Make
The Christian Century magazine (cover story), November 4, 2013
Delicate Decisions
Gene Watch Magazine, August – October 2013 issue
How Abortion Has Skewed the Reproductive Ethics Debate
Think Christian (online), February 5, 2013
In Defense of the Christmas Rush
Relevant Magazine (online), December 6, 2012
What Shane Claiborne (and Mother Teresa) Got Wrong About the Body of Christ (web site of Sojourners Magazine), September 26, 2012
Rolling the Dice of a Genetic Legacy
Essay on the New York Times Motherlode parenting blog, July 20, 2012
5 Tips for People of Faith Considering Reproductive Technology
Huffington Post, February 14, 2012
Finding the Balance in Shared Decision-Making,” a commentary co-authored by Ellen Painter
Dollar and Daniel A. Beals, M.D. Published in Virtual Mentor: The American Medical
Association Journal of Ethics 6(2). February 2004.
Through the Patient’s Eyes: A Maddeningly Complex Disorder” by Ellen Dollar. Published
in Virtual Mentor: The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 4(6).
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