I am deeply saddened by the number of times that I hear about children with additional needs or disabilities, and their families, being rejected by or excluded from the very place that should be the most welcoming, most inclusive, most loving place of all… church. Stories about families being told “Please try somewhere else, this … Continue reading Would Jesus Be Welcomed At Your Church If He Arrived With Disabled Children?
“In many ways it was an ordinary day like any other, but it turned into the most extraordinary, transforming, wonderful day of my life. A day I will never forget, a day filled with friendship, faith and an amazing encounter; a day where my life was changed forever. Many years ago, when I was a … Continue reading They Carried Me There, But I Walked Home!
In Mark’s Gospel we meet a boy who is described as having an evil spirit. Reading the account, it is possible that this boy had Epilepsy, and perhaps other additional needs too. So often we read the stories of the encounters that Jesus had with people through the words of first or second hand witnesses to … Continue reading Jesus Heals A Boy With Epilepsy: The Story From The Boy’s Perspective
So many great words have been spoken, or written, down through the years; so many that have stood the test of time and are still used today to inspire, to encourage or to teach. Is it possible that there are three words that are greater than all of the others, and if so who said … Continue reading Why The Greatest Three Words Ever Spoken Are Also The Most Inclusive
There seems to be such a wide disparity of opinion and practice across church denominations, and even within church denominations, about if, when, and how, to include children, young people, and even young adults in communion, baptism, serving in church and other aspects of Christian growth and development. It's time to challenge the often unwritten … Continue reading “Amen! Thanks Batgirl!” – Children With Additional Needs: Communion, Baptism And Serving
There are some big, deep, and in every other way large questions that often seem to crop up regarding disability and the Bible. Questions about sin, God and Heaven that brains much bigger than mine have grappled with, written theological theses on, published books about and more… But as I’ve been pondering a bit on this, … Continue reading Some Thoughts On Disability, Sin, God And ‘Heaven’
Disability ‘allies’ are people who are not necessarily disabled themselves, but who advocate for, journey with, campaign for, or in other ways support disabled people of any age. Allies (noun): A person or organisation that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity. The Bible includes real and story-based people who could be viewed as … Continue reading Six Disability ‘Allies’ In The Bible, Which One Are You?