Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?

The Bible is packed with stories of people… children, young people, and adults of all ages. We know that today around one in five children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind, and many will continue to have these additional needs throughout adulthood as well.  If that’s the case now, there … Continue reading Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?

‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’

We’re in a battle, whether we like to think about it or not.  Whether you have a faith of any kind, or none, one thing that generally unites us all is a belief that there is good and evil in the world…  and that these two forces are totally and utterly opposed to each other. … Continue reading ‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’

Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

Jesus met lots of people, engaged with lots of people, helped lots of people during his three years of ministry; some of these, perhaps a surprising number, were children.  Some of the children had additional needs of some kind, although not all, but each of the encounters Jesus had with these children can teach us … Continue reading Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

What The Man With The Withered Hand Teaches Us About Disability And Church

By stretching out our hand in welcome, in love, to everyone, we are doing what Jesus would have us do; and in following his teaching our own lives are healed, and our churches become places of belonging for all.

‘Children of the Bible and my Autistic son’

The Bible is full of stories about children and young people; some of these stories are among the most well-known of all (Mary, Joseph, David, Samuel, Esther…), some are lesser known, more obscure, but none the less important stories (the widows son and Elijah, the slave girl of Naaman, Jairus’ daughter…).  In thinking about some … Continue reading ‘Children of the Bible and my Autistic son’

‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’

Devoted…  an important word, one which we often hear, and a word that we all probably think we fully understand; but do we?  How truly deep a word is it?  And what might it mean in the context of caring for a child or young person with additional needs; whether as parent, carer, other family … Continue reading ‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’

‘Children With Additional Needs Are NOT Second Best To Jesus’

Jesus is surely the greatest story teller the world has ever known.  His stories, also known as parables, are lively, exciting, challenging and filled with teaching.  Every time we read one of Jesus’ parables, we learn something new through them… they speak into our lives like no other storyteller has. We all have our favourite … Continue reading ‘Children With Additional Needs Are NOT Second Best To Jesus’

‘What Part Of The Body Of The Church Is A Child With Additional Needs?’

The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, teaches us about how the body of Christ, the church, is made up of many parts.  Many parts that combine to make one body, baptized by one Holy Spirit…  He goes on to describe the various parts, firstly through metaphor (foot, hand, eye, ear, head etc.) and then … Continue reading ‘What Part Of The Body Of The Church Is A Child With Additional Needs?’

‘Accessible Jesus: Modelling Inclusion’

One in five children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind, and for many their additional needs or disabilities are lifelong and so continue into their adult life.  It is easy for children’s, youth and families workers, as well as church leaders, to be uncertain about how to appropriately support … Continue reading ‘Accessible Jesus: Modelling Inclusion’

‘Faith More Important Than Healing?’

I sometimes get asked what my views are on divine healing; whether I believe that God heals people, why he might heal one person and not another, even whether I’ve ever prayed for healing for James. At a recent conference that I was speaking at, I was asked again in the context of whether it is right to pray for the healing of someone else, someone who may not have even given their consent to be prayed for, in this case a child. A lot of questions here; big questions, big implications for them… So, here we go…