5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I have been involved in apologetics since I came to personal faith in the mid-90s. I became more formally involved in apologetics when I co-wrote Unmasking the Pagan Christ in 2006 and started blogging shortly […]

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Living With Autism

Disability and Faith

Presented and narrated by actor Hugo Weaving, this animation looks at the key characteristics of autism as experienced by his 16-year-old nephew Ky Greenwood. The project was part of Sentis’ “Great Works” program and was […]

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Walking Dead: Season 6

Walking Dead

I just finished watching Walking Dead: Season 6. I have been a fan of this show from the beginning. I found this season to be one of the better seasons. It definitely has been a […]

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Jesus: The Tomb Raider

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 8:26-39 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction There are plenty of events in the life and ministry of Jesus that it would be neat to be at. Imagine what it […]

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Good News: Encouraged By Church

September is the beginning of the new ministry year at church. This is also my first September at Queen Street Baptist Church. I always hope for good things but at the same time I never […]

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Your Church Needs a Website!

Blogging and Writing

Why You Need a Website I’m amazed at how many churches still do not have a website. Perhaps there are some who do not know how to create one or who think it costs a […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. Make sure to check them out. 5 Ways to Help Young Leaders Succeed – Ron Edmondson Why Successful Churches Aren’t Turning the World Upside-Down […]

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Giving in the Early Church

Leadership and Ministry

As a pastor of a local church, I am all for encouraging people to give financially for the ministry of the church. I also realize that practically, some of that myst go to the maintenance […]

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Jesus in the Storm

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:22-25 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Have you ever been in a scary situation in which things seemed out of control? While I can think of some pretty […]

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Where Do Autistic Children Belong in Sunday School?

Autistic

What I’m going to talk about here is relevant to many disabilities, but since autism is my experience, I will focus there. If you have a child with autism in your Sunday school, should you […]

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Good News: Happy Birthday Abby!

Good News

Tomorrow is our daughter Abby’s fourteenth birthday. It is hard to believe that she is this old already. It seems like only yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. Abby is a […]

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Dark Knight Revisited

Comic Book Geek

Last night I rewatched the Dark Knight for the first time in a long time. For many people, this is the best DC Comics movie that has been made. This is largely because of Heath […]

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4 Things Not to Say to a Parent When a Child is Diagnosed With Autism

Autism

No matter what a person thinks of neuro-diversity and the positive aspects of autism, it is always difficult when a child receives a diagnosis of autism. There are a thousand things going through the parent’s […]

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5 Things To Do When a Child With Autism Makes Noise in Church

Autism

Children with autism are known for making noise in church. Sometimes they say what some adults want to say. One Sunday, our son said with a fairly loud voice during the service, “Just kill me […]

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Coping With Autism and Puberty

Autism

While we often hear about the people with autism who are the mild end of the spectrum, there are people who are on the more severe end. This video is a good picture of what […]

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What If Your Church Can’t Start a Disability Ministry?

Disability and Faith

There are some large churches that have very organized and well staffed disability ministries. They have a sizeable budget and may have a specific pastor or other staff member overseeing it. These are the ministries […]

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My Question About the Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

When I first started collecting comics, I only collected war comics. One of those that I collected was the Unknown Soldier. While I loved the stories, I always had a question. On the cover, the […]

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Good News: Love My Kids

Good News

This past week, we had our two children with autism come for a visit. It was nice in that our other three children were away at camp and so things were a bit quieter in […]

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Suicide Squad: Second Viewing

Suicide Squad

Last night I went to see Suicide Squad at the theatre for the second time. I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie twice in the theatre and so that says something. This […]

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The Hardest Thing About Autism

Autism

I want to make it clear that what I’m about to say is my experience and is not meant to describe the experience of any other autism parent. I understand that there is pressure from […]

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Autism and Food Issues

Autism

Autism can affect the way people are with food. One of those issues is pickiness, but that is a topic for another day. Children with autism can also get completely focused on food and desire […]

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Stranger Things – Review

Stranger Things

I had heard a lot about the Stranger Things series on Netflix and so I decided to check it out. I must confess that the historical setting was part of the attraction. It is set […]

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What Was Thor Doing During Captain America: Civil War?

Comic Book Geek

Thor was mysteriously missing during the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man. What was he doing and why didn’t he respond to the summons? In the video below, you will discover that the answer […]

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Assault on Arkham vs Suicide Squad

Assault on Arkham

After the Suicide Squad movie came out, I heard a number of people point to the animated movie Assault on Arkham. It was suggested that Assault on Arkham was the movie that Suicide Squad should […]

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Autism Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Autism

This is not the care for every autism parent, but I know that it is for many. In fact it has been for us. For a certain number of children with autism, there is a […]

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My Top Ten DC Movies

DC

DC is slowly finding its way on the movie screen. There have been some rough ones but there have been some good ones as well. Here is how I would rank the top ten of […]

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5 Things I liked About the Suicide Squad Movie

Suicide Squad

Some people hated the Suicide Squad movie. I actually quite enjoyed it. But what did I like about it? Here are five things that I liked about the Suicide Movie. 1. It was different from […]

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Differences Within the Autism Community

Autism

What is the autism community? Obviously it includes all people with autism. But it also includes, at least in some definitions, the families of people with autism. How does the autism community feel about autism? […]

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Suicide Squad – Review

Comic Book Geek

I went to see Suicide Squad tonight. My initial impression was that I don’t know why everyone was complaining about this movie. It is not near as bad as the critics were making it out […]

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Feeling Uncomfortable Around People With Disabilities

Disabilities

I have two children who are on the severe end of the autism spectrum. They are considered disabled. But I must confess there are times that I’m uncomfortable around other people with disabilities. There I […]

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The Assumption of “Normal”

Autism

It is common that when you meet new people, that you ask each other about family. I tell people that I have five children and they respond by asking about ages. When they hear that […]

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Autism Lives Matter

Disability and Faith

A fairly recent story included a therapist (who happened to be black) who was trying to bring a man with autism back his home being accidentally shot by police. With all of the racial tension […]

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How Veggie Tales Saved My Life

Veggie Tales

Well actually Veggie Tales didn’t really save my life. But is sure helped make my life as an autism dad easier. Our daughter, Abby, had some pretty bad sleep disruptions. For some reason, she just […]

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Pastors, Church Culture and Disabilities

Disabilities

What is the culture of your church when it comes to disabilities? Does your church eagerly embrace those with disabilities? Or is your church embarrassed by the sights and sounds and frustrated by the interruptions? […]

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Autism Can Include Good News

Good News

I post a weekly Good News post. I started this a number of years ago during a dark time in my life. It was a way of looking past all the difficulties and finding something […]

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6 Things You Need to Know About Autism

Autism

While many more people are aware about autism, there are still many misconceptions. Here are six things that you need to know about autism. Autism is a spectrum. The full name is Autism Spectrum Disorder. […]

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Should Autism Be Cured?

Disability and Faith

Is autism something that should be cured? That depends on who you ask. I’m sure you can find parents of children who have severe autism who are praying for a cure for autism. But you […]

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High Functioning, Low Functioning, Severe, Mild and Labels for Autism

Autism Blog

Is it wrong to describe a person with autism as high or low functioning? What about being severe or mild on the spectrum? I have encountered a number of people recently who find all such […]

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Why the Church Should Care About People With Disabilities

Autism Blog

Life to the Full Conference from Julie’s Photograph on Vimeo. You can find out more about the Life to the Full conference here.

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Star Trek Beyond – Review

Comic Book Geek

I have been a Star Trek fan for a long time. I’m actually one of the rare breed of people who like both Star Wars and Star Trek. I grew up watching the original series […]

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Autism and Routine

Autism Blog

One of the things that gave us a hint that something was going on with our children was how they reacted when I would pick up the mail. Where we were living at the time, […]

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Batman Begins Revisited

Batman Begins

Tonight I rewatched Batman Begins for the first time in a long time. It is hard to believe that it was over ten years ago that Batman Begins was released in the theatres. There have […]

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Mild Autism Can Be More Challenging Than Severe Autism

Autism

We find that some people have more sympathy for us because our children are on the severe end of the spectrum. And if there is one thing you should know about autism, it is that […]

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The Other Side of Being an Autism Dad

Autism Dad

I won’t deny that there are difficulties that go along with being the parents of children with autism. We have had quite a few crisis moments over the years. The fact that both our children […]

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One of My Angriest Moments

Autism

If you ever get a chance to meet me, you will find that I’m one of the easiest going people you will meet. I can think of perhaps a half dozen times in my 47 […]

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5 Things That Parents Need When Their Child Receives an Autism Diagnosis

Disability and Faith

Even if parents have long been suspecting that their child might have autism, the moment that they receive an official diagnosis from the doctor is still traumatic. I can remember clearly the developmental pediatrician walking […]

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Who I Would Like to See in a Legion of Superheroes Movie

Legion of Superheroes

There have been rumours about DC doing a Legion of Superheroes movie. I hope that they do. There is a tremendous amount of potential with their long history and large roster. The LSH can easily […]

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What to Do When You See an Autistic Child Having a Meltdown

Disability and Faith

The chances are you have seen a family out somewhere and their child with autism was having a meltdown. You might think back and not find that memory. It is possible that you have seen […]

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Batman v Superman and Civil War Compared

Comic Book Geek

On the surface, Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War had a lot in common. Both included government concern about the destruction caused during superhero battles. Both included heroes who should be friends fighting […]

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How to Pray for Families With Autism

Disability and Faith

I was speaking with one of our deacons this morning about the importance of prayer. We were saying that even if a person is not able to volunteer for a ministry, they can always pray. […]

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Autistic Children Grow Up

Disability and Faith

There is an increasing amount of awareness and resources about ministering to children with autism. Of this, I’m grateful. In fact I hope that this blog and my book are contributing to this. In many […]

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The Forgotten Siblings

Disability and Faith

The school year has just ended for our family and that means that all of their stuff from school comes home. My wife and I were going through our youngest daughter’s journal that was sent […]

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What I Would Look For in an Autism-Friendly Church

Autism

My goal for this blog and my book of the same name is to help churches become more autism-friendly. When I write, I alternate between wearing my pastor hat and my autism dad hat. This […]

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What You Need to Know About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks

This blog is aimed at helping churches support families who have autism. I know that one of the things that church members like to do is pass on resources. That is fine, as long as […]

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Autism, Theology and Baptism

Baptism

I recently had the privilege of baptizing my daughter. For context, I’m a Baptist pastor and so we baptize believers as opposed to infants. While Emma is our first to be baptized, she is the […]

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What the Church Needs to Know About Autism – Episode 5

Autism

In this episode, I introduce you to my daughter Abby. Autism is not just a topic or issue, it is about real people.

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