Tagged: Disabilities

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Stephen Hawking and Disabilities

Stephen Hawking just recently died. There is much about Hawking that I disagreed with. He denied the existence of God and thought heaven was a fairy tale. I suppose he knows the truth now....

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Good News: Churches That Get It

As a pastor and a father of two children with special needs, I know that it can be challenging for churches to minister to special needs family and challenging for special needs families to...

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Breathe – Review

Last night I watched the movie Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis. The movie stars Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spider-Man) and Claire Foy (The Crown). The movie is based on a true story about Robin Cavendish,...

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Don’t You Dare Judge!

One of the outcomes that some special needs families experience is that the children move into a group home. How that takes place depends on the situation. Ideally, the family is aware of the...

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Certificate in Accessible Ministry

One of my passions is to equip churches to minister to and with people with disabilities. That is why I’m excited about a new and amazing collaboration between two of my favourite organizations: Tyndale...

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Don’t Pet the Service Dog!

I was at the hospital today visiting someone. As we walked into the hospital, we saw someone with a service dog waiting to pay for parking. I also the person in front of us...

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My Problem With the R-Word

I was recently watching the Netflix series, Luke Cage. Throughout the series, I was bothered by the generous use of the N-word, even by the residents of Harlem. I have learned to have an...

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Disability and the Gospel – Review

One aspect of working through ideas about disabilities is to develop a theology of disability. The Bible has some important things to say about disabilities. But how do they fit together and what is...

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Siblings With Disabilities

One of the aspects of disabilities that people miss is that there are often siblings. Such siblings are very special people. I encourage you to watch this video that shares the thoughts of some...

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Bullying Also Happens in the Church

People with disabilities are too often the target for bullying. Those who have communication or cognitive challenges are particularly vulnerable as they may have difficulty reporting the bullying. Ideally, the church would be a...

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Did Jesus Have a Disability?

People with disabilities have not always felt valuable. This includes the context of the church. Are disabilities just a reminder of all that is not right in the world? But what if Jesus had...

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Preaching on Disabilities

I truly believe that the pastor needs to take the lead on helping a church to become disability-friendly. This can happen in many ways, but one is to preach on disabilities. There are a...

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The Assumption of “Normal”

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...

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Pastors, Church Culture and 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...

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One of My Angriest Moments

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...

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Autism, Theology and 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...

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5 Things Pastors Need to Know About Autism 0

5 Things Pastors Need to Know About Autism

I have been contacted by a number of pastors lately about autism. I’m impressed with pastors who are proactive in seeking information. The truth is that it is important know something about autism before...

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A Conversation With Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier has been an advocate and friend of those with intellectual disabilities for many decades. He is the founder of L’Arche, a community that values respect for all apart for any disabilities. You...

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Church Toolkit

One of the great Christian organizations working with people with special needs is Christian Horizons. They are involved in many things but are often thought of as primarily an operator of group homes. One...

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The R Word

How often do you refer to something as “retarded”? It seems be a regular part of our communication. But is it right? In this video I share my thoughts on it.

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Ministry and Disabilities Online Training

While much of what I do is encouraging churches to have the right attitude, there is an important need for training. As a result, I was very happy to see that Biblical Training is...

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Ban This Word from Your Church

Do you want to make your church both disability and autism friendly? Here is a simple but difficult step to take. STOP USING THE WORD RETARDED. Yes, I realize that ‘retard’ has entered the...

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Does God Create People With Disabilities?

“The question arises, however, whether God creates people with disabilities. On the one hand—yes—insofar as people with impairments of one kind or another are persons created in the image of God. But on the...

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Family Ties

I am angry and I will tell you why. Let me give you the back story first. Our two oldest children (14 and 12) both have severe autism. Both of them also live in...

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Silver Linings Have Clouds

As a parent of special needs children, I try to stay positive. I look at the bright side. I rejoice in the little victories. I celebrate those moments when everything works. All of that...

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Becoming Pre-Autism Friendly

What if you want your church to be autism-friendly but you don’t have any families with autism in your church? Image by pixaby I’m glad you asked!  This is exactly the time to be...

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Jesus’ Resurrection and Disabilities 0

Jesus’ Resurrection and Disabilities

Easter Sunday is the most important day for Christians. It is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Does this have anything to say about disabilities? When we think of the afterlife,...

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Brian Doerksen and Special Needs Parenting

This is a powerful video by Brian and Joyce Doerksen on their experience as parents of special needs children. Brian Doerksen from Christian Horizons on Vimeo.

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Helping Children to Understand

There has been a lot of work done to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance for those with special needs. That is wonderful, but most of that is aimed at helping adults. What about the...

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Building Communities of Belonging 2015

The Building Communities of Belonging conference, put on by Christian Horizons, is coming up on May 9, 2015. I attended and spoke at the conference last year. It is a tremendous opportunity to connect...

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What is Disability Ministry?

What is disability ministry? For some churches, that may be a formal ministry with their own budget, volunteers and pastor. For smaller churches that may look much different. I recently wrote a post for...

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The Drop Box

I recently had the opportunity to preview the documentary, The Drop Box. Spoiler Alert: It is an incredibly moving documentary that everyone should see. The Drop Box is a documentary about a pastor in...

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Inclusion In Your Church

A guest post by Ron Sandison. As the body of Christ, we should care for the physical and spiritual needs of each other and help those with autism to experience the love of Christ....

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Exceptional Ministry: A Conversation With Keith Dow 0

Exceptional Ministry: A Conversation With Keith Dow

I met Keith Dow when I spoke at a family retreat. While I found his background in philosophy interesting, I was even more interested in his work with Christian Horizons. As a father of...

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Feels So Write

I have been trying to feel my way ever since I stopped working at Faith Today. Working as a padre and as a teacher has filled up some of my time. I did write...

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7 Things Churches Need to Know About Autism

One of my goals is to equip churches to minister to families dealing with disabilities, especially autism. I have an ebook planned on this very topic. This post is aimed at the mid-sized to small...

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Confessions of an Autism Dad

Autism has been a part of my life for about thirteen years. As an autism dad, my experience has  been similar but different from that of my wife. I would never want to impose...

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Churches, Pastors and the Disabled

When it comes to welcoming those with disabilities into a church, I come at it with two hats. One hat is as a father of two children with autism. The other hat is as...

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Atheism and the Problem of Love

Atheism claims to have reason on its side. I think that is an incredible overstatement. However, I would like to look at something else. How do atheists explain love? According to atheists, love is...

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Autism and Down Syndrome

Two of the most well known developmental disorders are autism and Down Syndrome. Interestingly, there is some overlap between the two. A large number of people with Down Syndrome have autistic traits. You can...

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Autism and the Church

Statistics tell us that the autism rates are extremely high.  According to the Autism Society of America, 1 out of every 88 births have autism.  I would guarantee that the rates of children with...

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Down Syndrome and a Father’s Heart

I recently posted this picture on my Facebook wall and had an interesting response.  I generally do not post much on abortion, although I am very pro-life.  I have no desire to condemn mothers...

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