This beautiful banner is based on the story of Mephibosheth and David (2 Samuel 9), the Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24), and the Lord's Supper.
Living with disability throughout her life, Andrea Godwin-Stremler has discovered God’s faithfulness indeed is great, and so is the mystery of God.
But just what is “independence”? How much would I eat if I only ate the food I produce myself? Probably very little. Would I drive a car if I had to build it from scratch?
Frequently I’ve heard people evaluate the benefit of ramps and hearing loops based on how many people with disabilities would use them. Now I understand why that kind of analysis misses the point.
Focusing less on practical accessibility concerns, this study looks at the church, the Christian community, as it responds—whether positively or negatively—to the presence of persons with disabilities.
Belonging, purpose, and value cannot be accomplished on one’s own, but must come through involvement in a community. What better community for this to happen in, than the people of God?
What does it look like for a seminary to be welcoming and inclusive for people with disabilities? In what ways can we equip pastors, theologians, missionaries and psychologists to be more sensitive to the issues surrounding disabilities?
What’s going on here? Surely marketing and sales, yet something else is afoot.
Dr. Leanne Van Dyk preaches on welcoming one another, stating: "In the end, you know, it is really quite simple. Christ has welcomed us; we are to welcome others."
If a person or group of people is pushed to the side by prejudice or ignorance or pity, that pushing harms not only those who are cut off but also those who do the pushing.
Though broken by sin, this litany reminds us that we are made in God's image and called to love others as Christ loves us.
When life hits us with painful trials, our hearts plead that God tell us why. The Bible teaches there are many reasons God allows suffering. But, like Job, the person suffering might not know why...
Seeing Ralph in the Intensive Care Unit, I was astounded by the peace with which he faces life, death, and the severe limitations his pain and poor lung condition have imposed on him.
In this touching video, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities recite Psalm 139.
Are you normal? At one level, of course, that’s a rather benign question. But we don't have to think about it very long to realize the question has an edge to it. What is normal? What is abnormal? Is anyone “normal?”
"What gives consistency to people is to know that they are loved. To love is not to do things for people, it’s not to tell people what to do, it’s to reveal. What do we reveal?"
It’s a daily feat to look past all the questions, fears, and disappointments that come with earthly life. Our Lord wants, rather, he commands us to trust in him, just like I trusted my earthly papa to scoop me up that day.
Many of our congregation members these days must deal with health issues. Your church too may be struggling with ailments of various kinds. How might our being in Advent speak to all this?
In this video produced by Friendship Ministries, people with intellectual disabilities recite the Christmas story. It's a beautiful way to communicate the message that the good news of the incarnation is for everyone!
Tikkun magazine's Fall 2014 issue features Disability, Justice, and Spirituality. Many of the articles are online for free.
A list of suggested Old and New Testament scripture texts for using in Disability Services.
This corporate profession is a reminder of the value of all human life.
This edition of the journal Lifelong Faith: the Theory and Practice of Lifelong Faith Formation presents theological and theoretical reflections on faith formation with people with special needs, as well as practical suggestions for ministry and learning.
This article by Joan Huyser-Honig from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship examines communion from the perspective of people with disabilities and concludes, "The cultivation of daily gratitude, receiving all of life as gift—the training for that is at the table."
One time, I gave my elevator speech of what Disability Concerns is about to a fellow Christian Reformed pastor. He responded, “Well, if any of those people come to my church, I’ll send them to you.”