When perusing resources in any Christian bookstore, prepare to be overwhelmed with Bible study choices. Whether looking for a study on one book of the Bible or something on a specific topic, people from every denomination, ethnicity, gender, or country are hungry for what the Lord has to say to them through the Scriptures. Continue reading Bible Studies Provide Solid Foundation for Adults Living with Intellectual Disabilities
Okay, it’s totally ironic that I broke my toe this year.
How did I, a wheelchair user, break my toe? Our best guess is that it broke when my wife transferred me to bed one night. The doctor said that these types of injuries usually happens when someone stub his toe. It makes perfect sense knowing how we transfer to bed. Continue reading Broken Toes and My Writing Career
Throughout my writings, I share about how scripture grounds me in my understanding of not only my disability but also how God sees people with special needs. Whether it’s David and Mephibosheth, Jesus’s healings, or Paul’s thorn in his flesh, we can’t help but to notice it. People living with a disability have a place in the Kingdom of God. Continue reading My Observations of Exodus 4
The Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC) is home. Held at the YMCA of the Rockies every May, it is so much more than learning about the craft or getting published. It is about reconnecting with the Lord and listening to what He would have each writer do with his/her writing. It’s about family.
Continue reading More than just a writers conference
It’s a long drive from Colorado to Minnesota, but my soul mate, Kelly, and I wouldn’t have missed the 2014 Joni and Friends Family Retreat. This was our third time at the retreat, and it’s always feels like coming home to family.
Continue reading Joni and Friends provides a week of fun for families living with disabilities
I was confirmed in the Methodist Church when I was 15. Back in 1988, it was clearly communicated that confirmation was the time when young people joined the church. I went through an entire year of classes, and a big celebration followed – both at church and afterwards at home. Besides maybe my birthday, that weekend was one of the highlights of my young life. Continue reading Confirmation: Anglican Style!
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When someone using a wheelchair shows up at church, how do you respond? Do you know what to do, how to act, what to say? Do you feel awkward? My pastor at International Anglican Church felt awkward. Now he says his congregation wouldn’t be complete without my being part of our body. Continue reading In the Accessible Church
I am pleased to announce the publication of IN THE ACCESSIBLE CHURCH. My book begins with an in-depth look at the theology of disability. What does God have to say about people affected by disability and why should you care? I speak directly to pastors and their church family concerning how to get comfortable relating to those with disability. You will find practical steps on how to include someone with a disability in the church body. It’s not about a getting a budget that makes your church more accessible! It’s about building relationships. Of course, I tell personal stories of how I have experienced both “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” in the churches I pursued.
I have attended church all my life, and honestly, my relationship with God remained as cool with just enough distant as most members inadvertently treated me. My ultimate success story is the discovery of a church that did make me feel welcome and even gave me opportunities to participate. The people there never question my disability. Instead, they encourage me to grow in my faith and “serve” the Lord. Could I read scripture on Sunday morning? Sure. Go for it! Could I be a Sunday school teacher? Sure, there is an opening for a third-fifth-grade teacher. Have at it!
In the Accessible Church, you will…
· Learn the framework of the theology of disability.
· Discover how someone with a disability can be an active part of the church.
· Be challenged to include someone with a disability in your congregation.
I am the church relations director with Mephibosheth Ministry. My desire is to help churches understand that people affected by disabilities are more than observers. They can be active participants in the life of a church, teach classes, serve on committees, and so much more. When given a chance, a person with a disability can be a wonderful addition to any congregation.
My pastor, Rt. Rev. Ken Ross, wrote the forward. It is available in print though Amazon and Lulu or as an eBook on the Barnes and Noble’s nook and iBook formats. The read is quick. The message is simple. Yet, hopefully this message will inspire you and your church family to help fulfill the Great Commission to a very overlooked people group, the disabled.