Autism is weird and hard on everyone in a family. And its no picnic for churches, either.
Lori Sealy lives with autism and also parents a child with autism. And she loves God! Her story was interesting and encouraging – and I found her insights into presenting the gospel to those who live on the autism spectrum really helpful.
Thank you, Ruth Brewbaker, Director of Rooftop Friends at Young Meadows Presbyterian Church for sending it to me.
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I was playing around with some family photos and thinking about an old DG post I had written when the thought occurred that maybe I could use the animation website to make that point in a different way. Let me know what you think in comments.
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You can access the live-stream of TEF’s conference here at the bottom of the page: http://www.tefconference.com
Paul Martin kicks it off at 7 p.m. (Pacific) tonight.
You can learn more about The Elisha Foundation here.
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Please pray as people gather to help families experiencing disability and their churches!
I’m really excited to get on a plane tomorrow for San Diego and participate in The Elisha Foundation’s Conference on Disability. The four men who serve as plenary speakers are going deep into God’s word and I’ll have the chance to facilitate a panel discussion with them on Friday night.
They are hoping to live-stream the conference. Go to their website or Facebook page to see what the options are available beginning tomorrow night, Thursday, Nov. 6.
On Friday and Saturday in Alabama, other friends of mine are gathering for The Accessible Kingdom Disability Ministry Conference. Stephanie Hubach, author of Same Lake, Different Boat, Special Needs Ministry Director for the Presbyterian Church in America and a friend of Bethlehem’s disability ministry is a keynote speaker. The conference also includes more than 40 workshops.
May God do a mighty work through these events!
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As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. (John 9:1 ESV)
(T)he Gospels are filled with observations of Jesus looking at people. His looking was often followed by compassion and then action. Both the Good Samaritan and the father of the Prodigal Son follow this trajectory. Instead of being frozen by the unknown, we can begin by looking. Instead of a plan, we have a path. So we don’t have to figure everything out. That takes the pressure off.
Paul Miller, A Loving Life, p. 85.
Paul Miller is the father of an adult daughter with disabilities and also authored the very helpful book, A Praying Life.
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Cody Dolinsek, a Ph.D. student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who happens to be blind, asks and answers a really helpful question:
“What do those with disabilities owe to those without disabilities and vice versa?” Asking this question might seem wrongheaded in a society, not unlike others, that tends to focus attention on the question: “how shall we best help those with disabilities?” While this question is not out of place in all circumstances, it is tilted to one group’s responsibility without taking into account the other group’s need also to do its ethical duty.
The emphasis on ‘service to’ those living with disabilities and their families is not wrong. But it is certainly incomplete, especially in light of the scriptures which states that we have been created by Jesus for good works (Ephesian 2:10 ESV).
So I appreciated Mr. Dolinsek’s perspective, finding it both helpful and encouraging. We parents of children with disabilities should consider the same lessons for ourselves!
The entire article can be found here: What do those with disabilities owe those without?
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On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. . . (1 Corinthians 12:22 ESV)
On Sunday the saints of Bethlehem surprised us with a party to honor Paul’s graduation!
As Dianne put it, “Friday’s school event was nice, but it was missing ‘this’!”
The ‘this’ was the joy of celebrating God’s intentional design and acknowledging how good he is with our church family who love God and who love how God made Paul; the recognition that we can live ‘as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing’ (2 Corinthians 6:10 ESV).
I was very grateful that Bethlehem’s newest Church Planting Resident, and my dear friend, Kempton Turner had some words to share:
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