A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 4 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 4 of 5)

When my son was three, I clearly remember how excited he was to leave his highchair and sit in an adult-sized chair at the dinner table. Sure, he had to use a booster seat, but he was proud to have graduated to a “big chair” like his parents. My daughter, Zoe, however, was not quite...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 3 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 3 of 5)

Before my sixteenth birthday, I vividly remember sitting behind the wheel of my family’s Ford Taurus. We were in the McDonald’s parking lot just a few blocks from our home. At this point, I had received no formal instructions on how to drive, but my father wanted to give me a taste of what it...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 2 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 2 of 5)

Growing up at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio, there was a culture of competition fueled by our Bible Bowl program. This program was a Bible-based academic challenge, and it was a big part of my life through my teen years until I decided to leave the program to focus on high school sports. After...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 1 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 1 of 5)

When my family moved into our home on Northfield Avenue, we loved our large backyard where deer routinely wandered by our windows. At the time, our children were young, and they marveled at the deer as they passed by. Our family was so fascinated by the deer that we put out salt-licks to coax them...

What the Old Testament says about Disability (Part 4 of 4)
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What the Old Testament says about Disability (Part 4 of 4)

Is being in the presence of the King enough for me? The account of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel chapter 9 ends with, “And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he was always at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.” The first time I read this verse I cringed a little bit. I would...

What the Old Testament has to say about Disability (Part 3 of 4)
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What the Old Testament has to say about Disability (Part 3 of 4)

Don’t believe the lie We’ve been following the account of King David and Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9. When King David summons Mephibosheth, he is found living in a place called Lo-Debar. Lo-Debar was not a nice place. It was isolated, dry, and desolate. Not your ideal vacation destination. If you were born in Lo-Debar,...

What the Old Testament says about Disability (Part 2 of 4)
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What the Old Testament says about Disability (Part 2 of 4)

Don’t just ignore the attitude After the short mention of five-year- old Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 4:4, we don’t hear anything about him for the next five chapters. Those five chapters cover many years of biblical history, and when we reach 2 Samuel chapter 9, Mephibosheth is a grown man with a son of his...

What the Old Testament says about Disability (Part 1 of 4)
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What the Old Testament says about Disability (Part 1 of 4)

When a moment changes everything There are moments in life that are burned into our memories. They may be great moments like a wedding day, graduation, or the birth of a child. Or they may be moments you wish you could delete from your mind—the death of a loved one, job loss, or divorce. Several...

Transitions: What Will Ministry Look Like Without You? (Part 3 of 3)
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Transitions: What Will Ministry Look Like Without You? (Part 3 of 3)

The true mark of a healthy transition is how you leave your ministry. You should be able to look back and see that ministry is continuing as normal despite your absence. Everything you leave behind should be able to stand on its own two legs. What do I mean by that? I simply mean that...

Transitions: How Do I Tell Everyone? (Part 2 of 3)
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Transitions: How Do I Tell Everyone? (Part 2 of 3)

Once you have determined that God is calling you to a new Kingdom assignment, the next part of your process should be building a communication plan. Leaving one Kingdom assignment for another can be emotional, especially as you communicate your transition to those that you have worked with closely and care for deeply. Putting intentional...