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Sorry

A woman writing the word sorry on a chalkboard
“Sorry, we are late. We couldn’t find his favorite stuffed animal so he wouldn’t get in the car to leave until we found it.” “Sorry, he won’t wear a sweatshirt outside on the playground because it’s ‘too itchy’”.  “Sorry, she’s been up all night and just now fell asleep. We won’t be there today after […]
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Two Teps

Two steps
Two steps. That’s really all I had to climb. I had climbed those steps hundreds upon hundreds of times before, but this time I had to think about it. I began to think about it Friday when I was getting x-rays on my often injured ankle. I thought about it again Saturday as I prepared […]
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Top 4 Reasons Not to Start a Disability Ministry

Top 4 reasons not to start a disability ministry.
It’s a long story, but one day my friend and I got kicked off a bus in New York, with about a dozen other people, and walked aimlessly for hours until we reached our destination. We had never been to New York before, so when we were quite literally kicked to the curb, we found […]
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Effectively Implementing Supports in Children’s Disability Ministry

A girl in a wheelchair utilizing assistive technology to access a laptop.
When I was a special education teacher, I spent five days a week, six hours a day for 180 days with my students. I quickly got to know their strengths, their likes and dislikes, and challenges and was able to use all of that information in creating and implementing support plans for each student. When […]
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Press Start

A text message that says, hey call when you've got a minute, we have a kid down - Press Start.
“Hey, call me when you’ve got a minute. We have a kid with Down syndrome who started coming to church. What kind of stuff do we need in our class for them?” “Can I share contact info with our children’s pastor? Our kindergarten class has twins with autism and the pastor is overwhelmed and unsure […]
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Perfection, Formation, and Discipleship

Perfection
I have some news to share that may be sobering to ministry leaders: there will never be a perfectly executed Sunday school class. Anywhere. Ever. In fact, every Sunday, imperfect classes are executed across the globe in thousands of communities. But here is the good news. Maybe the BEST news: God, in His ever-perfect nature, […]
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For US

For All Of You, For All Of Us
Recently, I stayed the night at a lake house with some friends. We ate snacks, hung out by the beach, and slept on our memory foam pillows. At the same time, a few miles away, dozens of athletes were preparing for an ultra marathon, running 100 miles through the mountains and the foothills. Runners ran […]
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Dear Church

Dear Church, You might not know this, but I have a disability. I want to be in church; I really do. But some weeks it is very hard to be here. My disability goes everywhere I go: to work, to school, to the grocery store, to the dentis, and to church. Some people might already […]
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Dropping Our Nets

Fishermen in a boat casting a fishing net at sunset
I think one of the most extraordinary and compelling stories in all of the Bible is the calling of the disciples in Mark 1. In the narrative, Simon Peter and Andrew are fishermen, a career generally void of glamor, riches, or intrigue. They are not only fishermen, but at times (as in the Luke 5 […]
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A New Year’s Prayer for the Church Worker

A man with his eyes closer and hands together near his face, praying.
As the year begins anew: Let us see clearly,  Let us hear unmistakably, Let us not fear of failure, Let us try the new thing, Let us relinquish control, Let us take divine risks, Let us not be complacent,  Let us be innovative, Let us take action, Let us pause and breathe, Let us persist, […]
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