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Is Disability A Dirty Word?

I’ll be the first to admit that I struggled in certain subjects in school. I was horrible at typing. Yes, I am old enough that I actually had to take a course in typing. I distinctly remember getting yelled at by my teacher. I will never forget Mr. Oyster. Partly because he took my keyboard […]
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Divine Appointment

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One could easily go in circles arguing whether God has predestined every single moment of your life or not. Free will? Predestination? I’m not going there! Regardless of what side of the fence you land on it is hard to argue that there are God moments in our lives that go beyond what can be […]
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My Friends, My Teachers: The Mission Behind the Book

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Why did we write My Friends, My Teachers? Why did we feel it was so important that we put it in book format? Why not just blog these stories? Why a book? All good questions! It would have been much easier to churn out six separate blogs and float them out into the digital stratosphere. […]
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Messy Church

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I recently heard that Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, OH was holding a “Messy Church” service. I was instantly drawn to it because of the name even though I didn’t know what all was involved. Messiness, or real life, seems to be intentionally programmed out of most church services. Churches want to remove […]
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Knowing is Half the Battle

As a child of the 90s one of my favorite cartoons was G.I. Joe. Every episode ended with a short PSA teaching kids an important life lesson. After each PSA the kids would always respond enthusiastically, “Now we know!” And the G.I. Joe speaking to them would respond, “And knowing is half the battle!” That […]
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Finding, Belonging, Together: The Vision of Ability Ministry

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On the front page of our website, on conference displays, and on the front of our business cards you will consistently find the following three words: Finding, Belonging, Together. If you are reading this page you are probably curious as to what these words are all about. These three words represent the Vision of Ability […]
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How Inclusion Can Have a Global Impact

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Above: Jason wife, Gina, and their oldest daughter Lauren, going over their position at the volunteer packaging station. Just recently, our church announced a goal of packing 1,000,000 meals for refugees in Africa as a part of the Famine Relief Food Pack Event. Our family quickly jumped on this opportunity, signing up for one of […]
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Reaching Near

Ministry and reaching people has always felt as if it were something that were out of reach for me.  What I mean is, you can’t truly witness and make a difference unless you travel several days to a third world country and spend 3 weeks there, right? Or I cannot impact the life of another […]
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 5 of 5)

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After reading the last four blogs in this series, you may be able to identify what approach your church or ministry currently embraces. You may even have a better idea of what some of your deficits are. But when you want to make a philosophical shift in your approach to disability ministry, the big question […]
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 4 of 5)

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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 […]
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