BCC Summit 2017: A New Song- Demonstrating the Good News in Disability Ministry

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada

When I broke my neck at the age of 17, it was earth-quaking! One moment I was healthy, athletic, heading to college, with a bright future and big dreams … and the next? I’m a quadriplegic. Everything from toileting, to bathing, to feeding myself was out of my hands. It appeared my hopes had been shattered; my dreams crushed. And for more than three months in the hospital, I was just numb — just moving on a gurney from one exam room to the next. And it wasn’t getting any better. Continue reading

BCC Summit 2017: 5 Pillars of Faith for Times of Suffering

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

It was a blessing to participate in the BCC Summit on Biblical Counseling and Disability last month where I was asked to present a message outlining a theology of disability. In my message I touched on five essential truths which form a filter through which we view suffering and, therefore, impact how we minister God’s grace and truth to one another. Continue reading

BCC Summit 2017: Disability and a Theology of the Body

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

Whether associated with painful disability or pleasurable delight, we want our experiences as bodily creatures to be understood through the lens of Scripture. If we are not guided carefully by Scripture it’s very easy to gravitate toward a distorted theology of the body that either exalts or demeans the body’s importance. This can lead to potential distortions in ministry to those struggling with disability. Continue reading

The Family of Jesus

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

During the holidays, families usually get together. But for all the joy that these moments can bring, they can also bring pain. In fact, it sometimes feels as though the problems in a family are magnified at these times! Fault lines can easily surface, and these holiday moments can become disheartening and frustrating as we are reminded of how imperfect (and perhaps even dysfunctional) some aspects of our family life are. But if you come from an imperfect family, a family with problems, then you are in good company. Because Jesus did too! Continue reading