Blog Posts by John Knight
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1)
Adam and Corrie Hull were given Brooklyn, an amazing little girl.
For 118 days.
She was born with a rare disease — a third 18th chromosome in every cell of her body that wouldn’t allow for a long life on this earth. That is how…Continue Reading
How I Almost Became a False Teacher
What does a false teacher in the church look like?
Some of them are easy to spot. Health-and-wealth, prosperity preachers hardly require any effort at all. Those who ignore or sneeringly distort the Bible also are fairly obvious.
But what if they look like me? What if they attend church regularly, read the Bible, encourage their children to participate in Sunday School and Wednesday evening services, lead family devotions, pray,…Continue Reading
When the Bible Is Hard to Understand
Years ago Noel Piper recommended a way to read the Bible that helped her, and, as I eventually discovered, helped me as well. She introduced a strategy that turned Bible reading from duty to delight:
I became a hunter, and my blue highlighter was my weapon. The prey was God’s attributes. I set out to underline everything the Bible says about God (didn’t want to set my sights too narrow!).…
Four Kinds of Churches Worth Leaving
The saddest stories I hear from parents raising a child with a disability don’t involve schools, insurance companies, or hospitals. The stories that elicit the most bitter words, and tears, are the ones about churches that abandon families with a disabled child because they are “just too difficult to deal with.”
This really happens. Too many parents are told, directly and indirectly, by a pastor or church leader or Sunday…Continue Reading
Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts
There are things you cannot know without suffering. So writes John Piper in his foreword to How to Stay Christian in Seminary.
This is true, and yet those are the very things pastors must know, in some sense, as they seek to shepherd their people. Seminary is a place to be instructed and equipped, even though the vital experiences can’t all be simulated. Pastors must understand pain, even when…Continue Reading
What Abortion Shows Us
More than 55 million children have been slaughtered in the 41 years since the Supreme Court created a new right in the Constitution. If any benefit can be found in the rivers of blood that have been spilled, it is this: it has exposed who we really are, what we really value, and how the enemy of our faith operates.
When We’re Exposed
Abortion shows us that we are racist…Continue Reading
Shouldn’t They Know Better?
One of the more successful tactics of our enemy is to turn our hearts against the ones under our care — to turn protectors into executioners.
For decades parents and doctors have legally killed unborn children in the name of “compassion” because the child would have lived with disabilities or would have died shortly after birth.
But killing unborn children apparently isn’t enough.
Belgium’s Upper House approved a…Continue Reading
The Subtle Art of Destroying Humans
My dearest Grubnat,
I am glad to see you are finally learning to be subtler in manipulating your human. As I had warned you, I was concerned that your boisterous assault on the unborn vermin with the rare chromosomal makeup (the “disabled,” as the other vermin call them) was going to expose all our plans to destroy them.
So I congratulate you on the recent article in The New York…Continue Reading
Protect the Children from Chemical Weapons
Dear Mr. President,
I am joining the unknown numbers around the world who are praying for wisdom for you as you confront this present evil of chemical weapons in Syria. God has promised to provide wisdom to those who trust in him (James 1:5). I do not offer this cynically. I want God to help you and hope you would welcome his help.
As the pictures of children who died…Continue Reading
How to Serve Families with Disability
I was enjoying some friendly conversation with old friends after church when my teenaged daughter whispered in my ear, “Dad, he’s losing it.”
A quick glance at my son confirmed her assessment of her older brother with disabilities. Experience had taught us that his vocalizations would only get more intense and much louder. We needed to go.
I felt a heavy sigh welling up as yet another pleasant moment was…Continue Reading
New “Strict” Abortion Laws — Really?
For some children, the new “strict” abortion law in Texas is no protection at all.
Last month Texas Governor Perry signed a bill that banned aborting a child after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The headlines about the law suggested significant changes had happened: “Perry Signs Strict Abortion Regulations into Law;” “Perry Signs Sweeping Abortion Restrictions;” “Texas governor signs sweeping abortion regulations that threaten existence of…Continue Reading
When So Much Is Against Us
Do you ever forget how dark and cruel and lost you really were before the light of Jesus broke through? Is your first reaction to the sin in others anger? Or is it broken-hearted grief at the stench of death around them?
When I read Judy Nicastro’s opinion piece in The New York Times, “My Abortion, at 23 Weeks,” my first reaction, to be honest, was anger…Continue Reading
Singing to Silence the Enemy
Two weeks ago I took an oath, “so help me God,” in a courtroom where two lawyers asked me questions about my son with multiple disabilities. At the conclusion of their questions, the judge determined that my son did not have the capacity to take care of himself as an adult and that my wife and I would be named his legal guardians, making all decisions about his life and…Continue Reading
Beyond the Rhetoric: Gosnell and the Late-Term Reality
“It is a highly needed and valuable procedure.”
That statement above is referring to late-term abortion. In other words, says LateTermAbortion.net, it is highly needed and valuable that deadly poison be injected into the heart of an unborn child if the mother so chooses.
This reveals a cruel irony of late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the man convicted of murdering viable children after they were born alive during his abortion…Continue Reading
A Child Is Not Chattel
One of the common hopes and repeated phrases around the pro-life movement is that “abortion will become as unthinkable as slavery.” I long for such a day.
The only problem is that the elements that made slavery possible are still thinkable now. We see it in how people behave toward children, particularly unborn children.
Consider the legal issues around Baby S., the little girl who God miraculously placed into…Continue Reading
The Light Does Shine in the Darkness
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Sometimes the darkness is overwhelming: The Chinese health ministry reported that more than 336 million children have been eliminated through abortion since 1971. Joe Carter recently put that number into its gruesome context. Then there’s the horrific practices of Kermit Gosnell being exposed — seven babies, born alive, that he brutally killed. Late-term abortions still…Continue Reading
Help Save the Ones Around You
Recently a healthy young woman went to see her doctor for a prenatal checkup on her baby girl. She had named her Madison.
Then she went to an abortion clinic to end her daughter’s life.
Four days later, this mom died from complications related to that abortion.
That child went from being wanted — a beloved girl named Madison — to being terminated — one more slaughtered baby in our…Continue Reading
To Those Hurting This Christmas
I know some of you are praying you’ll make it through Christmas — just make it through — not anticipating anything good will come from gathering with extended family and friends. It has become a cliche — right next to the article on what second-graders are excited about for Christmas is the article on the rise in depression during this last month of the year.
You know the sadness is…Continue Reading
You Are Valuable and I Love You
I was recently looking over The New York Times when I stumbled onto an article they recommended: British Conservatives Play the Abortion Card.
And there it was.
A health secretary wanted to reduce the time frame of abortion to the first 12-weeks of gestation. This didn't go over well with many "because a 12-week limit would prevent testing for many fetal anomalies like Down syndrome, which cannot be…Continue Reading
Wrestling with an Angel
God and his word are the most important things you can share with anyone, including someone who is suffering because of disability. And not far behind are testimonies of God’s extraordinary goodness, even amid the most difficult circumstances.
Greg Lucas was one of the first people considered when the idea of a conference related to disability and the Bible started to come together. He clearly articulates God’s goodness in all…Continue Reading
We Are About Comfort... and Conquest
This conference is not solely about comfort; it is also about conquest
If you think a conference about God and disability is going to be mostly about comforting those who are hurting, you are only seeing half of the potential. It is certainly about providing hope from God’s word. And it is also about fighting a war:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,…
When We Need a Lifeline
"That book has been a lifeline."
A young man just said this to me last week as he and his wife face indescribable suffering — his youngest son will likely die in the next few months.
If you’ve never experienced that kind of suffering yourself or in your church, you will. If you have, you know that God uses the testimonies of suffering people to provide comfort, encouragement, and hope…Continue Reading
God Is Up to Something
Sometimes I just want to cry. The editor of The Journal of Medical Ethics recently wrote in Readers Digest that parents will have the moral obligation to genetically enhance their children for preferable traits, including personality traits. Part of his argument is that we already do this reactively by screening for genetic anomalies like Down syndrome. His unstated case is that aborting children with disabilities is already so normal that…Continue Reading
Do We Ignore the Bible?
I can remember it clearly. I was at a conference on how to make places of worship more accessible to people with disabilities when a woman asked a panel of religious leaders, “what should we do with the hard passages in the Bible related to disability?”
A Jewish rabbi quickly responded. “Oh, you mean like the passages in Leviticus? Well, we just ignore those. We know better now.”
I was…Continue Reading
What John Piper Has to Say About Disability
Because this culture has declared war on people with disabilities, you need to be equipped to fight. And if you’ve been in this fight for a long time, you need to be refreshed. This war, after all, is complex (Ephesians 6:12).
While the prosperity gospel is one side of Satan’s attempts to distract us from our real treasure in Jesus, it isn't the only battle.
There's another one being fought…Continue Reading