Articles by John Knight
His name was Gerhard Herbert Kretschmar – the first person killed by official order of Adolph Hitler. He was born blind and missing some limbs. He was five months old. And he was not the last.
Immediately following this illegal…Continue Reading
Burdensome. Sad. Relentless. Hopeless.
These words are attached to disability. And often they are used to "justify" aborting babies with disabilities.
The perceived low quality of life of the child and the unknown-but-assumed hardships that would be placed on the…Continue Reading
Disability looms over families. By definition a life-long disability is unrelenting; there isn’t a day I wake up that my oldest son isn’t significantly disabled and needing care. Frequently that care includes an army of people who are serving our…Continue Reading
I was returning to the place of my greatest single offense against God.
In 1995, in the Intensive Care Unit of Children’s Hospital, I took a look at my 3-month-old son and concluded that God was strong, cruel, capricious, wicked.
The man born blind had gifts.
This is an underlying lesson in John 9 that we tend to forget in the midst of Jesus amazingly giving him physical and spiritual sight.
The disciples saw him and asked about what caused…Continue Reading
This is a plea to parents of children with disabilities — if you are in a faithful, Bible-saturated church, hang in there with them while they figure things out. Even when they don’t “get it.” Even when they hurt you…Continue Reading
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).
If you have or are considering a disability ministry at your church, Paul’s exhortation to remember God’s infinite capacities…Continue Reading
A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle (Proverbs 18:19).
The language around disability is constantly changing. Even using the word ‘disability’ can be controversial.
Recently, I was talking…Continue Reading
We say, “useless!” God replies, “on the contrary — indispensable!”
Our churches are filled with people who don’t realize how the culture has made a negative impact on their perception of disability.
For those of us with loved ones who…Continue Reading
People often gave glory to God when Jesus healed their disabilities:
When Jesus healed many: And they glorified the God of Israel (Matthew 15:31).
When Jesus healed a blind man: And all the people, when they say it, gave praise…
Pastors, Here's a Scenario
You're a pastor and ‘the call’ comes. One of your families has welcomed a child into the world – and that child is significantly disabled. They are crushed.
What do you do?
You haven’t experienced this…Continue Reading
For most of my life I sailed right through the healing passages in the Bible. They were all great stories, but with little actual impact on my life or my conception about God:
- The healing of the paralytic who was…
What was your last cab ride like?
A dear friend of Desiring God recently wrote to us about an experience in a London taxi that blessed him—and made more than a few of us here laugh out loud in delight!
Greg Lucas is a dear friend who has contributed a gift to the Church in his new book Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lesson of Grace.
Here's my endorsement of the book:
But by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2b)
Like many of you, I am deeply grateful for the free and easily accessible resources of Desiring…Continue Reading
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139:16)
Dear Friends of Desiring God,
Last night at…Continue Reading
God is worthy of our highest, purest, and strongest emotions
– Bob Kauflin*
Disability, at least for me, easily draws out the strongest emotions. For a season, my emotions were ugly, bitter, self-righteous and angry—certainly not the "highest and purest"…Continue Reading
Yes he is. He tells us so in Scripture
Then the Lord said to (Moses), "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?" (Exodus 4:11)