Blog Posts by John Knight
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…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…Continue Reading
“Just As Long As It's Healthy...”
Every couple experiencing pregnancy gets this question: do you want a boy or a girl? Many will respond this way, “we don’t care, just as long as it's healthy.”
But "healthy" exists on a spectrum of possibilities just like disability. …Continue Reading
The Battle Is Not Cordial: Four Ways to Fight
The United States House of Representatives took a closer look at sex-selection abortion this week.
It’s about time this abhorrent practice was dragged into the light. The United States has seen a rise in the number of children being aborted…Continue Reading
Standing Against a Vicious "Gospel"
I recently had the pleasure of joining a group of people that included a Christian man from Ghana. He loves Jesus and holds tightly to the promises of God in ways that are beautiful and humbling. He has been evangelizing,…Continue Reading
Six Reasons Pastors Should Attend This Conference
Why God's "Good Design"?
For Leaders, and for All of Us
It was the contrast that caught my attention. One of my colleagues said he knew the blog series "How to Stay Christian in Seminary" was for a niche audience, yet I knew I'd been helped by it (though I'm not…Continue Reading
When God Launched a New Ministry
What date is burned into your memory?
Many people impacted by disability can tell you the day it started. It is the day the child was born, or the diagnosis was made, or the accident occurred, or the virus attacked…Continue Reading
Those Children Have Names
The Glory of God's Sustaining Grace When Our Prayers Aren't Answered
It doesn't happen often, but it does happen — people see my son Paul and ask if they can pray for him.
At places like WalMart (where it has happened) I usually accept their offer after quietly and quickly assessing…Continue Reading
No, We're Not God
A Plea to Not Grow Weary
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
January 22 makes the 39th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling that overturned every…Continue Reading
The United States Eugenics Movement: Outrage and What We Can Learn
Every January we rightly turn our attention to Roe v. Wade — the poorly argued Supreme Court decision that was driven by ideology rather than by actual case law.
It was not the first unjustly decided case that impacted tens…Continue Reading
An Unwed Teen with an Unplanned Pregnancy
There is a murderous logic to those who advocate aborting children with disabilities. It goes something like this:
- People with disabilities suffer in this world. Abortion is a kindness that prevents such suffering.
- The caregivers (primarily parents) of children with…
One Way a Small Church Is Blessed
A true story and an example to emulate. . . .
Kristina (my niece) is a young woman with a complicated life.
She was born with a rare genetic disorder that resulted in orthopedic issues across her entire body alongside…Continue Reading
When the Whispers of Discontent Have No Chance
As the father of a child with severe disabilities, one of the things I am asked frequently is "what can I do for you?" I can understand that. We are oriented toward action. And if we can’t be doing something…Continue Reading
Questioning Our Hope and Refocusing Our Wonder
The topic of the new heaven and new earth is a popular one with some of the people we hang out with. As you can probably guess, they also have children with severe disabilities. There is comfort in thinking about…Continue Reading
When Men Forget Who They Are
Pastor, this is my personal invitation for you to come to the 2012 Conference for Pastors on God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ. Fathers of children with disabilities need you to really get biblical manhood.… Continue Reading
I Want to Be More Like My Disabled Son
Several months ago my son badly bruised his heel while having a seizure. As he walked around the house before school, it was a pattern of grimace, smile, grimace, smile, grimace, smile, grimace, smile. Then when he found his special…Continue Reading
A Worse Kind of Blind
The Bible is full of references to disease and disability — more than 350 verses in 40 of the 66 books.
Some references to disability are metaphors for something else. For example, Paul writes to the Corinthians:
In their case…
Hitler Killed Disabled Children and So Do We
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
Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory
Children Are a Blessing from God — All Children
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
One Way to Serve Families with Disabled Children
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