All Resources by John Knight

I Want to Be More Like My Disabled Son

John Knight

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…

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A Worse Kind of Blind

John Knight

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…

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Hitler Killed Disabled Children and So Do We

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…

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Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory

John Knight

I love the theme of our National Conference this year — Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples. It begins this Friday and I can hardly wait.

You would probably say my exicitement is obvious. This is an…

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Children Are a Blessing from God — All Children

John Knight

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…

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One Way to Serve Families with Disabled Children

John Knight

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…

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The Sufficiency of Jesus in Shameful Memories

John Knight

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. 

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Jesus "Saw a Man" — Do We?

John Knight

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…

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What About When the Hurt Comes from Your Church?

John Knight

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…

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Our Weakness and God's Strength: Disability Ministry in the Local Church

John Knight

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…

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How Do We Know the Words to Speak?

John Knight

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…

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Disability Helps Protect the Church from Lukewarmness

John Knight

Rarely does disability elicit an indifferent response:

  • Joni Eareckson Tada wanted to kill herself.1
  • I entirely rejected God as good, kind, merciful and purposeful.
  • Even families who fully embrace God as sovereign over all things must now deal with…
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The Church's Indispensable Members

John Knight

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…

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Let Us Glorify God for the Greater Thing

John Knight

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…

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Hurting People Need to Know the Character of God

John Knight

During a recent interview, Pastor John pointed out that most people recoil at the thought of God’s sovereignty over things like making babies who are born blind, or ordaining deadly diseases. He asked me why the healing accounts that…

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Pastors, Help Your People: The Ministry of a Letter in Suffering

John Knight

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…

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Does It Really Mean What It Says?

John Knight

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…
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The Glory of God in the Gift of Disability

John Knight

In last week's sermon on John 9:1-23, John Piper makes this bold statement:

Jesus says that the purpose of the blindness is to put the work of God on display. This means that for our suffering to have ultimate meaning…

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The Story of a Friend's Cab Ride in London

John Knight

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!

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Come, Let Us Think Together!

John Knight

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…

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