I’m pretty sure this little parable has something to say about mission and theology. What do YOU think?
We believe we must oppose marginalization by embracing marginality.
The gospel addresses all people, and we are committed to making the gospel accessible to all people. This serves as a strong motivation to have the church’s “design processes” reflect these realities.
When it is in our power to apply universal design or to make reasonable accommodations and we fail to do so, we are committing disability discrimination. And James wrote, “If you know the good you ought to do and don’t do it, you sin” (James 4:17).
I soon learned something that refreshed me to the core – nothing is off the table for discussion at The Mill; more importantly, no people are off the table when it comes to friendship. To me, their openness reflects the love and peace of Christ. His perfect love truly does drive out fear: fear of others, fear of differences, and even fear of our own weakness.
Who has the right to say who I am? Do other people have the right to tell me who I am, or should I tell who I am to others?
The dissonance raised by the nonacceptance of persons with disabilities and the acceptance of grace through Christ’s broken body necessitates that the church find new ways of interpreting disability. – Nancy Eiesland
If we’re not fostering the spiritual growth and ministry effectiveness of people with disabilities, we are actually disabling the body of Christ.
We call ourselves the “body of Christ.” But he used his body to touch lepers who should have made him unclean, be touched by prostituted women, knowing the scandal it provoked…
While friendships and burdens remain, dreams do sometimes die. Yet they’re sometimes reborn. Entire chapters of life seem to end in a sudden aposiopesis… only to be reconfigured in a new place with new characters.
The fabric of transformation is woven from threads of human relationships… which require, as much as anything, time.
Worshipping God while remaining complicit in a system that, by its very nature, devalues God’s image bearers, makes him into a ‘tribal deity.’