You’re Not Allowed to Believe These Things

The lower you are in society the less you are allowed to believe.  The obvious manifestation of this is fundamentalist religion getting shoved down one's throat but there are more nuanced ways it plays out as well.  There is this myth in America that we're all equal...

Wheels

One of the things that often goes unmentioned is that one needs a car (or at least a ride) to get to church.  This is because a lot of churches are not on public transportation routes and even when they are, many places on Sunday the buses don't run enough to make it...

Disability Dribblings

I am an odd duck, kind of in the no man's land between being bona fide disabled and normal.  Until the age of 26 I didn't self-identify as disabled.  My hand was forced due to all the prejudice I encountered upon trying to find a job.  I write some (probably very...

Uncomfortable Growth

Before thinking about church growth you should ask yourself, who do we really want to attract?  Not in the hypothetical sense but in the very existential sense where one looks at what they are already doing to ascertain who they're really trying to attract.  There are...

Romanticizing Suffering

It always ground my gears hearing chapel speakers wax romantically about suffering while I was in eye pain and serious depression.  I'm sure there are a lot of reasons I don't have the historical knowledge to grasp but here is my speculation: Those who have come...

Affordable Eye Tracking Solution

I am asking everyone who reads this to spread the word about an affordable do-it-yourself eye-tracking device a smart kid is developing.  It is only $300 and can be used to give quadriplegics the ability to move a cursor just with their eyes (commercial systems to do...

Disability, the Funhouse Mirror

Disability is like a funhouse mirror that makes us look ugly and contorted.   We don't like what acknowledging individuals with disabilities' existence does to how we see ourselves.  We like to think we love people for who they "really are".  Then someone in our lives...

Social Post

Being at the right end of the power structure, therapists make up terms that cast the sufferer in a pejorative light. Social Anxiety Disorder:  Most people are anxious in social situations for a very good reason.  They get rejected and even picked on.  By calling it...

Question: Disability and Prayer

It has been my experience that Christians treat people with disabilities (and especially mental illnesses) as bad or worse than their secular counterparts. People with temporary illnesses or injuries don't get the same hostile treatment. If people actually prayed in...

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