Church Engagement

Mental Illness and the Church

May 27, 2021

“A beauty for all of us in the household of God is belonging. We minister to one another and take interest in each other’s life happenings. Schizophrenia is a dominant life happening for me, and I am well cared for by my church family in it.” On our previous episode of the podcast, Tara Groff…

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Walking with God through Schizophrenia

May 20, 2021

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –Psalm 73:26 Tara Groff is a wife and homeschooling mother who has experienced God’s sustaining love as she’s lived with schizophrenia for more than 30 years. This week on the podcast she is sharing how mental…

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Chronic Illness and the Church

March 25, 2021
Jennifer Ji-Hye Ko and her husband

“Oftentimes the service that is most needed is the ministry of presence without the expectation of a change in circumstances.” How can the church best walk alongside someone living with a chronic illness? Jennifer Ji-Hye Ko is a writer and poet who has remained tenacious amid her various physical and mental illnesses. She joined Crystal…

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Disability Mission in Singapore

March 5, 2021

How can Christian mission include people with disabilities? Growing up in multi-ethnic Singapore, I was aware of the cultural differences between ethnicities. When discussing missions, my church would emphasize sensitivity toward people from different cultures, in a word, ‘including’ them. However, I had never heard of being sensitive to non-ethnic groups such as people with…

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Adam’s Song

December 16, 2020

What on earth was going on? A noise I had never heard before came from the back seat of the car I drove for the local school bus garage. Adam, a young man with Down syndrome, was doubled over in his seat, sobbing, and when he looked up, I could see his face soaking wet…

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Of Blemishes and Bread

November 18, 2020

Let’s be honest, some verses in the Bible make us cringe. Here’s one of them: “No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus…

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Disability and Belonging

October 29, 2020

“When you’re not sure what to offer, your very presence can be a gift.” Everyone needs community, a place to fully belong and share our gifts with others. But loneliness, especially exaggerated by the isolation of COVID-19, is one of the difficult realities that many adults with disabilities face. Today on the podcast, Crystal is…

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Why Sea Otters Hold Hands and Why the Church Needs to Know

October 28, 2020

Every night, before going to bed, sea otters do two things. They find a seaweed or kelp forest to bed in and they find their mate’s paw. As they fall asleep, they clasp their paws together. And why? To keep from drifting apart in the night. Because of tides and currents, they don’t have to kick or swim to be separated from each other;…

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Friendship

October 7, 2020

Friendship is one of those things that is so commonplace, it becomes hard to define. You know it when you see it, but strict definitions are hard to come by. The fact that friendship comes in degrees highlights this well. We have “best friends,” “family friends,” “school friends,” “work friends,” and “friends for life.” What’s…

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A Prophetic Presence

September 24, 2020

Prophet (n.) a person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom a divinity expresses his will. What if I told you that the Christian church has been silencing a prophetic presence in our midst? Would you write me off as an out-of-touch spiritual weirdo? Would you expect to find me standing…

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