Wentworth Miller says when you’re in survival mode, there isn’t space for “we” or “community.” It becomes all about “I” and “me.” He is not relating specifically to the challenges of disability, or faith communities fostering , but he shares valuable information about the challenges that may arise if you feel singular, different, and alone; if you have to spend the majority of your days in survival mode over the long term. Read More →

Movie poster for Encanto shows the Madrigal family standing in front of their enchanted home. Text reads "There's a little magic in all of us ...almost all of us. Disney Encanto"

Mirabel Madrigal does not have a visible disability but many people with disabilities may relate to her in some ways. […] The Madrigal family initially characterizes Mirabel as “unexceptional,” and “not special.” […] people with disabilities are often characterized in opposite terminology, being referred to as “special” or “exceptional.” However, the premise of the distinction is similar Read More →

When such assumptions concerning the connection between faith and chronic illness or disability do not pan out over the long term, they may lead some people with disabilities and their families to a fork in their spiritual journeys. Option one being the belief that “God is a real jerk.” Option two being the belief that “people with disabilities must be horrible people to deserve this much ‘extra punishment’.” Read More →

A hand holds up a film clapper for The Chosen Season 2 in front of actors in costume playing little James and Matthew.

One of the reasons I am especially grateful to writers and producers of The Chosen series is for their faithful portrayals of various Bible characters with different disabilities throughout the series, and for their insight into how some of Jesus’ disciples might have very well been people with disabilities. In so doing they show that people with disabilities do not need to be cured in order to follow Jesus or to serve him well. Read More →

A black and white still photo of the shepherd from the pilot episode of The Chosen. text reads "The Shepherd: pilot episode."

The Chosen pilot episode conveys the truth that the presence of wounds or a disability does not preclude gaining godly wisdom. Rejection from a religious establishment or faith community does not preclude you from becoming close with Jesus. In fact, such hardships might just put you in the right place at the right time for a much more intimate encounter with the Lord. Read More →