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But what if we don’t have any children with disabilities in our church?

This is a good question. It’s a logical one. It’s one that often comes up when a church first begins discussing special needs ministry.

It’s just not the  728 more words

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Five reasons churches shouldn’t have vaccine policies

Vaccines are a hot topic. Before I go into my thoughts about vaccines at church, I think it’s only fair to share my personal stances: I am pro-vaccine for my family. 1,035 more words

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Autism, vaccines and the need to keep our kids safe

An excellent study was published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that should permanently lay to rest the oft-repeated claims of links between autism and the MMR vaccine given to children to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. 1,282 more words

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Sin, mental illness and the church...Erring on the side of grace

In this series, we’ve looked at the origins of some common attitudes and perceptions among church leaders regarding the causes of mental illness and the treatment approaches used by the mental health profession, approaches for addressing believers with mental illness within the reformed/evangelical tradition and research examining reactions of church attendees after seeking help for themselves or for family members with mental illness from pastors or church staff. 823 more words

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5 tips for modifying your Sunday school curriculum for diverse learners

This Friday (April 17th), Shannon is moderating a panel titled “Tips, Tweaks, & Tune-Ups for Sunday School Curriculum & Classrooms” at the 2015 Accessibility Summit at McLean Bible Church in McLean VA, sharing the stage with Barb Newman, Amy Kendall, and Vangie Rodenbeck. 1,035 more words

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50% off resources to equip foster and adoptive families until April 15

Dr. Karen Purvis at Texas Christian University is a leader in research and thought on early childhood trauma, especially for children who have been institutionalized, in foster care, or adopted. 572 more words

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From @EdStetzer...Is the church guilty of "spiritual abuse" toward the mentally ill?

I’d encourage our readers to check out this thought-provoking post from Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research, titled A New Approach to Mental Illness in the Church,  1,124 more words

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