75+ Online Resources on Disability & Special Needs

Here are a number of articles on disability and special needs I’ve collected over the last several years.

Let’s start our focus on disability with a couple of series from parents with special needs children. Then there are some articles grouped under Autism and Down Syndrome, before moving on to more general articles. Videos are marked with an *. [Catalog of other online resources here]


We See You, Calvin | En Route

Little Lamb | En Route

Little Chick | En Route

Real Talk with Kids | En Route

Place of Regret | En Route

Disability and the Gospel (1) | En Route

Disability and The Gospel (2) | En Route


Wrestling with an Angel: Great Grace In The Small Things of Life

Wrestling with an Angel: There is Hope!

Wrestling with an Angel: “Family” is Intentional; Not Always Conventional

Wrestling with an Angel: “I Will Not Let You Go”

Wrestling with an Angel: Indispensable


A Real Happily-Ever-After for Babies With Down Syndrome | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com

News Flash: Not Everyone With Down Syndrome Is Suffering | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com

A Generational Shift in Understanding Life With Down Syndrome – Theo Malekin – The Atlantic

How a child with Down’s syndrome can teach you about life

The Tragic Tie Between Abortion and Down Syndrome

DEAR FUTURE MOM | March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day *

Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com

Dear mom with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis

A Real Happily-Ever-After for Babies With Down Syndrome | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com


Five Things I’ve Learned from Kids with Autism | Desiring God

The Autistic Brain – Temple Grandin | Alex Chediak

A View From The Sycamore Tree: Communicating With Carly About Autism, God, and the Struggle to Touch the Intangible 

How My Son with Autism Transformed my Business | Amy Julia Becker

Six Ways You Can Help Families Facing Autism | True Woman

Woodstock Chimes Presents – Chimes for Autism: Tyler’s Story – YouTube *

Tapping the Potential – YouTube *

Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C | Shanell Mouland

Growing Up With an Autistic Brother in the 1990s – Matthew Moore – The Atlantic

The gospel and autism | The Briefing

What Asperger’s Is Like | The American Conservative *

Thinking about Autism from a Christian Perspective – Justin Taylor *


“I made them.” Some thoughts on God’s word and children with disabilities | The Works of God

12 Pillars of Faith for Parents of Special Needs’ Kids | Counseling One Another

Let No Special Need Hinder the Spread of the Gospel | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder | Her.meneutics | Christianitytoday.com

The Disabilities Dilemma | Challies Dot Com

Some Lessons From the Life of Johnny Farese by Jeffery Smith « Burning and Shining Light

Why it matters when we rub our bellies and say “so long as it’s healthy”. | Life Rearranged

True Woman | “God Only Gives Special Needs Children to Special People” (Or Does He?)

Disabilities and the Gospel: An Interview with Michael Beates by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog

A blind man talks about what attracts him to a woman – 22 Words *

Amy Julia Becker: Missing Out on Beautiful

A Church without the Disabled Is a Disabled Church | Counseling One Another

The Struggles and Hopes of a Disabled Dad – Desiring God

Jack’s ALS Journey

Disability and Dads — Where Desperation Meets Delight – Desiring God

When Disability Hits Home by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog *

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Shannon – R.C. Sproul Jr. *

Just Keep Pedaling – The Gospel Coalition Blog

God Is Up to Something – Desiring God

Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God (Free eBook) – Desiring God

Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace – Justin Taylor

When Disability Hits Home | Joni and Friends *

I’m trying out something new. What do you think? « The Works of God

The unfortunate things people say (repeat) « The Works of God

Who is this God who creates some to live with disabilities (Exodus 4:11)? « The Works of God

What John Piper Has to Say About Disability – Desiring God

Her.meneutics: Disability Is Beautiful: How the Gospel Changes the Way We See

Battling the Bitterness of Parenting a Disabled Child – Desiring God

Invisible Needs | Leadership Journal

When the Anchor Holds: Or, Why I No Longer Say “God Didn’t Cause This Birth Defect in My Child” – Justin Taylor *

The Glory of God in the Valley of Disability – YouTube *

To Cade and the Eight Percent by Gabe Lyons

To my friends who face Christmas with an acute mingling of joy and sorrow « The Works of God

“That happens to be my place of healing.” « The Works of God

Grace | Permanent Things *

Let’s talk like this 8-year-old boy! « The Works of God

John Piper Interviews John Knight on Disability – Desiring God *

Is God Sovereign Over Human Disability? :: Desiring God

8 Ways to Help the Children Love Different People – Justin Taylor

You can browse my catalog of other online resources here. Scroll down that page to find resources like Top 500+ Online Resources on Preaching, or 150+ Online Resources about Seminary.

6 Puzzles About Christian Happiness

“It is so difficult for non-Christians to understand what it is that makes Christians happy.” Jeremiah Burroughs.

A Christian walks into the office on Monday morning full of joy and energy.

“Whoa! You’ve had a great weekend! What was his name?” asks one of the glum Monday morning faces.



“Yes, I was at church yesterday and met with my great God and Savior.”

“You’re weird!”

The Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs listed six puzzles about Christian happiness that non-Christians find utterly baffling.

Read the rest at HappyChristian.net

Why do you hate me so much?

As we experience an unprecedented level of hatred and hostility towards Christians today, we find ourselves asking continually, “Why do you hate us so much?”

Politicians, judges, journalists, producers, educators, and many others are sympathetic to, and tolerant of, every kind of false religion and every kind of perversity, except when it comes to Christian teaching and values. Then the sharpest knives are out.

And we ask again, “Why do you hate us so much?”

We pay our taxes, we pray for our leaders, we give generously to charities, we volunteer in local schools and community projects, we love and educate our children, we feed the homeless, we send millions of dollars and thousands of people abroad to help needy nations, and make many other positive contributions to society and the world.

What have you done?
So why do you keep lining up against us and lining up with those who do little or nothing for society or the needy? You love the new atheists, the philosophers, authors, and comedians who launch vile diatribes against Christians and their God. Why doesn’t someone somewhere ask these elite men and women, who have devoted their lives to destroying Christianity, “What have you ever done for the poor? How much money and time do you devote to your neighbors, your community, the poor at home and abroad?”

And yet, it’s us you hate? Why?

R. C. Sproul supplies the best explanation for this seemingly irrational enmity in chapter 4 of The Holiness of God. He gives two examples, first the Peter Principle and then the Curve-Breaker.

The Peter Principle
This principle, named after its creator, Laurence Peter, says, “People tend to rise to their level of incompetence in the corporate structures.” People keep getting promoted until they end up in a job that is beyond their abilities and where they cease to do well. The super-competent are one of the rare exceptions to this rule. They tend not to succeed by moving up the ladder because their bosses feel frightened and threatened by their competency. The result is that they often have to leave a company to move up. But the point is, their advancement is hindered because their bosses are scared of being shown up.

The Curve-Breaker
Dr. Sproul then tells the story of a brilliant female student who deliberately failed an exam because her excellent results made everyone else look bad by breaking the grading curve that other students were relying on to get their marks up. By committing this social unpardonable sin, she was treated like a pariah.

Using these two illustrations as a springboard, Dr. Sproul then applies this to Christ. “Jesus was the supreme curve buster. He was the ultimate super-competent.”

And that’s why the Pharisees and Saducees hated him so much. Although these men were renowned for their so-called holiness, “here authentic holiness appeared; the counterfeiters were not pleased.”

“With the appearance of Jesus, their righteousness took on the luster of unrighteousness. Their curve was broken too…The super-competent had to be destroyed.”

And insofar as Christians reflect the holiness of Christ or remind others of the holiness of God, they too will experience this same hostility. It may seem irrational, but it’s really quite rational. “Your virtue makes us look bad and feel guilty; you must be damaged and destroyed.”

The truth is that many in the world, especially the elites, would far prefer to be surrounded with homosexuals, thieves, polygamists, criminals, and every false religionist under the sun, than to spend time with a holy Christian. The former make them feel good about themselves, the Christian makes them feel guilty.” The Christian must be destroyed.

Why Hide Your Happiness?

“Worldly people pretend to the joy they have not; but godly people conceal the joy they have.” Matthew Henry

We just looked at why an unbeliever would pretend to be happy. Now we consider an even more ridiculous scenario – true believers hiding true joy! Why would anyone want to do that?


Some Christians hide happiness because it has strong associations with sinful pleasures. When people walk into a drug- or alcohol-fueled party they see lots of smiles and hear lots of laughter. Saturday Night Live, John Stewart, and other late night comedians have also given laughter a bad name, by linking it with bad language, innuendo, and humiliating mockery. Celebrities cannot risk being seen without their plastic smiles; and who wants to be like that?

Read the rest at HappyChristian.net.

Should We Fear Jesus More?

Sigmund Freud believed that people invent religion out of a fear of nature (earthquakes, volcanoes, disease, etc.) so that they can have a god who is powerful enough to help them with the scary things in nature. In other words, we create a supernature to take away the fear of nature.

But there’s a big problem with Freud’s reasoning, as R. C. Sproul exposes in Chapter 4 of The Holiness of God. Dr. Sproul highlights two miracles of Christ in which he exercised supernatural power over nature and the end result was more fear in His disciples!

Miracle 1: Calming of the storm. And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41).

Miracle 2: Massive catch of fish. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8)

The disciples feared Jesus more after nature was conquered than before when they were defeated by nature.

A Good Question
Dr. Sproul asks, “Why would the disciples invent a God whose holiness was more terrifying than the forces of nature that provoked them to invent a god in the first place?”

But these miracles raise a further question: Should our reverence for Jesus Christ increase, the more we get to know Him?

I hear many answering “No, of course not…Jesus is the friend of sinners…He is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh…He’s one of us, one with us, one like us…He is tender, kind, loving, etc…”

All that is true and must be held on to tenaciously. The humanity of Christ is the greatest comfort of my Christian life and a constant theme of my ministry.

But He’s not only like us. He’s also unlike us. And today this is often forgotten.

Look at the question the disciples asked after the sea was calmed: “What manner (or ‘kind’) of man is this?” Before, they thought He was just like them, and He was; but now they realize that He’s also unlike them. Dr. Sproul comments:

“He was beyond typecasting, sui generis – in a class by himself. The disciples had never met a man like this. He was one of a kind, a complete foreigner…Jesus was different. He possessed an awesome otherness. He was the supreme mysterious stranger. He made people uncomfortable.”

Lord, Increase Our Fear
Don’t we need more of this today, in our preaching, in our churches, and in our personal lives?

No, we must not in any way reduce our emphasis on the welcoming humanity of Christ; this is what draws us to Him with such deep love.

But we must also add a far greater emphasis on the awesome deity of Christ; this is what cautions us to approach Him with such deep reverence.

The more we know Him, the more we both love Him and revere Him, trust Him and tremble before Him.

If we don’t, at least from from time to time, know something of the fear of Christ that the disciples and Peter experienced on the Galilean lakes, we might want to question if we’ve invented a Christ of our own imagination or if we really are worshipping the God-man of the Bible.