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Insights of a man born blind

Not being able to see helps me see

I am a baptized child of God, a husband and father, an ELCA pastor and seminary professor. I'm also legally blind.

With correction, I have less than 10 percent of normal vision. I carry a white cane and read with things pressed to my face. I can't drive a car. I know my students by voice.

I was born this way.

As a person who is legally blind, I have trouble taking every word of Scripture seriously. I tend to let go of some passages because people who are blind don't get good press in the Bible. Leviticus declares that no one who is blind or has a blemish of the eye shall come near the altar to make offerings to the Lord (21:17-24). Some once used this text to prove why people with disabilities shouldn't be ordained.


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