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From the Spring 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

The Heroics of Weakness

by Aaron Welty
Co-host of the Two Geek Soup Podcast

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  Truthfully, we’re all weak in ways visible and invisible. Nevertheless, weakness can unexpectedly draw others toward a deeper understanding of who God is — and who we are as His creation — if we embrace it. A farm boy, a Jedi, a professor, a shepherd, and the Savior embraced weakness and accomplished heroic things. What might we accomplish, for a purpose beyond ourselves, with a willingness to embrace our own heroic weaknesses?


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1  Unless otherwise noted, biblical quotations are from the English Standard Version.

Aaron Welty was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a newborn. He overcame those early years of low expectations and a presupposed poor quality of life to serve as a Senior Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives, wherein he worked on a variety of policy issues. Presently he lives and works in Washington, DC. He graduated from Cedarville University in 2006 with a degree in Public Administration. An avid fan of comic books superheroes, general geekery, and Star Wars in particular, Aaron has shared his story with outlets such as NBC Nightly News, Facing Life Head On, Roll Call, The Daily Signal, and various radio programs. His writing has been featured by a variety of publications and presented at conferences and conventions. He is the creator and/moderator of the Council of Nerds film discussion series at the Miracle Theatre in Washington, DC and a co-host for the Two Geek Soup podcast, focused on the intersection of faith and geek culture. You can follow him on Twitter at a @arwelty, on Instagram at @aaronwelty, and on Facebook.


Recommended Reading:
Joni Eareckson Tada and Stephen Estes – When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty (Zondervan, 1997)

If God is loving, why is there suffering? What’s the difference between permitting something and ordaining it? When bad things happen, who’s behind them — God or the devil? When suffering touches our lives, questions like these suddenly demand an answer. From our perspective, suffering doesn’t make sense, especially when we believe in a loving and just God. After more than thirty years in a wheelchair, Joni Eareckson Tada’s intimate experience with suffering gives her a special understanding of God’s intentions for us in our pain. In When God Weeps, she and lifelong friend Steven Estes probe beyond glib answers that fail us in our time of deepest need. Instead, with firmness and compassion, they reveal a God big enough to understand our suffering, wise enough to allow it — and powerful enough to use it for a greater good than we can ever imagine.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE:  Knowing & Doing is published by C.S. Lewis Institute; 8001 Braddock Road, Suite 301; Springfield, VA 22151. Portions of the publication may be reproduced for noncommercial, local church or ministry use without prior permission. Electronic copies of the PDF files may be duplicated and transmitted via e-mail for personal and church use. Articles may not be modified without prior written permission of the Institute. For questions, contact the Institute: 703.914.5602 or email us.



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