No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – Introduction I feel that I’ve chosen to be nice, rather than good. In 2009, I was hit by a tree, and I didn’t have the energy, strength or time to be anything other than nice. This would change over time. The ‘no more christian nice guy’ book has been helpful. A definition of nice could be ‘pleasing and agreeable in nature’. On the surface, being nice sounds ok. However, nice people keep saying ‘yes’,…

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Is Jesus Inclusive?

Is Jesus Inclusive?

Is Jesus Inclusive? My experience in a church The starting point to the question ‘Is Jesus Inclusive’ is an experience in 2012. I attended a musical with my family, at a large church. They are located northeast of Adelaide and can fit a few thousand people into their events. Their values and beliefs are relatively similar to Rise Church, Northgate. The church I call home and attend with my family. We arrived early at the large church to find a…

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Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

I’ve attended a variety of denominations of the Christian Church. They include the Methodist Church, the Uniting Church, the Salvation Army and Australia Christian Churches. All of them have a few common factors including Jesus, Protestantism and Tithing. This blog explores ‘Tithing then and now’. Definition of Tithing For a Christian, a tithe is giving back to God 1/10th of what you have received. The Salvation Army has a giving program named ‘planned giving’. They ask that all church members…

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Wheelie Good Cruises but PWD may pay twice as much!

Wheelie Good Cruises but PWD may pay twice as much!

Wheelie Good Cruises introduction Wheelie Good Cruises promises ‘Hassle-free cruises for people with a disability’. And I’ve heard that they deliver on their promise. The best person to know about cruising with a disability is a person with a disability.  Wheelie Good Cruises is owned by Robert De Pasquale, who has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Apparently, he has been on cruise holidays for over 25 years. The Poll with a silly question Robert created a poll with the question ‘Should…

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Botanic Park accessibility issues while at the Bon Jovi Concert in Adelaide

Botanic Park accessibility issues while at the Bon Jovi Concert in Adelaide

Success with accessible seating tickets via Ticketek I wasn’t a fan of Bon Jovi, because Jon Bon Jovi was too sexy, and made other males look bad. But I did enjoy listening to their music and jumped at the opportunity to see them in concert. It was scheduled to occur on Tuesday 4th December 2018, in Botanic Park. This area is adjacent to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo. As this was my first concert in Botanic Park, I was…

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SCI bowel management – my 2.5 hours down the toilet

SCI bowel management – my 2.5 hours down the toilet

SCI Bowel Management – Introduction One of the goals of the WheelchairJohn Blog is to share an honest account of living with a disability. Although I am happy with life, there are things that I need to do, which I dislike. One of the worst is the 2.5 hours in the mornings. The time is devoted to my SCI Bowel Management. My Spinal Cord Injury requires I spend a long time sitting on the toilet, showering, drying and getting dressed in…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada – the accident At the age of 18, Joni Eareckson Tada dove into Chesapeake Bay in the USA. She fractured the fourth and fifth cervical levels of her spine. Joni acquired an SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) and was paralysed from the shoulders down. The damage to my spine occurred at chest level, and I have full use of my shoulders, arms and fingers. I cannot imagine what it would be like to receive a higher level injury and be dependant…

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The Lucky Country – why do so many Australians complain?

The Lucky Country – why do so many Australians complain?

The Lucky Country Is a book by Donald Horne and many people called Australia ‘the lucky country’. Although the term is now meant to be a favourable comment, the original context in the book was a negative statement. Horne’s book title is found in the last chapter: “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in…

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Court Accessibility at the Sir Samuel Way Building

Court Accessibility at the Sir Samuel Way Building

Visiting Courts and having a wee During October 2018 I attended a court appeared in the Sir Samuel Way building. My goal on the day was to provide support to a family. It didn’t take long to notice court accessibility issues in the building. After attempting to locate an accessible restroom on the third floor, I headed to the ground floor. No luck there and was directed to the first floor. Later I noticed signs advising the location of the…

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Weeks & Macklin Real Estate – my bad experience with Bjorn Kunzel

Weeks & Macklin Real Estate – my bad experience with Bjorn Kunzel

Weeks & Macklin Real Estate sign I noticed a new commercial advertising sign placed at the entrance of the housing estate where I live. The size of the face caught my attention, and it was the only sign located in this residential area. Given the zoning is residential, I didn’t think that a commercial sign should be positioned there. This post doesn’t relate directly to living with a disability as a Christian, but it could act as an example of advocacy….

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