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Here is the second installment of audio from our 2015 conference this past November: Angela Tucker’s talk Beyond “Closure”. Listen to or download it for free! Angela Tucker is a transracial adoptee and the subject of the powerful documentary Closure. She uses her personal story to educate others and encourage stimulating and transformative conversation and prompt procedural […]

Below is the first installment of audio from our 2015 conference from this past November. We’ll be adding much more free audio from the conference over the next week, including audio from Brandon Hatmaker, J.D. Greear, Angela Tucker, John Sowers, Dr. Sharen Ford, Tony Merida, Susan Heath Hays, Chris Marlow, Tara Vanderwoude, Sara Brinton, Nemili Johnson, Johnston […]

As God, Jesus is himself the definitive Giver of God’s words. Only God can give God’s words. God’s words originate with God. He decides how they will be given to us or to angels. As man, Jesus is the perfect Receiver of God’s words. Man was created to be the receiver. God gives life and breath. We receive both. God gives love […]

Stop giving your life to Jesus. Stop it!

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 23, 2015

It’s not unusual for me to meet orphan care advocates, foster care and adoptive parents, and orphan prevention activists who feel burned out. The energy and enthusiasm that once characterized their efforts to advocate for orphaned and vulnerable children has all but evaporated. They are weary and heavy-laden (Matthew 11:28). “It’s not unusual for me […]

  Question #4: What impact does the belief that God’s adoption of his people is metaphorical have on the way we understand Paul’s language?  Our endeavor to clear the ground for a fresh perspective on the biblical teaching of adoption has led us to engage a series of questions. In answering the first three, we […]

  These dippings are intended to clear away some of the muddled thinking inherited from the historic neglect of adoption. They offer us a taste of the doctrine’s substratum ~ a foundation touched on in passing in some biblical studies of adoption, but consistently omitted from theological and practical treatments. I am offering not a final […]

If Not for You — A Birthmother Story

by Dan Cruver Published Apr 20, 2015

Austin Stone’s Story Team just released its latest film, If Not for You. This is a story of Janice Moody, a birth mother who placed her baby for adoption and after twenty two years, she had the opportunity to meet him face to face for the first time. It’s a powerful story of adoption that […]

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Orphan Care as Protest and Resistance

by Dan Cruver Published Apr 2, 2015

Given the ever present complexity and systemic challenges of the global orphan crisis, how do we keep laboring for orphan prevention, orphan care, and family reunification when we see so little substantial change happening? In his book Rejoicing in Lament, J. Todd Billings offers this perspective: what if we viewed our continued efforts as protest […]

FamilyLife Today did an excellent 2-part interview with Brian Borgman last week. Brian is the author of After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption. Listen to: Part 1 Part 2

What “in the world” is the Apostle Paul doing with the term adoption? Realize it or not, this is a very important question. Stop for a minute and think about how you would answer it… One of our 2011 conference speakers, Tim Chester, recently shared on his blog an excellent answer to the question of […]

The Other Side Of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 4, 2015

David Murray of Head, Heart, Hand reviews Brian Borgman’s After They Are Yours: The Grace And Grit of Adoption. He writes: If you don’t want to cry, don’t read After They Are Yours: The Grace And Grit of Adoption. What a powerfully moving, deeply personal, and transparently realistic story about the challenges of adoption. With the […]

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