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Fundamental Question #2: Is Paul’s Language of Adoption to Be Taken Literally or Metaphorically? (Answered) Finally, we come to the point of decision. To be clear, we are not deciding whether Paul’s language of adoption bespeaks a reality or not, for as those holding a high view of Scripture we understand it does. Rather, we […]

Talk about nuggets. The work that’s gone into preparing this one has felt more like prospecting forlornly for gold than munching on small, tasty pieces of chicken available on any city street corner. All the same, the ongoing search for adoption in the ante-Nicene Fathers has been worth it. To my knowledge, there has never before been a systematic search for it […]

We may be forgiven for thinking ancient Gnosticism bizarre and not worth refuting. Read the opening books of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies to see why! Whereas the early apologists sought to defend Christianity philosophically, Irenaeus (130-202 A.D.) countered the Gnostics by an additional or developing exposition of the biblical revelation given to the universal church. This exposition […]

If the first nugget dipped in historical theology claimed the neglect of the doctrine of adoption, and the second described it, the nuggets digested with the remainder of this first sauce will give us a taste of the main scope of the history of adoption. There’s not much that can be said of the apostolic fathers. We […]

These Thoughts are Hard as Hell

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 6, 2012

The great Puritan John Owen knew suffering. Eleven of his children died before he died. As I’ve written before on this blog, my first son died when he was 3 years old. I know the dark depths of grief we felt the weeks and months following, and even the deep grief we still feel from time […]

I was thrilled to learn of this Gospel presentation that another one of my friends across-the-pond, Glen Scrivener, recently put together. What I especially love about this video is that it is a Gospel presentation with God’s work of Adoption at its heart, and it is so very well done. The video is called “321: […]

Beloved Sons in Whom He is Well-Pleased

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 1, 2012

Beloved Sons in Whom He is Well-Pleased: Adoption and the Gospel. I don’t know what you felt when you read that previous sentence, but I felt faith and joy arise within me. In addition to an amazing lineup of general session speakers (Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Horton, Fred Sanders, Robert Smith, Jr., and Russell Moore), God […]

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I’ve written this series on a God-centered approach to orphan care for those of us who don’t automatically think in Trinitarian ways when considering how best to care for orphans in their distress (I mention two Trinitarian ways in part 2). My default mode is not to […]

Part 1 | Part 2 The Trinity is much more than a series of propositional truth claims about God. Don’t get me wrong, propositional truth claims about the Trinity are absolutely essential. Without them, we really do not know what we believe and, as a result, are susceptible to being “tossed to and fro . […]

In part 1, I argued that a God-centered approach to orphan care is necessarily Trinitarian, and vice versa. The reality of the Trinity should inform how churches approach orphan care, and radically so. The doctrine of the Trinity, as T. F. Torrance persuasively argues, constitutes the nerve and center not only of every other biblical […]

[Read Part 1] Should the reality of the Trinity inform how the church approaches caring for orphans? That’s a question I’ve been considering for a while now, and it did not take me long to become convinced that the reality of the Trinity should inform how the church approaches orphan care, and radically so. Let me […]

The video of Greg Fields’ “Welcomed In: A Trinitarian Approach to Adoption” is now available. Greg presented this talk at the 2008 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference Tapestry. He is pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and will be presenting a version of this talk as a breakout session at this week’s Christian Alliance for […]

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