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Reviews are coming in!

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 31, 2010

Reviews of Reclaiming Adoption are coming in! We are very grateful to all who are reading the book and writing reviews. If you write a blog review of Reclaiming Adoption, let us know here and we will link to your blog post in another T4A post.

Megan Hyatt Miller is our latest reviewer. About Reclaiming Adoption Megan writes:

There is a unique phenomenon sweeping across America right now. A groundswell of Christians and entire churches are stepping up to care for and adopt orphans. Many of the most influential pastors in this country, like Rick Warren, are devoting significant time at the pulpit to getting the word out—that God calls us to care for those without hope and without families (James 1:27).

The writers of a new book, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, provide a possible explanation for this: Christians have a perspective on orphans and adoption through the gospel that the rest of the world does not.

An understanding of our own adoption in Christ enables us to rightly understand and appreciate human adoption. Grasping the scope and weight of our vertical adoption provides the biblical foundation we need to comprehend and respond to God’s call for us to adopt horizontally.

Essentially a collection of essays by leading evangelical thinkers and adoption advocates, Reclaiming Adoption takes us deep into the heart of Abba Father for his children. Authors John PiperDan Cruver,Scotty SmithJason Kovacs, and Richard D. Phillips provide an intentionally theological perspective on adoption that manages to be simultaneously inspirational and practical.

Read Megan’s entire review. Megan will be one of our Featured Bloggers for our October 21-22 conference in Phoenix.

Cruciform Press is releasing Reclaiming Adoption tomorrow.

First Review of Reclaiming Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 30, 2010

The first review of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father has arrived. Here’s an excerpt from Cruciform Life‘s very kind review:

“Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption.” – J. I. Packer in Knowing God

Dan Cruver’s Reclaiming Adoption affirms Packer’s statement but goes on to show that not only our understanding of Christianity but also our individual and corporate practice of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of the biblical doctrine of adoption.

Once again CruciformPress has jam-packed a little book with lots of gospel truth for the sake of gospel transformation.  Reclaiming Adoption is a fountain welling up with a biblical theology of our vertical adoption in Christ that overflows with missional living in our horizontal relationships with our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation.

Read the entire review by the blog Cruciform Life. It includes several excerpts from the book itself.

Thank you, Cruciform Life, for such a kind review.

Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father will be available for purchase this Saturday, January 1.

They’ve arrived (at my house at least)!

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 29, 2010

Came home to find a box of these on my porch:

Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father will be available for purchase this Saturday, January 1.

A Good News Christmas Thought

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 24, 2010

“When [God the] Son became incarnate, communion with God became incarnate, and with his incarnation perfect obedience permanently entered the human race in him. In the incarnate Son, communion with the Father and perfect obedience to his holy will finally burst into the far country of our alienation from the Father. Through the incarnation, Jesus (fully God and fully man in his one Person) became not merely the means but the place—the locale—where communion with and obedience to God happens in all its unimaginable fullness. It is only in the Person of Christ that God and man meet in loving communion. The understated good news of the gospel is that the humanity of Jesus has become our communion with and obedience to his Father. Only in Jesus can true radical obedience and unending communion be found” (Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, p. 43).

Cruciform Press will release Reclaiming Adoption on January 1, 2011.

Audio Sermon by Vermon Pierre

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 23, 2010

My friend Vermon Pierre, lead pastor of Roosevelt Church in Phoenix, AZ, recently preached an excellent sermon on adoption from Ephesians 1 entitled “God’s Adoption Plan from Eternity Past.” Give it a listen.

Vermon is a graduate of Princeton University and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also the first generation of his family born in the United States. Both of his parents were born in Haiti. Vermon is married to his wife, Dennae, who are the parents of three wonderful children (the two oldest were fairly recently adopted from foster care).

Vermon blogs at Run Hard Run Well. You can read his post-sermon thoughts here.

Interview about Reclaiming Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 22, 2010

Josh Cousineau recently interviewed me about Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. Josh is the Youth Pastor and an Elder at East Auburn Baptist Church in Auburn, Maine. Here are several of the great questions Josh asked me:

For those who haven’t read Reclaiming Adoption, what is the core thought of the book?

With there being a resurgence of adoption/orphan care in the world today, why did you see the need to write Reclaiming Adoption?

As someone who is at the center of the adoption movement, if we want to call it that, what would be your caution to us as we think through Reclaiming Adoption and the adoption/orphan care movement?

How would you encourage those who minister to the ‘younger’ generations (high school students mainly) to engage in the orphan care movement?

Read the entire interview.

Steve McCoy, Jonathan Dodson, Timmy Brister, and Justin Buzzard are pastors who have blogs that I have regularly followed for several years now. Each of them has contributed in various ways to my growing understanding of the gospel and missional living. So, when it came time to create a list of bloggers whom I wanted to ask if they would consider endorsing Reclaiming Adoption, their names came to mind immediately. All four of these men graciously agreed to endorse the book.

“I’m excited to share this book with those interested in or involved with earthly adoption. But Reclaiming Adoptiondeserves a much wider audience. This is a book about the Gospel, about our heavenly Father’s love for us and our adoption by Him. It’s a book about responding to our adoption by joining God’s mission to spread His love. Read it. It just may change the way you think of earthly adoption. It just may change the way you think of God’s love.”

Steve McCoy, Pastor, Doxa Fellowship; blogs at Reformissionary

Reclaiming Adoption is more than a faddish call to adopt children. It dives deeper and swims further. By exploring the theological depths of the triune God’s saving, adopting love, the authors show us its far-reaching implications for Christian identity, ecclesiology, and mission. Those interested in the doctrine of adoption will benefit significantly by reading this book.”

—Jonathan Dodson, Lead Pastor, Austin City Life; blogs at Creation Project

“I have heard it said that our adoption in Christ is the excellency and apex of God’s salvation. In fact, we’re told that this adoption has cosmic implications as all creation awaits the revelation of once flagrant rebels now glorified children of God (Rom. 8:19). I’m greatly blessed—and I know you will be as well—by the capable guides in Reclaiming Adoption who propel us to the breathtaking views of God’s Trinitarian work of adopting us as His own. Not only that, but this book causes you to take it in chapter by chapter. Having been thrilled by God’s adopting love, you are set free to live from God’s acceptance of you, not striving for it; to go on a rescue mission after rebels because God’s missionary heart has included you.”

—Tim Brister, Director, The PLNTD Network; Director, Band of Bloggers; blogs at Provocations & Pantings

“This book can make you come more alive to the heart of the gospel and the mission of the gospel. Reclaiming Adoption says better in 100 pages what many have attempted to say in 1,000 pages. This is a fresh telling of the best news in the universe, good news that changes everything: the fatherless receive a Father!”
Justin Buzzard, Pastor, San Francisco Bay Area; author of Hebrews: Consider Jesus; blogs at Buzzard Blog

Reclaiming Adoption will be released on 1.1.11 by Cruciform Press.

!dea Camp, Orphan Care and the Church

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 17, 2010

I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead a workshop at The Idea Camp’s upcoming conference on Orphan Care and the Church, to be held February 25-26 in NW Arkansas. Some of the best thinkers in the evangelical orphan care movement will be there to share ideas and facilitate discussion to move those ideas toward implementation.

My workshop will explore how the reality of our Triune God should shape and inform how the Church actually addresses the global orphan crisis and implements ideas like the ones that will be discussed at the conference. I really can’t think of anything that has more relevance for the practical implementation of ideas than the reality of the Trinity does. When the disciples were on the eve of being thrown into the greatest crisis the world has ever known—Jesus’ crucifixion and murder, Jesus ushered them into a profound exploration of the mystery of the Trinity. If Jesus thought Trinitarianism was absolutely essential for the disciples’ implementation of practical Christianity, then I think we would do well to think through how the reality of the Trinity might shape how the Church implements solutions to the global orphan crisis.

When the eternal Son of God became man, he ushered his infinite, flawless communion with the Father into the deepest depths of our sin, pain, and suffering (see Mark 14:36), and he did so that he might create a community of people (the Church) that would serve as his hands and feet in a broken world. Join me February 25-26 at The Idea Camp as we explore Trinitarian solutions to the global orphan crisis.

What is our inheritance?

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 15, 2010

From Scotty Smith in Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father:

We’re not just in God’s family; we’re in God’s future and estate. In his opening remarks to believers in Colossae, Paul refers to God as ‘the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of life. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son he loves.’

Once again, notice the filial language here: God is presented as the Father who qualifies the unqualified to become his own sons and daughters. Next, the issue of family inheritance is introduced as a part of our adoption. Because we have been legally constituted sons and daughters of God, we have been made his legal heirs. For adopted children, inheritance is not a wage-earning category, but a grace-gift category.

So what kind of inheritance are we talking about? Everyone united by faith to Jesus, our elder Brother, will inherit the entire earth (Matthew 5:5)—that is, all the perfections and wonder of life in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-22:6). How staggering! What measureless riches are ours in Jesus! The day is coming when all things will be united in Jesus, our elder Brother, “things in heaven and things on earth,” for he is making all things new (Ephesians 1:10). Though we await acquisition of this inheritance, it is already legally ours (Scotty Smith, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, pp. 73-74).

Cruciform Press is releasing Reclaiming Adoption on 1.1.11.

Study Guide for Reclaiming Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 13, 2010

We are excited to offer a study guide for Reclaiming Adoption that churches and small groups will be able to use. The guide will be available for free download on January 1, 2011. [Picture below: left side is Reclaiming Adoption's dedication page; right side is the study guide's table of contents.]

Reclaiming Adoption is off to the printer

by Dan Cruver Published Dec 10, 2010

Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father has been sent off to the printer for its January 1 release with Cruciform Press. We are very grateful to God for everyone who has contributed to this project. God’s given us a great publisher, amazing co-authors and proofreaders as well as a gifted cover designer (Click on the image below to see a larger version of the cover).

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