Tomorrow, January 12th, marks the one year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. The Christian Alliance for Orphans will be hosting a special national prayer webinar for the people of Haiti on Wednesday at 4pm EST. Together for Adoption will be participating and we would love for you to join us if your schedule permits.
Join us as we come together as a community to pray for the country of Haiti, for stability and integrity in its government, for ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts, for the Haitian church, and for the children of Haiti we all care about so much.
Please register for the webinar here. It’s easy and free.
David Wooten (Director of Operations and Development at Embraced by Grace) wrote an excellent article over at Ligonier’s blog about ways churches can serve orphans in 2011.
As discussed in a previous post, the made-for-TV movie “Change of Plans” airs this Saturday night (8 PM, 7 Central). Following the movie, there will be a LIVE 45 minute webcast on adoption and foster care. Viewers will be able to submit questions to a panel of experts, including former Alliance Board member Paul Pennington, director of Hope for Orphans.
Also of note, a thoughtful Change of Plans Discussion Guide has been prepared for the movie as well. If you’ve got a group coming over to watch the show or just wanted to stimulate a good conversation among your family, the guide could be a helpful launch point.
You’ll be able to watch the webcast at http://www.familiesforall.org/.
For more information on the show, check here.
The general session audio from our 2010 conference in Austin is now available for free download!
We will add the audio from our 50+ breakout sessions within the next few weeks.
Can you give us a summary of Sonship, the discipleship course you helped put together?
I designed the Sonship course over a period of ten years from ’83-’93, but the core of it was formed in the mid-80s. Half of the sixteen lectures was dad’s and the other half was split between my mom and myself. World Harvest continued to refine the course after I left in ’97.
The heart of the Sonship course is the gospel applied to my life. We begin to mature as Christians by realizing that we don’t have it all together. So the very thing that we avoid like the plague—our weakness and our sin—is the door to grace in our lives. The church has tended to drift into legalism because it tends to isolate the gospel to salvation and not see it as the foundation to the whole life.
The only thing I would add to the Sonship course is a simple slogan: we believe and become the gospel. Not that we literally become the gospel, but we tend to miss the grand Pauline theme of entering into Jesus. The gospel isn’t something simply abstract that you believe, it is something that you enter. (I mention this theme in chapter 25 of A Praying Life. That chapter is really the heart of the book.)
For instance, in Colossians 1:24 Paul writes, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.” What does Paul mean?
It isn’t that complicated. Jesus’ death for my wife Jill is finished. It is a once-for-all death. Now for Jill to understand and experience the gospel in her life, I need to live a dying life in relationship to her. Jesus can’t die again for her, but I can—in hundreds of big and small ways that range from a tender compassion that understands her world to a thoughtful honesty that risks her disapproval. The result is that my life is characterized by dying and resurrection (Philippians 2:1-11). The result? An obedient life that reflects the image of Jesus.
If you plan on attending Desiring God’s 2011 Pastors for Conference (Jan 31-Feb 2) , look me up. I’ll be there.
I have the privilege of joining voices with Tony Merida (co-author of soon-to-be-released book Orphanology), Ricardo Davis, Anthony Mathenia, Rebecca Kiessling, and Les Riley at the January 21-22 Cry of the Fatherless Conference in Jackson, Mississippi. We would love to have you join us! Learn more about the conference and register here.
Event Format: We seek to customize LSE according to the church’s or organization’s specific needs. We can either have (1) two teaching sessions and one Q & A session or (2) three teaching sessions with one Q & A session.
The Why of a LIVE in the STORY Event: The daily battles we fight as Christians are the result of temptations to live within the smaller stories we are so prone to tell ourselves. These smaller stories are tales that are driven along by gospel-less plots.
“God really isn’t pleased with me.”
“God really doesn’t delight in me.”
“God is most often waiting for me to mess up so that He can ‘let me have it.’”
“God merely tolerates me.”
If you are like me, these are plot driven stories that you are tempted to rehearse often, if not every day.
The What of a LIVE in the STORY Event: But the story of Adoption is the true story that God Himself tells. The plot of God’s story drives the entire story of human history. God’s story of Adoption tells us that Jesus stepped into our messed up stories of estrangement and waywardness and has graciously rewritten them. The story of Adoption is that Jesus has lived for us and in our place as the True Son in human flesh to recreate our stories and transform them into his Story. This is the Story that the Gospel tells us each day and the Story that we, in turn, are to tell ourselves and each other every day.
I was honored to be interviewed by Kevin Boling on his Knowing the Truth radio program today about my new book, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. Jason Cornwell and Johnston Moore, co-authors of Reclaiming Adoption‘s excellent study guide, joined us for the interview. Their contributions to the discussion were very insightful and helpful. You can listen to/download the audio to the interview here for free.
Knowing the Truth will interview me about Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father tomorrow, January 4th, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST. You can listen to the program online live here. Jason Cornwell, co-author of the study guide for Reclaiming Adoption, will be joining me on the program.
We are excited to announce that Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father is now available for purchase in print and all ebook formats.
Check out the Reclaiming Adoption microsite. It includes a full chapter one excerpt, a free 54 page study guide (for both small group and personal use), and more.
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 Piper, Dan Cruver,Scotty Smith, Jason 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.
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.
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