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Archive for November, 2008

Vertical Thanks and Horizontal Compassion

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 26, 2008

If adoption is not only bigger than the universe but also the happy ending of the universe, then we would do very well to give God the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Spirit of His Son thanks for it. After you give thanks for your adoption in Christ this Thanksgiving, turn that vertical thanksgiving into […]

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The following blog article was written by my friend Josh Jensen, PhD student in linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington and writer for From Hope to Reality: To deny that God’s love for us (i.e., adoption love) is “unconditional love” is a strange and provocative thing to say. But I’m convinced it’s true. […]

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Christian Alliance for Orphans

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 25, 2008

Check out Christian Alliance for Orphans’ new website.  It’s excellent. .

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Yesterday I posted a blog interview on the Gospel and transracial adoption.  Today’s post is an audio interview on the same topic.  Russell Moore was a guest last week on Albert Mohler’s radio program to discuss “Transracial Adoption and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  They begin discussing the topic at the 11:19 mark.  Download the […]

The Gospel and Transracial Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 24, 2008

Together for Adoption is committed to helping Christians think theologically about all things adoption. One of the ways we seek to do this is through occasional interviews. Today’s post is our second interview that deals with the issue of transracial adoption. Our guest is J.B. Watkins, Senior Pastor of St. Roch Community Church, a multi-cultural congregation […]

The Death of Our Son and the Path of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 19, 2008

Six years ago today our second child and first son Daniel died. He was three years old. God used Daniel’s unrelenting suffering and short life for good in our family in so many grace-filled ways. It is largely through Daniel that God has deepened our understanding of His adoptive love for us and led us […]

Adopted Into the Communion of Love

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 18, 2008

“The eternal communion of love in God overflows through Jesus Christ into our union with Christ and gathers us up to dwell with God and in God . . . [God] gives himself to us and adopts us into the communion of his divine life and love through Jesus Christ and in his one Spirit, […]

ESV Study Bible on Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 17, 2008

What does the ESV Study Bible have to say about Paul’s references to adoption? Ephesians 1:5 Note: 1:5 predestined. Previously ordained or appointed to some position. God’s election of Christians (v. 4) entails his predestining them to something—in this case to adoption as sons (see also v. 11; Rom. 8:29-30). Hence, election and predestination in […]

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Giving to a Local Church Adoption Ministry

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 13, 2008

Why give to a local church adoption ministry? Here’s part of Zach Nielsen’s answer to this important question: When I write a check to my local church adopting family, or to the church’s adoption fund, I know that I will get to observe and perhaps participate in God-centered justice for the weak and voiceless in […]

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Rick Phillips on The Good News of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 13, 2008

You may now read the outline of Rick Phillips’ sermon “The Good News of Adoption.” Conference Audio: Jason Kovacs and Maridel Sandberg – “Conference Welcome and the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Vision for Orphan Ministry“ Dan Cruver – “Adoption in God’s Story of Redemption“ Rick Phillips – “The Good News of Adoption“ Carl Robbins – […]

Conference 2008 Audio

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 12, 2008

All the audio from our recent conference is now online: Jason Kovacs and Maridel Sandberg – “Conference Welcome and the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Vision for Orphan Ministry“ Dan Cruver – “Adoption in God’s Story of Redemption“ Rick Phillips – “The Good News of Adoption“ Carl Robbins – “Adoption and the Multi-Ethnic Family of God“ Tullian […]

Here is part two of some choice quotations from Carl Robbins’ sermon on Ephesians 2:11-3:6 at the recent Together for Adoption conference. His thesis was that “there should be no barrier for Christians to adopt trans-racially since they understand that their God is adopting children from every nation, tribe, race, people and language group.” The […]

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