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Archive for October, 2013

When love embraces brokenness

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 24, 2013

I think this is the best blog post I’ve read in 2013. If you want to read a story of what it can look like when love truly embraces the brokenness of abandoned children, told by one of those abandoned children, you need to read this post. It tells of a beauty that does not […]

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orphan care

Not everyone is called to adopt…but all are called to “defend the cause of the fatherless” and “to look after the widow and orphan. Come learn about the MANY WAYS we can answer this call! We will have speakers, Jodi Tucker, the International Director for Orphan Sunday and Author, emcee Matt Oettinger, Elder and one […]

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Together for Adoption Canada Conference 2013

by Jason Kovacs Published Oct 17, 2013

Celebrate the gift of adoption! Join us for the second national Together for Adoption conference in Canada to consider how we can serve children without families. You’ll learn about foster care and adoption, parenting children who have experienced trauma, and ways to lead an adoption ministry in your church! 4 Main Sessions & 16 workshops […]

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In the years which followed Origen and immediately preceded the Council of Nicea (254-325 A.D.), the Greek Fathers almost entirely ceased to mention adoption, at least so far as we can tell from their extant writings. The references simply petered out as they did among their Latin counterparts.* Only six times does mention of adoption […]

We live into the stories that captivate us

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 14, 2013

We refer to Adoption in Scripture as a Trinitarian story-word and we write about the Story of the Trinity because we believe we’re shaped profoundly by the stories that captivate us — and there is no more captivating Story than the one written by our Triune God. was created to help you “live into” (see and click quotation […]

Why is fatherlessness such a tragedy?

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 11, 2013

Do you know the primary reason fatherlessness is an absolute tragedy? It’s because ultimately fatherlessness turns reality into unreality. In John 17, Jesus himself tells us that the Father “loved [him] before the foundation of the world” (v. 24).  And then just two verses later Jesus says that his Father sent him into the world so […]

Who are these people, anyway?

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 10, 2013

Simply put, Together for Adoption is a collection of amazing people who by God’s grace have come together around a common mission, love, and passion. We thoroughly enjoy being together and are wholeheartedly committed “to provide gospel-centered resources that magnify the adopting grace of God the Father in Christ Jesus and mobilize the church for global orphan care.”  We […]

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Scotty Smith‘s topic for his plenary talk at our conference this past weekend was “When Everything Sad Comes Untrue.” One of Scotty’s “sweet spot” doctrines (he has many!) that I absolutely love to hear him preach on is the New Heavens and the New Earth. So when I invited him to speak at our 2013 […]

How Jesus’ heart is always toward you

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 9, 2013

Need some heart-winning good news this Wednesday morning? In the forward he wrote for Thomas Goodwin’s The Heart of Christ, Mike Reeves writes: In John 13 . . . knowing that he was shortly to return to his Father, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet as a token of how he would always be towards them; […]

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Quotations, Theology

Not everyone is called to adopt…but all are called to “defend the cause of the fatherless” and “to look after the widow and orphan.” On Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT), Kings Park International Church in Durham, NC is hosting a unique Orphan Sunday weekend event that will inspire and […]

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Orphan Sunday

Video of T4A 2013

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 7, 2013

Video collage from Together for Adoption National Conference 2013 in Louisville, KY. Music by our own Kaleb Scharmahorn. T4A 2013 from Ride for Adoption on Vimeo. Video created by Meagan Scharmahorn.

Noel Piper: Saturday Tweets at T4A NatCon

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 7, 2013

*Noel Piper was an official live-blogger for Together for Adoption National Conference 2013. The following is sampling of Noel’s conference tweets from Saturday, October 5.  When Everything Sad Comes Untrue — Scotty Smith “And oh, God will dry every tear, And everything sad will be made untrue.”( @StevenCurtis #T4ACon ______________ Closing with “A Little More Time to […]

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