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Adopted for Life Interview

by Dan Cruver Published May 25, 2009

kevin-bolingKevin Boling, host of the radio program “Knowing the Truth,” is a strong adoption advocate. I have enjoyed the privilege of being on his program 4-5 times to discuss adoption, both its vertical (i.e., God’s adoption of us) and horizontal (i.e., families adopting children) dimensions. We are very grateful to God for Kevin’s enthusiastic commitment to using his program to raise awareness of how our adoption by God should inform our understanding and practice of horizontal adoption.

Last week “Knowing the Truth” interviewed Russell Moore (author of Adopted for Life) and Hope for Orphans‘ Paul Pennington (Executive Director) and John Moore (Content Manager and Coordinator of National Foster Care Prayer Vigil). Since Kevin Boling was out of the studio that day, my good friend Pastor Scotty Anderson served as the guest-host (Scotty’s church has a wonderful adoption ministry). You can listen to or download this excellent interview here. Here are several choice excerpts:

Russell Moore:

“If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, if you have been adopted into the household of God, then you have absolutely no reason to oppose adoption or transethnic or international adoption at all.”

“The Scripture says in James 1 that all of us are called to minister to orphans [in some way], not just some of us, and so everyone of your [program's] listeners, everyone of them who belongs to Jesus Christ, has some part to play in this.”

John Moore on the growth of the National Foster Care Prayer Vigil:

2008: 100 vigils in 32 states.
2009: 209 vigils in 45 states plus DC and 2 in Canada.

Paul Pennington:

“Hope for Orphans has a very focused mission. Our mission is serving every church to reach every orphan.”

“Orphan ministry, and what God’s Word says about it, is not a theological divider. Incredibly, it’s a unifier.”

“Scripture is extremely clear that God works through the church . . . There’s only one body that has the mandate, has the power, has the capacity, and has the reach [to care for 143 million orphans], and that is the church.”

You can listen to the entire interview here.

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