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Adoption Nuggets (1): Introducing a New Blog

by Tim J R Trumper Published Jan 24, 2013

Adoption Nuggets: Introducing a New Blog

My wife’s introduced me over recent years to chicken nuggets. Naturally I’d heard of them before, but never tried them. Hers was not a difficult persuasion. They’re cheap, my favorite meat, smaller portions less congestive than super-sized burgers and fries, and blessed with different sauces that make the snack a varied experience.

When brother Dan Cruver invited me to start a blog at Together for Adoption, the thought of nuggets came to mind. A blog spot on a subject ready to hand, tasty in its appeal, of manageable size, with varied application. Adoption nuggets rather than chicken nuggets!

This nugget is but the opening piece. Time will tell the number to come. The nuggets have been readied in twenty years of research and will be dished out in different sauces: historical theology, biblical theology, systematic theology, practical theology. Naturally, those who’ll care for them will prefer some sauces more than others; but I hope all will be digestable and leave a taste that lingers. They won’t constitute the full meal we’ll get once home, but they may help to tide us over, and whet our appetite for the main course: bigger treatments of the theme, but ultimately the grand reality to come (Romans 8:22–23).

These nuggets were cooked on Presbyterian Ridge, Edinburgh, Scotland. The oven was first heated at the Free Church of Scotland College. The cooking was undertaken next door at New College, the Divinity Faculty of Edinburgh University, with some of the nuggets cooked at the Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, in Germany. They first appeared as bigger pieces in the doctoral dissertation “An Historical Study of the Doctrine of Adoption in the Calvinistic Tradition from Calvin to nineteenth-century Scottish and American Calvinism” (University of Edinburgh 2001 [sometimes registered 2002]); a series of articles in The Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (1996, 1997, 2002, 2005); and a variety of chapters and other pieces, as well as in my book When History Teaches Us Nothing: The Recent Reformed Sonship Debate in Context (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock [2008]). To these resources you’d need to go if you want to progress from nuggets to KFC slabs of chicken. They’ll explain the origin, feel, and taste of these nuggets.

It’s to Dan Cruver—publicist of adoption—that I am indebted for this opportunity to share these pieces. In none of my research covering, incompletely no doubt, two thousand years of historical theology, have I ever encountered such intense interest in the missional application of adoption. Doubtless, there are aspects of this fresh dimension which warrant further discussion and refinement; but, set in the context of the historical neglect of adoption, it is clear that God is doing something exciting in this moment of history. He’s helping us not only to recover adoption, but to better understand and to apply it. These nuggets will serve to raise some main unanswered questions, providing suggested answers. Why not try these adoption nuggets? They serve to proclaim the Father’s grace in Christ, to encourage ministry in the name of Christ, and to promote joy in “the adoption” of the coming Day of Christ!

Until next time . . .

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