The most orphan caring people on the planet…

Dan Cruver: Scripture commands all Christians to love, forgive and welcome others, but it does not command all Christians to adopt. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even require that some Christians adopt. What we can say with absolutely certainty, though, is that God the Father does expect those whom He adopts to visit orphans in their affliction (James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans…”). My point is simply this: the Love that adopted us becomes a love in us that cares for orphans. As Christians, we should be … Continue reading The most orphan caring people on the planet…

From gathering information to changing diapers…

Some friends of ours go into speak about the possibility of adopting. They just were going in to gather information, find out the next steps. They sit, speak with the social worker, and tell her that they aren’t concerned about color. The social worker looks a bit shocked, you aren’t? Wait a second. She picks up the phone, makes a call, I found parents for that baby boy. Then looks back at my friends, I have a baby for you, you can go pick him up now. From looking for information to being parents in a day. What a special … Continue reading From gathering information to changing diapers…

Adoption

“Some textbooks on Christian doctrine – Berkhof’s, for instance – treat adoption as a mere sub-section of justification, but this is inadequate. The two ideas are distinct, and adoption is the more exalted. Justification is a forensic idea, conceived in terms of law and viewing God as judge. In justification, God declares of penitent believers that they are not, and never will be, liable to the death that their sins deserve, because Jesus Christ, their substitute and sacrifice, tasted death in their place on the cross. This free gift of acquittal and peace, won for us at the cost of … Continue reading Adoption

Adopted into God’s Family

I have been working through Trevor Burke’s, Adopted into God’s Family.  In a previous post I summarized chapter one.  I thought here I could just share some of my favorite quotes from chapter two.  “…on statistical grounds, not to mention the sheer range of vocabulary the apostle employs, the family is not only one of the most important metaphors but is also the most pervasive he uses to describe his communities.”  p.36 Quoting Robert Banks, he writes “More than any other image utilized by Paul, it  [family] reveals the essence of his thinking about community.” p.36 Quoting John Murray, “Adoption, … Continue reading Adopted into God’s Family

Adopted into God’s Family: Book Reflections

I recently read,  Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor by Trevor Burke and I thought it was a fantastic book. Which is why over the course of several months I thought I could give you some brief summaries of what I learned from it.  Brief Summary of Chapter One The Bible uses many different words to describe the relationship between God and His people.    One of the words that the apostle Paul uses to describe our relationship with God is adoption.  He speaks of it five times in three of his letters.  You will find it in Romans … Continue reading Adopted into God’s Family: Book Reflections

A Biblical Rationale…subtitled “the God who answers by orphanages let him be God”

Why we are passionate about making sacrifices to help orphans in Africa.  1. God cares for orphans and widows. "He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows his love for the alien by giving him food and clothing." (Deut.10:17) In Psalm 10:14 God is actually called "the helper of the fatherless…" God's attitude towards orphans and widows is revealed in the commands He gave to Israel in the Old Testament. Because of His concern for the needy, God commands his people not to take advantage of widows and orphans. "You shall not pervert the justice due an … Continue reading A Biblical Rationale…subtitled “the God who answers by orphanages let him be God”