The Difficulty & Glory of Adoption

A couple of months ago, the New York Times published a remarkable profile of an adoptive family from Denver. The profile centers around the mother of the house, Misty. I do not exaggerate when I say that this essay will cut you to the bone. It’s that powerful. Here’s a swatch about the struggles of two tiny boys [Read More...]

The Evangelical Adoption Movement Is Sinister

Or so indicates the PR for the about-to-be-released book by Kathryn Joyce entitled, subtly, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption (PublicAffairs, 2013). This is a book evangelicals who care about adoption should know about. Joyce just wrote a shocking piece for Mother Jones that followed the tragic tale of one family’s [Read More...]

“He Smelled of Urine and Infection”: On Adopting a Russian Orphan

Amy Julia Becker recently linked to the story of a couple named Greg and Tesney who adopted a son, Kirill, from Russia. I would say the story of his condition when in Russia was “heartbreaking,” but I would not be doing that word justice. Here’s what four-year-old Kirill looked like when the couple met him, [Read More...]

Life in a Romanian Orphanage: “A Mixture of Excrement and Open Wounds”

Global financier Arpad Busson is not one you might initially think would be an advocate for adoption.  He’s dated famous actresses and lives a lavish life.  I somehow came across a piece on him, though, and found this heartrending description of a Romanian orphanage: For Busson, whose personal wealth is around £200 million, his Damascene [Read More...]

The “Abba” Cry and the Gospel of Adoption

I mentioned the current Russ Moore cover story in Christianity Today entitled “Abba Changes Everything: Why Every Christian Is Called to Rescue Orphans” (pp.18-22) a couple of days back.  The piece (now online here; thanks, JT) merits more extensive quotation, though you’ll need to read it to get the full drift.  Here are a few more lines worth [Read More...]

Is President Obama the First Female President?

Don’t ask me.  Ask Kathleen Parker.  She just suggested so–in the Post, no less.  However you answer this question, it seems incontrovertible that men have adapted womanly traits and habits in just about every category–dress, speaking, physicality, you name it.  You have to hand it to Parker–she speaks her mind, with no quarter given to [Read More...]

Review: Russ Moore’s “Adopted for Life”, a Book to Change Lives

Theology is alive.  It should be felt, not merely taught.  It should reach into all areas of our lives, bringing light and health to them.  The heft of God’s teaching transforms both the way we think and the way we live. Theologians who embody this kind of approach are rare (though increasing in number, I [Read More...]