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...]

The Courageous Woman Who Didn’t Abort Colin Kaepernick

Sometimes you read a story that seems scripted by a sentimental Hollywood writer. As ESPN’s Rick Reilly makes clear, Colin Kaepernick’s life story fits this mold. Kaepernick’s mother, Heidi Russo, was in a rough situation when she gave birth to little Colin. She nursed him for over a month until she found a couple who [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...]

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...]

Least Adopted Children, Rebuilding Men, and the Hilarious Jean-Ralphio

According to the NYT, black boys are the least likely children to be adopted.  This is helpful for Christians who have a heart for orphan care to keep in mind. ************* This is an interesting website from an African-American pastor who is calling for the renewal of men in his community.  Looks like great stuff. [Read More...]

Together for Adoption: Live-Blogs from All Six Sessions

Just saw that the Together for Adoption conference, held this past weekend in Franklin, TN, drew over 600 people.  Praise God for that response. It’s also great to see that Zach Nielsen live-blogged the whole conference.  His summaries are available here.  Dan Cruver, director of T4A, blogged what he saw as the highlights of the [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...]

Two Noteworthy Events: Steven Lawson in New England and Band of Bloggers

Two excellent events to bring to your attention: 1.  If you are a pastor or interested layperson in New England, please note that next week, the New England Center for Expository Preaching is holding an expositors’ institute featuring Steven Lawson, renowned preacher and author of over a dozen books. The event goes from this coming [Read More...]

Making Men Moral: Russ Moore on Catholics, Evangelicals, and Mardi Gras

The biography of Russ Moore, the conference’s second speaker: “Russell D. Moore has served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary since January of 2004. Dr. Moore is also a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, where he ministers weekly. Dr. Moore [Read More...]


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