I Am Mephibosheth (Christ’s Glory in Fostering & Adoption)

“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons. . . . Now he was lame in both feet.” (2 Sam 9.11b, 13c) “While we were children, [we] were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son . . . so that we might receive adoption as sons. So you are no longer a slave, but a […]

A Month in Maryland (or God’s Glory on Display in a Failed Adoption)

Like any unusually difficult season of life, the aftershocks of a failed adoption come with their own degree of pain.  For those whose only means of having children is adoption, it’s their version of a miscarriage or infant death.  That will be hard for many to understand (as are many of the particular sufferings of others), but it is nevertheless true. We spent a month in Maryland giving ourselves to […]

Foster/Adoption a Better Strategy than Pro-Life Lobbying

Then the king will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I . . . was a stranger, and you invited me in” (Mt 25.34, 35c). A recent Tennessee Baptist & Reflector article provoked me to consider whether or not the church takes Jesus seriously. It seems the 118-year-old Tennessee […]

The “We-ness” of Adoption

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Because you are sons, God has sent for the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Gal 4.4-6) There is a fraternal relationship among those in the “adoption […]

Room With a View

“. . . we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body” (Rom 8.23). New Year’s Eve 2008 will be much different for us this year.  We would otherwise join most in an afternoon watching BCS also-rans and wiping Rotel dip from our chins.  We will, however, squeeze into family court where […]

Born Again with a Spirit of Adoption

We love adopting children.  With one adopted daughter (Lidi) we look forward, Lord willing, to adopting her aforeblogged brother and sister next year.  Amy and I would’ve loved to have children biologically but God custom designs our sanctifications; therefore, we’ve increasingly delighted in his Maxwell-specific plan.  Natural childbirth carries with it a glorious thrill found nowhere else.  The same holds true for adoption.  Both biological parents and adoptive parents can […]