National Adoption Day

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I was unaware that this day actually existed. But hey, it does. So I thought I would post a bit about it. As some of you may know, I was adopted (and for those of you who didn’t, now you do). Thirty-one years ago my parents (the ones who adopted me) made the choice to bring me into their lives. I wanted to say thank you to them for doing that. I’m also thankful for my biological parents who believed abortion to be what it is – an unthinkable option. To my biological parents, thanks for putting me up for adoption.

To those who have put children up for adoption, hopefully I’m an example of what can be done when you can’t care for a child at that time. To those who have adopted, I love my adoptive parents as my real parents (because they are). People often ask why I haven’t searched out my parents (by that they mean my birth parents) – I usually respond with, why? I know who my parents are, they are the ones who have raised me.

Thank you to all the families out their who have adopted and made millions of children’s lives better.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation. So Sing praises to Him!
Ps. 68:5, 4 ESV

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The Parable of the Unjust Steward and Fundraising

The parable ends “And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9 ESV)

I will on the outset say that this is probably not what the parable is about. At least I’m honest about this (unlike other sermonettes I’ve heard). I can’t help but read this parable in Luke 16:1-9 and chuckle in the wisdom in having a lot of friends (and making more) in order to raise funds to do mission work.

For us to get to Spain it will only be through the love, care, and sacrifice of God’s saints. It will be because these people believe in God, and in a small part, in us. So, for starters, thank you to all who are (and who will) support us. I will never be able to repay your kindness and your trust.

For all of those who want to head into foreign mission service, take this parable to heart and make friends. Make many friends because it will take a small army to send you off into the world to further God’s Kingdom.

Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Ender’s Game

If you haven’t read Ender’s Game stop reading this post. You’ve been warned. If you haven’t read about Luther’s Theology of the Cross, you’ll be fine. But you may want to read his Heidelberg Disputations to get an idea of what I am basing this off of. To sum it up, read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. There is a way the world works (Theology of Glory) and the way God works (Theology of the Cross). God’s ways often seem counter-intuitive to our ways. Who would have conquered sin, Satan, and death – by dying? Who would have ransomed a people to himself not by conquering, but by taking their place? This isn’t how the world thinks – the world is concerned with a theology of glory.

Reading Ender’s Game, now for a second time, I think that in a way the story lays out clearly the way of the world and the way of God. Throughout the story Ender is shown that the way to win the battle is to destroy his opponent in the fight. He not only wins the fight, but the battle. This culminates in his destroying the entire Bugger race. The story seems to end on that note that this theory, this idea, is true. You should always make sure your opponent is so beaten that he can never retaliate.

Then in nearly the last moment we realize that the bugger race spoke throught a hive mind, unable to speak to humans. They also did not understand why a few humans destroyed here and there mattered. So it is that the wisdom of the world, destroying your opponent so completely he cannot retaliate, is actually false. The right answer would have been (in the story mind you) to try and force a way to communicate. Ender’s final decision was not the correct one. His wisdom, the world’s wisdom, turned out to be false. It was completely and absolutely wrong and cost the lives of an entire race.

Comparative studies I find to be silly sometimes, but yes I just engaged in one. Let me know what you think, am I grasping at straws?

Also, head over to the Mythguard Institute for their class on Ender’s Game (which was what got me thinking about this). If you are interesting in Luther’s Theology of the Cross, check out Alistar McGrath’s book on the subject, Luther’s Theology of the Cross.