A retired farmer has been working on this model for more than 30 years! Check out the pictures here

~Donovan

HT: Tim Challies

Paul Tripp Audio

February 26, 2009

Paul Tripp is an author who focuses on aspects of biblical counseling. His books include “Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens“, “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change“, and about half a dozen other books. I’ve benefited from his writing so much that I’d like to read everything he puts out over the years…

I just found out about these 70 audio messages from Paul Tripp on-line, and they’re completly free! Click here.

~Donovan

Ted Tripp is the author of the widley praised book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart”. I’ve been reading another of his books, “Instructing a Child’s Heart”, and highly recommend it.

The audio/video of Ted Tripp teaching a parenting conference at Mars Hill Church in Seattle is available for free here

~Donovan

I’m very much looking forward to reading Russel Moore’s soon-to-be-released book, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches.

Russell Moore:

Whenever I tell people that I’m working on a book on adoption, they’ll often say something along the lines of, “Great. So, is the book about the doctrine of adoption or, you know, real adoption?” That’s a hard question to answer, because you can’t talk about the one without talking about the other. Also, it is not as though we master one aspect and then move to the other–from the “vertical” to the “horizontal” or the other way around. That’s not the picture God has embedded in his creation work. The Bible tells us that human families are reflective of an eternal Fatherhood (Eph 3:15). We know, then, what human fatherhood ought to look like on the basis of how our Father God behaves toward us. But the reverse is also true. We see something of the way our God is fatherly toward us through our relationships with human fathers. And so Jesus tells us in our human father’s provision and discipline we get a glimpse of God’s active love for us (Matt 7:9-11; Heb 12:5-17). The same truth is at work in adoption. Adoption is, on the one hand, gospel. In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father. Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God. Adoption is also defined as mission. In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ. Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned. As soon as you peer into the truth of the one aspect, you fall headlong into the truth of the other, and vice-versa. That’s because it’s the way the gospel is. Jesus reconciles us to God–and to each other. As we love God, we love our neighbor; as we love our neighbor, we love our God. We believe Jesus in “heavenly things”–our adoption in Christ–so we follow him in “earthly things”–the adoption of children. Without the theological aspect, the emphasis on adoption too easily is seen as mere charity. Without the missional aspect, the doctrine of adoption too easily is seen as mere metaphor.

~Donovan

HT: Vitamin Z

Points Missed, Point Made

February 24, 2009

This story is moving… a great illustration of good sportsmanship, priorities, selflessness, and living by the spirit of the law… Watch it! And parents – show it to your kids!

Watch it here.

 ~Donovan

I’m sure you’ve heard the miraculous story of the US airways plane going down safely in the Hudson river in New York city. There was a Christian Medical & Dental Association student on board. Listen to how God worked in and through this catastrophe in the testimony of this man and his wife. Click here.

~Donovan

HT: Tim Challies

Wise 12-Year Old on Abortion

February 20, 2009

A wonderful story of adoption

February 19, 2009

Heather and I would like to adopt as many orphans as we can. In South Africa (where I was born and raised, and where we hope to live in a few years), there are currently 2,800,000 orphans – 1 orphan for every 10 adults! The problem is staggering here too, but much less publicized. I found this man’s story of adoptions very encouraging (read it here). Perhaps God could use you in a similar way… Will you prayerfully consider serving and impacting lives through adoption and/or foster care?

James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

~Donovan

HT: Tim Challies

Life

February 11, 2009

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Funny, isn’t it? : ) Probably, at least in part, because we know the feeling! I find life is like this way too often! So much to consider that you never even would have thought to consider…

That’s why experience is such a blessing. And why its so incredibly helpful to learn from people with experience you don’t have, who can help you think through all you need to…

Live and learn. Seek counsel. Pray for wisdom. And laugh at yourself along the way!

~Donovan

This conference is excellent, every year. Though primarily aimed at young adults (18-35), anyone can go. The theme this year is “Sin”, and the speakers are Rick Holland, Steve Lawson, John MacArthur, CJ Mahaney, and John Piper. Check out the trailer below: 

 

This overview of the 2009 conference is from the Resolved website:

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