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The Adoption Tax Credit Extension Is Now in a Bill

As previously highlighted, the adoption tax credit will be greatly limited if it is not extended by December 31.  Recently, a bill to extend the credit was introduced.   Supporters can now ask their member of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor the bi-partisan H.R. 4373, known as the “Making Adoption Affordable Act.” (Note that although […]


Critique of Christian Adoption and Orphan Care

An individual with strong criticism for the Christian orphan care movement, David Smolin, oversaw creation of the current Journal of Christian Legal Thought.  The Journal’s editor describes it as an opportunity to air and engage “dissenting opinions.” I was excited at the prospect of a forum for engaging many of the deep and complex questions that […]


ECFA Article on the Christian Orphan Care Movement

The current edition of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s (ECFA) quarterly publication, Focus on  Nonprofit Accountability, carries an encouraging article on the growing Christian orphan care movement.  It reports: Today, it appears the church is decisively re-earning its reputation as a people who take special care for the orphan. Outside observers, from the Washington […]


Where Love Happens

Sunday morning bagels before church have become one of our favorite family traditions.  In DC, it was the Cosi on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Now, it’s Bagel Tyme in Merced.  I love the aroma of rising bread and sipping good coffee, the friends behind the counter, and the shop regulars who seem to enjoy the spectacle of […]


2012 Orphan Sunday Video!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the 2012 Orphan Sunday video below or on the Orphan Sunday website!  It is never too early to start planning how you’ll harness Orphan Sunday (November 4, 2012) to grow hearts for orphans in your church.  (Start with some great ideas HERE!)  


When It Comes to Complex Needs, Government Can’t Provide What Matters Most

The journal Religion and Politics covers a host of vital issues at the intersection of  personal faith and public life.  This month, the journal tackles the issue of whether government or faith-based and other nonprofits should play the central role in aiding the destitute.  I had the priviledge of joining three other thoughtful individuals (Joel […]