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Is the Focus of Christian Giving Shifting Overseas?

The Philanthropy Roundtable, a respected Washington think tank focused on philanthropic engagement, recently published a highly significant article asking whether giving by American Christians is shifting increasingly from local priorities to overseas engagement.  Author Karl Zinsmeister (formerly head of the White House Domestic Policy Council) draws upon extensive data and anecdotal evidence to highlight a […]


Buckner Devotional “Abba, Father”

Our good friends at Alliance member Buckner International recently published a devotional titled Abba, Father: A 30 day devotional guide celebrating the Hope of Family.   Thirty short readings paired with Scripture passage explore topics ranging from foster care to theology of adoption to the church’s role in orphan care.  Many of the authors are individuals […]


Remarkable Blog Post from Kim Van Brunt

Reading the many recent posts in the blogosphere about Summit and the Christian orphan movement has been inspiring.  But one today was definitely among my very favorite.  It made we wish the Alliance possessed a teleporter (you’ll see why).  More importantly, it reminded why it is so vital that all of us who care about […]


A Closer Look at the Decline in Inter-Country Adoption Numbers

It’s widely know that the number of children adopted to the U.S. from other countries has been cut significantly—decreasing 59% from its high in 2004 of nearly 23,000 to under 10,000 in 2011.  As discussed previously, although carrying certain positive elements, this trend ultimately means tens of thousands of children across the globe are growing […]


Why Justice and Mercy Flow from the Gospel

The theme for Summit VIII (May 3-4 at Saddleback Church) is Justice and Mercy Flow from the Gospel.  But why is Gospel the fountainhead of justice and mercy?  Why not just “goodwill” or “duty” or “idealism”? On one level, because we’re all made in God’s image, every person holds a certain sense of justice and […]


The Amazing Opportunity Coming in May

Registration for Summit VIII opened today.  Amidst the dizzying pace of life, it suddenly struck me:  this conference is going to be amazing.  I can hardly wait. Sure, the work of the Alliance is my day job.  And I love it.  But it is my night job, too—the things I think about when I’m “off.”  […]