E 130 Adoption: A Challenge for the Church (2003)


The plight of children waiting to be adopted is a challenge to the church. Old Testament models of a broad sense of kinship and the welcome of the stranger and New Testament language about our salvation being “adoption as sons” together assert that ties of love are stronger than ties of blood. Yet often Christians appear to deny this in their attachment to the nuclear family.

Drawing on a wide range of information and reflection, this study argues that, until we put the needs of children first in the adoption process rather than the need to preserve cherished forms of family life we are failing to obey Jesus’ call to welcome the child.

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Author: Sarah Lamb

Sarah is completing an MA in Theology and Ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham. She joins the Tynedale Circuit as a Methodist minister in September 2003. Sarah is married with two adopted sons.

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