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About timjdavy

I teach and research on Bible and Mission at Redcliffe College and lead the 'Bible and Mission' and 'Scripture Engagement' streams of our MA in Contemporary Missiology. I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission, and also lead Redcliffe's 'Fostering, Adoption and the Church' research project, .

5 things to think about when preaching on adoption

This Sunday is ‘Adoption Sunday’ in the UK, which offers a chance for churches to have focused time to consider our adoption by God and also the needs of vulnerable children in the UK. Do visit Home for Good’s website … Continue reading

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What happens when you google, “theology of fostering”?

This morning I googled the phrase, “theology of fostering”. The results page returned the following hits: 7 adverts for fostering agencies/recruitment 5 links to sources that use fostering as a verb to develop something (e.g., ‘A theology of fostering ecclesial … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the ‘Holy Family’ this advent

A guest post by Dr Grace Milton I suspect that the events we retell and celebrate during advent were not how Mary and Joseph expected their first child to come into the world. Aside from the social stigma attached (Matthew … Continue reading

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What is marriage for and what has this got to do with fostering and adoption?

I was reminded recently of something the preacher said at our wedding, which now strikes me as deeply relevant when considering issues concerning vulnerable children, fostering, adoption and the Church. He quoted from a letter written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, written from … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 5

Reason five: Because, at our best, it is what we have always done To look after vulnerable children is, for the Church, to continue what we have always done when we are at our best. Reflecting on the rise of … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 4

Reason four: Because it explains, expresses and celebrates who we are The apostle John famously declared that ‘We love because he first loved us.’ (1 John 4:19) What better way to demonstrate the love we have received from God than … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 3

Reason three: Because it is a justice issue The story within which we have been called as Church is the story of God’s mission to reconcile all of creation to himself. One of the great strides of the second half … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 2

Reason two: Because vulnerable children occupy a significant place in the biblical narrative From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells a big story (the big story) of God’s purposes to restore the whole of creation to himself. This is the story in … Continue reading

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Five reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church – part 1

Reason one: Because of who God is To mark national adoption week (19-25 October) here in the UK I’m going to post each weekday on a different way in which caring for vulnerable children is at the heartbeat of the character … Continue reading

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Calling all academics with a passion for Fostering, Adoption and the Church!

One of the aims of this project is to produce ‘rigorous published research that raises the profile of fostering and adoption in the academy and the Church.’ We want fostering, adoption and the Church to be on the agenda of … Continue reading

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