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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, .

Jesus blessing the children: why it isn’t a ‘nice’ story and why it calls us to action on behalf of vulnerable children

Very little, if anything, was included in the Bible simply because it was ‘nice’. The account of Jesus blessing the children cannot be summed up or contained by the word ‘nice’. In reality it could be argued that this act … Continue reading

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Could your Church take part in Adoption Sunday on 1st November?

Would you consider highlighting the needs of vulnerable children at your Church? One simple way of doing this is to take part in Adoption Sunday, which is coming up on 1st November. Here is a video about it by our … Continue reading

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What are the key issues the Church needs to consider when engaging in fostering and adoption?

Later this Autumn I will be giving some input on a module in Redcliffe’s MA in Contemporary Missiology programme on the topic of fostering, adoption, vulnerable children and the Church. In preparing for the session I’ll need to be focused … Continue reading

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Caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children pamphlets

This series of pamphlets was recommended to me recently as country-specific resource for those fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. They can be ordered from the CoramBAAF website. Even before the UK Government’s announcement to accept up to 20,000 refugees by 2020 … Continue reading

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Responding to the refugee crisis – what role could fostering play?

How can the Church respond to the refugee crisis? For a broad overview on some of the options have a look at this video One of the highlighted points of action is the possibility of fostering unaccompanied minors who come … Continue reading

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Five Old Testament texts we need to pay attention to when acting on behalf of vulnerable children

I am convinced that the most helpful way of thinking biblically about fostering, adoption and the plight of vulnerable children is to develop a whole-Bible approach or framework for doing so. One of the purposes of this blog, therefore, is … Continue reading

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Why understanding adoption enriches our Bible reading

When OT writers use parent-child imagery to describe the relationship between God and Israel were they borrowing imagery from (for want of better terms) ‘biological’ or ‘adoptive’ relationships? For Janet Melnyk there seems to be a preference for the latter. I’ve … Continue reading

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Vulnerability is the norm

Despite out best attempts in the West to protect ourselves, vulnerability is the norm. Vulnerability is the norm of human experience and it is the norm for the kingdom of God. Think about what Richard Bauckham says about vulnerability and … Continue reading

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Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner on The Spirit of Adoption

In her book, The Spirit of Adoption: At Home in God’s Family, Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner writes beautifully about the need for whole-church and whole-theology approaches to the care of vulnerable children. In this passage she writes about some of her aims for … Continue reading

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Walter Brueggemann on the protection of vulnerable children

Walter Brueggemann is always worth reading, especially when he is connecting the ancient texts of the Bible with contemporary societal concerns. Buried away at the end of Marcia Bunge’s edited volume, ‘The Child in the Bible’, is a chapter by … Continue reading

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