The late Chuck Colson believed making the invisible Kingdom visible to our neighborhoods, families and spheres of influence is the calling of all Christians. Sometimes with words, but always by our actions. During this week’s broadcast, John Stonestreet welcome guests Pastor Todd Wagner and Dr. Russell Moore, who will explain how Christians can put faith into action through marriage and adoption advocacy.
The Center’s Wilberforce Weekend is coming up at the end of this month in Washington, D.C. So over the next few weeks on this program, we’ll lead up to it by talking with people who make the theme of the conference a reality every day.
When it comes to manifesting God’s Kingdom in our everyday lives, one of the areas which hits closest to home is…well, the home. And no two relationships mean more to human society than the covenant of marriage which forms homes, and the parenting of children. Volumes have been written on these twin subjects, and both have generated unbelievable friction of late in the battle over legally redefining marriage and promoting novelties like same-sex parenting. Christians must continue defending God’s design on these fronts, especially when the rights of children and religious exercise are at stake.
But few have considered what opportunities these institutions afford to actively promote the Christian worldview and change our culture. When it comes to strengthening and building marriages according to God's design and fulfilling a major component of what St. James called, "religion which God our Father accepts as pure and faultless" through adopting children in need, few can rival our two guests this week.
Todd Wagner, who serves as Senior Pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, has pioneered the work of fortifying marriages and preparing young people to begin life together. His church's marriage ministries have become a success story and inspiration for churches around the nation. Watermark's signature ministry for struggling marriages, "Re|Engage," offers something truly life-changing. You can find out more by visiting their website, at www.Watermark.org.
Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will be putting on a new cap this summer as President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It sounds like theology, politics, and ethics are his passions, but Dr. Moore has become an irreplaceable advocate for another, but equally vital cause: Christian adoption. His book on the subject, "Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches," is a "practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same." In it, Moore demonstrates that adoption isn't only about couples wanting children (or more of them). It's a way of life for the Christian Church—a desperately needed culture which views adoption as part of the Great Commission command and as a vivid picture of the Gospel itself. Dr. Moore, who is himself the father of adopted children and has dedicated much of his career to admonishing the Church on the subject, writes for couples considering adoption, families who've already adopted children into their homes, and pastors who want to spur their flocks to this vital ministry of Christ's people.
We hope you enjoy this edition of "BreakPoint This Week," and that these powerful ideas for "making the invisible Kingdom visible" have inspired you. We also hope you'll consider attending our upcoming Wilberforce Weekend conference in Washington, D.C., where we will dig deeper into these and other topics. But hurry, because the registration deadline is fast approaching!