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God’s Institutions

I asked a friend, Jonathan Binder, to help with some research on the three institutions that God has ordained according to scripture, and to find an article I could distribute when needed. Not happy with what he could find, he wrote his own! And here it is.

THE THREE GOD-ORDAINED INSTITUTIONS ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE

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According to 2 Timothy, all scripture is God-breathed, and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). Everything in this writing is based on scripture—both the Old and the New Testaments. What is written in the Bible is God’s word, and is to be taken as such. Test this with the Word.

By studying the Bible, it is evident that God ordained and established three institutions—the home (family), the church, and government—for mankind to abide in. Read more

“But, it’s not cultural!” – challenging the foster care myth in Asia

[Written originally for the CELCIS blog]
Foster Family, Thailand

OK, so this might come across as a little controversial, but from my 17 ½ years as a Brit living in Asia, I think there are times when, in my position as an outsider, it is right for me to challenge the presiding cultural norms of a nation.

Let me put you in the picture a little.

I work for Care for Children, a British-based charity (perhaps ‘non-profit international child welfare development agency’ is a better description, but you get the gist) that specialises in helping Asian governments develop family-based care initiatives (primarily long-term foster care) as a positive alternative to institutional care (orphanages) for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. Read more