• Taking Up the Call to Social Gospel Ministry

    by Shawn Merithew on November 8, 2012

    We were blessed this past Lord’s Day to observe Orphan Care Sunday here at Morningview.  The testimonies were excellent, the worship was very meaningful, and it was a joy to explore with you the theological basis and practical outworking of Christian adoption through the sermons.

    During my Sunday evening sermon, one of the points of application I made for us regarded the importance of raising up the next generation to be responsible for caring for those in need.  During the last century, the church has surrendered numerous aspects of social ministry to the secular state, thereby divorcing itself from ministry opportunities where the gospel is critically needed.  In specific regards to orphan care, we often see unwanted, abused, or neglected children as the problem of the state rather than (more…)

  • Should the Hardships of Orphan Ministry Deter Us from Orphan Ministry?

    by Shawn Merithew on June 26, 2012

    For many months, we have been praying diligently for Darren and Jacky Lewis, precious members of our church family who have been pursuing the adoption of two girls in Africa.  Jacky and Josie arrived home this week to be happily reunited with Darren, but they returned without the two adoptive girls.  For them, an adoption process that was supposed to take three months turned into over seven months, and it finally failed because of poor personnel and procedures in the country of origin.  This attempted adoption has proved to be a season of heartache for Darren and Jacky, as well as for the two girls there in Zambia.

    I know of another family that God sent out from Morningview a few years ago.  They completed a couple adoptions from the former Soviet Union.  They were very loving parents, but one of their adoptive sons really struggled to adjust to his new life here in the United States.  They persevered, and after a couple years, they returned with their children to the country of origin (more…)

  • Rejoicing in Adoption!

    by Shawn Merithew on July 20, 2010

    As most of you know by now, in business meeting this past Sunday evening, we voted to enter in to partnership with “Lifesong,” a ministry that financially administrates domestic and international adoptions.  As a church family, we have now set aside $100,000 from our designated ministry fund that Lifesong will help us administrate for Morningview families (more…)

  • We proclaim the biblical mandate; are we brave enough to walk it?

    by Shawn Merithew on August 18, 2009

    Last Sunday, August 9th, Pastor Vic Pentz of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Metro Atlanta was preaching a sermon on politics, abortion, and the sanctity of human life.  Near the end of his sermon, he said the following:  “I make a promise to you now and I don’t want you to keep this a secret. The Peachtree Presbyterian Church will care for any newborn baby you bring to this church.  We will be the family to find a home for that child, and there’s no limit on this. You can tell your friends, you can tell your family, (more…)

  • On Adoption and Orphan Care: A Proposed Resolution

    by Shawn Merithew on June 5, 2009

    On May 19th, Russell Moore, the Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary, submitted a resolution to the Resolutions Committee of the upcoming 2009 Southern Baptist Convention. The resolution on Adoption and Orphan care is a well worded statement that succinctly states our biblical responsibility to care for needy children.  Our church has been incredibly blessed with faithful families who have brought us the blessing of adopted children, and my sincere hope is that we will see even more families among us embrace the joy of caring for orphans.  To that end, I would like us all to read Russ Moore’s resolution and considerhow we can develop this kind of ministry in our church family.  The resolution is as follows:

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