Young and recently married with a girl and a boy, the Bauchams were told they had “the perfect little family.” But God had other plans — that eventually involved seven more children through adoption. Today the Bauchams are approaching fifty, and their youngest is two years old. Hear how their adoption journey began, and what God has been teaching them through it.
Voddie: For me, adoption has helped me both as an individual Christian and as a pastor. Until I became a father to adopted children and was able to look at my children and know these are as much my children as those children who are related to me biologically, until that moment I wasn’t able to fully understand and grasp what it means to be a child of God, because we are his children by adoption. When you understand adoption, you get that. We are his children. And he is not going anywhere.
Adoption is about the gospel.
Bridget: For me adoption is important, because it is a beautiful picture of God’s grace in my life. I was really the forerunner in doing something to prevent us having more children biologically. I was insane. I was wrong. I wanted to be in control and I didn’t allow God to be in control. God is so faithful to give us back what the locusts have eaten. I get a chance to love on some kids who are actually my kids and raise them. It has been a blessing. I did not think that I would be almost 50 years old with seven little kids, but I tell you: I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Voddie: When we started this journey, we were on the downhill side of parenting. We had two kids. They were 14 and 11. We were just a few years away from an empty nest and now we are almost 50 and we are looking at 10, eight, six, five, four, three, and almost two. So no, we are not doing the empty nest thing. What else are we going to do? What else are we going to do with our lives that would be more important than what we are doing right now with our lives? I can’t think of anything.
This past weekend, Sep 26-28 , Covenant Baptist was privileged to host a Transforming Marriage Conference with Dr. Voddie Baucham. We were thrilled to have him and hear his teaching on the theology of marriage as an institution, established by God, and the practical admonitions from God’s Word. We were also blessed to have him for a men’s fellowship and for our services on Sunday. His sermon on “Worthy of Worship” compelled us to a new commitment to Christ. His evening seminar on LGBT as “the new black” informed us as to how to respond to a culture that is completely illogical and unbiblical in its acceptance of this premise put forth by activists from the homosexual agenda. You will find both of these messages below and we encourage you to listen to them.
There is a great deal of confusion over so-called “gender roles” in our culture. We are no longer clear on what it means to be a man, or what it means to be a woman. As a result, many couples struggle to define their roles without the benefit of a standard
This session [and the next] will establish a clear biblical grid through which to evaluate our roles.
What is the difference between the Civil Rights Movement and the so-called Gay Rights Movement of today? Not a whole lot. Unfortunately, I think there are some things that we accepted philosophically in the Civil Rights Movement that were not based in biblical truth. And those things are being applied in the Gay Rights Movement the exact same way and now we are calling them out.
For example, the idea of seeing people as constituencies and seeing rights as rights for constituencies of people is prominent in both movements. This continued division based on our constituencies and so-called communities is problematic. We’ve embraced a hyphenated understanding of ourselves as opposed to a view that sees us as one people.
The homosexual community is latching onto some of those very concepts. These concepts, by the way, are rooted and grounded in cultural Marxism. That was the goal of Gramscian Marxism. Divide people up into constituencies, and then the way you gain power is by making promises and representing particular constituencies. Now you never give them what you promise, but by creating this idea of constituencies and being the one who is the representative of the constituencies, you gain power and you keep your power to the degree that things don’t get better for your constituency. If things get better for your constituency, you lose your power.
So even when gains are made, you have to downplay those and go looking for other things that are problems. That is the way you keep your power.
The homosexual community has latched onto that approach and has identified itself as a constituency deserving of our attention and pity. They did so intentionally using the AIDS crisis. The direct result is they now have achieved a one-to-one correlation that we are finding it very hard to move away from.
So are there differences between ethnicity and so-called sexual orientation? Absolutely there are. Ethnicity is innate and unchangeable. So-called sexual orientation is not innate and is changeable. We know this. First Corinthians 6 is two-thousand-year-old evidence that people can stop being gay. So we know that it is neither innate, nor is it unchangeable. There are huge differences between the two. However, if all you are doing is using the language of the culture and the idea of people as constituencies, then you end up right where we are, and it is hard to stop that train.
[Sidenote]: That makes two folks, that we’ve featured on the site, that are into BJJ. The other being Voddie Baucham:
What you may not know about Voddie is that he is also a championship fighter who is training in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With an gold medal at the Houston International Open, he now has his sights set on a Pan Am and possibly world championship. [via Founders]
Earlier this month we gathered in Orlando, Florida, for The Gospel Coalition 2015 National Conference, titled “Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth.” More than 6,000 from 50 states and 50 countries came together to consider the theme of our eternal home. In addition to our conference attendees, more than 26,000 joined us through livestream from all 50 states and 137 different countries. Four live translations conveyed the conference message in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Mandarin. Now all TGC15 media—9 main plenary sessions and more than 50 workshops—are available online. All of this content is free, and we encourage you to share it. You can also browse the conference photo gallery…
0:00 – 1:34 What would Voddie say to the person who insist “No incrementalism, it’s everything or nothing!”?
1:35 – 3:20 “What do you say then to the person who responds, “Incrementalism? We don’t do that with other forms of murder. We don’t do that with rape. ‘Hey, we’re against rape BUT we’ll take this piece of legislation that doesn’t completely outlaw it…'”?
3:28 – 4:56 Scott Kluesendorf continues to answer the above
The idea of courtship sounds archaic, but is that a fair assessment? See an example of biblical premarital mentoring with Voddie Baucham and his wife, Bridget. Also featuring their daughter Jasmine and her husband, Phillip Holmes.
Phillip Holmes was interested in Jasmine Baucham. But before he could pursue her, he had to go through her dad. See an example of premarital mentoring with Voddie and Bridget Baucham, their daughter Jasmine, and her husband, Phillip.
Watching the discussion between Joshua Harris, Kent Hughes, and Voddie Baucham, you realize there’s no special secret to success. As Baucham says about family devotions, “If you don’t keep it simple, you won’t keep it going.”Repetition reaps long-lasting rewards.
The church of Jesus Christ in every generation is given the weighty charge to proclaim and preserve the Word of Truth. What we believe about the Bible will shape how we live, how we worship, and how we seek to educate our children and grandchildren. Have you considered the lack of Bible reading in a typical worship service in our present day? Have you talked with your friends outside of your church about their family worship patterns? If you use the word “catechism” outside of a church or conference setting today, you may receive strange looks of complete confusion. The fact is, we are living in a day where the Bible has become the most popular book of history and yet the most irrelevant book among the culture. God has breathed out His Word. Preachers have proclaimed God’s Word. Martyrs have died to preserve God’s Word. Today, we don’t have an option to relax when it comes to the inerrancy, authority, sufficiency, veracity, infallibility, and holiness of God’s Word.
Main Session #1 – Josh Buice | Sermon Title: “Unwise Men Proclaiming the Wisdom of God” – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25