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Another of my heroes is the musician, and now director, Steve Taylor. I discovered Steve’s music on my way to my first music festival about 6 months after becoming a Christian in 1986. Why they played “I Wanna Be a Clone” for me is beyond me. But the actual concert hooked me.

I came across this interview from 2007. It is very interesting listening, as he talks about any number of things including dating Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel, filming PSAs for Al Gore, why he thought Bono should get a Nobel Peace Prize and the emerging church movement they talk about how he met his wife and how they ended up adopting a little girl from Uganda after a trip to Africa.

Since Lisa came up, here she is helping Steve out on his first concept video which was made for $5,000.

BTW: a recent Peter Furler interview mentions that he and Steve formed Some Other Band with guys like Jimmy Abegg. The album is in the can, and should be released after Steve is done with Blue Like Jazz. Steve sings and Peter is on the drums.

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Steve Taylor’s first EP had a silly rap song (with a serious topic) with that title.  It was about facing the moment of death, when you discover you were wrong about Jesus.  I’m using it for the moment of decision.  That day has arrived.  Our number in the queue has come up.  Unlike the deli, where you have plenty of time to figure out what you want, we are caught in a quandary.  It is one we did not expect, and did not want.

Before I get there, Steve and his wife are among the number of musicians who are Christians living in Nashville that have adopted.  The most prominent, of course, is Steven Curtis Chapman.  But artists like Geoff Moore and Arlin Troyer (now a PCA pastor) are included in the mix.  Christ Community Church in Nashville, whose preaching pastor is Scotty Smith, is one of the churches in the PCA that has cultivated a culture of adoption.  Great stuff!

Looking back at our first adoption, we did not want to be in a position where we were deciding between kids.  We wanted God to use means to say “this is it”.  I guess I’m fooling myself abit.  We did decide between kids since we did a special needs adoption.  We chose Eli, he was not picked for us.  You get a horrible feeling, or at least I do, holding the fate of others in my hands.  If it doesn’t scare you, I suspect it should.

So here we are, and the ante has been upped.  We were asked about a sibling group recently.  And then our number came up and we were also asked offered a particular child for referral.  Now we have to sort this out.  We have to decide who will and will not be in our family.  It doesn’t just affect them, but our family and other families.  Call me crazy, but I’m really intimidated.

In some ways this day came too slow, but thanks to the IRS dragging their feet on the 2010 Adoption Refund it has come far too fast.  But we’ve been able to borrow some money from family.  We had an interesting time looking for adoption loans yesterday.  You can get a car loan easier, and at a lower rate.  In many ways, it was disappointing.  But we are borrowing against our tax refund.  So now we have been given a power no one should enjoy.  Pray for us… and we’ll let you know in a few days what happens.

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When we adopted Elijah, the agency we used had an office about an hour away from us.  So, the agency did our home study.  There was no confusion about what was needed.

Steve Taylor sang Svengali and adopted a child

In fact, the social worker they used lived in our city.    She had adopted a boy from Viet Nam, and was very helpful for us in understanding international adoption.  One tip she gave us was that the transition will take about as long as the child was in an orphanage.  One man I knew from Presbytery who had previously adopted from China told me, “I wish someone told us that.”

By the way, Florida Presbytery of the ARP (Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for those who don’t know) was filled with pastors who adopted.  5 other guys came immediately to mind (it is not a huge Presbytery).  Some were domestic adoptions, and some were international adoptions.  The basic consensus was “we didn’t know how we’d afford it, but God provided.”  More on that later.

Another things this social worker tipped us on was acupuncture.  After traveling to Viet Nam, and being very careful all the time, her husband was sick.  For over a year he was lethargic and not himself.  No western doctors knew what was wrong.  Desperate they went to the local acupuncturist they used (whom we then used and found quite helpful).  A specialist happened to be in town.  While in Viet Nam they had been so careful.  But they spent a night in Tokyo.  While in the pool, he picked up a parasite.  Soon he was back to normal.

This time around, the we are using a different agency.  We enjoyed working with the first one, but they didn’t have a program in our country of choice.  The new agency doesn’t have an office way out here.  But the local adoption agency (Christian Family Care Agency) we considered while briefly considering domestic adoption was able to do the home study.  We had met the lady once before, and she was very nice.

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