Why I Baptized My Babies (Summary)

Thanks to everyone who has been reading my series on infant baptism. I’ve tried to outline the reasons why my opinion shifted from a creedobaptist to a paedobaptist position.

Below you’ll see a listing of all the posts in this series.

Part 1 – Covenant Kids

What started my journey was the nagging question: Just how does God see my kids? As part of the church? Totally lost? His people? Pagans? I started out completely closed to the idea of infant baptism. But I wanted to know who my children were in the eyes of God. This opened the door to my exploration.

Part 2 – All in the Family

My first stop along this journey was when I started to embrace a more biblical view of the family. While I didn’t find paedobaptist arguments convincing yet, I found myself more and more drawn to their understanding of God’s covenant community and covenant family.

Part 3 – My Objections

I had some serious objections to infant baptism. This post outlines 4 critical ones.

Part 4 Circumcision: A Seal of the Promise

If it’s true that infants in the church should be baptized like those in the old covenant were circumcised, this would mean that circumcision held profound spiritual significance. But as someone from a baptistic background, I believed circumcision was merely a mark of Jewish ethnic identity. I needed to have this notion overturned.

Part 5 God’s Generational Faithfulness

One of the reasons I rejected the idea of infant baptism was because I believed an advantage of the new covenant was that only professing believers would be considered a part of God’s people. Therefore only believers should be given the mark of membership. The old covenant was too inclusive, I thought, embracing members by virtue of their parentage and not their faith. In order to buy into infant baptism, this assumption needed to be dismantled.

Part 6 – From Circumcision to Baptism

In order to believe in infant baptism, I needed to believe baptism somehow replaced circumcision, but there are no statements in the Bible to this effect. Why do paedobaptists believe baptism is the New Testament counterpart to circumcision?

Part 7 – Baptized Born Again Believers

My biggest objection to infant baptism was my belief that baptism is always linked to a personal profession of faith and a believer’s personal union with Christ. How could an infant be united to Christ? How could we baptize someone who is unable to profess faith? If paedobaptists couldn’t explain this one, there was no way they would win me to their side.

Part 8 – The Household Connection

With my objections answered, I searched for some sign from the New Testament that baptism was for more than just professing believers. I originally believed the absence of infant baptisms in the Bible was a clear indication that it was wrong: I later came to see this silence as one of the greatest arguments for it.

Part 9 – The Difference It Makes

Since my children have been baptized, how has this new theological position changed the way I think about baptism? About God? About my kids?

Gettin’ Our CT on with the Cool Fat Burner

A tool to help me get my CT (Cold Thermogenesis) on in the middle of the day while I’m wrangling the 4 munchkins? Sign me up! We were so excited when Eric, the designer of the Cool Fat Burner, contacted us after seeing our blog post with a list of CT resources. Eric, very graciously supplied us with two Cool Fat Burners to try out and tell you about.

We have had a chance to check them out a little bit and are totally impressed. The cool fat burner is a vest, with a piece that drapes over your back and a piece that drapes over the front of each of your shoulders. There are two pockets in the front for ice packs and one large pocket in the back for an ice pack. These were designed to have ice packs covering areas of our body with the most concentrated amount of brown fat.

I appreciate quality, and these vests fit the bill. They aren’t going to be falling apart anytime soon. The Cool Fat Burner is sold for $59.99 on the website, and if you ask me is a bargain for those of us who are trying to get our cool on.

So, Luke and I have recently decided we need some CT goals, so we put a plan together. Without a plan, we tend to let these things slip. We haven’t been very good at CT through the summer and are really looking forward to getting back into it as the weather cools down.

The plan is…

  • Wear our Cool Fat Burners at least 5 times a week for 2 hours
  • Get in our pool submerged up to our neck at least 2 times a week for an hour.
  • We will, of course, be pairing this with our standard ketogenic-Paleo diet and are expecting superb results.

We have taken measurements and will be reporting back every couple of weeks to tell you how our CT with our Cool Fat Burner is going!

For those that aren’t hip with the concept of CT, check out these posts:

Free Fall Dot Marker Printables

Just a few days ago I was given the opportunity to guest post on Simply Helping Him about 10 activities I use to keep my pre-schooler busy during the school day. As I stated in that post, one of Cameron’s favorites is the Do-A-Dot
paints.

I just found a blog that has free fall dot marker printables! Print these out on some card stock or heavy weight paper, and you’ve got a great activity. I can’t wait to show Cameron these new pages for him to paint on. He’ll love them, especially the apples (he’s a little apple feind)!

Heritage History Curriculum Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of our Heritage History giveaway. We put the all of the entries in a list, entered it into Random.org to randomize the list. Then, we asked our 8 year old son, Bradley, to pick the lucky winner. He chose, number 67… congratulation Debbie H! You have won a Heritage History curriculum of your choice. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have been!

A Homeschool Moms Dilemma: Keeping Your Preschooler Busy

Having a pre-schooler when you have older kids can be a challenge! It can especially be a challange when you’re trying to homeschool an older child (or children) and maybe take care of a baby (or two babies in my case).

Cameron, my second-born, is almost 4 year old, and he likes to push the limits with everything. It can sometimes be difficult to keep him out of trouble. I’ve found the key to making it through the school day is to have lots of fun activities to keep him busy.

Don’t get me wrong, we still have some difficult days, but the more I have lined up for him, the better. If you’re looking for some ideas on keeping your pre-schooler busy while you work with your older kids go check out the rest of my post at Simply Helping Him.

What are some of your ideas for keeping your preschooler occupied during school time? I’m always looking for new ideas to add to my arsenal!

(Special thank’s to Misty for having me guest post on her blog!)

Copy Kids DVD: Get Your Kids to Eat Fruits & Veggies! (Review and Giveaway)

Do your kids like to eat their fruits and veggies? I have one that loves veggies (broccoli being his favorite), one that loves fruit, and two unknowns (they mostly like breast milk)! Copy-Kids is a DVD that seeks to encourage kids to explore and experience the vast array of fruits and veggies.

I was given a chance to review this DVD, which has won three excellence awards, one from Dr. Toy, one from MACT, and another from Parent Tested Parent Approved. The DVD is aimed toward children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years and retails for $19.95 on the Copy-Kids website. Perfect for my family, because I have 3 in that age range! Unfortunately, my two youngest are just 1 year old and we attempt to keep their screen time at zero. (There have been too many studies that have come out in the last decade that show correlations between children under the age of two watching television and the development of ADHD and learning disabilities.) I did make an exception to review this DVD though.

Copy-Kids is not a flashy DVD. There aren’t boisterous characters, animations, or extravagent special effects. Copy-Kids is simply a DVD of kids having fun exploring and eating different fruits and vegetables. From a parent’s perspective, the kids are quite endearing.

My Kids Reaction

Dylan and Elliot (1 year old), were largely disinterested and did’t pay much attention to the screen while it was on. Cameron (3) enjoyed parts of the DVD, but was really only interested in watching the parts with fruits and vegetables he knows he likes. He always protested during the sections featuring food he doesn’t like.

Copy-Kids is a really cute idea for a children’s DVD, but I don’t forsee that it will make much impact on the eating habits of my children. I’m totally open to the possibility that it might surprise me, and I’m all for trying!

If you would like a chance to check out Copy-Kids, be sure to enter our giveaway!

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Panda Boy: Challenge Accepted (Review)

If you are in the mood for an old-school 2D platform game and didn’t get enough of the London Olympics, then Panda Boy: Challenge Accepted might be for you. It is pretty much Sonic the Hedgehog meets Alex Kidd.

A little boy dressed in a panda costume is running from China to London carrying an eternal flame to restore the recently extinguished Olympic flame. He needs to jump over a bunch of obstacles using colorful rings (strategically placed by you, the player) to swing over these obstacles.

My kids like it; that much I can say. On the iPad the controls are extremely easy to use: just tap the screen where you want the ring to appear, and if you time it right, Panda Boy will hurtle himself higher and higher over bottomless pits of doom. When he reaches the end of each level, Panda Boy lands on a poll and slides down (Mario-style) to the bottom. Ring. Rinse. Repeat. Over and over and over.

Did I like Panda Boy? Not really, but then I believe my patience for these sorts of games has sort of run out for me. My 11-year-old alter ego liked it, but he doesn’t come out to play much these days.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Why I Baptized My Babies (Part 9)

In these last 8 posts I’ve been telling the story of my move from the Baptist to the paedobaptist position. While I’ve attempted to give a reasoned defense of this position, my posts are as much biographical as they are theological. I’ve only outlined specific aspects of this debate with which I personally wrestled, certainly not every possible angle or every relevant Bible passage.

For this final post, I want to share what difference this change has made in my life.

How I understand baptism

I used to believe baptism was first and foremost saying something about me: I am united with Christ; I am forgiven; I am born again. But now I see baptism as first something about Christ.

Credobaptists and paedobaptists alike agree that the act of baptism symbolizes or demonstrates spiritual realities. But historically there has been a great divergence of opinion over what exactly it symbolized in baptism. Continue reading

Heritage History Curriculums and Libraries (Review & Giveaway)

I was delighted to have the chance to review Heritage History because it’s an incredible product that I’ll be able to easily integrate into the Veritas Press history program we are already using. Heritage History has packaged a plethora of classical history books into an easy-to-store CD (you’d need a few bookcases to store this many books in paper format). This history curriculum can be used on its own, as a living books style of curriculum, or in conjunction with another history program.

Historical Curriculum from Heritage History

This living books curriculum has 5 libraries that are a complete curriculum. The curriculum includes reading lists, study guides, maps, geography terms, teaching aids, and timelines.

  • Young Readers
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • British Middle Ages
  • British Empire

Historical Libraries from Heritage History

There are 4 more historical libraries that are not complete curriculums. This means they have the reading lists, but none of the other resources. Heritage History does have intentions of upgrading the remainder of these libraries.