information for and about children, including beliefs about children
Brainwashed in the Blood?
- As a Pentecostal, I'm not too thrilled with the way kids from my denomination are depicted in Jesus Camp. Matter of fact, this new documentary ticks me off—for a number of reasons.
- The process by which the child gains the knowledge and skills needed to function successfully in adult society is called socialization. The chief agency of socialization in modern western societies is the family, since it has full and nearly exclusive access to the child doing the early, most formative years. Other agencies, particularly the school and the church, supplement the family's socialization role.
- Zwingli and the Anabaptists substantially agreed that children in biblical perspective were surely included in the covenant people of God (Genesis 12:1-4; 17:9-27; Exodus 24:7; Deuteronomy 1:34-39; Deuteronomy 6:5-8, 20-25; Deuteronomy 31:12; Matthew 14:21; Mark 10:13-16; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Timothy 1:5; etc.). Some of the same texts from the two Testaments cited by Zwingli to prove that infant baptism superseded circumcision were used by the Anabaptists to prove that children were covered by Christ's universal atonement whether baptized or not. The latter celebrated this affirmation in a rite of child dedication, for which Marpeck included some suggestions in his confession of 1531 (CRR 2: 147).
- Within the Anabaptist and Mennonite tradition church membership has been theologically limited to adults (mature believers), but from the beginning children have played a special role in the community of faith. On the basis of the following Scriptures. Mennonites hold that all children who have not attained the knowledge to discern between good and evil and have not eaten of the tree of knowledge are surely saved through the suffering of Christ: Genesis 8. Deuteronomy 1:30-31; 1 Corinthians 14; Wisdom 12; 1 Peter 2; Romans 1,2,7,10; Matthew 18-19; Mark 9-10; Luke 18.
Dedication of Infants
- The consecration of children is an old, though not universally observed custom among the Mennonites, which is based on Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; and Luke 18:15-17. The first mention of this ceremony was found in the letter written by Balthasar Hubmaier to Oecolampadius in Basel, on 16 January 1525: "Instead of baptism, I have the congregation assemble, introduce the child, and in German explain Matthew 19:13-15. Then the child is named; the entire church prays with bent knees for it and commends it to Christ, that He may be gracious to it and intercede for it." Pilgram Marpeck also mentions the ceremony in his Confession of Faith of 1531 (Mennonite Quarterly Review 12, 1938, 195).
Guest Commentary: Jesus Camp
- This week, a documentary about a Pentecostal kids' camp hits the silver screen--and blogs,
news sites, and message boards are already buzzing. Blogger/writer/preacher Rich Tatum had
a chance to see a pre-release of the film and gives us a sneak peek of Jesus Camp.
Using Scripture for Character
- Verses and information on teaching children about strength, beauty, church/friends, future rewards and prayer
Using Scripture for Comfort
- Verses and information on teaching children about hope, loneliness, fear, joy, renewal, anger, and healing
Using Scripture for Correction
- Verses and information on teaching children about love and the Holy Spirit
Using Scripture for Sin – Purity
- Verses and information on teaching children about Sin, Salvation and Purity
Video Games: Violence In, Violence Out?
- Is mounting teen violence evidence of the effects of violent video games?