The Portable Baptismal 7000 is here!

Well, last week my family and I received the labor of love that my in-laws had created: a portable baptismal.  I remember the very efficient and portable baptismal that Mr. John Ogwyn had (and in which my brother-in-law and — I think — sister-in-law were baptized), and I have been in a number of situations where such a creation would have been helpful.

So, my wife, father-in-law, and mother-in-law put their heads together and, before you know it, they made one themselves!  It’s a good bit bigger than I was expecting, but they wanted to be sure that it would fit repentant sinners of all sizes. 🙂

Here’s a picture:

Portable Baptismal

And, they were kind enough to make it Texas Aggie Maroon for me!

The picture above was taken at their home.  We’ve assembled it, ourselves, but we haven’t filled it with water, yet (though we plan to test it this Wednesday before using it this weekend for the real thing).  They said it leaks slowly at the seams, so it is an outdoor-only animal.  Still, baptizing is a “get stuff wet” sort of business, so a slow, little seeping won’t be a problem.

I can’t wait to put the Portable Baptismal 7000 to good use — thanks, Mom and Dad!

5 thoughts on “The Portable Baptismal 7000 is here!

  1. Great baptismal! It just needs some wheels so you can push it down the street and get some people wet.

    I was baptised in a portable dunk tank. It was a solemn occasion to mark my identification with Christ, having been born again to a lively hope in Jesus. Afterward, people were dunked for fun. As far as I can tell from the scriptures, any convenient puddle that was large enough was perfectly suitable.

    I do find it remarkable that John was able to baptize so many by having them come to him. In Mark’s account, we read that, “there went out to him all the land of Judaea, and Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him…”

    Christ’s remarks about him, when he asked, “What went ye out to see?” imply that the people thought John a prophet. What do you think it was that convinced so many people of this? Jesus did miracles and people were skeptical of him, but John did no miracles. We don’t read that he healed anyone, or fed anyone, and though some wondered, he denied being the Christ.

    John’s ministry was certainly unique, and perhaps the church’s baptisms described in Acts and the epistles is more perfectly an example we can follow. I’ve witnessed a few baptisms besides my own, but I find it remarkable how the accounts in the scriptures appear to describe people that were ready to jump in the water as soon as they had heard the gospel, not after taking Christianity for a few months or years test drive to see if they like it first.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Ben. Yes, I think it will be a big help. Since our congregations generally own any buildings, this should give me a nice option for baptizing when there is no convenient, large “puddle” around. 🙂

    As for John the Baptist, I think the power, clarity, nature, and scriptural truth of his message helped his hearers to recognize his status as a prophet, as may have some surviving tales concerning his conception and birth. His clothing probably helped, as it would have called to mind the dress of some prophets of the Old Testament.

    And, yes, those in the first century seemed to understand that when you find the Lord of All Things, you commit to Him. God had certainly fertilized the soil, as it were, for the planting and establishing of His church. But that said, I can fault no one for taking Christ’s advice to count the cost seriously. I simply think that back then many had a more accurate picture of the true costs involved.

    Thanks for writing.

  3. Norbert

    As the common understanding of, “You never know when …”. Is there any chance you’ll be sent to the Sahara or Gobi deserts with it and put it to good use? Looks like the need for it in those locations are greater than other areas. I think the mathematics of probably can prove that somehow. And if you’re able to drag the camera crew along, that would make for some great off site episodes of “The World Tommorrow” programs to boot!

    Actually on a more serious note, has it ever been brought up about doing camera shoots off location? Like, I can imagine some episode about showing the world tommorrow within a farmstead. The crop bearing fields, the shelter of a barn, animals being sheparded and children running around the backyard. Walking and talking through those backgrounds would stir the mind, perhaps plant it back in the God given ground.

    Anyhow that is probably going off subject somewhat. I find the practically of the tank excellent, a demonstration of the ingenuity created within the human mind given to us men. And in a pinch, not to mention the empty 200 gal fish tank I used to own. 🙂

  4. C.S. Lewis astutely pointed out (in his THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS) that the people had grown up with the Law of Moses from childhood. They weren’t being handed some fancy new code of ethics (not in the essentials, to be sure). The Resurrection and the Redemption (said Lewis) motivated them to act, although the motivation didn’t stop there.

    When the people were shown a way of living up to those ethics that didn’t demand Pharisaic hypocrisy or Herodian compromise with the world (those two kinds of spiritual leaven Jesus warned against), they were often ready indeed to receive it. I suspect they often were much better prepared to respond to John the Baptist and Jesus (despite the disdain of their leaders for “this people who do not know the law [and] are cursed”) than many who come into contact with the Church of God today are prepared to respond to the Church.

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