In September 2019, Little Images performed their very first survey of Christians on the topic of circumcision. (Perhaps it is the first ever survey on this topic!) I was definitely a newbie at creating online surveys (I laughed at myself later that I had included a 65+ age option for a survey aimed at peopleRead More
“It had never occurred to me that this was something you wouldn’t do.”
Hello! I just wanted to share my story as a relieved mom of a whole boy! Before I became pregnant with my son, I had two daughters and decided to open our home to watching a young boy for some extra income. The first time I changed him, I was surprised, because I had neverRead More
Dear Church, Protect them ALL.
Specific doctrinal beliefs vary between individual Christians. The views expressed in our blog and social media posts represent the beliefs of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Little Images as an organization. Today I attended a local conference of Christians who are engaged in the fight against human sex traffickingRead More
FGM in Kurdistan: Different culture, same reasons as MGM
Specific doctrinal beliefs vary between individual Christians. The views expressed in our blog and social media posts represent the beliefs of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Little Images as an organization. I was reading an article this morning about FGM in Kurdistan and its effect on women and I wasRead More
Unplanned: One Parent’s Take on the Movie
Specific doctrinal beliefs vary between individual Christians. The views expressed in our blog and social media posts represent the beliefs of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Little Images as an organization. Have you seen Unplanned? Recently I had the opportunity to see the movie Unplanned. I thought it wasRead More
Should Christian Parents Circumcise Their Infant Sons?
NOTE: This article first appeared on the Domestic Geek Girl blog in 2014. Its author, Gingi Freeman, has allowed us to publish it here as well, because we think it’s an important resource for our readers to have. We have updated and amended some of the links in this version. The Biblical Act of Circumcision First off, beforeRead More
Play by the rules, kids.
My kids got a new game; they read the instructions themselves and started to play. I marveled at their growing independence and enjoyed watching them play. A few days later they invited me to join. I discovered that they had misinterpreted the directions and were skipping a small but fairly crucial rule. I could seeRead More
How Are We Made in The Image of God?
Made in God’s Image Have you ever heard the phrase “made in God’s image”? Readers of the Bible are introduced to this phrase early in the book; it appears first in Genesis 1:26 when God says: “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in theRead More
Little Images expands in 2018 & 2019
The fall of 2018 was one of our most productive times yet at Little Images. I personally have needed to focus on financing personal, business, and non-profit endeavors – I’m now a full-stack developer building an application for launch in January, as well as a tech podcast producer and writer. My apologies to those whoRead More
FGM and MGM: Are they similar?
Any time the issue of FGM (female genital mutilation) hits the news in the United States, people typically respond with revulsion. Follow the discussion about this issue far enough and you’re also likely to come across the idea that FGM is wrong, and *male* children should not have their genitals cut either (“male circumcision”, referredRead More
Why are men born with a foreskin?
Christians believe human beings are one of God’s creations, and He created them very good. This is one truth to start with: God designed our bodies and that design is very good. The foreskin is part of God’s design for our genitals, and the foreskin is also very good. Humans are made in God’s image and thereforeRead More
One Christian’s Response to the Michigan FGM Ruling
Doctor in Michigan on Trial for Performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) In April 2017, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was arrested and charged with with cutting the genitals of several girls at a clinic in Livonia, Michigan. Others were also charged with assisting her. The girls’ parents sought out this procedure for religious and cultural reasons. SomeRead More
Forced Retraction: Don’t Let it Happen to Your Son!
What’s the biggest danger for a boy who hasn’t been circumcised? We have cards that you can give out to childcare workers and others to inform them of this. Click here to visit the shop.
He Saved Many Women’s Lives. Why Did Doctors Hate Him?
“Every day he heard the heart-rending pleas of women assigned to his care begging to be discharged because they believed these doctors to be the harbingers of death. Fortunately, Dr. Semmelweis was smart enough to listen to his patients.” – PBS Newshour “Wash your hands.” Common sense, right? Ever since doctors such as Pasteur, Lister,Read More
7 Reasons Why Your Pastor’s Lips are Sealed about Circumcision
“Look, Joe, I agree with you that Christian parents should not be circumcising their babies, but please don’t ask me to take a public stance against it.” This is the message I hear quite often from Christian pastors around the country, whose churches range from living rooms to megachurches. But what would make them sayRead More
Why Every Christian Should See “American Circumcision”
Today is the day we have been waiting for for a long time! The award-winning documentary American Circumcision is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and many different streaming services. This is a must-see, and we’re happy to have been involved with the making of what is sure to become a landmark presentation on this issue. WeRead More
“Eyes and No Eyes”: Charles Kingsley and God’s Creation
I read the preface of a book in my child’s ‘science’ pile for school and it was on my mind for days. The science book retells an old children’s story called “Eyes and No Eyes”: Two boys, William and Robert, walk the same route across the countryside. The first, Robert, describes the walk to hisRead More
Christians and Infant Circumcision: Where Should I Stand?
Note: This is a re-post of a blog originally published here with the author’s permission. If you are a Christian reading this, searching for answers or simply learning, I urge you to please pray before you read this. Surrender yourself, say a word of worship and acknowledge Him. Ask for the Spirit’s guidance, for HimRead More
Start with the Truth: Making a Biblical Decision about Circumcision
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” -Charles Spurgeon Which of the following stories have you heard people tell when circumcision is brought up? “I heard of a man once who _________” a. Wasn’t circumcised and lost his ENTIRE man part because of an infectionRead More
“If just one person had spoken up to me, this wouldn’t have happened” – Molly’s story
When I became pregnant with my fourth son (yes, I have four boys!) I knew what to expect. I had experience. I knew what pregnancy would be like. I knew what would happen when I was in labor and what happens afterwards. I knew what procedures would take place: weighing my baby, measuring, taking hisRead More
Her son’s circumcision was scheduled. What happened next, no one could explain…
From the moment I found out I was pregnant with baby #3, I prayed for it to be another girl, just because I did not want to have to make a decision on whether or not to circumcise. Shortly after our 8 week appointment, we decided to not find out what we were having, meaningRead More
Expecting parents, how should we be praying for our unborn children?
When Nick and Eva learned their family was growing, they were over the moon, and honestly, a little overwhelmed too. When they told their pastor the news a few weeks later he said “Congratulations! I will be praying for you and your little one.” Later, they sheepishly admitted to each other that they had notRead More
What’s missing from Christian books on marital sex?
Counselor: Welcome to your first pre-marriage counseling session! We’ll be covering topics like communication, finances, in-laws… Engaged Man: And sex! Engaged Woman: *blushes* Counselor: Yes, sex. I gather that you are very interested in that topic. You decided to wait until marriage, I’m glad to hear. Man: Yes, but when we get there, it needsRead More
“They say they don’t remember, but my son does.”
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I thought that looking at parenting magazines counted as researching circumcision. I came to the tentative decision that I should do it. Unfortunately, I miscarried, and I didn’t become pregnant for another 5 years. When I did, and found out it was a boy, I had myRead More
2016 Report: Little Images reaches thousands
When we finally launched Little Images nearly two years ago, after seven years of research, writing, and preparation, I announced some ambitious projects. Open Letters, challenge videos, meetings with leaders. These were projects that targeted champions among Christian groups: influential authors, preachers, and even whole denominations. Some of our early activity was promising. WeRead More
Post-truth: Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year
That was 2015’s Word of the Year, officially called the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. 2014’s was “vape.” 2013 was ”selfie.” The Oxford English Dictionary elects a ‘word of the year’ each December that most defines the “mood, ethos, and preoccupations” of the previous 12 months. This year’s word of the year was post-truth, whichRead More
We have a lot to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving from Little Images! It’s been a crazy year for everyone, but we have a LOT to be thankful for. We here at Little Images are proud of the work we’ve accomplished this year and are excited for the year to come. Looking back this year, we’re blessed in so many different ways. We’reRead More
How a Stranger on Facebook Saved my Baby: London’s Story
My husband and I welcomed our first son into the world a few months ago at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Twentyninepalms, CA. We decided to leave him intact. But the staff at the hospital told me to retract him (pull back his foreskin) and clean his penis with every diaper change. I’m a newRead More
The most widespread abuse in the American Church
We the Church stand against cultural practices that harm our children. We stand against slavery. At least for the recent past. We once accepted this cultural practice – in fact, some of us defended slavery from the Bible and held it was a good thing to do. This took centuries to change. We stand against abortion. We’ve beenRead More
The finishing blow to circumcision: college kids
It’s no secret who the hardest part of the population to reach with our message is. If you’re a married American who has already circumcised a boy, it’s a slim chance you’re reading this now. If you are, thank you for checking out our message. You’re the exception to the rule. The unfortunate reality is thatRead More
We Are Intact.
Guest Post The morning my son was born, I became someone new, while remaining ever the same. Just like his big sister, he was over a week late – my babies love to stay put, stubborn and strong-willed like their mama. The evening prior when the contractions crept up, my mother and I walked theRead More
1 Million Booklets to 1 Million Christians (with circumcision info)
If you’re thinking, “sure, this is cool and all, but just skip ahead to where I can enter the giveaway!” click here. As our Open Letters project slowly chugs along, it’s time for a quicker, more visible, more massive project:#1millionbookletsA large portion of the United States is Christian, and strangely, Christians are more likely to circumciseRead More
Circumcision Math: Does it add up?
Many parents tell us they chose to circumcise their child so that he won’t have to have it done as an adult. Let’s set ethical arguments about pain, consent, divine design, etc. aside for now. Let’s just look at the math. What are the odds that your son will actually need to have a circumcision later? According toRead More
The Nursing Home Argument
I’ve heard most of the reasons people use to justify circumcision. This one keeps popping up, and it’s used a lot by nurses and friends of nurses. And every time I hear it, I cringe a little more. It’s the nursing home argument. It goes something like this: “I am a nurse in a nursing home,Read More
Congratulations on your Engagement!
Congratulations! You just got engaged! (Or you hope to be soon, at least.) Pre-marriage counseling can help get your marriage started with a focus on God, good habits of communication, and agreement on key principles. While engaged, my husband and I got advice from trusted older family members, as well as taking a 4-afternoon classRead More
Faith, Hope, Love … and Intactivism
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.”- Romans 12:9 (NLT) I am an intactivist. I have many friends who care about many issues: abortion, human trafficking, homelessness, foreign missions, and more. All these friends sincerely care about God’s will for humans, and theyRead More
Class is in Session: What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
Class is in Session is a new feature to the Little Images blog in which educators present information on a given topic. We at Little Images believe in upholding the rights of all children. Children are created in the image of God, and this demands they be treated with dignity and respect. Efforts to do thisRead More
One way the Enemy wants to destroy your marriage (and how to stop him)
The Enemy doesn’t want your marriage to prosper.John 10:10 says he comes to steal, kill, and destroy.Chances are you’re reading this because he’s found a new target: you and your wife.My wife and I have our share of disagreements, just like any other married couple, but we work through them as partners.After all, as Christian husbands, weRead More
Bees, Crucifixion, and Self-flagellation: Happy Easter from Little Images!
Greetings everyone! Joe at Little Images here wishing everyone a Happy Easter. We’re excited for what God’s doing with our ministry, and we’re looking forward to a busy spring and summer ahead of us. We hope you get to spend the holiday weekend with your loved ones. On another note, if you enjoy satire andRead More
Lauren’s Story: “I wish I could go back”
A Mother’s Regret I keep replaying everything in my head, and now when I see my first son’s pictures from the newborn photo shoot – that I had always loved – all I can think about is how that is the day he was circumcised. I wish I could go back and change so much aboutRead More
“Don’t Confuse your Google Search with my Medical Degree!”
Have you ever tried to self-diagnose via the Internet? Got a rash? Go onto WebMD and plug in your symptoms. Turns out you have scabies. Or leprosy. You might already be dead. The Internet gives us plenty of worst case scenarios, rare diagnoses, exaggerated claims, old wives tales and outdated information, all mixed in with legitimate information.Read More
Why your doctor’s hands are tied – and how to help untie them
Board Games I was talking to a prominent member of the staff at a local birth center the other day about a medical policy issue: specifically, what their circumcision policy was. I was surprised at her answer. “You won’t find a single midwife here who is pro-circumcision. We know it’s best practice not to doRead More
Sacrificing the Best: biblical circumcision and the Christian
Guest Post by Carrie Mullins Note: Posts by guest authors do not necessarily represent the theological or other views of Little Images. Each blog post author’s views are his or her own. I have heard the following many times among some in the Christian community: God does not require circumcision for our salvation, but it is a biblical sacrificeRead More
Breaking Both commandments – ignorance, pride, or fear?
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” A man once asked Jesus, “Which are the two greatest commandments?” His answer? The greatest is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” “And” – He was quick to add – “the second is like it: Love your neighbor asRead More
A reply to “Why I Didn’t Have My Son Circumcised”
This letter is a reply to a post by Sarah Watts at Yahoo! Parenting. Dear Sarah, I recently read the story of your son Henry on Yahoo! Parenting. As a mother, my heart immediately went out to you, and I can only imagine how much difficulty you have endured with your son in his first year ofRead More
Jessicah’s Story: “I’m not saying your son is dirty, but his foreskin is”
My 2 year old intact son, Damon, woke up on Thanksgiving morning complaining that his penis hurt. I took off his diaper to find the bottom of his penis red and slightly swollen. I figured it was just irritated from his diaper, so I decided just to let him air out a bit. Diagnosis: yeastRead More
Here’s 1 way grandparents can make a difference
The pace of change in our world is rapid. I’m only 31 and I can see that the world I live in is quite different than the world my parents grew up in. It’s a world of choices everywhere we turn. Guacamole or salsa? (Neither was a “thing” when I was growing up in theRead More
The gift you CAN’T return
Were you really hoping that your loved ones included a gift receipt this year when you opened your present?Let’s face it. Sometimes we all question whether or not it’s “the thought that counts.” Lucky for us, we live in a day and age where exchanging, store credit, and regifting are socially acceptable.And there’s a pretty high chanceRead More
Tiffany’s Regret Story: “Never Again!”
I am a regret mom. I allowed my doctor to torture my son so that he could make a profit, and I will never forgive myself.”Research”I “researched” circumcision when I was pregnant. I saw the claims that it was cleaner, prevented UTIs and cancer, and I believed them. I thought, “I don’t know any menRead More
Stewards, not Owners: Parents’ Rights
If I have to go on a long trip, I assume my house-sitter will do certain things without me needing to spell them out. They’ll discourage theft and vandalism (lock the doors when they leave), do normal maintenance (wipe up a spill of water that would otherwise damage the flooring), and arrange for the yard to be cared for. In an emergency likeRead More
Does a Biblical view of the body allow for circumcision?
Click here to see what Christians throughout the ages have thought of circumcision. Parents might give many reasons for having chosen circumcision, but underlying almost all of them is a negative view of the foreskin. After all, if the foreskin was seen as a good, healthy, purposeful part of the body then why would we everRead More
Good Traditions, Bad Traditions
Happy Thanksgiving from Little Images! Thanksgiving is a holiday soaked in gravy, cranberry sauce and tradition. I’m looking forward to my family’s tradition of cast iron skillet caramel apple pie and homemade ice cream. Thinking beyond food, I also love my church’s tradition of having a time after our Thanksgiving potluck to share what weRead More
TOENAILS GONE WRONG!!!
Readers sometimes are uncomfortable with our usual topics, so let’s change things up. Today, let’s not talk about the prepuce (which all males and females are born with).Let’s talk about nails instead.We’ll start with the humble toenail. Toenails may or may not be attractive looking, and usually we don’t give much thought to them. Unwashed, they might even appearRead More
Social Justice Doesn’t Sell.
Cameron Strang struck a chord with me in the latest issue of RELEVANT Magazine. If you’ve never read RELEVANT, check it out. It’s got something for everyone (no, I’m not getting paid to endorse this) and focuses on intentional Christian living. Strang, as the founder and publisher of RELEVANT, includes an editorial called “First Word.” InRead More
“Public schools are prisons!”“Breastfeeding a 2 year old is sick!”“I can’t believe they let their 8 year old go biking alone. It’s so dangerous!”We human beings sometimes criticize each other harshly, particularly when it comes to a subject we can feel very defensive about: parenting decisions.Most of us are mature enough to not resort toRead More
Wonderfully Created (Nurse’s Corner)
“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)This week’s article is written by Sylvia, an American nurse (RN MSN FNP-C CEN). A medical bibliography is included below. The human body has been incredibly designed by God. While studying human anatomy for 6 years to get my Bachelors and Masters of Science,Read More
Why are Christians cutting their baby girls?
It’s a terrible fact. And somehow, despite international media campaigns, activist organizations, and UN resolutions, it’s a fact that has escaped the notice of many Christians in other areas of the world. In Africa, many Christians circumcise their girls. In some places, female circumcision is more prevalent among Christians than it is among Muslims. 29 countries were tracked asRead More
Warning: don’t read this unless you appreciate quality.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.” (John 10:10, BSB)Best Buy, according to their website, has 457 different flat-panel TVs for sale. Indeed, if you walked into any of the major entertainment chains here in the US,Read More
The AAP is not God
EDITOR’S NOTE: Since the release of this blog post, the AAP’s 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement has lapsed and has not been replaced. As the AAP states, “All policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics automatically expire 5 years after publication unless reaffirmed, revised, or retired at or before that time.” Speculation as to whyRead More
Infant Circumcision: A Reformed Response
The cultural climate in America today and in several other countries calls for newly born infants to be circumcised. But as Christians, we must not only ask ourselves if this circumcision is the best thing for our infants, we must consider whether it would most glorify the name of God.As a Christian who is aRead More
Christian men and sex: 10 things we “know”
(This post is for men 18 and over. If that’s not you, you might like this article about a puppy and a kitten instead. Seriously, do yourself a favor and move along. Nothing to see here.)A medical professional has reviewed this post for accuracy. Let’s get right to the point!These 10 things (in no particular order) areRead More
“Just a boy issue”
A medical professional has reviewed this blog post to ensure accuracy. Sitting by the side of the pool each morning for 2 weeks of swimming lessons, with a group of moms I’d never met before, we often talked about our kids, the hot weather, weekend plans for camping. The usual chit-chat. But one morning, a concerned momRead More
“Submitting your son to the procedure to prevent urinary infections makes only a little more sense than buying insurance against being gored by a unicorn in Riverside.” — Eugene Robin, M.D. Stanford University Medical SchoolIf there is one rumor that just can’t seem to die, it’s that infant circumcision prevents urinary tract infections (UTIs). ThisRead More
Might as well jump?
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)“If everybody else went and jumped off a bridge, would you doRead More
Christians and Chase (why the silence?)
7 reasons we Christians are keeping silent about Chase Correction: Christians have come forward since the writing of this post and protested that they are, in fact, speaking out about this case, and that they have many Christian friends who are doing so. I don’t deny this, and I’m sorry I came across as saying that no Christians are speakingRead More
Respecting God’s design for your son
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created. ~Revelation 4:11Respect is a big deal to Christians. The Bible says over and over that we are to respect God and show respect for his creation, for each other, and forRead More
Yes, #TheyFeelPain . . . even after birth
There’s been a lot of talk lately in the news about when humans begin to feel pain, thanks to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act being voted on in Congress, a bill that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization or later, with some exceptions. The medical field long operated under the assumption that infants cannotRead More