Once again Caleb, the son of my fellow blogger Cristal, has wisdom beyond his years that every adult should pay attention to.

Refusing to Tiptoe

As we were leaving the Chimpanzee movie last week, I expressed to Caleb my frustration with the bad guys (or evil chimps) in the movie. 

Caleb paused. 

Then, using his gift of goodness, he gently corrected his mother.

You’re only seeing what the producer of the movie wanted you to see and the way he wanted you to see it.

Allowing the truth to soak in briefly, Caleb explained.

Scar and his guys were hungry, too.

But, the movie didn’t show us that part.

He was right.  I’d taken the bait.  Hook, line and sinker.  I was mad at Scar and his gnarly chimps for attacking Freddy’s troop.  (Because that’s where cute Oscar lived.) 

I’d only looked at the surface of what the film had provided. 

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Caleb, on the flip side, perceived the other group of chimps in a different light.  Realizing they were hungry, he had compassion for them.  Even when…

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A Witness to Grace and Courage in South Sudan

Just days before we boarded a plane for South Sudan, another fight broke out along the boarder between Sudan and South Sudan.  Three days and five flights later we arrived in Malakal, a boarder town that just a few months ago witnessed two days of street fighting between rebel infiltrators from the north and South …

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I love this post from my friend Cristal. She has a very refreshing and challenging perspective on following Jesus. Once you read this post you will also see that she has an amazingly wise and provocative 12 year old son named Caleb who has a better perspective on Jesus, faith, and religion that most adults I know.

Refusing to Tiptoe

This week, we are preparing our hearts for Easter Sunday using a Holy Week Worship Guide (thank you, Nick).

Caleb and I were together on our Holy Week journey one morning when I read,

Each year, thousands of faithful pilgrims made the trek to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and Jesus and His disciples were among them.

As I began to proceed, Caleb brought our voyage to a halt.  His inquisitive mind craving the truth.

Wouldn’t that have been religious of Jesus?

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Religious.

We are hearing much about religion these days.

Caleb explains he saw a man wearing a shirt which professed God hates religion but loves relationships.

Then did God hate Jesus celebrating the Passover, mom?

pebbles up close by Ivan Lian via flickr

According to my 1949 Webster’s Dictionary, religion is the service and adoration of God as expressed in forms of worship.

An awareness of conviction of the existence of a Supreme Being,

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Why Forgetting the Church and Just Following Jesus is Not an Option

I am not great at sound-bite theology. You know the kind I am talking about. It's those pithy little sayings, often in 140 characters or less that seem so spiritual, deep, and insightful. They are easy to remember getting passed on time and again until they become accepted as a given, collective, cultural,  truism. To …

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