The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Why Church is Not Cool

While many of our verbal shortcuts have gone the way of the Dodo, the word “cool” has somehow survived for decades. Once the word had escaped the orbit of jazz musicians and circulated in everyday life, it has displayed a remarkable resilience. There are cool cars, cool stores,


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“Should I pray about that?”

One thing I’ve always found fascinating is comparing our prayers to prayers found in the Bible, especially those of Jesus and Paul. If you attend a prayer meeting, or hear public prayers, you will tend to hear prayers for health, financial prosperity, physical safety, traveling mercies,


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Coming to the End of Yourself

“The Hound of Heaven” is a poem by Francis Thompson, first published in 1893. The poem runs to 182 lines, and is tough sledding, even for English majors. But it is a masterpiece, and deserving of the acclaim that it has brought the poet, though most of it came after his death in 1907.


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Snow!

Folks often wish for a white Christmas, and this year many of us had one. The snow was fluffy here, not wet, and maybe only two inches deep. But looking out at the trees covered in it, what stands out is its whiteness.


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“God with us”

Advent, as you know, is a time for somber reflection about the coming of Jesus. But we are so used to the season that we may not always be in tune with the implications of this amazing reality that God has, in fact, come near. He not only came near,


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Merry Christmas!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions has been attending a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Kimmel Center in downtown Philadelphia. Those memories were fresh on my mind as I listened to an online presentation yesterday.


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Don’t miss this opportunity!

Israel missed it in the desert.
Moses missed it at the Rock.
Saul missed it at Gilgal.
Elijah missed it in a cave.


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Lighten your load!

The greatest challenge for hikers and backpackers is not struggling up a steep mountain trail or fording a swollen stream. In fact, the most perplexing problem facing trekkers is not even physical.


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“I hate change!”

The year that is coming to an end has seen a remarkable amount of change, and most of that does not seem to have been for the better. Lock-downs, school closures, business failures, family reunions spoiled, and celebrations cancelled all were a part of our life. Much of it was well-meaning,


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Daniel in the Prophet’s Den

I’m always fascinated by Bible teachers who profess to know the details of the end times. They wax eloquent about the identity of the Antichrist, the signs they are certain point to Christ’s return, and of course many pinpoint the date itself. And they are inevitably wrong.


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