The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Magic Bullets

I’m not sure how and when it happened, but we somehow imported into modern terminology an idea from German folklore, namely the mythical “magic bullet.”


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Moving Into The Son

The planting directions warned, “Needs at least six hours of sunshine each day.” But I was hoping to keep the tomato plants indoors for the summer, shielded from disease, insects, and squirrels.


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In Darwin We Trust

One spring morning I watched a squirrel scurry to a spot in the back yard, stop, and dig up an acorn. He climbed a bird-feeder pole and enjoyed his buried treasure in the warming sunshine.


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The Whirr Behind The Water

My early morning walk took me past a storefront with an outside fountain. The shrubbery was neatly trimmed, and the bronze cranes arranged in different positions of flying or standing in the shallow water. It was rather unexpected in that old neighborhood near a trolley station.


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Remembering

We may not realize how often God calls on us to remember. But the Bible is full of memorials, festivals, altars, celebrations, and psalms dedicated to jog God’s people’s collective memory about salvation history.


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When It’s Just Too Much

After his successful and spectacular encounter with Ahab and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), Elijah famously runs away when he hears that Jezebel had sworn to kill him. The Bible tells us that he ran away because he was afraid.


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“Under New Management”

Walking through my neighborhood a while back, I passed a church with a sign on the front lawn which read, “Under New Management.” I had to smile. Actually, I chuckled. Okay, laughed.


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Recapturing Joy

Many years ago a popular song included the lines. . .
“Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love.”


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So, what makes you happy?

One of more often quoted C. S. Lewis lines is from his sermon, “Weight of Glory”: “We are far too easily pleased.”

The idea arrests us, cutting through our cultural Attention Deficit Disorder.


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The Real Jesus

It often occurs to me that our common assumptions about Jesus really don’t square with the Gospel record. As we work our way through the Gospels, we see it even more clearly.


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