The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Smiles and Sadness, Solomon and a Savior

Life is complicated. Schedules conflicted, information mistaken, words misunderstood, our health or even our loved ones snatched from us: all of that is a formula for stress.


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Take a missionary to lunch.

As a child I saw missionaries as larger-than-life characters. Our pastor read at least one prayer letter each week, and prayed over the requests. Occasionally they came in person, with slides and displays and stories and artifacts of faraway peoples, lands, and customs.


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Read any good poems lately?

Poetry has fallen on hard times.

Articles with titles like, “Who killed poetry?” (1988) and “Is Verse a Dying Technique”? (1934) long ago were highlighting what any careful observer of our culture can tell you: Poetry as a common art form has been disappearing for some time.


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To die is gain?

In Philippians 1:21, the Apostle Paul records a profound statement: “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” The verse is quoted so often that perhaps its pious ring insulates us from its impact.


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Our Greatest Danger

Usually when we think of danger, we think of guns, knives, high cliffs, smoking aircraft engines, or, today, a virus. But Jesus says dangers like these can kill only the body; the true danger is the eternal danger of the soul.


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Victim or Victor?

Our culture’s love for so-called “reality TV” and “survivor” programs may cause us to shake our heads, wondering what all of the fuss is about. Why would we tune in week after week to see who will be voted off the island, get fired, or be “deselected” by a potential mate?


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What do you do with a longing? (Part Two)

Given that longings are a part of us, the next question is, what part? That is, if we have longings (and we do) because we were made in God’s image (and we were), how do we deal with them, now that we are fallen creatures?


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What do you do with a longing? (Part One)

The approach of the holidays and a new year often find us reflective about our past and hopeful about our future. We begin planning with a clean slate, hopefully a little wiser for our experiences. But between the past and the future, right there on the line of the present moment, lie our longings.


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Multitasking Jesus

Surely you’ve been there, sitting on the passenger side, riding with someone who keeps looking at you when he talks. He keeps making eye contact with you instead of watching the lines on the road, the oncoming traffic, the signal lights, and the pedestrians crossing in front of him.


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Truth with a Capital T

Years ago someone asked me about my greatest challenge in ministry. Without hesitation, I answered that our greatest challenge is the loss of community in our culture. That is, families and churches have become fragmented, and people, regardless of how crowded things get, feel very much alone.


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