The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Jesus’ Favorite Color

We would search the Scriptures in vain to discover whether Jesus was a dog or cat person, morning or night person, or even introvert or extrovert. We can guess, of course, and many will do so, but we don’t know what his favorite color was. Nor does it matter in the least.


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Broken

One of the more difficult tasks in life is to find balance. We are such creatures of extremes, it’s easy to binge on what we like, spend time with only certain people, and justify our many excesses.


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Advice: Good, Bad, and Internet

One of the advantages consumers have these days is the availability of online reviews. Whether you are choosing a computer, car, or caterer, usually you find ready assistance from those who own the object or have tried the service.


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What was he thinking?

I’ve always enjoyed spending time in Philadelphia, and one of the highlights was a trip to the Rodin Museum. On display there is the bronze statue, “The Thinker,” by Sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). (For now, the museum is closed, but you can see and read about the statue here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Thinker-sculpture-by-Rodin.)


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Older: Some Spiritual Advantages

We’ve talked about aging well and some of the things we learn (if we’re wise) just by being alive so long. But there is another dimension to all of this, and that is the life of faith.


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Older: Some Genuine Advantages

As you get older you begin receiving a plethora of offers and discount opportunities that serve to remind you of how old you are. In Philly, you can ride SEPTA buses and trolleys for free. In some states, you can hunt and fish for free. Senior discounts abound.


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Older: Much Better Than Expected

My dad did a lot of things really well, but growing old was not one of them. Quite literally, up to the day he died, he was bemoaning his age and its comparative disadvantages.


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God’s Renewable Resource

Hopeless. Despairing. Depressed. Despondent.

That covers the waterfront of Jeremiah’s emotions as he took in the aftermath of the fall of Jerusalem. It was all gone. The king deported, his sons executed. The city’s leadership slaughtered.


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When Chaos is a Political Strategy

On one of my early trips to the former Soviet Union country of Moldova, I inquired of the driver/translator about the recent parliamentary elections. I had read that it was a close, hotly contested political battle in which conservatives won a narrow victory over the communist opposition.


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God vs. Globalism

One of the Bible’s most familiar stories is the confusion of the languages at the Tower of Babel. You can read all about it in Genesis 11:1-8. This tiny narrative is sandwiched between the Flood and the calling of Abraham, and its presence haunts us with two questions.


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