The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

“. . . and all Jerusalem with him.”

These words are an easily missed phrase in our traditional Christmas reading from Matthew 2. When the Magi had come, they asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and we have come to worship him.”


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Racial Reconciliation Conversation Stoppers

If we truly want to advance the cause of racial reconciliation, there are several unhelpful things which are better not to say.


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We owe what?

The Lord taught us to pray, “forgive us our debts. . .,” and that may be the tactic our nation will have to use, given the size of its debt. According to the U. S. State Department (who ought to know), we owe various creditors, as of now, over 26 trillion dollars. Trillion, with a T.


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Panning for Placer Promises

Most of the world’s gold has come, not from mines, but from placer deposits, minerals eroded long ago from the surrounding rocks. Prospectors use shallow pans to scoop up a bit of the creek gravel and sand, swishing it around to expose the precious grains or nuggets.


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Moral Distancing

We’ve been talking about social distancing for so long that I honestly don’t recall when I first heard it. A popular term, it also is a proven means of preserving good health in the face of a viral threat.


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“As I have loved you.”

The command for believers to love one another was not a new commandment. In fact, Jesus explains (Matthew 22:35-39) that loving others and loving God are the essence of keeping God’s moral law.


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“I just don’t get it.”

Let’s face it, life is frustrating. Much of the time our exasperation and anger erupt because what someone does makes no sense to us. It’s one thing to be outraged by vengeance or robbery, but at least there’s a reason for them. We disapprove, but we understand.


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Make Way for Grace!

One of the beauties of the Psalms is their first person narration of how real people think and live. Psalms are intended for us not merely to read, but to identify with them and then sing them ourselves.


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“You said what?”

Author Mark Twain quipped, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”


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The Brave New World of Blogging

If you had told me a few months ago that I would be “blogging,” I would have smiled, and advised you to lie down for a while, since I could not have imagined why I would. I doubt anyone is interested in my vacation itinerary, sports opinions, or chili recipe.


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