The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

The Problem with Kings

There is great cultural frustration in Israel’s demand for a king. We critique them for asking Samuel to crown one (1 Samuel 8), but we may forget that Israel had experienced four centuries of civil war, political intrigue, and invasions, as chronicled in the book of Judges.


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The Problem with Judges

Actually, there are several problems with Judges. First, many don’t even know where it is in the Bible, and when they find it, aren’t sure why it’s there. When they do get around to reading it, they are shocked and terribly troubled that humans can behave so badly.


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The Power of a Promise

Walking with Jesus, we face seeming impossible trials, temptations, opposition, and our own spiritual lethargy. How do we overcome?


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“Is that a fact!”

Once when my dad expressed some skepticism at something I had said, I defended myself with, “Dad, I read it in the paper.” To which he glibly replied, “Paper lies still. You can put anything on it.”


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Give yourself a break.

Stress creates many problems for us, including unrealistic expectations about how much stress we can handle and even how we deal with it.


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“It’s not that complicated.”

There are many mysteries in life, but what we are witnessing in the meltdown of our culture is not one of them. People who are wringing their hands, wondering what is happening, have not been listening.


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The Pontius Pilate Leadership Institute

We know very little about Pontius Pilate, except that he was a weak and compromised leader who allowed an innocent man be put to death. From God’s point of view, of course, Jesus came to die for us, but that does not negate or change the role of human responsibility, as the Apostle Peter explained to all Jerusalem (Acts 3:12-18).


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“Stake your claim!”

During the gold rush, prospectors had to know where one deed ended and another began. Establishing those boundaries for yourself involved fulfilling certain requirements and then staking your claim.


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“Just listen.”

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”


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Viral Violence

This week I watched an interview of a man whose son had committed suicide a few days earlier. Clearly heartbroken at his loss, this dad was convinced that the Corona Virus was to blame indirectly, because of the quarantine and its isolating effects.


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