The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Trial By Fire

One of the more common themes in Scripture is testing. Job was tested in losing everything, Abraham in the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1), Israel at Sinai (Exodus 20:20) and Marah (Exodus 15:25), and King Hezekiah in his treasury (2 Chronicles 32:31).


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Alive and Well

In yesterday’s entry, “When Church Reopens,” we considered that the church is people, not a building. The church in Jerusalem began outside a building, and for the first three or four centuries, believers met in homes or in the open air, not dedicated, official church buildings.


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When Church Reopens

Ever since George Bolton Lownes of Springfield built a Quaker style meeting house in 1832, it’s been both landmark and beacon. It’s a landmark because it is the oldest structure on a long stretch of Baltimore Pike, the southbound thoroughfare out of Philadelphia.


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Home Alone

Just as there is no “average family,” there are no average singles. Each situation is unique, since men and women find themselves single, or choose to be single, for a variety of reasons. Many love their lives, and would not want things any different. Others long to belong.


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Quarantine Cuisine

Usually, quarantine means staying at home. Turns out it also means working, banking, shopping, and cooking at home. Most already had experienced the first three, but some are hung up on that last one.


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Creative Quarantine

Winters in Minnesota are, well, different. For our family, after six years in Texas, they were very different. When snow falls in Texas, it’s gone next week. In Minnesota, it’s gone next April.


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“Just Following the Science”

It all sounds so simple. On the other hand. . .

What is it to follow the science? For one thing, it requires that an idea (hypothesis) be rigorously tested before it is adopted and applied. Following science is searching for evidence, not lobbying for a theory.


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“Too BIG to Fail”

The words would be humorous in another context. We heard them during a financial crisis, to justify the taxpayers bailing out banks. The banks had placed risky bets in hopes of big profits, but now that the investment had gone bad, the government was picking up the tab.


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Information, Misinformation, and Disinformation

In ancient times, people longed for news from afar. It could be weeks or months before you learned that your loved one was safe, crops had failed, or a war had ended. How times have changed! In our own day, we suffer (and that is the right word) from a glut of information.


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COVID Compass

If the Bible is our Map, Jesus is our Compass. Consider how a compass works. First, it orients you to your location, and the map, and then corrects your heading, or direction, as you make your way.


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