The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Corona Confidence

Maps can be both confusing and comforting. While some folks love them, others find them too much work and frustrating. First, maps require orientation. That is, you need to establish where you are, and know how that relates to where you hope to go.


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Our Toxic Right to be Wrong

The human mind is an enigma. The same humanity that devised the Holocaust also cured polio. Humans envisioned atomic power to end life and later harnessed it to provide electricity. It also seems we have an unlimited capacity for both imagination and self-deception.


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Let it go.

Nothing spoils the present like obsessing about the past. Solomon warns against this and even tells us why in Ecclesiastes 7:10:
Do not say “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.


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Dear Abby

My favorite female Bible character is Abigail. For her story, check out 1 Samuel 25. You’ll see that she is a beautiful, bright woman married to a rude, crude fool. Sounds like a perfect storm, right?


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Courage in Crisis

I love the story about the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared.” The founder of the world-wide scouting movement was asked the inevitable follow-up, “Be prepared for what?” Robert Baden-Powell, a British army officer replied, without hesitation, “Why, for any old thing!”


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Obituary For The Question Mark

DEATH NOTICES: The Question Mark died late Monday. While his family history is shrouded in mystery, we know he was born ca. 1650, just in time to contribute to that great quest for ideas in the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment.


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Charting a Course: Where to from here? Part Four

We’ve seen that wisdom is not a quick fix or formula, not even God whispering the next steps in our ear. We’ve renounced complacency, and committed to the Map and Compass.


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Charting a Course: Where to from here? Part Three

Where were we? Oh, yes. Confronting complacency. I had made the mistake of mindlessly trusting my smart phone, and, to mix metaphors, discovered that someone had moved my cheese!

But technology is only a problem when we allow it to lull us into a false sense of security. That’s when we stop paying attention and enter the complacency zone, the habitat of fools (Proverbs 1:32).


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Charting a Course: Where to from here? Part Two

Did you read the book, Who Moved My Cheese? Published over twenty years ago, it’s a tiny volume, a modern fable with relevance today.

The four characters discover that the cheese they’ve come to rely on is no longer there.


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Charting a Course: Where to from here? Part One

GPS is great when it is working. But that day, it wasn’t. It was hot, I was lost, and wherever I was, there was no phone signal to be found. And then the phone itself was going dead, battery drained. It was day three of a seven day bike trip to Pittsburgh, and all I knew was that I was still a good thirty miles from a cool shower and comfortable bed.


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