The Blue Box Blog
Bob Kinzel

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.


“A word is worth a thousand pictures.”

Or, Why did God author a book rather than produce a movie?

To say that we live in a visual age is an understatement. Movies are displacing novels, and even novels are being read on screens which double as movie viewers. Technology is amazing.


Elijah Therapy

Even God’s choicest servants can become disillusioned and depressed over circumstances. As with David when pursued by Saul (1 Samuel 27:1), Job in his severe trial (Job 3:1), and John the Baptist in prison (Matthew 11:2, 3), it happened even to the powerful prophet Elijah.


Reluctant Rest

What if our greatest problem is the inability to do nothing?

We would not be the first. God’s Sabbath rest (Genesis 2:2, 3) was echoed in the Law of Moses (Exodus 31:13; Leviticus 26:2). But Israel ignored the command not to work the land every seventh year and to rest one day in seven. As prophesied (Leviticus 26:33-35), they were exiled for not resting, by faith, in honor of God.


The Publicity Paradox

Journalist Ted Koppel once challenged an audience to “Consider this paradox: Almost everything that is publicly said these days is recorded. Almost nothing of what is said is worth remembering.”

If that was the case thirty five years ago, how much more today.


“Life is Change. Growth is optional.”

I first heard those words decades ago, but they still ring in my ears. Not because they are clever, or even because they are true, but because they are so very biblical.

Change takes us by surprise. And that is not the happy surprise of Christmas morning or the unexpected raise in pay. It is the surprise of shock that warns us intuitively that WE may need to change.


“All I really need to know about God I learned in Sunday School.”

Okay, not everything. But we have been taught from our earliest years that God is neither hiding nor hidden. So why, as adults, do we live as if He were, as if He had not written a Book for us?


“It’s your move.”

Some people hate board games. One reason may be how slow they can be. Some games depend on a spin of the wheel or the roll of dice, so they move right along. Others require strategy and forethought, and if we take too long, we hear, “Hey, it’s your move!”


He is risen!

He is risen indeed!
And because He has been raised from the dead. . .

He is declared the Son of God in power. Romans 1:4
He is proven to be the Christ of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 15:4
We were raised with Him. Ephesians 2:6
We have been born again. 1 Peter 1:3



Formality, in our culture, has fallen on hard times. It probably was inevitable as letters have morphed into emails, notes into tweets. But hearing that one young lady broke her engagement in a text message reminded me that there may be elements of societal elegance and grace that can rightly be mourned and even missed.