By Doug Ponder on April 18, 2018
The Reality of Virtual Friendships
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Flickr, LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, Imgur, or whatever comes next—social media have changed our relationships in significant ways. With the touch of a button on a small device I carry in my pocket, I can...
GROWING IN GRACE
By Doug Ponder on April 11, 2018
So You Want to Grow?
I’ve never met a committed Christian who didn’t want to grow spiritually, to grow more mature, or to become more like Christ. Indeed, that desire to grow is one of the vital signs that we have a new heart (cf. Titus 3:3-7).
But when it comes to knowing how to grow, many Christi...
ACROSS THE STREET & AROUND THE WORLD
By Doug Ponder on April 4, 2018
The following article is the product of years of observation and reflection. I'm especially indebted to Darren Carlson and The Gospel Coalition for their original research and contribution to the discussion, some of which has been included below.
The Popularity of Short-Term Mission Trips
WHY YOU’RE NOT PATIENT
By Doug Ponder on March 28, 2018
The Illusive Virtue
“Patience is a virtue,” as the popular saying goes. But it’s also a command from God:
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn ...
REJECTING THE WRONG JESUS
By Doug Ponder on March 21, 2018
According to her death certificate, 18-year-old Whitney Cerak died on April 26, 2006. Nearly 1,400 people attended her funeral before she was buried in her hometown in Michigan. Six years later, Whitney got married in the same church where her funeral service had been held.
You read that corr...
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
By Doug Ponder on March 14, 2018
Recipe vs. Job Description
Jesus summarized the shape of the Christian life with two simple commands: ‘Love God with all your heart and all your brains and all your abilities,’ and ‘love your neighbor like your love yourself’ (Mark 12:30-31). These commands are not a recipe to follow in or...