BE WHO YOU WILL BECOME
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 10, 2017
Be Who You Are
Every time someone says, “Act your age!”, they are making a claim about identity and action. In particular, that exhortation (or is it more of a rebuke?) highlights a dissonance between who you are and how you are behaving. It implies that there is a way you ought to be acting or behavi...
WHAT WOULD JESUS EAT?
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 4, 2017
What Would Jesus Eat?
No one who lived through the 90s escaped without encountering WWJD—What Would Jesus Do? The question-turned-slogan was plastered on car bumpers and car windows, on T-shirts and Trapper Keepers, and especially on bracelets.
The question was meant to serve as a reminder for Christians...
DON'T WASTE YOUR SINGLENESS
By Doug Ponder on Sept. 27, 2017
Don't Waste Your Singleness
For the vast majority of people, singleness doesn’t last forever. It’s a phase, just a stage of life, a rest stop along the way. Singleness is temporary. But what you do with your singleness lasts forever. You can’t “go back” and relive ...
COMMUNICATING FOR A CHANGE
By Doug Ponder on Sept. 20, 2017
Suppose a man takes a boat to travel halfway across the world in an effort to tell some people the good news about Jesus. He has studied the area where they live. He knows a great deal about their lifestyle and customs. And he knows that they've never heard the gospel. What he doesn&r...
I'M VISITING YOUR CHURCH THIS SUNDAY
By Jason Elliott on Sept. 13, 2017
The Not So Fictional Visitor
Meet John. John is not a Christian. Actually, John is extremely skeptical to anything dealing with religion. John has only had three experiences with the church.
His first experience was a middle school lock-in—an event where a bunch of junior-high kids play games, sing...
SCIENCE & SCRIPTURE: ENEMIES OR FRIENDS?
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 30, 2017
What We Think About Science and Scripture
If you want to know what pop culture thinks about an issue, Google’s Autocomplete Me is a wonderful tool.
(For those who aren’t familiar with how this works, when you begin typing in the Google search box the search engine shows a list of popular words that...