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...
TAKERS, TRADERS, GIVERS
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 23, 2017
How to Think about Your Life
There are lots of ways to think about the different kinds of people in the world. You could categorize us according to gender, according to nationality, according to age, and so on. Or you could categorize people according to preferences. For example, you might say there are two kinds...
OVERCOMING A GUILTY-CONSCIENCE
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 16, 2017
Dealing with Guilt
One experience common to humanity is the feeling of guilt. The experience is so common that we have come up with a phrase for it: “guilty conscience.” A guilty conscience is that gnawing sense that we’ve done something other than what we ought to have done.
So how do we exp...
By Jessica Ponder on Aug. 8, 2017
Most days of my life have been plagued with guilt—guilt that I’m not doing enough, not loving enough, not hoping enough, not including enough, not giving enough, not listening enough, not sweet enough, not dependable enough, and on my worst days just not enough at all.
Sometimes it seems the whole wei...