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...
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 2, 2017
Something's Missing - Round 1
Can you imagine how exciting it must have been when John the Baptizer (a.k.a., John the Baptist) showed up one day in the area around Judea to announce that the long-awaited Messiah would soon be here? “Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight paths for him,” ...
A FISH OUT OF WATER ISN'T FREE
By Doug Ponder on July 25, 2017
Does Christianity Make You Free?
Christianity is commonly criticized as being “oppressive” or “regressive” because it places limits on our freedom to believe or behave as we like. “Thou shalt not kill,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” “Thou shalt not steal,&...
THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING
By Doug Ponder on July 18, 2017
The Gospel and Its Effects
The gospel is not everything, but it does change everything.
That brief, dense sentence is the key to understanding Christianity. The gospel is not a message about everything, but it is a message that changes everything.
The first idea clarifies what the “gospel” is. T...