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...
REPENT AND BELIEVE
By Doug Ponder on July 11, 2017
The First Words of Jesus
When I’m on vacation in a new place one of my favorite hobbies is to find a brick-and-mortar bookstore where I can read the opening lines to classic works of literature.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in w...
BLESSED ARE THE HUNGRY
By Doug Ponder on July 4, 2017
Hungry for More
One of the ways of understanding what’s wrong with the world is to analyze what’s wrong with our desires. We want things we can’t have, so we complain (Phil. 2:14), or we covet (Ex. 20:17) or we argue (Jas. 4:1), or we even hurt others and ourselves (Jas. 4:2).
WHAT MAKES A WOMAN?
By Doug Ponder on June 27, 2017
Jenner vs. Feminism vs. Jesus
From time to time God gives us an occasion for seeing our hardhearted blindness. By almost every measure, the Bruce Jenner saga is just such an occasion.
In the first place, we have witnessed our society support someone who is very sick instead of actually helping him. In the name...