GOD, WHY ME?
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 24, 2018
Evil All Around Us
A childless mother has a miscarriage for the third time in a row. An adulterous affair is ripping a family apart. My neighbors were recently robbed.
The city I grew up in is experiencing a spree of shootings and robberies at gunpoint. The neighborhood where I live just witness...
BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 17, 2018
What Culture Is Made Of
The three “ingredients” of culture are truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth deals with facts, with the way things are. Goodness speaks to what is morally right, or the way things ought to be. Beauty relates to what is pleasing and to what can be imagined.
It’s no surpris...
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND?
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 10, 2018
A Man Is Hard to Find
In her well-known short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor deftly described the difficulty of finding a morally upright human being. We’re all flawed to the core, in our own way, and she knew this well.
These days, a good man is just as hard to ...
THE JOY OF THE LORD
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 3, 2018
Jesus the Joy-Bringer
When angels announced the birth of Jesus, they brought “good tidings of great joy” as the familiar words of the Christmas story read (Luke 2:10). We don’t say “tidings” anymore, but we get the message. They were announcing the good news of Jesus’ birth, an...
15 WAYS TO BE ON MISSION AT WORK
By Jason Elliott on Sept. 26, 2018
Working Eight Days a Week
According to the United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employed American spends almost nine hours per day on work or work-related activities. That’s approximately 45 hours per week. Even considering that most people take two weeks of vac...
By Jessica Ponder on Sept. 19, 2018
This ain’t my first rodeo, but having a baby still scares the crap out of me! I have two toddlers with two very different personalities (and two very different pregnancies), and just last week I gave birth to my third little boy. Motherhood is wonderful, and pregnancy is awe-inspiring...