ADOPTED FOR LIFE
By Doug Ponder on Nov. 28, 2018
Adoption And "Real" Children
The stranger casually walked up to the mother of three, wondering how she could have had so many children in such a short span of time.
“All yours?” he asked with an obvious inflection of incredulity.
“They sure are,” she said with a smile.
OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (YOUR LIFE IN CHRIST)
By Doug Ponder on Nov. 14, 2018
Rolling Stones And Replanted Trees
Many have heard the old proverb, “A rolling stone gathers no moss,” but not very many seem to misunderstand what it means. Because ours is a highly-transient, always-busy, easily-distracted, instant-gratification culture, most think “a rolling stone gather...
ROBBING GOD’S LOVE
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 31, 2018
Two Ways to Rob God's Love of Its Power
Whenever we talk about the love of God, two dark tendencies in our hearts threaten, like thrives, to rob God's precious gift of all its power.
The first thieving attitude of the heart says, “Of course God loves me. No big deal. Why wouldn't he love me?&...
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 ...