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...
EDUCATING YOUR CHILDREN
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 29, 2018
THE DESIRE FOR EDUCATION
Few things seem to matter as much today as education. What else do people move across the country for, go into great debt to obtain, restructure their family’s schedule and living situation around, argue about at every political level, and even measure people’s worth or intell...
ALWAYS AND FOR EVERYTHING
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 15, 2018
What “Thank You” Means
“Thank you” is among the first phrases we teach our children. We offer prayers of thanks before meals. We express thanks for our civic freedoms or for the soldiers who have fought to secure them. In acceptance speeches for receiving public awards, almost every actor ...
THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 1, 2018
The Blind Men and the Elephant
If you spend a few hours in a university coffee shop or even a few moments in the hellish lower realms of an Internet article’s comment section, you are likely to overhear the story of the blind men and the elephant.
It is an old parable that originated in India and has bee...