ONE STEP AT A TIME
By Doug Ponder on June 13, 2018
How Not to Deal with Sin
Caught up in the cycle of addiction, I was looking for anything that offered some hope of release from this slavery to sin. I had turned to some drastic measures before, but nothing so severe as this. ‘This is it,’ I told myself. I’m finally going to be free from my addi...
WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
By Doug Ponder on June 6, 2018
Ready or Not, Here It Comes
Like almost all children, I grew up playing hide-and-seek with kids in the neighborhood. When whoever was “it” had finished counting, almost invariably they would shout, “Ready or not, here I come!” And off they went searching, whether we were ready or not.
By Doug Ponder on May 30, 2018
Youtopia: The Perfect You?
The word utopia today means “a perfect place.” But when the word was first used in the early 1500s, it meant “nowhere.” Both definitions are fitting, in a way, since a perfect place does not exist on this earth. The same is true of the perfect ‘you.’ ...
THE CITY AND THE CROSS
By Doug Ponder on May 23, 2018
A Tale of Two Cities
Within every city there are two “cities” that coexist: the first includes all that is good and right and beautiful; the second is everything that we long to see changed. I can see both cities from my backyard.
Less than a mile as the crow flies is Richmond’s skyline,...
COUNSELING LIKE JESUS
By Doug Ponder on May 16, 2018
A Counseling Encounter
Sitting on a hard plastic chair in a stuffy little room, I waited anxiously for my guidance counselor to arrive. To pass the time I traced the lines of the painted cinder-block walls. I was worried. “Why did she call me here? What had I done to deserve this?” The knob turned qui...
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
By Doug Ponder on May 9, 2018
Growth in the Christian Life
Jesus describes our relationship to him as that of a vine and its branches, with God the Father as the master gardener (John 15:1ff).
In another place Jesus compares life in his kingdom to the growth (or not) of plants whose seeds are sown along a path, in rocky places, among ...