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YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME

By Doug Ponder on Aug. 6, 2019

How to Rent a Friend Uber lets you rent a stranger’s car. AirBnB lets you rent a stranger’s house, and now comes Ameego, which will let you rent a stranger. For a small fee, you can pay someone to hang out with you. That someone would invent something like this isn’t all that shocking. The In...

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  • 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. S...
  • YOUTOPIA

    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 ...