DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
By Doug Ponder on May 2, 2018
The Problem with the Biebs
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Sometime after that God created humanity in his image to reflect him and represent him in all of creation. To succeed in our glory-reflecting mission, God created us as male and female.
It’s worth noting tha...
WHY PREACHING MATTERS
By Doug Ponder on April 25, 2018
Why Preaching Matters
Chances are, like most people, you've probably not thought much about what preaching is, what it's supposed to do, or why it matters. On one level, that makes sense. You're probably not a pastor, so you think, "Why would I need to know about all that preaching...
By Doug Ponder on April 18, 2018
The Reality of Virtual Friendships
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Flickr, LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, Imgur, or whatever comes next—social media have changed our relationships in significant ways. With the touch of a button on a small device I carry in my pocket, I can...
GROWING IN GRACE
By Doug Ponder on April 11, 2018
So You Want to Grow?
I’ve never met a committed Christian who didn’t want to grow spiritually, to grow more mature, or to become more like Christ. Indeed, that desire to grow is one of the vital signs that we have a new heart (cf. Titus 3:3-7).
But when it comes to knowing how to grow, many Christi...
ACROSS THE STREET & AROUND THE WORLD
By Doug Ponder on April 4, 2018
The following article is the product of years of observation and reflection. I'm especially indebted to Darren Carlson and The Gospel Coalition for their original research and contribution to the discussion, some of which has been included below.
The Popularity of Short-Term Mission Trips
WHY YOU’RE NOT PATIENT
By Doug Ponder on March 28, 2018
The Illusive Virtue
“Patience is a virtue,” as the popular saying goes. But it’s also a command from God:
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn ...