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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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  • 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...
  • VIRTUAL FRIENDSHIPS

    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 A...
  • 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 ...