REJECTING THE WRONG JESUS
By Doug Ponder on March 21, 2018
According to her death certificate, 18-year-old Whitney Cerak died on April 26, 2006. Nearly 1,400 people attended her funeral before she was buried in her hometown in Michigan. Six years later, Whitney got married in the same church where her funeral service had been held.
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LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
By Doug Ponder on March 14, 2018
Recipe vs. Job Description
Jesus summarized the shape of the Christian life with two simple commands: ‘Love God with all your heart and all your brains and all your abilities,’ and ‘love your neighbor like your love yourself’ (Mark 12:30-31). These commands are not a recipe to follow in or...
NO LONE RANGERS
By Doug Ponder on March 7, 2018
The Original Lone Ranger
A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver' – it’s the Lone Ranger! So began the intro to the TV series about the fictional hero of the American Old West. The Lone Ranger was infamous for appearing and disappearing quickly, for f...
EVERYDAY IS SPIRITUAL
By Jessica Ponder on Feb. 28, 2018
Doing the Everyday, Every Day
Some days my life seems to be oozing with repetition and simplicity. It feels like there’s nothing special or unique about most of what I do. I rarely see the significance in cleaning the house, making zucchini bread, doing laundry, buying groceries, making phone calls, respond...
RUNNING THE RACE
By Jessica Ponder on Feb. 21, 2018
Running on Empty
“They’re wearing me down!” I said to my husband.
Except that “said” isn’t very accurate. It was more like “groaned with exasperation.” The ones wearing me down were our two boys, Ash (18 months) and Luke (3 months). I love them both, and I love b...
7 DEADLY SINS: PRIDE
By Doug Ponder on Feb. 14, 2018
What Is the Sin of Pride?
The seven deadly sins form a list of vices considered especially dangerous because of their destructive nature and their tendency to entangle us in many other sins. Though the label “seven deadly sins” is not found in the Bible, it has been used by Christ...