THE HEART OF FEMININITY
By Doug Ponder on Feb. 7, 2018
The Only Thing That Wasn’t Good
When God looked out on everything that he had made, there was only one thing about which he said, “Not good.” That one thing was the absence of a woman (Gen. 2:18). With all that we know about God, that verse alone should be enough to show us how glorious the femi...
WORK IS NOT A CURSE
By Doug Ponder on Jan. 31, 2018
Work Is Not a Curse
Imagine paradise. Really. Take a moment imagine you are in paradise. What do you see? Maybe you picture a remote tropical island with water clearer than a swimming pool. You can almost feel your toes sinking into the white sands warmed by the sun. Or maybe you imagine yourself reclining in an ...
REMEMBERING THE GOSPEL
By Doug Ponder on Jan. 24, 2018
In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul writes, “Now I want to remind you, brothers and sisters, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved. . .” (1 Cor. 15:1).
Of course, you don’t need a reminder unless you...
BETTER THAN YOU DESERVE
By Doug Ponder on Jan. 17, 2018
As everyone knows, the last leaves of Autumn mean that Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. It’s that glorious time of year set aside for giving lots of stuff and to stuffing ourselves a lot.
But to celebrate these holidays—and every day—as God intended, one thing above all is necessary: we m...
THE HEART OF MASCULINITY
By Doug Ponder on Jan. 10, 2018
The heart of masculinity is the joyful acceptance of sacrificial responsibility. But that statement is as dense as a North Jersey smog, so we need to consider each part carefully.
First, masculine and male are not the same word, and they don't have the same meaning. All men are ma...
AM I A BAD PARENT?
By Doug Ponder on Jan. 3, 2018
As a parent and a pastor, I’m concerned about the rise of parenting books and blogs that only further confuse, frustrate, and complicate things. “Mommy wars,” “the bottle battle,” and the ever present debates about homeschooling and discipline come to mind. So...