THE LONG VIEW OF THINGS
By Doug Ponder on Nov. 29, 2017
The Charcoal Grill vs. The Microwave
Slow and steady wins the race.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Patience is a virtue.
Yet we don’t believe any of that, not in our world of microwaves, smart phones, Netflix, and free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Almost everything we want is “instant&r...
TV: TRIVIAL VEGGING
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 24, 2017
The Boob Tube
In the early days of its life, TV was known as the “boob tube.” This had nothing to do with what television showed (nudity was unthinkable territory in those days) and everything to do with what television did. Too much TV turned you into a boob of the old-school variety: a fool, a dunce...
EVANGELIZE YOUR CHILDREN
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 17, 2017
Let the Little Children Come to Me
Christianity is not something you are born into; it is something that you must be born again into. This means many things, but the implication that concerns us here is that parents must evangelize their children—by which I mean that parents must embrace God’s command...
BE WHO YOU WILL BECOME
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 10, 2017
Be Who You Are
Every time someone says, “Act your age!”, they are making a claim about identity and action. In particular, that exhortation (or is it more of a rebuke?) highlights a dissonance between who you are and how you are behaving. It implies that there is a way you ought to be acting or behavi...
WHAT WOULD JESUS EAT?
By Doug Ponder on Oct. 4, 2017
What Would Jesus Eat?
No one who lived through the 90s escaped without encountering WWJD—What Would Jesus Do? The question-turned-slogan was plastered on car bumpers and car windows, on T-shirts and Trapper Keepers, and especially on bracelets.
The question was meant to serve as a reminder for Christians...
DON'T WASTE YOUR SINGLENESS
By Doug Ponder on Sept. 27, 2017
Don't Waste Your Singleness
For the vast majority of people, singleness doesn’t last forever. It’s a phase, just a stage of life, a rest stop along the way. Singleness is temporary. But what you do with your singleness lasts forever. You can’t “go back” and relive ...