ALWAYS AND FOR EVERYTHING
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 15, 2018
What “Thank You” Means
“Thank you” is among the first phrases we teach our children. We offer prayers of thanks before meals. We express thanks for our civic freedoms or for the soldiers who have fought to secure them. In acceptance speeches for receiving public awards, almost every actor ...
THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
By Doug Ponder on Aug. 1, 2018
The Blind Men and the Elephant
If you spend a few hours in a university coffee shop or even a few moments in the hellish lower realms of an Internet article’s comment section, you are likely to overhear the story of the blind men and the elephant.
It is an old parable that originated in India and has bee...
MORE SINFUL, MORE LOVED
By Doug Ponder on July 25, 2018
Becoming Worse Since Becoming a Christian?
I recently met with a friend who was worried about some trends he had noticed in his life. Since coming to faith in Jesus several months ago, he has often felt like he is even more sinful today than he was before. How could that be? he asked. Does this mean that God...
By Doug Ponder on July 18, 2018
The ‘Free Sex’ That Costs You Dearly
In the 1960s it wasn’t polite to talk about sex, so people talked about “love.” People especially talked about “free love,” which again, really meant “free sex.” Spurred on by the development of “the pill&rd...
THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY LIFE
By Doug Ponder on July 11, 2018
The Tug of War Inside Us All
There exists within all of us both a longing for greatness and a misunderstanding about the power of an ordinary life. Or as several have said in various ways: Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody wants to do the dishes.
There may be some debate as to how we got to ...
By Doug Ponder on July 4, 2018
She said, “So what will you do with all your time once you’re not working anymore?”
The lady was talking about my wife’s former job teaching college classes online, but she was implying (whether she knew it or not) that there are two kinds of moms out there: those who do wh...