OUT OF THE DARK
By Doug Ponder on June 27, 2018
If you’ve ever been in a cave before—a real cave without lights for tourists—then you know what total darkness is like. When you turn off your flashlight, you can’t see anything, not even the hand you hold two inches in front of your face. You know your hand is there, but yo...
GOD’S PLAN FOR THE CHURCH
By Doug Ponder on June 20, 2018
What's the Point of the Church?
Ours is a time of deep confusion concerning what God designed the local church to be and why he calls us to participate in one. For some, belonging to a church is something of a routine or ritual: “I’ve always done it this way.” For others, it’s a matter...
ONE STEP AT A TIME
By Doug Ponder on June 13, 2018
How Not to Deal with Sin
Caught up in the cycle of addiction, I was looking for anything that offered some hope of release from this slavery to sin. I had turned to some drastic measures before, but nothing so severe as this. ‘This is it,’ I told myself. I’m finally going to be free from my addi...
WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
By Doug Ponder on June 6, 2018
Ready or Not, Here It Comes
Like almost all children, I grew up playing hide-and-seek with kids in the neighborhood. When whoever was “it” had finished counting, almost invariably they would shout, “Ready or not, here I come!” And off they went searching, whether we were ready or not.
By Doug Ponder on May 30, 2018
Youtopia: The Perfect You?
The word utopia today means “a perfect place.” But when the word was first used in the early 1500s, it meant “nowhere.” Both definitions are fitting, in a way, since a perfect place does not exist on this earth. The same is true of the perfect ‘you.’ ...
THE CITY AND THE CROSS
By Doug Ponder on May 23, 2018
A Tale of Two Cities
Within every city there are two “cities” that coexist: the first includes all that is good and right and beautiful; the second is everything that we long to see changed. I can see both cities from my backyard.
Less than a mile as the crow flies is Richmond’s skyline,...