COUNSELING LIKE JESUS
By Doug Ponder on May 16, 2018
A Counseling Encounter
Sitting on a hard plastic chair in a stuffy little room, I waited anxiously for my guidance counselor to arrive. To pass the time I traced the lines of the painted cinder-block walls. I was worried. “Why did she call me here? What had I done to deserve this?” The knob turned qui...
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
By Doug Ponder on May 9, 2018
Growth in the Christian Life
Jesus describes our relationship to him as that of a vine and its branches, with God the Father as the master gardener (John 15:1ff).
In another place Jesus compares life in his kingdom to the growth (or not) of plants whose seeds are sown along a path, in rocky places, among ...
DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
By Doug Ponder on May 2, 2018
The Problem with the Biebs
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Sometime after that God created humanity in his image to reflect him and represent him in all of creation. To succeed in our glory-reflecting mission, God created us as male and female.
It’s worth noting tha...
WHY PREACHING MATTERS
By Doug Ponder on April 25, 2018
Why Preaching Matters
Chances are, like most people, you've probably not thought much about what preaching is, what it's supposed to do, or why it matters. On one level, that makes sense. You're probably not a pastor, so you think, "Why would I need to know about all that preaching...
By Doug Ponder on April 18, 2018
The Reality of Virtual Friendships
Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Flickr, LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, Imgur, or whatever comes next—social media have changed our relationships in significant ways. With the touch of a button on a small device I carry in my pocket, I can...
GROWING IN GRACE
By Doug Ponder on April 11, 2018
So You Want to Grow?
I’ve never met a committed Christian who didn’t want to grow spiritually, to grow more mature, or to become more like Christ. Indeed, that desire to grow is one of the vital signs that we have a new heart (cf. Titus 3:3-7).
But when it comes to knowing how to grow, many Christi...