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The Ponder Podcast

The Ponder Podcast

By Laura Hardin
We exist to encourage the soul-nourishing practice of pondering the Bible with friends. Join Laura Hardin as she walks listeners through a passage of the Bible using The Ponder Method--a simple guide for engaging your heart with God through his word.

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Pondering Ruth 2
The best part about spending lots of time in a passage is seeing things you never noticed before. Join me today as I reflect on the theme of adoption in Ruth 2. Get your Ponder Guide and/or become a Patron at https://campsite.bio/theponderpodcast.
20:05
May 28, 2021
Pondering Ruth 1:6-22
Alright! Alright! Alright! It's time to ponder Ruth again. This week we will consider the significance of Ruth clinging to Naomi and her profession of faith.  Get your Ponder Guide and/or become a Patron at https://campsite.bio/theponderpodcast.
16:02
April 26, 2021
Pondering Ruth 1:1-5
Last week, we pondered the book of Ruth as a whole. Today, let's zoom in and spend some time in the first five verses of the book. As you listen, consider what detail, verse, or phrase stands out to you the most. After your time with me, spend a minute or two dwelling on that portion and how it fits into the context of the passage, what it may teach you about God and how the Holy Spirit may be calling you to respond. Share your thoughts on our Instagram page (@theponderpodcast). Thanks for pondering Ruth with me! Find the Ponder Guide at ponderthebible.com. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/thepondercollective. 
12:54
April 2, 2021
Pondering Ruth w/ Quina Aragon
Join Laura Hardin and guest, Quina Aragon, as they ponder the book of Ruth as a whole. This is the first in a series on Ruth. Support The Ponder Podcast by subscribing, leaving a review, engaging with us on Instagram (@theponderpodcast) or by becoming a patron: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective
45:29
March 19, 2021
Love Incorruptible
Join Laura Hardin as she concludes the series "Flooded By Grace: Pondering Paul's Letter to the Ephesians." In this episode, Laura ponders Ephesians 6:21-24 and considers what it means to love God with "love incorruptible." Snag your ponder guide at ponderthebible.com. 
11:02
November 30, 2020
Grace for the Battle w/ Deb Entsminger
Join Laura Hardin and guest, Deb Entsminger, as they ponder Ephesians 6:10-20 as part of the Flooded by Grace series. In this episode they discuss the armor of God in the context of abiding in Christ richly. What if our spiritual armor is ultimately Christ? How important would it be to cling to him? Monthly donations as small as $1 keep this podcast going. Support the creation of soul-nourishing, Ponder contest by coming a patron: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Snag your copy of The Ponder Guide at ponderthebible.com.
40:50
November 23, 2020
Grace for Sincere Work w/ Laurie Best
Ponder the Bible with Laura Hardin and her mom, Laurie Best as they continue the series, "Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul's Letter to the Ephesians." In this episode, Laura and her guest contemplate Ephesians 6:1-9. and discuss the type of work that pleases God. Mentioned: Lbanne.com Snag your copy of The Ponder Guide at ponderthebible.com or become a patron at $1/mo and get yours free!
26:06
November 16, 2020
Cherished as Christ's Body w/ Adam Hardin
Ponder Ephesians 5:22-33 with Laura Hardin and husband, Adam, as they continue the series, “Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.” In this episode, Laura and Adam will discuss the significance of Christ loving the church as his own body and its application on marriage. Support the next season of The Ponder Podcast by becoming a patron at $1 a month: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab your Ponder Guide at https://ponderthebible.com/resources
31:38
November 9, 2020
Obedience As Worship w/ Heather Morton
Ponder Ephesians 5:1-21 with Laura Hardin and guest, Heather Morton, as they continue the series, "Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul's Letter to the Ephesians." In this episode, we discuss the Christian motivation for obedience.  Mentioned: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at ponderthebible.com 
20:56
November 2, 2020
Be Angry And Do Not Sin w/ Candi Marshall
Ponder Ephesians 4:17-32 with Laura Hardin and her sister, Candi Marshall, as they continue the series, Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. In this episode they discuss the topic of anger and Laura's struggle with laziness. Mentioned: Knowing Faith podcast episode #87: Imago Dei and Cultural Mandate with Dr. Russell Moore Get your Ponder Guide at ponderthebible.com Become a patron of the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/thepondercollective Support the podcast through a one time donation: https://www.ponderthebible.com/give
24:26
October 26, 2020
Worthy of the Calling w/ Paola Barrera
Ponder Ephesians 4:1-16 with Laura Hardin and guest, Paula Barrera, as they continue in the series, Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. In this episode, Laura and Paul consider what Paul means by calling and the role humility plays in our ability to walk it out well. Mentioned: By His Wounds You Are Healed: How the Message of Ephesians Transforms a Woman's Identity: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/His-Wounds-Healed/Wendy-Horger-Alsup/9781450516693 Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at ponderthebible.com
29:38
October 19, 2020
Strengthened With Power w/ Maria Dyck
Ponder Ephesians 3:14-21 with Laura Hardin and guest, Maria Dyck, as they continues the Flooded By Grace series, pondering Paul's letter to the Ephesians. In this episode, Laura and Maria consider the generosity of God in giving them everything they need, including power to know his love. Maria Dyck is one of three co-hosts on the Mennonite Girls in a Modern World podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mennonite-girls-in-a-modern-world/id1481935366 Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at ponderthebible.com
34:26
October 12, 2020
God's Wisdom in Rich Variety w/ Kennesha Rodgers
Ponder Ephesians 3:1-13 with Laura Hardin and guest, Kennesha Rodgers, as they continue the series, “Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.” In this episode, Laura and Kennesha reflect on the manifold wisdom of God in calling a diverse people to himself—the church. Mentioned: Bonhoeffer Documentary: https://www.amazon.com/Bonhoeffer-Martin-Doblmeier/dp/B0716Z9QP2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dietrich+bonhoeffer+documentary&qid=1601753177&sr=8-1 Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at ponderthebible.com
36:45
October 5, 2020
Grace Undeserved w/ Yodit Kifle Smith
Ponder Ephesians 2:11-22 with Laura Hardin and guest, Yodit Kifle Smith of Within Ministry, as they continue the series, “Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.” In this episode, Laura and Yodit consider the significance of God’s grace lavished on both Jews and Gentiles alike. Mentioned: Within Ministry Weekly Devotional: http://www.withinneverwithout.com/weekly-devotional Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at ponderthebible.com
34:42
September 28, 2020
But God...Saved Us w/ Hunter Beless
Ponder Ephesians 2:1-10 with Laura Hardin and guest, Hunter Beless, as they continue the series, “Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.” In this episode, Laura and Hunter will discuss the transformative power of the gospel in the moments we need it most. Mentioned: Journeywomen Bible Study Guide: https://journeywomenpodcast.com/bible-study Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective and enjoy access to this conversation on video: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at ponderthebible.com/resources
32:54
September 21, 2020
To Know Him More w/ Taliah Kendrick
Ponder Ephesians 1:15-23 with Laura Hardin and guest, Taliah Kendrick, as they continue the series, “Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.” Laura and Taliah will linger over Paul’s desire for believers to grow in their knowledge of God and the importance of knowing God through his word. Mentioned: Taste and See Journal Rooted: A Study of Colossians Coffee with The Kendricks Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective and enjoy access to this conversation on video: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours at https://ponderthebible.com
26:03
September 14, 2020
Flooded By Grace w/ Kristin Coulson
Ponder Ephesians 1:3-14 with Laura Hardin and guest, Kristin Coulson of Raising Everyday Disciples, as they continue the series, “Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.” Laura and Kristin touch on ways to keep the hope of Christ before us throughout very full days. Get your Ponder Guide when you join The Ponder Collective and enjoy access to this conversation on video: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective Or grab yours here: https://ponderthebible.com
26:04
September 7, 2020
Grace and Peace to You, Friend
Join Laura Hardin as she kicks off a new series, "Flooded by Grace: Pondering Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians." In this episode, she'll ponder the first two verses of the letter, zooming in the wonderful gift of God's grace and peace in the life of his children. Mentioned: A Message of Grace and Peace by John Joseph : https://cheverlybaptist.org/sermons/page/7/ Join The Ponder Collective: https://patreon.com/thepondercollective The Ponder Guide: https://ponderthebible.com
09:29
August 31, 2020
A Hard Providence w/ The Hubs
Join Laura Hardin as she wraps up the series, A Hard Providence, with her husband, Adam Hardin. Today we ponder Jesus’ emotional response to the events in John 11. We will consider the reality of where Jesus is in our suffering and how his emotions free us to be real with him about where we are emotionally in this particular moment. Mentioned: The ESV Story of Redemption Bible, Adam Hardin’s Christian Bossa album: https://hardinadam.wixsite.com/music
29:43
June 5, 2020
A Hard Providence: The Resurrection and The Life
Join Laura Hardin as she looks at John 11:25-26 more closely. Today we will ponder the amazing reality that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will never die. Mentioned: ESV Gospel Transformation Bible Psalm 121:7 2 Timothy 4:18 Luke 21:16
17:16
May 11, 2020
A Hard Providence w/ Paola Barrera Part 2
Let's jump back into my conversation with Paola Barrera about John 11:1-44. In this episode we discuss how important it is to pour out our hearts before God when we struggle with what he's allowing to happen in our lives. While Paola and I camped out in different verses, we both landed at the same place. I'll share a small example of what it has looked like to give my burdens to the Lord, which somehow involved writing . . . the governor of Maryland (???). You just have to listen for this all to make sense.  Mentioned: Fear Is Not Sin by Ed Welch How has this series encouraged you? Send us a direct message on Instagram or a voice message at https://anchor.fm/theponderpodcast
33:18
May 1, 2020
A Hard Providence w/ Paola Barrera Part 1
Join Laura Hardin and Paola Barrera as they ponder John 11:1-44 together. This conversation was too good not to share the whole thing, so today we will listen to the first half and hear mostly what stood out to Paola. We often think of our time in the word as something we must do in private unless it's a formal Bible Study. But sharing a quiet time/devotion in the word is a precious activity to do with a friend or someone you're mentoring. Just read a passage together. Take an agreed upon amount of time (short or long) to ponder it privately. Then talk about it! And pray for one another to practice the truth of the passage.  The Ponder Method is one way to get into the word. For more information, see https://laurathardin.com/resources.  In this conversation we don't walk through the method specifically but we both spent time in John 11, using this method before our call. 
28:29
April 17, 2020
A Hard Providence: When Love Doesn’t Seem Loving
Today Laura Hardin kicks off a new series that walks us through John 11:1-44 in a way that engages our hearts in these uncertain times. In this episode we will peer into John 11:1-16 and ponder God’s love amidst the hard things he allows. | Connect with us! How did this passage hit you? What did it teach you about our loving Savior? Any questions? Send a voice message at our anchor page or DM us on Instagram (@theponderpodcast). We'd love to hear from you. And if this episode helped you focus on God and his word, share with a friend.
11:10
April 4, 2020
Raisin Cakes and The Love of God
Today Laura Hardin ponders Hosea 3, zooming in on the fierce love of God and our foolish love for anything and everything but him. In this episode, she references Hosea 11 for further study. For further meditation on God's fierce love for us, consider memorizing Romans 5:8 or 1 John 4:10-11.   More on Hosea: David Murray on Teaching Hosea (Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast of The Gospel Coalition) Mentioned: Ponder: A Simple Guide to Time Alone with God  ESV Story of Redemption Bible by Crossway SPECK - Sin to confess, Promise to complain, Command to obey, Example to follow, or Knowledge of God to note or praise ESV. org for free basic subscription, Study Bible, Knowing the Bible series and more Connect with us! Have a thought to share or a passage to ponder? Send a voice message  here or DM us on Instagram. We'd love to hear from you. And if this episode helped you focus on God and his word, share with a friend. Transcription available at laurathardin.com. 
16:17
March 24, 2020
The Ponder Method and How We’ll Use It
Welcome to the Ponder Podcast! In this introductory episode, we will go over what it means to ponder or meditate on the word and how the Ponder Method helps us to that end. You will get a brief overview of what to expect in future episodes. Mentioned: Ponder: A Simple Guide to Time Alone with God Connect with us! Have a thought to share or a passage to ponder? Send a voice message  here or DM us on Instagram. We'd love to hear from you. And if this episode helped you focus on God and his word, share with a friend. Transcription available at laurathardin.com.
10:09
March 19, 2020