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Mike Pohlman Christian Blog and Commentary

Permanent Things

  • Mike Pohlman
    Mike serves as the senior pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Bellingham, Washington. Mike is a former church planter in the Pacific Northwest, and served for three years as the executive producer of The Albert Mohler Program, a nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to Christianity and culture. Mike has a PhD in American church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is husband to Julia and father to four wonderful children: Samuel (12), Anna (10), John (9) and Michael (4). When not pastoring, Mike loves sports, music, and hanging out with his family.
  • 2008 Dec 04
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Welcome to my new blog at Christianity.com! The aim of this blog is to write about (mostly)* permanent things--the phrase Russell Kirk used in the twentieth century to refer to those enduring universal moral virtues that make civilized life possible. But more than take my cue from Kirk, I look to the apostle Paul and the words of 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

This blog is an exercise in things eternal. And my method will follow, as much as possible, John Calvin's exegetical method of "lucid brevity." I want this blog to serve the church and not be a platform for me to be unhelpfully verbose.

I hope you visit often and as a result find your gaze moving more and more toward the things unseen!

Looking heavenward with you,
Mike

*The "mostly" is my disclaimer that from time-to-time posts may be about something utterly transient like, but not limited to, The Office, UFC, the new Coldplay EP or the Buffalo Bills--guilty pleasures one and all.