About Ben Ponder, Editor-at-Large

Ben Ponder, PhD, is Editor-at-Large at Media Rostra. Ben has received decorative pieces of paper conferring upon him an unnamed set of “rights and privileges accorded thereto” from the University of Arkansas, Regent College, and Northwestern University (where he was a Presidential Fellow). He studied (in alphabetical order) architecture, classics, communication, history, political science, rhetoric, and theology. He is the author of American Independence: From Common Sense to the Declaration (“Sizzling.” – TMZ) and the co-editor of Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument (“Six-pack abs-olutely great!” – US Weekly). Ben is currently an executive in the educational software industry. He and his organic wife, Amy, live with their four free-range kids in a farmhouse Ben designed and built. His personal site on the Interweb is benponder.com, and he can be reached on Twitter @ponderben.

The Innkeeper: A Christmas Story

My name is Pradeep Patel. I operate a small motel off of Interstate 55 about an hour southwest of Chicago. And I need to tell you a story. As night began to fall, I lit the “No Vacancy” sign for the first time in months. All twelve rooms in our inn were full for the […]

Our Historical Moment

I spent five years studying the American Revolution. I read the founders’ letters and diaries and commonplace books. In a strange way–because I learned their secrets–I got to know them better than they knew each other. As it turns out, they were men and women just like we are. They had flaws and warts. They […]

The Drawbacks of Consulting or: The Parable of the School Bus

I have done a lot of management consulting over the years. While the business can be lucrative, it has two major drawbacks: 1) the hollow grind of frequent business travel, and 2) the frustrating limitation of advisory agency. The first is self-explanatory, if you’ve ever spent week after week in placeless hotel rooms and dim […]

Transforming Resources into Assets

Resources are flecks of gold shimmering in the creek bed. Assets are blocks of gold stacked in a pyramid. Entrepreneurship is the transformation of resources into assets. 1 Let’s imagine that I inherited five one-acre parcels of land: one acre of land near Midland, Texas, another acre near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a third acre in […]

Closing Statements: 25 Thoughts on What’s Wrong with American Politics

1) The Circle of Strife: Politicians raise money from rich people. Rich people gain speed dial access to politicians. Campaign war chests are used to purchase, produce, and run television ads. Media consultants, agencies, and stations are happy. Television ads cast doubt, twist facts, and manipulate impressionable middle-class viewers. American television audiences become American voters. […]

The Fall of the House of Graham

Billy Graham is passing slowly into shadows. His legacy is following close behind. We know him as the “Evangelical Pope” and “Pastor to Presidents.” For the last half of the twentieth century, he was, without argument, the leading religious figure in America. If you went to one of his rallies, they were simple but powerful. […]

God’s Heart for the Helpless

There are people God likes better than you. You don’t notice them and don’t know their names. They are faceless statistics, grim ideas. They may smell like mildew or Fritos or urea or pickles. They have no Klout score. They may live alone in a shoebox apartment or down a country lane, or they may […]