Mike Pohlman (B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Western Seminary; Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is husband to Anna and father to Sam, Anna, John, Michael, and Luke. He also serves as a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, lead pastor at Cedar Creek Baptist Church, and executive director of Team Julia, a cancer charity on mission to abolish cancer and bring financial assistance to those in the battle right now.


Welcome to Permanent Things! 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 lifted increasingly toward the things unseen.

Looking heavenward with you,

One Response to About

  1. Kirk Wolf says:

    Rev’ Mike:

    Normally I am quick to agree with any use of the word “guilty” in conjunction with the UW. However, you neglected to mention in this case what specifically they have been charged with….
    Perhaps simply using the word “sinful” in reference to the UW will suffice in the future.
    I look forward to your future blogs, and hopefully you will allow for more comment and discussion regarding your thoughts and positions than Calvin would have been inclined to permit.

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