The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Neal Pollard Quick. Name the top three accomplishments of Grover Cleveland's presidency. I'll wait.  Nothing? Don't feel dense or unpatriotic. He's not in most historians' top 10 (25?) of American presidents. But on yesterday's date, 132 years ago, he was at the helm and dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  This, if … Continue reading The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Are You Dogmatic?

Neal Pollard Brett Petrillo, one of my co-workers at Bear Valley, showed me a word (in Colossians 2:20) I did not know was in the Bible. Actually, it's in the Greek Bible, and the word is "δογματίζω  (dogmatizo). According to BDAG, it means "to put under obligation by rules or ordinances; obligate" (Arndt, et al, … Continue reading Are You Dogmatic?

My Father, From An Early Age

Neal Pollard My father, from an early age you taught me to be true, But when I wavered on what that was, I could always look at you. You taught me how the Lord comes first at work, at school, at play But how much easier that became when you practiced that each day. Dear child, … Continue reading My Father, From An Early Age

God’s Family

Neal Pollard Our first annual congregational retreat was such a success. It was well-planned, well-run, and well-attended. Every age demographic was represented, and brothers and sisters who normally do not get to spend time together enjoyed the weekend in sweet fellowship. We sang, worshipped, listened to five lessons, participated in ice breakers, played card games, … Continue reading God’s Family

The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

Neal Pollard Some time ago, I wrote, "I passed by a skunk and a snake, fighting tooth and nail. I didn't stop and pet either or take sides. I got out of there as fast as I could." That was metaphorical rather than actual, though I've had encounters with each animal individually. My point had … Continue reading The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

I Am Not Irreplaceable 

Neal Pollard It is said to have housed between 400,000 to 700,000 scrolls containing essentially everything that had been written up to its point in time. But the Royal Library of Alexandria, Egypt, was eventually destroyed. The first residential university, home to perhaps 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from the fifth to the 12th century … Continue reading I Am Not Irreplaceable 

How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Neal Pollard It's no news flash to observe that our culture seems hopelessly divided along political lines. That seems to impact race, gender, and other lines, too. The most tragic consequence of this is that it has not left the church unaffected. Social media is often a barometer for how emotional and passionate brethren on … Continue reading How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Lessons Learned At The Stadium

Neal Pollard Corey Sawyers and I decided a few weeks back to go to the Georgia-Tennessee game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, this past Saturday. Thanks to various reward programs and good deals, we were each able to do it all for less than a discount airfare. We were gone about 24, action-packed hours. … Continue reading Lessons Learned At The Stadium

The Problems Of A Two-Headed Snake

Neal Pollard A woman in Woodbridge, Virginia, saw a rarity in her front yard: a two-headed copperhead snake. The snake only has one heart and one set of lungs, but each head has its own brain. This produces multiple problems. Both heads want to eat, and since eating takes time the snake is vulnerable to … Continue reading The Problems Of A Two-Headed Snake

How Will We Be Remembered?

Neal Pollard Seven churches in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Each remembered for an overall characteristic. The same is true for individual Bible characters, isn't it? Most remember Moses, Samson, David, Jeroboam, Jonah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Judas, Peter, Paul, and John for a particular attribute, whatever else could describe their lives. That's more than fascinating. It's sobering. … Continue reading How Will We Be Remembered?