Dark Churches

Neal Pollard I was intrigued by an article written by Janet Thompson of crosswalk.com. The eye-catching title asked, "Why Is The Church Going Dark?" She meant this literally. Her complaint was about the design of many auditoriums having dim lighting and being windowless, almost like a movie theatre or concert venue. She wondered if this … Continue reading Dark Churches

THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT CHASE

Neal Pollard It's hard to believe that it was 25 years ago today that Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson led Los Angeles police on a low-speed chase. The infamous white Bronco took off on the day he was supposed to turn himself into police, a suspect in the deaths of his wife Nicole and her friend … Continue reading THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT CHASE

I Just Can’t Share Their Bitterness

Neal Pollard I write this as someone who has spent his entire life in a preacher's home. I grew up a preacher's kid, whose dad was fired twice (once for baptizing a black woman and later for standing against the "New Hermeneutic"). I have been a full-time preacher for nearly thirty years myself. Now, my … Continue reading I Just Can’t Share Their Bitterness

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRIVATE OFFENSES

Neal Pollard The Son of God gives specific instructions for what to do when a spiritual family member sins. Jesus clearly says, "If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two … Continue reading INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRIVATE OFFENSES

“WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

Neal Pollard Philip encounters a man returning from worshipping God in Jerusalem. The man, an Ethiopian eunuch, was reading from the scroll of Isaiah.  Philip engages him in conversation, asking the African man if he understood what he was reading.  This very important man was humble enough to ask for help, and Philip climbed into … Continue reading “WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

Satan’s Schemes

Neal Pollard Paul makes an interesting statement while addressing the successful effort the Corinthian church made in disciplining an erring brother along with the successful outcome of his having repented. He urges them to show him love, comfort, and forgiveness. The bottom line Paul gives for the urgency of their obedience is "so that no … Continue reading Satan’s Schemes

“She Had Difficulty Accepting Death”

Neal Pollard Each death marks a transition and passing of an era. The recent death of Doris Day certainly represents this well. The 97-year-old had a stipulation in her will that she not have a funeral, memorial service, or grave marker. She did not want a lot of time spent memorializing her death. She didn't … Continue reading “She Had Difficulty Accepting Death”

Where Is Your Faith?

Neal Pollard. How many household conversations begin, "Where is my?" Women leave purses in restaurants, men leave their wallets in the other pants pocket, and kids are apt to leave just about anything anywhere. How many vacations begin with the family wondering where some vital item is, fearing that it is sitting at home and … Continue reading Where Is Your Faith?

The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

Neal Pollard May 14, 2004, was the day I preached my maternal grandfather's funeral. It was a signal honor to do so. He had passed away early on Wednesday morning, May 12. The morning he passed, I wrote this about him: Within you today are a temper and trends A view toward the unfolding tomorrow … Continue reading The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

Mother Is Love

Neal Pollard M-orning drill sergeant, man she'd make me make my bed, O-lder, wiser, openly affectionate, "omnisciently" in my head, T-elling me to think it through, truthtful, teaser, teacher, H-elper, servant-hearted, holy, heartfelt, and heart-reacher E-ncourager, exhorter, edifier, educator, R-ighteous, religious, reverent, but a most robust debater I-ntuitive, inspiring, introverted, informal, never indiscreet, S-pell-checker, spanker, … Continue reading Mother Is Love