PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

Neal Pollard Recently, a young woman present to hear me speak in Kentucky asked me if I was related to a "Neal Pollard" who preached in Missouri in the 1960s. She had just attended her father's funeral, and in going through his things after his death she found his baptismal certificate. I was elated to … Continue reading PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

“Just A Broken Guy…”

Neal Pollard The chilling audio from Richard "Beebo" Russell reveals an internal conflict nobody, not family, friend, or co-workers, knew was going on. The 29 year old ground worker at Seattle-Tacoma International airport took a Horizon Air Dash-8 airplane on an unauthorized joy ride, complete with complicated aerial stunts before crashing into a remote island … Continue reading “Just A Broken Guy…”

He Understands Me

Neal Pollard Marge Singleton and Merle Kilgore cowrote a song that was a hit for Teresa Brewer at the end of the "doo wop" era, entitled "He Understands Me."  The heart of the lyrics, which are repeated, is: "He understands me the way you never did. He loves me the way you never did.  He … Continue reading He Understands Me

Which Is Worse: Lawbreaking Or Lawmaking?

  Neal Pollard Scruples, proclivities, judgments, convictions, "I would prefers" as well as "It's betters" Men put these on par with divinely revealed positions Make laws they bind on others like fetters Freedoms, liberties, rights, excesses, "God's grace" gives me license to sin, Men loose themselves, and self-will professes, "No matter how I live I'm … Continue reading Which Is Worse: Lawbreaking Or Lawmaking?

Out-Cheered At Home

Neal Pollard It's hard to beat the weather and the views at the average Rockies baseball game. This past Tuesday, 29 Bear Valley guys converged on the upper deck overlooking first base as the "good guys" took on those world-champion Houston Astros. For the unfamiliar (or disinterested), the Astros are the defending Worlds Series champions. … Continue reading Out-Cheered At Home

What Does “Mean” Mean?

Neal Pollard Does that question seem strange to you? Mean is a verb defined as "intend to convey, indicate, or refer to" (Apple Dictionary, Version 2.2.2). Postmodernism claims that there is no purely objective knowledge, truth, or norms. Therefore, meaning is what you make it mean. Several years ago, James Sire gave the framework for what … Continue reading What Does “Mean” Mean?

LANDMINES IN RESOLVING CONFLICT

Neal Pollard "I." The late Wendell Winkler once said that beneath most marital conflict is basic selfishness. "What about my needs?" "What have you done for me?" "I am not happy, fulfilled, etc."  The Bible warns of the destructive nature of selfishness (Luke 9:23; Eph. 4:22,24; Phil. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:2)! One of the most … Continue reading LANDMINES IN RESOLVING CONFLICT

I Wish The Church…

Neal Pollard Was more evangelistic Had dynamic worship Ministered to every age group Encouraged people to become leaders Was more visible in the community Invested in the home Provided more fellowship opportunities Had a thriving education program Had a passion for world missions Was attentive to visitors Cared more about X, Y, or Z Spent … Continue reading I Wish The Church…

The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

Neal Pollard He was appointed an elder during the Reagan administration. At the very time he was appointed, the congregation was reaching the climax of a very traumatic incident. A man who was a charter attender, but not a member, when Bear Valley began meeting, he has seen every great work this congregation has dared … Continue reading The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

The Difference Between Current And Relevant

Neal Pollard Relevant—Appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances; of contemporary interest Current—Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now I think most of us would find the above definitions of these words to be satisfactory. In the context of the church, we are often concerned with both the matter … Continue reading The Difference Between Current And Relevant