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

What You See Depends On How You Look

Neal Pollard You get to choose, just like Jesus did (Mark 2:14) and the Good Samaritan did (Luke 10:33). When you look, who or what do you see? May I encourage us all to... See people, not pigment. See souls, not status. See minds, not money. See Christ, not color. See relationship, not race. See … Continue reading What You See Depends On How You Look

A Tribute To Harry Denewiler On The Morning Of His Passing

Neal Pollard I met him 20 years ago, the man with the twinkling eyes He and his wife opened their home to me, and I could recognize Their love for Christ and Christians, and how well they'd harmonize Those loves in all their actions, it was there in those twinkling eyes He shepherded me for … Continue reading A Tribute To Harry Denewiler On The Morning Of His Passing

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

What Are We Saying About The Church?

Neal Pollard Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way … Continue reading What Are We Saying About The Church?

A Tangled Mess!

Neal Pollard Late in 2010, Jason Good was surveying timber in Meigs County, Ohio, when he came upon a bizarre sight. Three huge whitetail deer were dead, floating in a creek with their antlers locked. It was an 11-pointer, a 10-pointer, and an 8-pointer. The landowner, Brien Burke, figured that two of them were fighting … Continue reading A Tangled Mess!

Before You Type Or Talk Today

  Neal Pollard A pick, a poke, a controversy, Hit and run, a verbal grenade, We may see it as clever, though without mercy And own it like an accolade But are we making people think When what and how we say it scars? If it causes a stir, a strife, a stink Instead of … Continue reading Before You Type Or Talk Today

Enmities

Neal Pollard “Enmities” is a work of the flesh, found in Galatians 5:20. It’s something we may not quite understand. How do “enmities” arise and is this something you and I may fall prey to? Enmities arise by holding a grudge.  In fact, it can be very difficult to know when you cross the line … Continue reading Enmities

NO SMILE RULE!

  Neal Pollard “Stop smiling!”  DMV photographers in Virginia, Arkansas, Nevada, and Indiana are among the states requiring grin-free pictures on residents’ drivers licenses.  Apparently, face-recognition software is thrown off by curled up kissers.  The objective is to curtail fraudulent drivers licenses.  So, by rule, there will be no smiling when the photographer says “cheese.” Like you, … Continue reading NO SMILE RULE!

You Sure Do Have An Attitude!

Neal Pollard Unavoidably, you do! And consider what hinges on what kind of attitude you have. Often, the difference in winning and losing is attitude. Happiness and sadness is a matter of attitude rather than circumstances. Failure and success is determined, many times, by what kind of attitude we have toward the task. Even one's … Continue reading You Sure Do Have An Attitude!