KING’S CRITERIA WERE RIGHT ON THE MARK

Neal Pollard Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have A Dream” speech on a seasonable and rain-free day in August of 1963, but this speech, delivered to at least 250,000 people, is often remembered on the holiday in January named for him. This speech is one of the most important documents of our nation’s … Continue reading KING’S CRITERIA WERE RIGHT ON THE MARK

The “Religious Condition Of The People”

Neal Pollard After describing the "religion of the heart, not of the head," scripture-less sermons of his contemporaries, a certain writer then focused on the consequent religious condition of the people.  He wrote, The religious condition of the people very greatly corresponded to the teaching of these preachers. The native common sense of some told … Continue reading The “Religious Condition Of The People”

Her Closet Was Her Refuge

Neal Pollard 42-year-old Sefa Cebeci was with her husband in a seven-story building in Duzce, Turkey, when just before 7:00 P.M. local time on November 12, 1999, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the city.  The building collapsed, and when all was said and done nearly 1,000 people were dead—including Sefa's husband who was right beside … Continue reading Her Closet Was Her Refuge

“How’s Your Day Going?”

Neal Pollard As we go about our day, we often hear that question.  It is an exercise in pleasant politeness, and at times it is asked with genuine, heartfelt concern.  It can also be not only asked mindlessly, but answered in the same manner.  Some are conditioned to say "fine" without stopping to assess.  Others … Continue reading “How’s Your Day Going?”

What Is Your Name Associated With?

Neal Pollard Some names ring not just with familiarity, but downright notoriety.  Walenda is a name synonymous with daring, high wire acts.  Falcone is associated with mobsters and organized crime.  The Hearst family has long been connected with newspaper publication, Forbes with finance and fortune, Morgan with banking, and Bronte with literature.  Hilton and Kardashian? … Continue reading What Is Your Name Associated With?

Handling Offenses: Talking It Out

Neal Pollard Would you believe that not everyone always agrees with what I teach and preach?  Of course, I may not always know—at least directly—that someone disagrees with my message.  Yet, my greatest respect is for that brother or sister who has a problem with me and tells me so!  When they address that to … Continue reading Handling Offenses: Talking It Out

News Headlines Of The Prom Season

Neal Pollard "Alcohol Enforcement Stepped-Up For Prom Season" (wowt.com, 4/7/14).  Why? "Prom Season Can Be Dangerous Time For Teens" (www.martinsvillebulletin.com, 4/11/14).  Just one statement in the article reads, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website adds that statistics indicate alcohol-related peer pressure is strongest at prom time, due to the large number of parties in … Continue reading News Headlines Of The Prom Season

Eliot’s Motto

Neal Pollard The president of Harvard University in the last part of the 19th Century, Charles Eliot, had for his motto the words of Edward Everett Hale. Hale had said, "Look up and not down; look out and not in; look forward and not back, and lend a hand" (McCullough, Mornings on Horseback, 197).  While … Continue reading Eliot’s Motto

Chris Greicius

Neal Pollard Make A Wish Foundation has granted 310,000 wishes worldwide with the help of 30,000 volunteers in 49 countries as well as numerous, generous donors.  Very often, the wishes are granted to children with life-threatening conditions.  This is appropriate since this is the genesis of the now highly-successful collection of nonprofit organizations which grants … Continue reading Chris Greicius

“No Doubt You Are The People, And Wisdom Will Die With You!”

        Neal PollardThis is, in my estimation, the most withering of Job's comebacks to those miserable comforters introduced to us as his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (2:11).  The statement is made by Job in Job 12:2 at the end of the first cycle of speeches by these friends, in all of which are accusations and … Continue reading “No Doubt You Are The People, And Wisdom Will Die With You!”