Neal Pollard I’m not sure where the phrase, “handle with care,” originated. It’s usually reserved for advice regarding that which is fragile or even volatile. It really is applicable to those who visit our assemblies because of their value and importance. They came through the doors of our church building intentionally and with a purpose. … Continue reading VISITORS—HANDLE WITH CARE!
Neal Pollard Yesterday afternoon, the Bear Valley eldership stood before us one by one to talk about their priorities both for themselves and for us. They distilled them into five simple words that describe five profound concepts: (1) Worship, (2) Communication, (3) Fellowship, (4) Accountability, and (5) Leadership. They told us that as the religious … Continue reading “I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”
Neal Pollard Once, I received a call from a woman who watched our TV program. She shared her religious background with me, including the fact that she was raised in a church of Christ. While she was baptized many years before, she committed fornication, became pregnant, and had a child out of wedlock. She said … Continue reading A Warm And Welcoming Church
Neal Pollard A little over a week ago, my son Dale called me to tell me one of his elders gave him tickets for the Georgia-Missouri football game. He asked if I could swing coming. Thanks to a generous travel voucher from American Airlines, I was able to go on short notice on their nickel. … Continue reading A Family, A Fraternity, And A Fellowship
Neal Pollard At various times when I was growing up, I called Hawkinsville, Rockmart, Cairo, Sylvester, Franklin, and Hinesville, Georgia, home. While my dad was once fired from a congregation for converting a black woman, race relations in those rural towns—at least among us children—were excellent. While High School was very cliquish (along a great … Continue reading REDUCING RIOTOUS RACE RHETORIC
Neal Pollard For as long as I have been preaching, I have had at least one copy of the Alvin Jennings’ book bearing the title above. The book was originally printed in 1972, but it has been reprinted several times. Jennings clarifies the way he uses the word “traditions” in his title. Rather than the … Continue reading Traditions Of Men Versus The Word Of God
Neal Pollard You hear comments in Bible classes that amount to what’s wrong with the church, what we’re doing wrong, what we’re not doing, and what it’s doing to us, our children, and the world. You read people’s minds through their social media rants, raves, and ramblings, and the bottom line message is that the … Continue reading Is The Church Broken?
[Disclaimer: I mention specific names, knowing that I cannot possibly know every story and detail. These are included to encourage. God saw it all and will reward accordingly!] Neal Pollard There was an air of excitement. We did not meet our numerical goal, but there was a noticeable buzz yesterday. So many new faces milling … Continue reading Victories Of Our Friends And Family Day
Neal Pollard Barak monitored the results of the latest Imperial policies out of Rome. And he hashed it and rehashed it with his brethren at the fellowship meals, on his job at the fish market, and definitely, with vehemence, within his inner circle of friends and family. Elchanan came from a long line of zealots, … Continue reading Caesar’s Citizen Headline: “The Jerusalem Church Splits Over Politics!”
Trent Woolley The other day I stumbled upon this rather innocuous quote – “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before" (Life's Little Instruction Book). Obviously, this quote is talking about travel, but I would like us to think of it as challenging ourselves to do things that we may have never done before. … Continue reading Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)