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

Alternate Realities

Neal Pollard I don't know when I first noticed it, but I've noticed that it has dramatically intensified in the last few years. We might call it the "CNN-Foxnews Dissonance" where a specific event is viewed, explained, and interpreted in such different ways that the observer is left believing that it could not be just … Continue reading Alternate Realities

Why Is The World Asking “Why?”

Neal Pollard Today, everyone is hurting. Whether because of gun or knife violence or vehicular homicide, groups of people in our nation and other parts of the world are being torn from time and prematurely vaulted into eternity. We weep and mourn for the loss. We consider the enormous grief and heartache multiplied many families … Continue reading Why Is The World Asking “Why?”

What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

Neal Pollard The ship is breaking apart. The timbers of civility. Crack! The planks of morality. Splinter!  The mast of critical thinking. Pop! As we hope to stay afloat, we cannot help but feel growing apprehension over the current state of our society. It's not a matter of preserving or plastering over a past. It's … Continue reading What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

The Dilemma Of Discipleship: Doctrine Or Duty

Neal Pollard Obviously, that's not the dilemma. It is not either/or. It is both/and. But, as the church, we can find ourselves weighted one direction or the other. Some years ago, a close relative of mine was explaining why he had left a congregation that heavily emphasized doctrinal truth but were totally invisible to their … Continue reading The Dilemma Of Discipleship: Doctrine Or Duty

Five Facts About A Faithless People

Neal Pollard The percentage of Americans who identify as atheists doubled from 2007 to 2014 (Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center). But that hardly tells the whole story. Our culture is drowning in a political correctness that stigmatizes Christian Values and that makes nearly any public stand or statement regarding what Scripture says about such things … Continue reading Five Facts About A Faithless People

SCATTERED THOUGHTS ABOUT “OUR SONGS”

Neal Pollard Disclaimer: I clearly recognize my own fallibility and potential short-sightedness on this and all matters.  Please be assured that the following is written with deepest love for the Savior, the saved, and the lost sinner. Prudence, wisdom, and Christ-like love should characterize all such discussions as these, and that is my intention.  There … Continue reading SCATTERED THOUGHTS ABOUT “OUR SONGS”

FURIOUSLY ENRAGED

Neal Pollard Paul recounted his conversion on several occasions and spoke of his attitude toward  Christianity before embracing it himself.  Of the many ways he described his pre-Christian life, think about what he said in Acts 26:11.  He describes it as being "furiously enraged" at Christians. He ravaged the church (Acts 8:3). He breathed out … Continue reading FURIOUSLY ENRAGED

PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

Neal Pollard Terrorist madmen shoot up a school in Pakistan and kill over 100 people, mostly children.  A politically correct society is close to forbidding biblical teaching on matters that violates its bombastic code.  Pluralism (all religious paths are equally valid) and syncretism (blending two or more religious belief systems into a new system) seem … Continue reading PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

The “Moral Compass” Of The Modern Culture

Neal Pollard If a nation or people will move back toward the Bible, it must overcome three philosophical barriers.  I mentioned these in an earlier blog (https://preacherpollard.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/why-ridgedale-church-of-christ-is-getting-slammed/).  Here are the three barriers: The Cultural Sickness Of Subjectivity.  Subjectivism, in its final form, makes the individual “god” and their views supreme. Thoughts and feelings trump a … Continue reading The “Moral Compass” Of The Modern Culture