Lord, Help Me Remove The High Places

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard They are mentioned throughout the Old Testament, pagan shrines Israel and Judah put up typically to worship idols. Moses warns about them as early as Leviticus (26:30) and Numbers (22:41). This was the unrighteous practice of the Canaanites (Numbers 33:52), but it was adopted early and oftenContinue reading “Lord, Help Me Remove The High Places”


Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard I’ve never heard the avid fisherman say, “Do I have to go back to the lake?” I’ve never heard the shopaholic say, “How often do I have to go to the store?” I’ve never heard the committed sports fan say, “How many games do I have toContinue reading “AREN’T WE ASKING THE WRONG QUESTION?”

David’s Prayer In the Cave (Psalm 142)

Thursday’s Column: Captain’s Blog Carl Pollard It was in one of the lowest points in his life that David finds himself hiding in a cave praying to God. He says, “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord” (Psa.‬ ‭142:1‬). David describes the circumstancesContinue reading “David’s Prayer In the Cave (Psalm 142)”

Hope In A Hopeless Situation

Monday’s Column: Neal at the Cross   Neal Pollard Nadezhda Khazina was born in Russia at the turn of the 20th Century. She met and married the famous poet, Osip Mandelstam, in Kiev, Ukraine, after the Russian Revolution and establishment of communism. The couple saw enough of that system of government to conclude it wasContinue reading “Hope In A Hopeless Situation”


Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard Life has dramatically changed for us on a daily basis. Whether it be liberties that have been restricted or routines that have been disrupted, we have experienced significant upheaval. Some of it has been dramatically better, as for many we have been given a slower pace thatContinue reading “BEWARE OF SPIRITUAL ATTRITION”


Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard Like the robin, daffodils are a harbinger of spring. They begin blooming in late winter and create anticipation for the pretty spring flowers following. We planted our place in Appalachia with daffodils nearly 30 years ago. Today, we get few flowers in places where we planted them. We doContinue reading “DAFFODILS THAT DON’T BLOOM”

Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard Growing up, I heard my dad preach a sermon comparing different type of shoes to various people’s religious attitudes. You can imagine the application of such shoe types as the slipper, the loafer, the work boot, the Sunday shoe, the combat boot, etc. It was a cleverContinue reading “Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?”


Neal Pollard This past May, I began my twenty-second year of running. In that time, I’ve logged thousands of miles. At 49, I am happy to say that my knees are doing fine but time may change that. One of the risks of running, to listen to some, is wearing out places like knees andContinue reading “HOW I SHOULD WEAR OUT MY KNEES”

Where Is Your Faith?

Neal Pollard. How many household conversations begin, “Where is my?” Women leave purses in restaurants, men leave their wallets in the other pants pocket, and kids are apt to leave just about anything anywhere. How many vacations begin with the family wondering where some vital item is, fearing that it is sitting at home andContinue reading “Where Is Your Faith?”

The Problems Of A Two-Headed Snake

Neal Pollard A woman in Woodbridge, Virginia, saw a rarity in her front yard: a two-headed copperhead snake. The snake only has one heart and one set of lungs, but each head has its own brain. This produces multiple problems. Both heads want to eat, and since eating takes time the snake is vulnerable toContinue reading “The Problems Of A Two-Headed Snake”