Wednesday's Column: "Third's Words" Gary Pollard III Grace is a touchy subject. As with many other words commonly used in religious circles, it has potential to be misused or misunderstood. My hope is that this brief study on grace will shed some light on a confusing subject. First, grace is possible for all men to … Continue reading Making Sense Of Grace
Neal Pollard A comedienne draws attention for being mean-spirited and cutting when roasting a White House press secretary recently. While cringe-worthy, it’s hardly an isolated incident. Nor is it confined to Washington politics, being seen across the spectrum of society. Civility has taken a beating in the current culture. Social media may be a breeding … Continue reading Cure Them With Kindness!
Neal Pollard Someone tasked with taking a picture of a couple or small group will coach them to stand closer together, maybe adding, “Act like you like one another.” They will typically chuckle and comply. How many moms have exhorted their squabbling children with a similar phrase? A quick perusal of social media, with its … Continue reading “Act Like You Like One Another”
Neal Pollard How I treat you says much about me My demeanor and my disposition It’s my calling card but your memory Of who I am and my primary mission. For I treat you as I would treat Jesus As if He were standing before me That He came not for ease but to ease … Continue reading A Strategy The World Never Sees Coming (Poem)
Neal Pollard Paul’s words in Romans 14:19 seem to have fallen upon hard times, often among those who are in a position of greater trust and influence. In that particular verse, the apostle is drawing a conclusion about his instructions to Christians, saying, “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the … Continue reading Are We Trampling Upon Romans 14:19?
Neal Pollard Today, I talked with some godly, sweet, and loving elderly people. They are people I respect and admire. They are full of rich memories, have vast experience, and profound wisdom. You are drawn to them. The people I’m referring to are neither superhuman nor necessarily those whose lives have been easier. Their sweetness … Continue reading A SWEET OLD PERSON
Neal Pollard It is a commendable mixture of righteous indignation, conviction, and affection for the Lord and His church to want to answer all the critics, rebut all the troublemakers, defend all the reputations, and fight all the false teaching out there. Knowing how best to deal with the pot-stirrers or the novel-doctrine-peddlers can cause … Continue reading “Let Them Alone”
Neal Pollard My sons have had some notable incidents involving guns, particularly the air-soft variety. While these all are thankfully memories from the past, they continued a less than proud tradition from their father. I have stories involving my BB gun, easter eggs set on a fence, and a custom van parked in the next … Continue reading “MY BROTHER SHOT ME!”
Neal Pollard As we live in a culture of disrespect, Christians have an added responsibility to give thought to how we speak to one another. Civility, courtesy, and manners were once staple subjects taught in every home, but those days are increasingly relegated to the yearbooks of nostalgia. Yet, it shouldn't be so with God's … Continue reading HOW DO WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER?
Neal Pollard Occasionally, a Christian who has fallen away and is approached by a concerned elder, preacher, or other Christian will respond by saying the people at church were cold, unfriendly, or unwelcoming. They complain that they get the “cold shoulder” from the folks in the congregation. Could most of us try harder to reach out … Continue reading Warming Up The Cold Shoulder