Jeremiah, The Persecuted Preacher

Neal Pollard It was hard being a preacher in Jeremiah’s day. As thanks for his work, the weeping prophet endured the following: He was led as a lamb to the slaughter (11:18ff) His brethren dealt treacherously w/him (12:6) He was confronted by false prophets (14:13) His brethren cursed him (15:10) He was hit, put in … Continue reading Jeremiah, The Persecuted Preacher

Traits Of A False Teacher

Neal Pollard John warns, "For many deceivers have gone out into the world..." (2 John 7). The particular deceiver in that passage denied that Jesus came in the flesh. Looking at the religious landscape today, John would no doubt repeat himself. There are so many deceivers who are leading people away from the truth of … Continue reading Traits Of A False Teacher

METH-FLAVORED MILKSHAKE

Neal Pollard It allegedly happened in 2014, but now Fred Maldonado is taking In-N-Out Burger to court for what he said he found at the bottom of his cup.  While their is some “fishiness” to his story and the restaurant “will vigorously defend [against] these baseless claims,” Maldonado “found a napkin and two capsules in … Continue reading METH-FLAVORED MILKSHAKE

THE MASTER’S MATERIAL

Neal Pollard A while back it was popular in the religious world to talk about Jesus' encounter with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The emphasis has often been on the disciples' experience. I believe the biblical emphasis is on the character of Jesus. The disciples are contemplating Him even as they encounter Him. … Continue reading THE MASTER’S MATERIAL

Ten Important Words With Good Illustrations

Neal Pollard I--nteresting (illustrations are to grab attention or make the point memorable; beware of being one-dimensional--always quotes, poems, sports, etc.) L--asting ( the preacher joke is that you can re-preach most sermons, you've just got to change the illustrations.  Why?  We remember good illustrations.  An illustration can help make a Bible lesson live on in … Continue reading Ten Important Words With Good Illustrations

BRAVE MEN IN BELLEAU WOOD

Neal Pollard In March, 2006, I spent nearly an hour walking in Belleau Wood, a 200 acre tract behind the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery about 50 miles east of Paris, France, accompanied by Kathy as well as the preacher for the Eglise du Christ in Paris, Roland Mohsen. Seeing the World War I cemetery, chapel, and … Continue reading BRAVE MEN IN BELLEAU WOOD

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”

Don’t Preach!

Neal Pollard What an odd thing to say, especially when our Lord (Mark 16:15; Acts 10:42) and Paul (2 Tim. 4:2) say to preach!  I'm not saying don't preach at all, but there's too much "preaching" that is not really preaching.  We must not preach that way. Don't preach self!  No matter how funny, folksy, … Continue reading Don’t Preach!

An Up And Comer In A Different Profession

Neal Pollard How many human cannonballs at the circus can call themselves "Oxford-trained"?  30-year-old Gary Stocker, with law degree in tow, left a six figure income working as an academic law writer and legal recruitment officer and "ran away with Chaplin's Circus" (Lizzy Buchan, Cambridge News Online, 7/11/14).  He actually is starting up the circus … Continue reading An Up And Comer In A Different Profession