The Art Of Conversation

Neal Pollard With conversation, when both are active listeners, you are exchanging ideas. Along with this, there's body language and tone of voice which give clues to what the words mean to the speaker. You negotiate, reason, affirm or deny, and continue through these patterns while discussing any number of subjects. This process is invaluable to … Continue reading The Art Of Conversation

What Are We Saying About The Church?

Neal Pollard Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way … Continue reading What Are We Saying About The Church?

“Vain Jangling”

Neal Pollard The English language has done some changing in the 400-plus years since the King James Version was made available. Within its pages, you’ll find phrases like “straitened in your own bowels” (2 Cor. 6:12), “superfluity of naughtiness” (Jas. 1:21), “bloody flux” (Acts 28:8), “filthy lucre” (Ti. 1:7), and “the thick bosses of his … Continue reading “Vain Jangling”

It Didn’t Go Like He Planned

Neal Pollard G. Gordon Liddy once related a bazaar story about a man, jilted by his girlfriend. Apparently, he tried to commit suicide in front of his rival (the girl's new boyfriend). He pointed the pistol at his chin, pulled the trigger, and fully intended to die. However, the bullet somehow ricocheted off his teeth … Continue reading It Didn’t Go Like He Planned

My Social Media Pledge

Neal Pollard I will try to use social media to encourage and edify others (1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Cor. 14:26b). I will avoid the shocking, inflammatory, and divisive tactics increasingly characteristic of S.M. (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10; Prov. 12:18; Prov. 15:2,4; etc.). I will ask, “Would I say this in the way I am saying … Continue reading My Social Media Pledge

Open Mic At Bear Valley

Neal Pollard It is one of the preacher or teacher’s public speaking nightmares. And it happened to me yesterday morning between Bible class and worship services. I had no clue until I began to be approached by multiple members. My wireless mic was “hot,” and I was visiting with several people and, true to form, … Continue reading Open Mic At Bear Valley

Coarse Discourse

Neal Pollard Is it just me or are we much more open about using profanity in ordinary discourse? Our sitting president has exhibited an unprecedented amount of “curse words” in the public square, even if transcripts of historic documents reveal that a great many of the last several presidents have used language salty enough to … Continue reading Coarse Discourse

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Neal Pollard One of the leading stories in today’s news concerns a young woman, Michelle Carter, facing manslaughter charges for allegedly coercing her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide. He was 18 and she was 17. While at earlier points in their relationship she tried to dissuade his talk of suicide (he had attempted suicide … Continue reading THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Before You Type Or Talk Today

  Neal Pollard A pick, a poke, a controversy, Hit and run, a verbal grenade, We may see it as clever, though without mercy And own it like an accolade But are we making people think When what and how we say it scars? If it causes a stir, a strife, a stink Instead of … Continue reading Before You Type Or Talk Today

Tychicus: Trustworthy Transporter

Neal Pollard Have you ever paid close attention to the ends of especially the epistles? There are a variety of otherwise obscure Bible characters who make their cameos as if in passing. Tychicus is one such early Christian. You find him referenced five times in Holy Writ. He is numbered among the missionaries in Asia … Continue reading Tychicus: Trustworthy Transporter