From The Pollard Poetry Archives (III)

Two Prayers In The Temple Neal Pollard Up high and proud my boasts I declare I brag and I crow with my head in the air Til I look in the corner and see him down there Why is that poor sinner locked up in despair? I abstain from eating two days every week I … Continue reading From The Pollard Poetry Archives (III)

What’s The Point?

Neal Pollard Years ago, Wes Autrey sent me a copy of the "Idiot Report." To this day, I still wonder why he thought of me as he read something with that title. I found all the entries hilarious, but one attributed to a Wichita probation officer was particularly funny. This august report said, "the stoplight … Continue reading What’s The Point?

From The Pollard Poetry Archives (II)

The "Wishwewouldas" Neal Pollard In the place of "Wishwewoulda" Lived a people who surely could 'a Reached the lost in their great land But all the "let's" got soundly canned! There in impious "Wishwewoulda" All those Christians surely should 'a They had the money, had the skill But lacked the love, they lacked the will … Continue reading From The Pollard Poetry Archives (II)

From The Pollard Poetry Archives (I)

"What Is Important?" Neal Pollard (11/10/96) there is much this world crowns king And before them all they fall Mere trinkets and perishable things Upon these they in foolish faith call. Don't they know how vainly they plead Who stake their dear soul in the finite? They don't know that they cannot succeed Without investing … Continue reading From The Pollard Poetry Archives (I)

The Inevitable Standard

Neal Pollard Everywhere, each generation tries to figure out the why and how of living. Most will not find the right path (Mat. 7:13-14). Almost all are convicted, even passionate, about the way they wish to live life. They may be fiery about politics, social issues, relationships, and even religious ideals, and to be consistent … Continue reading The Inevitable Standard

Don’t Miss The Privilege Of Worship

Neal Pollard Yesterday, John and Carla Moore, Kathy, and I worshipped with the church of Christ in Nazareth. We have been there a few times, but there was something extremely special about yesterday. In attendance was Wissam Al-Aethawi, an Iraqi and Muslim-born brother in Christ whom I first met at Polishing the Pulpit. What was … Continue reading Don’t Miss The Privilege Of Worship

Evangelism Effectively Executed (POEM)

Neal Pollard We need to know the Bible, to study and apply, And teach and share with others, their faith to solidify. But often, before they'll listen to a consonant or vowel, They need to see us on our knees, with our basin and our towel. For fine speech can lose its luster, and argument … Continue reading Evangelism Effectively Executed (POEM)

Dark Churches

Neal Pollard I was intrigued by an article written by Janet Thompson of crosswalk.com. The eye-catching title asked, "Why Is The Church Going Dark?" She meant this literally. Her complaint was about the design of many auditoriums having dim lighting and being windowless, almost like a movie theatre or concert venue. She wondered if this … Continue reading Dark Churches

THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT CHASE

Neal Pollard It's hard to believe that it was 25 years ago today that Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson led Los Angeles police on a low-speed chase. The infamous white Bronco took off on the day he was supposed to turn himself into police, a suspect in the deaths of his wife Nicole and her friend … Continue reading THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT CHASE

I Just Can’t Share Their Bitterness

Neal Pollard I write this as someone who has spent his entire life in a preacher's home. I grew up a preacher's kid, whose dad was fired twice (once for baptizing a black woman and later for standing against the "New Hermeneutic"). I have been a full-time preacher for nearly thirty years myself. Now, my … Continue reading I Just Can’t Share Their Bitterness