Neal Pollard We are a diverse group who gather to sing for worship. We vary in age, education, religious background and literacy, race, and doubtless other factors. Some of us have been singing the same hymns for decades, while others may be seeing those hymns for the first time. There is a mutual responsibility, one … Continue reading Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany*
Neal Pollard I suppose I have met more than a few elderly people, including some professing to be Christians, who could be described as “crusty,” “crotchety,” “contrary,” and “curmudgeonly.” These no doubt spent decades developing such a winning personality. But one of the greatest blessings I have received as a member of the church and … Continue reading The Tender Tears Of The Timeworn Travelers
Neal Pollard Often, during this time of year, there is an emphasis placed upon the gifts brought by the magi to Jesus—“gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Mat. 2:11). They understood how Jesus was worthy of worship (2:2,11) and celebration (2:10). Their giving flowed from that recognition. The book of Hebrews turns the tables and … Continue reading The Gift That Jesus Gave
Neal Pollard People, in talking about public speaking, will sometimes speak of “audience analysis.” What they mean is that you need to know your audience or you run the risk of being irrelevant, disconnected, and even possibly offensive. You may assume too much of them or sell them way short. Neither extreme is effective. A … Continue reading Audience Analysis
Neal Pollard Who would answer “no” to that question? Who wants a worse life or a life that never gets better? But the better question is, “How do you get a better life?” Advertisers have so many answers to that, involving their currency or investment tool, their pill, diet, or workout routine, their travel agency … Continue reading Do You Want A Better Life?
"To see the dull indifference, the negligent and thoughtless air that sits upon the faces of a whole assembly, while the psalm is upon their lips, might even tempt a charitable observer to suspect the fervency of their inward religion." This quotation was from a man who observed lethargy and unenthusiastic engagement in congregational singing. … Continue reading Desire That Bubbles From The Heart And Falls From The Lips
Neal Pollard Those who address us prior to our giving often make a statement like this, that we are giving back but a small portion of what God has blessed us with. In other words, if you could owned and could contribute all the world’s wealth, week after week, how would that compare to the … Continue reading A Small Portion Does Not Mean Small Proportion
Neal Pollard According to Stephen Eckstein, Davy Crockett was among those who began a journey from north Alabama bound for the "promised land" of Texas in 1835. This group, who wanted to settle in that locale despite the drum beats of revolution and ongoing fighting with Mexico, was comprised mostly of members of the church … Continue reading No Time For Worship!
Neal Pollard It has been said that visitors make up their mind about a church in the first ten minutes of their visit. Before they’ll even discern the doctrine we teach or form an impression about the distinctiveness of our worship, they’ve already decided. If you will walk through the first ten minutes of each … Continue reading Meeting The Needs Of Newcomers
Neal Pollard People who have rejected the teaching that singing in worship must be without the addition of mechanical instrumental music have appealed to culture, to the permission of silence, to aesthetics, to emotion, to tradition, to preference, and the like. As we examine Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5, seeing the imperatives in each place … Continue reading NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THOSE WHO FAVOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC