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
Neal Pollard How often the matter gets discussed among preachers in churches of Christ, I cannot say. But, I know that it does. More members of the church than we might care to think do not have this matter settled in their minds, especially as it has to do with the state of those who … Continue reading Some Hurdles I Just Cannot Jump Regarding Instrumental Music In Worship
Neal Pollard We find ourselves often bobbing in a sea of religious confusion. Many groups claim to be the best religion and point to their ingredients as reasons for such claims. Several years ago, our boys played basketball in a league hosted by a huge community church in the Denver area. Their church's campus includes … Continue reading Better Living
Neal Pollard Watching young parents gather their kids and lead them into the building The happy, excited chatter of people who act like they’re attending their favorite reunion ever The many brief, but meaningful, conversations Seeing the new faces that are inevitably there and being thrilled at the prospect Noticing members greeting and welcoming people … Continue reading Some Things I Love About Assembling On The Lord’s Day
Neal Pollard For several years while in Virginia, I enjoyed going out with a couple of dear Christian brothers to hunt for Civil War relics. Of course, hunting on federal property was a serious crime and was unthinkable. However, so many of the personal properties owned by residents in the Richmond area were treasure troves … Continue reading Do We Need Permission?
Neal Pollard It is an eclectic club. Some of its members have only ever come one service per week, whose perceivable spiritual progress has been hard to measure. Others, perhaps more tragically, have waned from greater faithfulness in the past to the more tepid attitude toward the assemblies at which God is always present. The … Continue reading What Does The “Sunday Morning Only” Christian Miss?
Neal Pollard This is a question that occasionally comes up and is an important matter to consider since for some this is a test of a teacher’s soundness and a matter of fellowship. As the church is global in nature, it is a matter to consider beyond the borders of our nation. Various biblical arguments … Continue reading Is It Scriptural To Use Alcoholic Wine In The Lord’s Supper?
Neal Pollard I’ve known individuals whose sole purpose in the assemblies has seemed to be to critique those who lead the worship or show up to engage in it, from their appearance to their aptitude. While we certainly need to avoid having someone blatantly engaging in sin and error (that’s an article for a different … Continue reading THE FOLLY OF CHRONICALLY PLAYING THE WORSHIP CRITIC
Neal Pollard Brand new Christians Young parents The unemployed Spiritual leaders Those struggling with worldliness Someone diagnosed with a serious condition Strugglers with addiction Couples with marital troubles Those with loved ones no longer faithful to Christ Widows/widowers Someone who has been deeply hurt or betrayed Those in serious financial debt Those who are the … Continue reading In An Average Assembly, You’ll Find…