“The Moscow Rules”

Neal Pollard Once, while I was in the Washington, D.C., area holding a gospel meeting, I had the privilege of going through the International Spy Museum near Chinatown.   Having an avid interest in both military history and the former Soviet Union, I was thrilled at the opportunity.  The museum displays just how ancient the espionage … Continue reading “The Moscow Rules”

Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

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* 

I Met A Soul Today (POEM)

Neal Pollard A lonely soul was crying out For someone to direct Their mind to know the will of God But I chose to deflect. An edgy soul was acting out Intimidating and coarse Yet they were searching for the truth I recoiled with too little remorse. A hopeful soul was reaching out And attended … Continue reading I Met A Soul Today (POEM)

The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Neal Pollard Quick. Name the top three accomplishments of Grover Cleveland's presidency. I'll wait.  Nothing? Don't feel dense or unpatriotic. He's not in most historians' top 10 (25?) of American presidents. But on yesterday's date, 132 years ago, he was at the helm and dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  This, if … Continue reading The Greatest Longing Of The Soul

Are You Dogmatic?

Neal Pollard Brett Petrillo, one of my co-workers at Bear Valley, showed me a word (in Colossians 2:20) I did not know was in the Bible. Actually, it's in the Greek Bible, and the word is "δογματίζω  (dogmatizo). According to BDAG, it means "to put under obligation by rules or ordinances; obligate" (Arndt, et al, … Continue reading Are You Dogmatic?

My Father, From An Early Age

Neal Pollard My father, from an early age you taught me to be true, But when I wavered on what that was, I could always look at you. You taught me how the Lord comes first at work, at school, at play But how much easier that became when you practiced that each day. Dear child, … Continue reading My Father, From An Early Age

God’s Family

Neal Pollard Our first annual congregational retreat was such a success. It was well-planned, well-run, and well-attended. Every age demographic was represented, and brothers and sisters who normally do not get to spend time together enjoyed the weekend in sweet fellowship. We sang, worshipped, listened to five lessons, participated in ice breakers, played card games, … Continue reading God’s Family

The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

Neal Pollard Some time ago, I wrote, "I passed by a skunk and a snake, fighting tooth and nail. I didn't stop and pet either or take sides. I got out of there as fast as I could." That was metaphorical rather than actual, though I've had encounters with each animal individually. My point had … Continue reading The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

I Am Not Irreplaceable 

Neal Pollard It is said to have housed between 400,000 to 700,000 scrolls containing essentially everything that had been written up to its point in time. But the Royal Library of Alexandria, Egypt, was eventually destroyed. The first residential university, home to perhaps 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from the fifth to the 12th century … Continue reading I Am Not Irreplaceable 

How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Neal Pollard It's no news flash to observe that our culture seems hopelessly divided along political lines. That seems to impact race, gender, and other lines, too. The most tragic consequence of this is that it has not left the church unaffected. Social media is often a barometer for how emotional and passionate brethren on … Continue reading How To Unite In A Culture Of Division