Neal Pollard Incredibly, his residency card and his nation's official documents, state his birthday as December 31, 1870 (The Guardian). For clarification, that was almost three weeks before Germany became an official nation, only five years after the end of the Civil War (reconstruction was just underway and Ulysses Grant was president), 28 years before … Continue reading Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality
Neal Pollard I respectfully wade into Kentucky's most hallowed sport (basketball) because of information passed along by some diehard Wildcat fans in the eastern part of the state. A brother shared with me that Pat Summitt almost became the university's women's basketball coach, but they refused to pay her moving expenses--calculated at about $200. Turns … Continue reading They Saved $200, But What Did It Cost Them?
Neal Pollard Social media has done us no favors, with the temptation it presents to project happiness and perfection while masking the trials and challenges inevitable for such a long-term commitment as marriage is. Not only can we be guilty of misrepresenting our own relationship, but we can unwittingly put pressure on other couples who … Continue reading Marriages Secretly In Trouble
Reblogging a post I wrote some years ago in view of our upcoming gospel meeting.
On November 16, 1992, retired gardener Eric Hawes was asked to help his neighbor, a farmer, find his hammer. Using his metal detector, Hawes found something else instead. He found “15,000 gold and silver coins, gold jewellery and numerous small items of silver tableware, including pepper pots, ladles and spoons” (www.britishmuseum.org). It is estimated that this Roman treasure, better known as the Hoxne Hoard, was buried around 407-408 A.D. as Roman rule in Britain was deteriorating. The coins represent eight different emperors and all were in excellent condition. The British Museum purchased the treasure and a reward was paid to Hawes. Hawes gave the hammerless farmer, Peter Whatling, a cut of the 1.75 million British pounds paid him.
A Military Police officer once found “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ” (cf. Col. 2:1-3) when he pulled over a preacher that was driving one mile per…
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Neal Pollard Yesterday morning, I learned how much of a sense of humor the Lehman Avenue church members have. I prefaced my sermon by sharing a great tip a fellow-preacher passed along to me last week. He told the folks at his new work, "Please introduce yourself by name until I greet you by name … Continue reading “Hello, My Name Is Roger Johnson”
Neal Pollard This past May, I began my twenty-second year of running. In that time, I've logged thousands of miles. At 49, I am happy to say that my knees are doing fine but time may change that. One of the risks of running, to listen to some, is wearing out places like knees and … Continue reading HOW I SHOULD WEAR OUT MY KNEES
Neal Pollard As I committed Georgia Bulldogs fan, I grimace to share this. But, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had a great quote in reaction to the student section leaving the Crimson Tide games early. I'll quote the second part: "If I asked that whole student section, do you want to be No. 1? Nobody … Continue reading “EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM”
Neal Pollard During our recent move from Colorado to Kentucky, I sifted through several boxes and shelves and found paper and digital photographs all the way from Kathy's and my childhood to our sons when they were small. It's incredible to witness the dramatic transformation they reveal. We're still taking pictures, which will be snapshots … Continue reading SNAPSHOTS
Neal Pollard In Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus, the writer quotes the prophet Micah. This prophet, whose ministry was to both the northern and southern kingdoms (1:1), writes much to warn these divided kingdoms united in sin and rebellion against God. But, he also extends hope for the future. He speaks of One … Continue reading “One Will Go Forth”
Neal Pollard David was broken and battered by sin. He would feel its effects from his public life to his private life for the rest of his life. In the aftermath of his actions with Bathsheba and the subsequent cover-up, the wounds of sin left visible scars. Nathan's accusing words perhaps ringing in his ears, … Continue reading After Cuts Become Scars