Out-Cheered At Home

Neal Pollard It's hard to beat the weather and the views at the average Rockies baseball game. This past Tuesday, 29 Bear Valley guys converged on the upper deck overlooking first base as the "good guys" took on those world-champion Houston Astros. For the unfamiliar (or disinterested), the Astros are the defending Worlds Series champions. … Continue reading Out-Cheered At Home

What Does “Mean” Mean?

Neal Pollard Does that question seem strange to you? Mean is a verb defined as "intend to convey, indicate, or refer to" (Apple Dictionary, Version 2.2.2). Postmodernism claims that there is no purely objective knowledge, truth, or norms. Therefore, meaning is what you make it mean. Several years ago, James Sire gave the framework for what … Continue reading What Does “Mean” Mean?

LANDMINES IN RESOLVING CONFLICT

Neal Pollard "I." The late Wendell Winkler once said that beneath most marital conflict is basic selfishness. "What about my needs?" "What have you done for me?" "I am not happy, fulfilled, etc."  The Bible warns of the destructive nature of selfishness (Luke 9:23; Eph. 4:22,24; Phil. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:2)! One of the most … Continue reading LANDMINES IN RESOLVING CONFLICT

I Wish The Church…

Neal Pollard Was more evangelistic Had dynamic worship Ministered to every age group Encouraged people to become leaders Was more visible in the community Invested in the home Provided more fellowship opportunities Had a thriving education program Had a passion for world missions Was attentive to visitors Cared more about X, Y, or Z Spent … Continue reading I Wish The Church…

The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

Neal Pollard He was appointed an elder during the Reagan administration. At the very time he was appointed, the congregation was reaching the climax of a very traumatic incident. A man who was a charter attender, but not a member, when Bear Valley began meeting, he has seen every great work this congregation has dared … Continue reading The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

The Difference Between Current And Relevant

Neal Pollard Relevant—Appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances; of contemporary interest Current—Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now I think most of us would find the above definitions of these words to be satisfactory. In the context of the church, we are often concerned with both the matter … Continue reading The Difference Between Current And Relevant

You Push That Way And I’ll Pull This Way

Neal Pollard While it is true that each of us possesses unique abilities within the Lord’s body (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12), that fact bears closer scrutiny. God can use each of us, with our unique personalities, backgrounds, and experiences, to reach so many among the lost and to help so many among the saved. … Continue reading You Push That Way And I’ll Pull This Way

What Are We Saying About The Church?

Neal Pollard Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way … Continue reading What Are We Saying About The Church?

Seeing God In Nature: Volcanos

Neal Pollard As we received word of the volcanic eruption near Guatemala City, Guatemala, yesterday, where Bear Valley Bible Institute has had an extension school for several years, we were reminded of the omnipotence of God. The power God displays through nature and His creation reveal how such a powerful effect reveals an even more … Continue reading Seeing God In Nature: Volcanos

Abraham Lincoln’s Memorandum Of August 23, 1864

Neal Pollard Somehow, I was unaware of the existence of a document which Abraham Lincoln drafted and had endorsed by every member of his cabinet, though unseen by them, and which remained sealed until November 11, 1864. These were not only dark times for the nation, embroiled in civil war for over three years at … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln’s Memorandum Of August 23, 1864