The Christian And Government 

Neal Pollard There is a passage that can be so disturbing because it is so adamantly clear. That passage is Romans 13:1-7. The early church fathers had a lot to say about this passage. They lived at a time when the government sponsored and led persecution and even execution of Christians simply for being Christians … Continue reading The Christian And Government 

“Being A Christian Is Hard”

Neal Pollard The church office receives a monthly publication called Faith Connect. In the latest edition, they include some data from Barna Group on faith in America. In a sidebar of statistics to an interview with Barna’s Vice President, Bill Denzel, writer Kelly Russell reveals what the research organization found in interviewing those who identify … Continue reading “Being A Christian Is Hard”

Pilgrims And Strangers

Neal Pollard The two Sundays Kathy and I spent in Israel were with the church in Nazareth, about two hours north of where we are staying near Jerusalem. An interesting fact in a nation where an overwhelming majority of citizens are either Jews, the largest group, or Muslims, still a significant, but smaller group, is … Continue reading Pilgrims And Strangers

CONSECRATING THE PRIESTS

Neal Pollard An interesting ceremony occurs in Leviticus 8:4-11. Moses summons Aaron and his sons into the doorway of the tabernacle and consecrated them. This action consisted of four distinct things. A command (4-5)—“This is the thing which the Lord has commanded to do” A washing (6)—“Moses…washed them with water” Specific clothing (7-9)—tunic, sash, robe, … Continue reading CONSECRATING THE PRIESTS

Take Time To Be Holy

Neal Pollard In 1 Peter 1:13-19, there are three commands that relate to something that must be done regardless of how much time it takes to complete.  They are, “fix your hope completely on grace” (13), “be holy in all your behavior” (15), and “conduct yourselves in fear” (17). There’s a fourth command of this … Continue reading Take Time To Be Holy

Addicted To The Taste

Neal Pollard On a slightly different life's path, Kathy could easily be a world-famous, wealthy celebrity on Food Network.  Her culinary skills and creativity in the kitchen has yielded some incredible dishes that would cave the iron-willed. Incredibly, she has learned through the years to make things that are good for you not simply palatable … Continue reading Addicted To The Taste