More Light Than Heat

Neal Pollard In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius counsels his daughter, Ophelia, about Hamlet’s vows of love, saying, “When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul lends the tongue vows. These blazes, daughter, giving more light than heat, extinct in both even in their promise as it is a-making, you must not take for fire” (Act 1, … Continue reading More Light Than Heat

Cure Them With Kindness!

Neal Pollard A comedienne draws attention for being mean-spirited and cutting when roasting a White House press secretary recently. While cringe-worthy, it’s hardly an isolated incident. Nor is it confined to Washington politics, being seen across the spectrum of society. Civility has taken a beating in the current culture. Social media may be a breeding … Continue reading Cure Them With Kindness!

Before You Type Or Talk Today

  Neal Pollard A pick, a poke, a controversy, Hit and run, a verbal grenade, We may see it as clever, though without mercy And own it like an accolade But are we making people think When what and how we say it scars? If it causes a stir, a strife, a stink Instead of … Continue reading Before You Type Or Talk Today

The Tactics Of The Tactful

Neal Pollard “To ensure people listen to you, insult their race, politics, and intelligence. Be sarcastic. Be close-minded. Don’t attempt to hear what they have to say. Do not gently reason and certainly do not be patient and thoughtful. Courtesy should be thrown to the wind, along with assuming the best and thinking before speaking. … Continue reading The Tactics Of The Tactful

The Eye Test

Neal Pollard We covet those parking spaces close to the store, whether because we think we will save a little time or several steps by nabbing them.  Yet, we are in “competition” with others who are seeking the same spaces. No one rushes to the back of the parking lot to grab up those spots. … Continue reading The Eye Test

THE GIRL ON THE WINDOW OR THE AISLE?

Neal Pollard Two women sitting on a plane They didn’t seem acquainted The “aisle one” seemed in anger and pain The other by cares seemed untainted “Window woman” smiled with a beam As past their row I filed The other was cursing at a full steam She was ruffled, rankled and riled After the flight, … Continue reading THE GIRL ON THE WINDOW OR THE AISLE?

Burying Your Resentment

Neal Pollard Linda Sides, wife of one of the preachers at Sixth Avenue church of Christ in Jasper, Alabama, shared a startling picture with me that she took in a West Virginia cemetery.  The backstory, as much as is known, is interesting.  Apparently, a mother did not want to be cremated but her two daughters … Continue reading Burying Your Resentment

A Hostile Witness

Neal Pollard There is an overlooked work that should be avoided, but may be more commonly practiced than is thought.  Yet, as the Holy Spirit through Paul included it in a larger category of works, it must be something with which even many Christians struggle.  It is mentioned in the list of fleshly works found … Continue reading A Hostile Witness

Avoid Foolish And Ignorant Disputes!

Neal Pollard A man is about to be put to death for preaching Christ.  He is composing the last known words he left to history, and it is addressed to another, younger preacher.  The entire letter is less than 2,000 words, making each sentence all the more meaningful.  In the middle of describing "an unashamed … Continue reading Avoid Foolish And Ignorant Disputes!

Overcoming Bitterness

Neal Pollard"Where was God when my child was killed by a drunk driver?" "I'll never forgive brother Jones for that time he... He's a big hypocrite!" "It's not fair what they did to me. I hope they get theirs!" Persons raising clenched fists or pointed fingers and growling through gritting teeth epitomize that common, though … Continue reading Overcoming Bitterness