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?
Neal Pollard Scruples, proclivities, judgments, convictions, "I would prefers" as well as "It's betters" Men put these on par with divinely revealed positions Make laws they bind on others like fetters Freedoms, liberties, rights, excesses, "God's grace" gives me license to sin, Men loose themselves, and self-will professes, "No matter how I live I'm … Continue reading Which Is Worse: Lawbreaking Or Lawmaking?
Neal Pollard The rubber band’s a handy tool If it but follows a simple rule It must know how much that it can take If it goes beyond that, it might break It does no good inside the drawer Or on a peg inside the store It must assume its intended use If sitting unused, … Continue reading The Rubber Band Metaphor
Neal Pollard Most preachers know the unpleasant burden of having to preach on difficult subjects. There are some who, whether they find it unpleasant or not, are unpleasant in their demeanor and fully ready to frequently preach on moral, doctrinal, ethical, and other sin-related issues. However, it is distasteful business to most men who stand … Continue reading WHY WE ARE TEMPTED NOT TO TEACH TRUTH
Gary Pollard III Have you ever been terrified? I have: I’ve been hit head-on at highway speed, been attacked by feral dogs on the Navajo reservations, and once had to eat kale. Fear is a normal part of our life, and is sometimes an annoying reminder that we are vulnerable. Fear can save your life, or … Continue reading FEAR!
Neal Pollard Obviously, that's not the dilemma. It is not either/or. It is both/and. But, as the church, we can find ourselves weighted one direction or the other. Some years ago, a close relative of mine was explaining why he had left a congregation that heavily emphasized doctrinal truth but were totally invisible to their … Continue reading The Dilemma Of Discipleship: Doctrine Or Duty
Neal Pollard The Tasmanian Devil population is being decimated by a strange, deadly malady known as “Devil Facial Tumor Disease.” It is a cancer that horribly disfigures an ever-growing portion of the carnivorous marcupial’s body until it suffocates or starves from lesions in the neck. Horrific as the disease is, its means of spreading … Continue reading “Devil Disease”: Illustration Of Galatians 5:15?
Neal Pollard The word is maligned by some, especially by those to the right of biblical truth who believe any attempt at it is "soft." The word is misunderstood by others, especially by those who believe avoiding difficult, hard truths constitutes the concept. Yet, in this age of extremism, the need for it has never … Continue reading KEEP YOURSELF ON THE LEVEL
Neal Pollard “Rancor” is synonymous with hostility, bitterness, spite, and vitriol. In Ephesians 4:31, Paul warns the Christian against “bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander [and] malice.” While it didn’t seem possible that this election cycle could produce more heat and saber-rattling than the last couple, it has already exceeded it. It … Continue reading DIVIDING OVER POLITICS
That some people are not happy unless they’re in a fight with someone. That there are still lost people hungry for to know God’s will for their lives. That it is so easy to make excuses and so hard to make the effort. That I still have so much to learn, so far to go, … Continue reading I Have Learned…