TRY THE CONTEXT!

Neal Pollard "Big dummy!" That can be a derogatory statement or the description of a large mannequin. Context makes all the difference! So it is with matters of infinitely greater significance. So much religious error exists because of a failure to consider the context of biblical passages. Our friends in religion who believe that Jesus … Continue reading TRY THE CONTEXT!

Misusing The Bible

Neal Pollard Ashley Despain now holds a dubious, ignominious distinction. Visiting an inmate in a Nevada, Missouri, jail, Ashley tried to sneak him marijuana and methamphetamines by sticking them into the binding of the Bible. Officials say they have seen many ways used to smuggle drugs to prisoners, but it’s the first time the Bible … Continue reading Misusing The Bible

HOW IS TRUTH DETERMINED?

Neal Pollard Recently, I received some feedback on a recent article (Truth Is Truth, No Matter Who Disagrees With It). Negative feedback is not rare, but expected when we put ideas down on paper (or on electronic media like blogs). This feedback was not personal, nor unkind. Yet, it reflects the thinking of so many … Continue reading HOW IS TRUTH DETERMINED?

Resolutions Reinforcements–#7

Neal Pollard Already, we have looked at six reinforcements for our resolutions: (1) Specificity (Resolutions Reinforcements–#1), (2) Prayer (Resolutions Reinforcements–#2), (3) Tenacity (Resolutions Reinforcements–#3), (4) Hope (Resolutions Reinforcements–#4), (5) Self-Control (Resolutions Reinforcements—#5), and (6) Accountability (Resolutions Reinforcements–#6). I'd like to close this series of articles with one last tool of support. To keep our resolutions … Continue reading Resolutions Reinforcements–#7

Why Is The World Asking “Why?”

Neal Pollard Today, everyone is hurting. Whether because of gun or knife violence or vehicular homicide, groups of people in our nation and other parts of the world are being torn from time and prematurely vaulted into eternity. We weep and mourn for the loss. We consider the enormous grief and heartache multiplied many families … Continue reading Why Is The World Asking “Why?”

Learning A Lesson From A Lantern

Gary Pollard III For some reason, I’m a big fan of old fashioned lighting. I’m especially drawn to old kerosene lanterns because they’re simple and just cool. I went to light one of my lanterns (I might have a few of them...) and the flame wouldn’t stay alive for more than a few seconds. I thought, “Maybe the vent is covered … Continue reading Learning A Lesson From A Lantern

“Wait Until Fall”

Neal Pollard It was a beautiful experience, talking with our newest brother in Christ last night. It was beautiful watching him be bombarded with love and attention from member after member. Listening to him tell his story built my confidence in the simplicity of the Bible when a person reads it without prejudice or agenda. … Continue reading “Wait Until Fall”

It Will Work!

Neal Pollard Planting gospel seed (cf. Luke 8:11) will result in people of all ages, backgrounds, and nations becoming Christians. Overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:17-21) will soften hard-hearted enemies. Approaching a wayward brother or sister in lovingkindness (Gal. 6:1; Jas. 5:19-20) will bring some back to faithfulness. Faithful attendance will stimulate to love and … Continue reading It Will Work!

LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR JESUS

Neal Pollard Periodically, we read or hear of "sightings" that unbelievers have a field day with. I refer to "Jesus sightings," people are claiming in such things as clouds, Cheetos, dental X-rays, cooking utensils, windows, walls, and trees. Wikipedia even has an entry for it ("Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena"). People vehemently defend … Continue reading LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR JESUS

We Can Only Share What We Know 

Neal Pollard I found a treasure in a chest of drawers in my parents’ house this week. It was a Mother’s Day present I gave my mom when I was 8 years old. Actually, it was a project our third-grade teacher helped us put together. It was a recipe book concocted by us students without … Continue reading We Can Only Share What We Know