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
Neal Pollard In James 5:7, James gives us some specific instructions concerning being patient. It is said as a response to those whose patience was being inflamed by the sinful actions of those in James 5:1-6. In just a few words, James has some pretty exhaustive instruction. He addresses the who—“Be patient brethren." There’s an ethic … Continue reading Be Patient!
Neal Pollard James uses a variety of examples throughout his short epistle. In James 5:7-8, he writes, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your … Continue reading THE PATIENCE OF A FARMER
Neal Pollard A man who was snorkeling in the Colorado River may have been expecting to find plants, aquatic life, and even ruins, but he did not expect to find two skeletons sitting in lawn chairs 40 feet below the surface. The man was frightened, undoubtedly convinced he’d stumbled across a relatively recent tragedy. There … Continue reading SKELETONS IN LAWN CHAIRS
Neal Pollard If your life is feeling fallow, your ambition sadly shallow, Turn your eyes upon another, help a sister or a brother, To their feet. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, full of noise and other static, Just a word or even smile, can lift their day a little while, And make it sweet. … Continue reading GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR BLUES (poem)
Neal Pollard As we live in a culture of disrespect, Christians have an added responsibility to give thought to how we speak to one another. Civility, courtesy, and manners were once staple subjects taught in every home, but those days are increasingly relegated to the yearbooks of nostalgia. Yet, it shouldn't be so with God's … Continue reading HOW DO WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER?