How Can I Go On?

Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail Dale Pollard How can we handle the hurt of losing someone we love? Many emotions run through our hearts when we’re faced with the loss of a loved one. These emotions can present themselves as questions: Confusion. Why did this happen? Sadness. How will I go on? Anger. Who allowed thisContinue reading “How Can I Go On?”

Elders Who Shepherd

Monday’s Column: Neal at the Cross Neal Pollard There was a problem with the shepherds of Ezekiel’s day. They tended to their own needs, but not the flock’s (34:2-3). There were tangible needs and problems, but these shepherds sinned by omission (34:4). The sheep were scattered and these shepherds did not work to get themContinue reading “Elders Who Shepherd”

Audience Analysis

Neal Pollard People, in talking about public speaking, will sometimes speak of “audience analysis.” What they mean is that you need to know your audience or you run the risk of being irrelevant, disconnected, and even possibly offensive. You may assume too much of them or sell them way short. Neither extreme is effective. AContinue reading “Audience Analysis”

The Rubber Band Metaphor

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”

I Sin Against The Lord When I Don’t Pray For You

Neal Pollard Jonathan Martindale punctuated an unforgettable worship service yesterday morning with one of the most thoughtful prayers I have ever been privileged to be a part of. What made it so effective was the people and issues he prayed about. This is not exhaustive, but here are some of the specific people he prayedContinue reading “I Sin Against The Lord When I Don’t Pray For You”

Rebuke Requires Relationship

Neal Pollard A child scolded by an austere stranger may get frightened or bullied, but not persuaded or “reached.” A parent, grandparent, a sibling, or good friend will be much more effective. A church member reprimanded by an aloof elder with none of the skill and instincts of a shepherd will get offended, hurt, andContinue reading “Rebuke Requires Relationship”

How Well Do We Listen?

Neal Pollard A Dilbert comic strip by Scott Adams is a side-splitter! Dilute is sitting in one of what seems like an endless series of meetings, and the fellow next to him is droning on and on about something. Dilbert thinks to himself that he will substitute an optimistic remark for listening and winds upContinue reading “How Well Do We Listen?”