Dark Churches

Neal Pollard I was intrigued by an article written by Janet Thompson of crosswalk.com. The eye-catching title asked, "Why Is The Church Going Dark?" She meant this literally. Her complaint was about the design of many auditoriums having dim lighting and being windowless, almost like a movie theatre or concert venue. She wondered if this … Continue reading Dark Churches

Satan’s Schemes

Neal Pollard Paul makes an interesting statement while addressing the successful effort the Corinthian church made in disciplining an erring brother along with the successful outcome of his having repented. He urges them to show him love, comfort, and forgiveness. The bottom line Paul gives for the urgency of their obedience is "so that no … Continue reading Satan’s Schemes

I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth

Neal Pollard The early church grew (Acts 2:41; 5:14; 6:1,7; 9:31; 11:24). As we read of this growth explosion, we see the key role member involvement played. Christians were spreading the word (8:4), involved in each other's lives and in the lives of the lost around them. This is such a simple concept, but churches … Continue reading I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth

I Met A Soul Today (POEM)

Neal Pollard A lonely soul was crying out For someone to direct Their mind to know the will of God But I chose to deflect. An edgy soul was acting out Intimidating and coarse Yet they were searching for the truth I recoiled with too little remorse. A hopeful soul was reaching out And attended … Continue reading I Met A Soul Today (POEM)

Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)

Trent Woolley The other day I stumbled upon this rather innocuous quote – “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before" (Life's Little Instruction Book).  Obviously, this quote is talking about travel, but I would like us to think of it as challenging ourselves to do things that we may have never done before. … Continue reading Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)

The Best Thing To Do For The Body This Year

Neal Pollard When it comes to caring for the physical body, I have a lot to learn. While I work out nearly day, my most developed muscle is the table one. I will be working to use that muscle far less this year. But judging from all the new faces in the gym this morning, … Continue reading The Best Thing To Do For The Body This Year

Dying Villages (And Dying Churches)

Neal Pollard Liza Zhakova and Dima Zharov have written an extensive expose of a phenomenon I was totally unaware of—the depopulation of villages throughout the Kostroma region northeast of Moscow, Russia. 200 villages have been abandoned and 20,000 villages have faded away, a remarkable, mystifying fact for a vast region—it counts merely “660,000 residents for … Continue reading Dying Villages (And Dying Churches)

What Would Our Slogan Be?

Neal Pollard A Bear Valley member gave me a mailer she received from a new, area denomination.  The oversized postcard, in attractive colors (the background of which looks to be a paint palette), leads with the header, “Messy Grace.” The subtitle reads, “It’s okay to not be okay.” The brief message beneath says, “God loves … Continue reading What Would Our Slogan Be?

What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

Neal Pollard V--ictorious? Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 Jn. 5:4). No coach hopes to win without first planning and architecting. The blueprints have already been put in place (Rom. 6:17), but we must work the plans to be a success in God's eyes! I--nvolved? Do we want to merely keep house and meet … Continue reading What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

Would Jesus Scrub Grape Juice Stains?

Neal Pollard Bob Russell tells the story of Dwight Day, a UPS pilot who had come back to church after many years away. Russell walked into the auditorium one day to catch Day scrubbing grape juice stains off the pews. This pilot was an important man with sufficient money to hire someone to do the … Continue reading Would Jesus Scrub Grape Juice Stains?