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)
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
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)
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?
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?
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?
Neal Pollard It was such a treat to be among the hearty, faithful Christian men of central Wyoming and the Bighorn Basin. By Bible-belt comparison, they come from small congregations. But their passion and desire to grow the church is humongous. Near the end of their men’s retreat, they divided into groups to discuss the … Continue reading What It Takes To Grow The Church In Our Culture
Neal Pollard There are some things about social media that are extremely irritating—click baiting, pot-stirring, fight-picking, self-pitying, and the like. But there are a great many positives in that medium, too. Of all of them, I believe that posts of baptisms have to be my favorite. I do not appear to be alone in that … Continue reading We Sure Love Baptisms!
Neal Pollard His coach, Jay Wright, and teammates expected and wanted him to take the last shot in the 2016 NCAA basketball championship game. The senior point guard had intentions of doing so, too, but at almost the literal last second he turned and delivered a short pass to Junior Kris Jenkins who sank a … Continue reading How Could He Not Take That Shot?
Neal Pollard It is an unmistakable emphasis in the book of Nehemiah. The word "we" appears 38 times in 30 of the book's 406 verses! Working together was the continuous mindset of Judah. They knew such a mentality would ensure success (2:20). Teamwork accomplishes much more than individual performance! If a ball team has only … Continue reading What “We” Do To Achieve Spiritual Success