VISITORS—HANDLE WITH CARE!

Neal Pollard I’m not sure where the phrase, “handle with care,” originated. It’s usually reserved for advice regarding that which is fragile or even volatile. It really is applicable to those who visit our assemblies because of their value and importance. They came through the doors of our church building intentionally and with a purpose. … Continue reading VISITORS—HANDLE WITH CARE!

“GM”

Neal Pollard I make a notation “GM” along with the date and place on the paper copy of my sermons to indicate that I preached that sermon in a gospel meeting. It is one of my homemade preacher shorthand notations. Growing up a “PK” (“preacher’s kid,” of course), I’ve got a lot of GM memories. … Continue reading “GM”

That’s The Church For You!

Neal Pollard Where you can build relationships with some of finest, most enjoyable people on earth. Where the world gets smaller and mutual connections are usually a conversation away. Where God’s Word is honored and imperfect people try to follow it. Where Christ is at the heart of every idea, program, and plan, but also … Continue reading That’s The Church For You!

Googling Church

Neal Pollard Despite Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s fall, 2015, pessimistic forecast in the “Sunday Review” column of the New York Times, where he perhaps wistfully reports Google searches for God down 15% in the first half of this decade and presents data showing Kim Kardashian as at least 10 times more popular than Jesus (if such is … Continue reading Googling Church

The Word Is “Relationship”

Neal Pollard Soon, we’ll have lived in our current home for two years.  We are enjoying the house, the location, the neighborhood, and most of the neighbors. However, one that lives pretty nearby has proven less than pleasant.  His wife is an officer in our neighborhood HOA, and each month’s newsletter is a new posting … Continue reading The Word Is “Relationship”

A LINK TO HISTORY

Neal Pollard He was named after a World War I general, born in Los Angeles in 1918 just after the American doughboys went “over there.”  There are four men who played Major League Baseball older than Robert Pershing (“Bobby”) Doerr (Mike Sandlock in 99, Eddie Carnett and Alex Monchak are 98, and Carl Miles in … Continue reading A LINK TO HISTORY

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Neal Pollard Within five minutes of the Bear Valley church building, you will find Atonement Lutheran, Landmark Tabernacle, Bear Valley Church of God of Prophesy, Bear Valley Fellowship, Christ Congregational Church, Hope Crossing Church, and Light of Christ of Anglican.  Expand the search by just a mile or so and that number increases quite a … Continue reading THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

BEAUTIFUL FAITH

Neal Pollard Every day Johnson Kell visits is a good day.  Today was a good day.  Though we were initially talking about some sad and depressing matters happening currently within churches of Christ and particularly a west coast university traditionally affiliated with the church, Johnson cannot help but talk about good and wonderful things he’s … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL FAITH

The “Religious Condition Of The People”

Neal Pollard After describing the "religion of the heart, not of the head," scripture-less sermons of his contemporaries, a certain writer then focused on the consequent religious condition of the people.  He wrote, The religious condition of the people very greatly corresponded to the teaching of these preachers. The native common sense of some told … Continue reading The “Religious Condition Of The People”

“I Don’t Consider Myself Unfaithful”

Neal Pollard An intelligent, independent young American man in his mid-20s showed up at the Siem Reap church building for mid-week services.  He not only grew up in the church, but he even attended a "Christian" high school and one of our brotherhood universities.  He is doing field research for an advanced degree in cultural … Continue reading “I Don’t Consider Myself Unfaithful”