“BLESSED”

Neal Pollard I've never known a day when I didn't live in a "preacher's home." "Preacher's homes" are very much like every other home--problems, inside jokes, traditions, hobbies and interests, sin, laughter--except the chosen profession of the father is to serve either full-time or part-time as a proclaimer of God's Word. At times, the home … Continue reading “BLESSED”

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

“It Shall Stand Forever”

Neal Pollard Kathy and I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, in February of 2006. It is an ornate, historic building. It dates to the 1100s, surviving the threats of many wars including World War I and World War II. But, it has been dilapidating for some time. Earlier today, a fire inside … Continue reading “It Shall Stand Forever”

A New Testament Leadership Style

Neal Pollard USA Today ran a story about New York Knicks' owner James Dolan. He's depicted as a heavy-handed micromanager who feels more allegiance to his shareholders than the fans of the iconic professional basketball team. He's contrasted with successful franchises, which the Knicks certainly are not at present, whose leadership sees themselves as stewards … Continue reading A New Testament Leadership Style

Adopting Orphans

Neal Pollard It was nearly twenty years ago that I walked with Keith Kasarjian through an orphanage in eastern Ukraine. I cannot remember how many children were there, but there were many. My first impression was their appearance--unwashed and tattered clothes, dirty bodies, and many had mussed or shaved heads. But my overwhelming impression was … Continue reading Adopting Orphans

A Strong Sense Of Family

Neal Pollard Trevor Matich was being interviewed on ESPN radio, asked about why he thought that Clemson had built such a strong football program in the last few years. His quick response was, "They have built a strong sense of family." He talked about how Head Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff wanted players to … Continue reading A Strong Sense Of Family

Every Day Is “New” With God

Neal Pollard We sing a new song (Ps. 40:3; Isa. 42:10; Rev. 5:9). We gain new strength (Isa. 40:31). We have a new name (Isa. 62:2; Rev. 2:17). We have a new covenant (Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8-9).  We have God's compassions which are new every morning (Lam. 3:23).  We have a new heart and a … Continue reading Every Day Is “New” With God

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)

How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Neal Pollard It's no news flash to observe that our culture seems hopelessly divided along political lines. That seems to impact race, gender, and other lines, too. The most tragic consequence of this is that it has not left the church unaffected. Social media is often a barometer for how emotional and passionate brethren on … Continue reading How To Unite In A Culture Of Division