Be Dependable!

Neal Pollard One of the hamstrings of most every church is a lack of dependable Christians. When Christians do show themselves undependable, they contribute so much to a church—much frustration, disappointment, and friction. We should all be dependable. You probably know little about Shelemiah, Zadok, Pedaiah and Hanon.  Little is said about them. But listen … Continue reading Be Dependable!

“You’ll End Up Naming Everybody On The Team”

Neal Pollard Quirky closer (a redundant statement) Sean Doolittle was interviewed last week right after the Washington Nationals clinched the city's first trip to the World Series since FDR was first inaugurated there. Asked how they did it, Doolittle said, "I think once you start naming guys that stepped up in different ways, you’ll end … Continue reading “You’ll End Up Naming Everybody On The Team”

Marriages Secretly In Trouble

Neal Pollard Social media has done us no favors, with the temptation it presents to project happiness and perfection while masking the trials and challenges inevitable for such a long-term commitment as marriage is. Not only can we be guilty of misrepresenting our own relationship, but we can unwittingly put pressure on other couples who … Continue reading Marriages Secretly In Trouble

“EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM”

Neal Pollard As I committed Georgia Bulldogs fan, I grimace to share this. But, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had a great quote in reaction to the student section leaving the Crimson Tide games early. I'll quote the second part: "If I asked that whole student section, do you want to be No. 1? Nobody … Continue reading “EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM”

What’s The Point?

Neal Pollard Years ago, Wes Autrey sent me a copy of the "Idiot Report." To this day, I still wonder why he thought of me as he read something with that title. I found all the entries hilarious, but one attributed to a Wichita probation officer was particularly funny. This august report said, "the stoplight … Continue reading What’s The Point?

Lessons Learned At The Stadium

Neal Pollard Corey Sawyers and I decided a few weeks back to go to the Georgia-Tennessee game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, this past Saturday. Thanks to various reward programs and good deals, we were each able to do it all for less than a discount airfare. We were gone about 24, action-packed hours. … Continue reading Lessons Learned At The Stadium

A Proverb To Ponder

Neal Pollard Now, not all our attenders are members, And not all our members are attenders, But if all our attenders were members, And all our members were attenders THEN... We'd have more trouble menders, More gospel defenders, And more true soul-winners! BUT... We'd have fewer people offenders, Fewer spiritual hinderers, And fewer religious pretenders! … Continue reading A Proverb To Ponder

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)

The Suffering Of Jesus And Commitment

Neal Pollard Jesus died an awful death. Ruthless assassins, terrorists, sadistic and serial killers, savage and perverted criminals have all received much more humane treatment than He received that day. What Jesus endured at the cross can only be described as vicious. Consider the violent aspects of His crucifixion. There was physical torture. He was scourged, … Continue reading The Suffering Of Jesus And Commitment

Daniel And Susan Bakeman

Neal Pollard In the annals of American history there is a remarkable story you may not know.  Daniel Bakeman was born on October 9, 1759.  He married Susan Brewer on August 29, 1772, though not yet a teenager.  Soon thereafter, he joined the American army during the Revolutionary War.  Not only did he survive the … Continue reading Daniel And Susan Bakeman