“Secret Service”

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Whenever we hear about the United States Secret Service, we generally picture an elite agent with dark sunglasses and an earpiece. They certainly are elite, with only 1% of 15,600 applicants being accepted as Special Agents in 2011. They have extremely important jobs, from protecting the president and hisContinue reading ““Secret Service””

Armchair Elders

Neal Pollard He shouts at his TV with a mouthful of Cheetos. “I can’t believe you! Four receivers downfield and you throw it behind the line of scrimmage to a man who’s double covered! You’re pathetic. Must be nice to get millions of dollars to make awful decisions. Where do I sign?” After several additionalContinue reading “Armchair Elders”

Is The Church Broken?

Neal Pollard You hear comments in Bible classes that amount to what’s wrong with the church, what we’re doing wrong, what we’re not doing, and what it’s doing to us, our children, and the world. You read people’s minds through their social media rants, raves, and ramblings, and the bottom line message is that theContinue reading “Is The Church Broken?”

WISDOM IS VINDICATED BY ALL HER CHILDREN

Neal Pollard There was an old joke or riddle that went, “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” How would a man respond? If he said “no,” it was tantamount to confessing to being a wife beater. If he said “yes,” it suggested that he was a former wife-beater. Either way, the conundrum had himContinue reading “WISDOM IS VINDICATED BY ALL HER CHILDREN”

Rebuke Requires Relationship

Neal Pollard A child scolded by an austere stranger may get frightened or bullied, but not persuaded or “reached.” A parent, grandparent, a sibling, or good friend will be much more effective. A church member reprimanded by an aloof elder with none of the skill and instincts of a shepherd will get offended, hurt, andContinue reading “Rebuke Requires Relationship”