Neal Pollard Each death marks a transition and passing of an era. The recent death of Doris Day certainly represents this well. The 97-year-old had a stipulation in her will that she not have a funeral, memorial service, or grave marker. She did not want a lot of time spent memorializing her death. She didn't … Continue reading “She Had Difficulty Accepting Death”
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
Neal Pollard The lost are convicted, too. Don't let anybody say they're not. Some of the strongest-held beliefs, some of the most fully-persuaded minds, and some of the most determined hearts are attached to lost individuals. Even in the Bible, one finds the deepest rooted convictions in the heart of the lost sinner. If one wants … Continue reading The Convictions Of The Lost
Neal Pollard “Tell us father, were you really there that day? Did they make you take His burden the rest of the way?” “Son, I stood in the crowd when I got my painful commission, And they thrust it on me without asking my permission. He was staggering and bloody and gripped by exhaustion I … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Crosses
Neal Pollard Though mankind can construct a fantasy to explain our origin and propagate it in places like The Natural History Museum, we have a harder time skirting around our moral outrage at the atrocities committed by the Nazis from 1933 to 1945. I made my third ever visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial … Continue reading The Holocaust: What Can Be In Men’s Hearts
Neal Pollard To Christ, an expression of love (John 15:13) To God, an appeasement of His wrath (Rom. 5:9). To the Devil, the scribes, and Pharisees, a sign of their supposed victory (Heb. 2:14; John 19:6ff). To the mob, apparent weakness (Mat. 27:42). To the disciples, seeming defeat (John 21:3). To those who lived rebelliously, … Continue reading What The Blood Of Christ Meant
Neal Pollard What would happen if God changed the "plan of salvation" in this dramatic way? What if the voice of God parted the skies and spoke a new revelation to us, saying, "If you are crucified on a cross for your sins, you will be eternally saved!" Would you do it? Assuming that every … Continue reading What If He Wanted YOU Hung There?
Neal Pollard Something occurred to me that I never stopped to consider as I read about Jesus' mistreatment in John 18. An officer for the Sanhedrin, forever anonymous, is memorialized with only these words: "One of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand..." (22). Was it sheer irreverence? Was … Continue reading The Man Attached To That Hand