KEEP YOURSELF ON THE LEVEL

Neal Pollard The word is maligned by some, especially by those to the right of biblical truth who believe any attempt at it is "soft."  The word is misunderstood by others, especially by those who believe avoiding difficult, hard truths constitutes the concept.  Yet, in this age of extremism, the need for it has never … Continue reading KEEP YOURSELF ON THE LEVEL

Five Facts About A Faithless People

Neal Pollard The percentage of Americans who identify as atheists doubled from 2007 to 2014 (Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center). But that hardly tells the whole story. Our culture is drowning in a political correctness that stigmatizes Christian Values and that makes nearly any public stand or statement regarding what Scripture says about such things … Continue reading Five Facts About A Faithless People

HOW TO MAKE GOD SICK

Neal Pollard When speaking of God’s attributions and actions, the Bible often resorts to a literary device called anthropomorphism (where human characteristics or behaviors are attributed to God—“the hand of God,” “the eyes of the Lord,” etc.).  But, there is one personification that’s absolutely terrifying.  Jesus utilizes it in describing the spiritual condition of Laodicea. … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE GOD SICK

“This Perverse Generation”

Neal Pollard What was life like in the first century?  One historian writes, “It has been rightly said, that the idea of conscience, as we understand it, was unknown to heathenism. Absolute right did not exist. Might was right. The social relations exhibited, if possible, even deeper corruption. The sanctity of marriage had ceased. Female … Continue reading “This Perverse Generation”

May I Help You?

Neal Pollard According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly all the top 1o most common U.S. occupations are in the service industry—retail salespersons, cashiers, fast food workers, office clerks, waiters and waitresses, and customer service representatives, just to name a few (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf).  But one of the most common complaints you hear is about … Continue reading May I Help You?

What Is “Selfism”?

Neal Pollard I came across the term "selfism" in Dick Meyer’s 2008 book, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium.  He defines it as “American individualism redefined by the age of marketing, self-help, moral relativism, and the belief that the “self” is something that can be deliberately found or made” (36).  He … Continue reading What Is “Selfism”?

Ready For A Trivia Quiz?

Neal Pollard Here are the rules: Don’t use any resources to look up these answers.  This is a quiz to test your knowledge. What is Mark Zuckerberg best known for co-founding? How many regular season games are there in an NFL, MLB, and NBA season? What is the name of Apple’s media library, media player, … Continue reading Ready For A Trivia Quiz?

“Under The Sway Of The Wicked One”

Neal Pollard In 1 John 5:19, John readies the close of this epistle by observing, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (NKJ). The Greek word translated “lies in the power of” (ESV, NAS) or “is under the sway of” is a word … Continue reading “Under The Sway Of The Wicked One”

PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

Neal Pollard Terrorist madmen shoot up a school in Pakistan and kill over 100 people, mostly children.  A politically correct society is close to forbidding biblical teaching on matters that violates its bombastic code.  Pluralism (all religious paths are equally valid) and syncretism (blending two or more religious belief systems into a new system) seem … Continue reading PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

The “Moral Compass” Of The Modern Culture

Neal Pollard If a nation or people will move back toward the Bible, it must overcome three philosophical barriers.  I mentioned these in an earlier blog (https://preacherpollard.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/why-ridgedale-church-of-christ-is-getting-slammed/).  Here are the three barriers: The Cultural Sickness Of Subjectivity.  Subjectivism, in its final form, makes the individual “god” and their views supreme. Thoughts and feelings trump a … Continue reading The “Moral Compass” Of The Modern Culture