The Tender Tears Of The Timeworn Travelers

Neal Pollard I suppose I have met more than a few elderly people, including some professing to be Christians, who could be described as “crusty,” “crotchety,” “contrary,” and “curmudgeonly.” These no doubt spent decades developing such a winning personality. But one of the greatest blessings I have received as a member of the church and … Continue reading The Tender Tears Of The Timeworn Travelers

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 “Nothings”

Neal Pollard What the child is always doing, despite evidence to the contrary ("nothing"). What is wrong with one's spouse who sits nearby, quietly and tightlippedly fuming ("nothing"). What the interrupted person was going to say ("nothing"). The word which defines itself is "nothing." The Bible teaches, "For if anyone thinks he is something when he … Continue reading The “Nothings”

A LOOK AT SOME GREAT MEMBERS

Neal Pollard Anything special, big and worthwhile a church attempts, be it a new program, evangelism, visitation, the Bible School, or a lectureship, will fail if it rests only on the shoulders of the elders, preachers, or select few. The late Wendell Winkler was fond of saying, “Programs do not work. People do.” Programs are … Continue reading A LOOK AT SOME GREAT MEMBERS

“What Have You Done For Me Lately?”

 Neal PollardThis is not just something Janet Jackson once wondered.  The late summer and early fall of each year, college football programs have alumni, boosters, and fans asking head coaches the same thing.  Companies ask the same of employees, and stockholders ask it of companies.  While it can be an unfair question, it cannot be … Continue reading “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”