The Rasputin Rule

Neal Pollard Very little good can be said of Gregory Rasputin. Robert Goldston, in The Russian Revolution, writes that he "was, like his father before him, essentially a rowdy peasant. He soon developed a reputation in his hometown as a horse thief, drunkard, seducer of young girls, and general good for nothing. He had no education … Continue reading The Rasputin Rule

Identifying The Source Of Trouble In The Congregation

Neal Pollard One of my dad’s most memorable sermons, which he preached in more than one location, was actually a two-parter.  The first part was preached Sunday morning. Dad warned that he was going to identify the source of the problems in the congregation. He used a wipe board or chalkboard, and only put the … Continue reading Identifying The Source Of Trouble In The Congregation

“I Know Who You Are!”

Neal Pollard A rich detail in the study of the gospel of Mark is the testimony of the unclean spirits about Jesus.  Mark 1:24—A man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who You are—the … Continue reading “I Know Who You Are!”

“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”

IN THE GRIP OF A PYTHON

Neal Pollard What a sad story emerged from Campbellton, New Brunswick, last week.  Two little boys were spending the night at a friend's house. The friend's father, Jean-Claude Savoie, owns an exotic pet store and was apparently keeping a 14-foot-long African rock python in his home. During the night, while the boys slept, the python … Continue reading IN THE GRIP OF A PYTHON