The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

Neal Pollard Some time ago, I wrote, "I passed by a skunk and a snake, fighting tooth and nail. I didn't stop and pet either or take sides. I got out of there as fast as I could." That was metaphorical rather than actual, though I've had encounters with each animal individually. My point had … Continue reading The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Neal Pollard It's no news flash to observe that our culture seems hopelessly divided along political lines. That seems to impact race, gender, and other lines, too. The most tragic consequence of this is that it has not left the church unaffected. Social media is often a barometer for how emotional and passionate brethren on … Continue reading How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

Neal Pollard The ship is breaking apart. The timbers of civility. Crack! The planks of morality. Splinter!  The mast of critical thinking. Pop! As we hope to stay afloat, we cannot help but feel growing apprehension over the current state of our society. It's not a matter of preserving or plastering over a past. It's … Continue reading What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

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 him … Continue reading WISDOM IS VINDICATED BY ALL HER CHILDREN

THE CHRIST?ANS

Neal Pollard I’ve seen the play advertised locally. Lucas Hnath, a 36-year-old playwright, has a background in religion. His mother attended seminary and he even sat in her classes. The New Yorker reveals that there were expectations early on in his life for him to become a “pastor,” a choice he forewent for the arts … Continue reading THE CHRIST?ANS

A Divided People

Neal Pollard As David let flow from his divinely-inspired pen the peaceful refrain, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!" (Psa. 133:1), he knew something of the absence of unity.  Though God through Samuel had anointed him king, "there was a long war between the house of … Continue reading A Divided People

The Brooks-Sumner Affair

Neal Pollard In 1856, Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts Senator, delivered an excoriating speech full of vicious name-calling and personal insults—especially against Senators Douglas and Butler—for their defense and advocation of slavery and especially the violence in Kansas in response to the actions of John Brown and his followers. The speech went on for two days, … Continue reading The Brooks-Sumner Affair

TO THOSE WHO DIVIDE BRETHREN

Neal Pollard —“A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends” (Prov. 16:28). —“A worthless person, a wicked man is one who…spreads strife” (Prov. 6:12,14). —“There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: …one who spreads strife among brothers” (Prov. 6:16,19). —“Hatred stirs up strife, … Continue reading TO THOSE WHO DIVIDE BRETHREN

Poking The Bear

Neal Pollard It’s not a Social Media phenomenon, but those platforms have proliferated this problem.  Begin by making a provocative statement about race, religion, politics, other social issue, matter of judgment, or the like, then step back and watch while the unrestrained and undisciplined scratch and claw at one another. Soon, the issue is obscured … Continue reading Poking The Bear

“Let Them Alone”

Neal Pollard It is a commendable mixture of righteous indignation, conviction, and affection for the Lord and His church to want to answer all the critics, rebut all the troublemakers, defend all the reputations, and fight all the false teaching out there.  Knowing how best to deal with the pot-stirrers or the novel-doctrine-peddlers can cause … Continue reading “Let Them Alone”