“Self-Sufficient Study”

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard All gas internal combustion engines require three things to operate: fuel, spark, and compression. If one of the three is working improperly, a number of symptoms can arise. This is an oversimplification, of course, but those three systems must be mostly operable in order to be usable.  Troubleshooting canContinue reading ““Self-Sufficient Study””

CHURCH INVADERS

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard During a prayer recently, a brother thanked God that our congregation had not been “invaded.” I thought it was an interesting, thoughtful way to thank God for His protection from physical harm, but it also took my mind in another direction. More often than we’ve faced armedContinue reading “CHURCH INVADERS”

What To See When False Prophets Speak

Neal Pollard Peter has a sobering warning for the church, writing, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves” (2 Pet. 2:1). He warns them about theContinue reading “What To See When False Prophets Speak”

Alternate Realities

Neal Pollard I don’t know when I first noticed it, but I’ve noticed that it has dramatically intensified in the last few years. We might call it the “CNN-Foxnews Dissonance” where a specific event is viewed, explained, and interpreted in such different ways that the observer is left believing that it could not be justContinue reading “Alternate Realities”

One Of The Hardest Biblical Positions To State

Neal Pollard There are few statements or pronouncements that are clearer than Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:9, yet perhaps none, in our current culture, is more intimidating to state. Jesus contrasts His will on marriage, divorce, and remarriage with the already existent stance of the Law of Moses. He says, “Because of your hardness ofContinue reading “One Of The Hardest Biblical Positions To State”

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”

METH-FLAVORED MILKSHAKE

Neal Pollard It allegedly happened in 2014, but now Fred Maldonado is taking In-N-Out Burger to court for what he said he found at the bottom of his cup.  While their is some “fishiness” to his story and the restaurant “will vigorously defend [against] these baseless claims,” Maldonado “found a napkin and two capsules inContinue reading “METH-FLAVORED MILKSHAKE”

MIKEY, LIFE, AND POP ROCKS

Neal Pollard Those of us who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s remember the infamous Life cereal commercial featuring “Mikey,” the finicky little boy who liked the taste of that cereal.  Somewhere along the way, the story got out that Mikey—whose real-life name is John Gilchrist—ate Pop-Rocks candy, washed it down with a Coca-Cola,Continue reading “MIKEY, LIFE, AND POP ROCKS”

IF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WILL TRULY BE UNDENOMINATIONAL

Neal Pollard The Restoration Plea is valid, vital, and victorious!  It urges every believer in Christ to throw off the shackles of humanly-devised traditions and beliefs that undermine and contradict the sole, supreme authority of Christ.  Religious division has been spawned through time because of men’s preference for their own creeds and doctrines.  Reason andContinue reading “IF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WILL TRULY BE UNDENOMINATIONAL”

“EX-CHURCH-OF-CHRIST” AND GENTLENESS

Neal Pollard There are a couple of web sites out there regarding churches of Christ.  While I do not have the time to read every page and all content, I spent some time looking at them in-depth.  These sites have the following in common regarding their view of churches of Christ. (1) They vehemently affirmContinue reading ““EX-CHURCH-OF-CHRIST” AND GENTLENESS”