PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

Neal Pollard Recently, a young woman present to hear me speak in Kentucky asked me if I was related to a "Neal Pollard" who preached in Missouri in the 1960s. She had just attended her father's funeral, and in going through his things after his death she found his baptismal certificate. I was elated to … Continue reading PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

Teachers’ Aids

Neal Pollard Several of our classes have assistants to the Bible class teacher.  She (or perhaps in select cases “he”) serves in a support role, helping students do handwork, find Bible verses, or occasionally keep order.  These are vital roles, and often a teacher’s aid later actually becomes a teacher.  Teachers’ aids are part of … Continue reading Teachers’ Aids

Encourage!

Neal Pollard Steven Covey has said, “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” There is great wisdom and truth in that. Encouragement requires unselfishness and thoughtfulness. It requires our looking … Continue reading Encourage!

My Heroes Have Always Been Preachers

Neal Pollard I got to walk through the Aigne-Marne World War I American Cemetery east of Paris, France, in the Spring of 2006. It was dedicated in 1923 by an army general who said, “Now and then, a veteran will come here to live again the brave days of that distant June. Our countrymen will … Continue reading My Heroes Have Always Been Preachers

Embracing The Struggler

Neal Pollard So much is said about the deficiencies of youth and young adults in our current culture. While every generation has its shortcomings, I have observed a hopeful trend. Perhaps it rests on the faulty foundations of political correctness and relativism, but young people today seem much more prone to accept and nurture those … Continue reading Embracing The Struggler

Not Enough Room On A Short Pew

Neal Pollard I witnessed something beautiful last night. A young man responded to the invitation and I was amazed by an outpouring of love and support shown by so many of his spiritual family. At least a dozen people, young men and young women as well as older men and women, came forward, too. They … Continue reading Not Enough Room On A Short Pew

No Fans?

Neal Pollard Baltimore was the host of history yesterday.  Never, in nearly 150 years of professional baseball in America, has a regular season baseball game between two Major League teams been closed to the public.  I estimated the crowd inside Camden Yard to have been exactly zero fans in the stands, breaking Baltimore’s old record-low … Continue reading No Fans?

HE WAS COACHING ON ONE KNEE

Neal Pollard What I’m about to do is painful and very nearly contrary to my nature.  It involves praising something about New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Bellichick, he of “Spy Gate” and “Deflate-Gate” infamy.  Yet, something he was witnessed doing on the sidelines during the late stages of Super Bowl XLIX gives great insight … Continue reading HE WAS COACHING ON ONE KNEE

An Up And Comer In A Different Profession

Neal Pollard How many human cannonballs at the circus can call themselves "Oxford-trained"?  30-year-old Gary Stocker, with law degree in tow, left a six figure income working as an academic law writer and legal recruitment officer and "ran away with Chaplin's Circus" (Lizzy Buchan, Cambridge News Online, 7/11/14).  He actually is starting up the circus … Continue reading An Up And Comer In A Different Profession

HAVING CONFIDENCE IN YOU

Neal Pollard "What did he mean by that?" "Those elders never get it right!" "You know our preacher. What else would you expect?" "That deacon is destined to fail." "Those people at church!" "They don't like me." What would it be like to work with a congregation that had people who openly flaunted their sexual … Continue reading HAVING CONFIDENCE IN YOU