Spiritual Olympics

Neal Pollard Well, as the Olympics pervade our attention and national and individual stories of overcoming odds and working hard to achieve greatness make the news over the coming weeks, I want to remind you that Scripture, in many places, encourages us as we are writing our stories which will someday be known by all. … Continue reading Spiritual Olympics

ATTACKING THOSE WHO SAVE OTHERS

Neal Pollard It’s an unconscionable thought! Who would try to hurt and oppose those dedicated to saving lives? Places like Afghanistan seem more than a world away from us, where this week a yet-to-be-identified terrorist group conducted a suicide attack in Jalalabad that killed two and injured 14. While that sadly is a relatively small … Continue reading ATTACKING THOSE WHO SAVE OTHERS

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

PREACHER FAN

Neal Pollard Frankly, some preachers are or can be a pain! There are various reasons for this, but I would hasten to say that such are in the minority.  As I sit in our Future Preachers Training Camp listening to our teachers speak to the next generation of preachers, I am in admiration. Their passion, … Continue reading PREACHER FAN

Goose Hunting

Scott Philliips A few years back I started goose hunting and I found out something very interesting about myself. I like it a lot! They are exciting to hunt, easy to harvest the meat, and they are delicious when I smoke them into jerky. Many of you probably don’t understand the challenge and excitement involved … Continue reading Goose Hunting

THE LITTLE GRAVES THAT HAVE NO NAME

Neal Pollard Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge, a 26-year-old Irish soldier, was one of 10 million people killed in World War I.He died July 31, 1917, in Belgium. He was a poet, and he wrote the following before the war: And now I'm drinking wine in France, the helpless child of circumstance. Tomorrow will be loud … Continue reading THE LITTLE GRAVES THAT HAVE NO NAME

Jeremiah, The Persecuted Preacher

Neal Pollard It was hard being a preacher in Jeremiah’s day. As thanks for his work, the weeping prophet endured the following: He was led as a lamb to the slaughter (11:18ff) His brethren dealt treacherously w/him (12:6) He was confronted by false prophets (14:13) His brethren cursed him (15:10) He was hit, put in … Continue reading Jeremiah, The Persecuted Preacher

Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not

Neal Pollard If I have a favorite chapter of the Bible, it would have to be 2 Timothy 4.  Yes, I love the first eight verses, but that alone is not what cinches this chapter as dearest to me.  It’s Paul’s personal remarks starting in verse nine.  There’s his longing to see his spiritual son, … Continue reading Even When You’re Alone, You’re Not

“I Don’t Consider Myself Unfaithful”

Neal Pollard An intelligent, independent young American man in his mid-20s showed up at the Siem Reap church building for mid-week services.  He not only grew up in the church, but he even attended a "Christian" high school and one of our brotherhood universities.  He is doing field research for an advanced degree in cultural … Continue reading “I Don’t Consider Myself Unfaithful”