The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

Neal Pollard May 14, 2004, was the day I preached my maternal grandfather's funeral. It was a signal honor to do so. He had passed away early on Wednesday morning, May 12. The morning he passed, I wrote this about him: Within you today are a temper and trends A view toward the unfolding tomorrow … Continue reading The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

A Strong Sense Of Family

Neal Pollard Trevor Matich was being interviewed on ESPN radio, asked about why he thought that Clemson had built such a strong football program in the last few years. His quick response was, "They have built a strong sense of family." He talked about how Head Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff wanted players to … Continue reading A Strong Sense Of Family

Be Patient!

Neal Pollard In James 5:7, James gives us some specific instructions concerning being patient. It is said as a response to those whose patience was being inflamed by the sinful actions of those in James 5:1-6. In just a few words, James has some pretty exhaustive instruction. He addresses the who—“Be patient brethren." There’s an ethic … Continue reading Be Patient!

Proud Of My Father 

Dale Pollard I was cleaning out the basement and found a box of old photos. You know the kind of photos I’m talking about. Cheesy, dated, and awkward family photos. There was a reason we had them hidden in the darkest corner of our house. They weren’t worthy to be put on display, but they … Continue reading Proud Of My Father 

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 of … Continue reading One Of The Hardest Biblical Positions To State

Daniel And Susan Bakeman

Neal Pollard In the annals of American history there is a remarkable story you may not know.  Daniel Bakeman was born on October 9, 1759.  He married Susan Brewer on August 29, 1772, though not yet a teenager.  Soon thereafter, he joined the American army during the Revolutionary War.  Not only did he survive the … Continue reading Daniel And Susan Bakeman

What Keeps People From Salvation?

Neal Pollard Ignorance: They have not learned how to be saved Fear: They know the potential cost of being saved Pride: They do not want to admit they are not saved Loyalty: They fear that they will be tacitly condemning those they care for if they are saved Comfort: They do not want to do … Continue reading What Keeps People From Salvation?

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

FORGOTTEN FRUIT

Neal Pollard Paul especially urges a particular quality that seems rarer these days. However, this is not a trait disappearing only with those in the world, but one that seems harder for us who claim to be disciples of Christ. He uses a word in Galatians 5:23, Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:12, and 1 Timothy 6:11, … Continue reading FORGOTTEN FRUIT

“The Island Where Men Are Disappearing”

Neal Pollard About one quarter of the men on Old Providence Island are gone, and in many cases their families have no idea where they are. They are not vanishing into thin air. These Caribbean islanders are excellent mariners, and, being technically part of the country of Colombia and lying off the coast of Nicaragua, … Continue reading “The Island Where Men Are Disappearing”