Rebuke Requires Relationship

Neal Pollard A child scolded by an austere stranger may get frightened or bullied, but not persuaded or “reached.” A parent, grandparent, a sibling, or good friend will be much more effective. A church member reprimanded by an aloof elder with none of the skill and instincts of a shepherd will get offended, hurt, and … Continue reading Rebuke Requires Relationship

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

Please Hang Up Your Smartphone

Neal Pollard Prefatory note: I am writing as a guilty party rather than an innocent bystander.  The following words are directed inwardly at least as much as outwardly. It is getting hard to remember what we did before we got our smartphones.  How did we keep from answering everyone's texts immediately or looking up the … Continue reading Please Hang Up Your Smartphone