Socially Distant from God?

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard Raymond Burke, an American Catholic Cardinal serving in the Vatican, voiced his opinion about the novel coronavirus. He stated that one “cannot consider the present calamity in which we find ourselves without considering how distant our popular culture is from God.” He continued, “It is not only indifferent toContinue reading “Socially Distant from God?”

A PROVEN RECIPE FOR PEACE

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words Gary Pollard Peace conjures a number of different images in our minds; from hippies to nature’s beauty to inner calm to lack of anxiety. Nearly every group of people in the world craves peace – no rational human being wants to live in constant upheaval. We all want to have peace,Continue reading “A PROVEN RECIPE FOR PEACE”

Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard Growing up, I heard my dad preach a sermon comparing different type of shoes to various people’s religious attitudes. You can imagine the application of such shoe types as the slipper, the loafer, the work boot, the Sunday shoe, the combat boot, etc. It was a cleverContinue reading “Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?”

MODESTY AND THE MEDIA SEXUALIZATION OF OUR GIRLS

Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross Neal Pollard In 2008, M. Gigi Durham wrote a blunt book entitled: The Lolita Effect: the Media Sexualization Of Young Girls And What We Can Do About It. Durham is not at all writing from a Christian worldview, being a militant, secular feminist instead. In the book, she writesContinue reading “MODESTY AND THE MEDIA SEXUALIZATION OF OUR GIRLS”

HOW I SHOULD WEAR OUT MY KNEES

Neal Pollard This past May, I began my twenty-second year of running. In that time, I’ve logged thousands of miles. At 49, I am happy to say that my knees are doing fine but time may change that. One of the risks of running, to listen to some, is wearing out places like knees andContinue reading “HOW I SHOULD WEAR OUT MY KNEES”

Paul’s Portrait Of God For Timothy

Neal Pollard Devoting himself to a theme of godliness in writing his spiritual son, Timothy, Paul writes to encourage him to teach godliness to people who enjoy financial prosperity (1 Tim. 6:3-10, 17-19). Part of his instruction is to point rich Christians (the case can easily be made that American Christians qualify as this inContinue reading “Paul’s Portrait Of God For Timothy”

Communication Landmines

Neal Pollard Paul writes two letters of instruction to Timothy, the preacher at Ephesus. As his father in the faith (cf. 1 Tim. 1:18), Paul wanted the younger man endowed with the wisdom and courage to be God’s man.  Timothy would face pressures and temptations from many different directions. The apostle’s words also provide someContinue reading “Communication Landmines”

Discipline Yourself For The Purpose Of Godliness

Neal Pollard Two weeks ago today, Wes Autrey and I decided to hold each other accountable for eating better and losing some pounds. The daily check in that accompanies this requires me to pay attention to how much and what I eat and pushes me to make sure I go work out. The single mostContinue reading “Discipline Yourself For The Purpose Of Godliness”

A Warm And Welcoming Church

Neal Pollard Once, I received a call from a woman who watched our TV program. She shared her religious background with me, including the fact that she was raised in a church of Christ. While she was baptized many years before, she committed fornication, became pregnant, and had a child out of wedlock. She saidContinue reading “A Warm And Welcoming Church”

My Social Media Pledge

Neal Pollard I will try to use social media to encourage and edify others (1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Cor. 14:26b). I will avoid the shocking, inflammatory, and divisive tactics increasingly characteristic of S.M. (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10; Prov. 12:18; Prov. 15:2,4; etc.). I will ask, “Would I say this in the way I am sayingContinue reading “My Social Media Pledge”