What Are We Saying About The Church?

Neal Pollard Recently, in an excellent lesson about gossip, the teacher recounted an incident I, and many others, could echo from the background of our own experience either in ministry or our personal lives. A mother asked her wayward daughter why she no longer was a member of the church. Her convicting reply, “The way … Continue reading What Are We Saying About The Church?

WHEN MISUNDERSTOOD

Neal Pollard It will happen, at least occasionally. A remark you make gets taken out of context, will not be correctly heard, or will be heard through the personal filters of the listener. Your facial expressions and body language may not accurately express your feelings or at least not tell the whole story. People may … Continue reading WHEN MISUNDERSTOOD

Answering Our Accusers

Neal Pollard There was a time when it was possible to engage in respectful, loving dialogue with brothers and sisters we disagreed with or had a problem with. Even if we felt passionately, we could discuss it civilly and retain or even strengthen our relationship with our “disputant.” We should be thankful that there are … Continue reading Answering Our Accusers

Tychicus: Trustworthy Transporter

Neal Pollard Have you ever paid close attention to the ends of especially the epistles? There are a variety of otherwise obscure Bible characters who make their cameos as if in passing. Tychicus is one such early Christian. You find him referenced five times in Holy Writ. He is numbered among the missionaries in Asia … Continue reading Tychicus: Trustworthy Transporter

Mind Your Biscuits

Neal Pollard A church marquee read, "If we could mind our biscuits, life would be gravy." As somebody who loves to make biscuits, I appreciate the sentiment. Only a few ingredients--self-rising flour, shortening, and milk (sweet and/or butter). A simple, consistent temperature (I prefer 450 degrees). The time is pretty precise--10-13 minutes. The rack placement … Continue reading Mind Your Biscuits

“He Shot Me”

Neal Pollard I want to preface this story by saying that, of all my siblings, I probably got away with more than the other two combined.  However, on at least one occasion, I was punished for something I did not do.  My brother was about four years old, and he, some neighborhood buddies, and I … Continue reading “He Shot Me”

SKELETONS IN LAWN CHAIRS

Neal Pollard A man who was snorkeling in the Colorado River may have been expecting to find plants, aquatic life, and even ruins, but he did not expect to find two skeletons sitting in lawn chairs 40 feet below the surface.  The man was frightened, undoubtedly convinced he’d stumbled across a relatively recent tragedy. There … Continue reading SKELETONS IN LAWN CHAIRS

SUCH AN EASY, DANGEROUS THING TO DO

Neal Pollard There's an old joke out there that goes, "Have you stopped beating your wife?"  If you say "yes," you imply that you used to do it.  If you say "no," you suggest that you are still doing it.  Obviously, the question may be where the problem lies.  If you do not beat your … Continue reading SUCH AN EASY, DANGEROUS THING TO DO

Handling Offenses: Talking It Out

Neal Pollard Would you believe that not everyone always agrees with what I teach and preach?  Of course, I may not always know—at least directly—that someone disagrees with my message.  Yet, my greatest respect is for that brother or sister who has a problem with me and tells me so!  When they address that to … Continue reading Handling Offenses: Talking It Out

Thrown Down On Naboth’s Plot

Neal Pollard Naboth must have been shocked and baffled as the charges of blasphemy and treason rang in his ears.  He must have felt jostled and panicked as he was grabbed and thrown outside the city of Jezreel.  Surely he was filled with the acutest sense of injustice replaced only by the undeserved pangs of … Continue reading Thrown Down On Naboth’s Plot