HE QUALIFIED US

Neal Pollard When I was a student at Faulkner University, Schick Corporation sponsored a three-on-three intramural basketball competition known as Super Hoops. The school’s student activity director organized the tournament, and the winning team won a paid trip to the national tournament to compete for the national title. My senior year, four of us decided … Continue reading HE QUALIFIED US

Misguided Anarchists

Neal Pollard In her excellent book about the many events leading up to World War I, Barbara Tuchman, in The Proud Tower, spends a chapter talking about the anarchist movements swirling particularly around Europe and the United States. It was the inspiration for several assassinations of important political figures, including one of our presidents—William McKinley. … Continue reading Misguided Anarchists

A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Neal Pollard Deuteronomy was apparently a favored Old Testament book for our Lord.  It was this last book of the Pentateuch Jesus quotes each time He is tempted by the Devil in the wilderness (Mt. 4:4,7,10).  His writing on discipline (Mt. 18:16) and divorce (Mt. 5:31; 19:7) draw on Moses’ writings in that book, too.  … Continue reading A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Coping With Thorns

Neal Pollard Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). He is the author of audacity, and he showed it first in Eden. He is at work today through temptation and suffering to try and dismantle our faith. He is a presence in our personal lives (1 Pet. 5:8). If there’s hurt, he’s happy. … Continue reading Coping With Thorns

When You Hit An Elephant In Enid

Neal Pollard No, not Enid, Kenya, or Enid, India. Enid, Oklahoma. On November 4, 2009, a Wednesday night, Bill and Deena Carpenter were returning to their home from church services. Driving down the highway in their SUV, Bill at only the last second saw the 4,500 pound animal standing in the middle of the road. … Continue reading When You Hit An Elephant In Enid

Mercy Personified

Neal Pollard Anita Geurink relates the incredible story of locals finding and rescuing a little baby boy who was abandoned in a forest outside Maseru, Lesotho. Hours later, a freak hailstorm pounded the area, damaging windows and roof, causing flooding, and striking the very spot where the baby had just been laying. The little boy … Continue reading Mercy Personified

What Do We Make Of God’s Second Chances?

Neal Pollard We were living in Cairo, Georgia, and I was in the third grade. It was during a game of kickball on the playground and I was the “pitcher.”  A kid kicked it hard and I caught it.  As the ball hit me in the gut, I felt a sharp pain.  Something wasn’t right.  … Continue reading What Do We Make Of God’s Second Chances?

Mission Accomplished

Neal Pollard Reader’s Digest tells the story of Walter Wyatt, Jr., an amateur pilot whose plane goes down in the Atlantic between the Bahamas and Miami, Florida.  He’s in the deep all night, fighting off bull sharks and feeling he will not survive.  He does live and a ship, the Cape York, rescues him after … Continue reading Mission Accomplished

Remember I Am Dust (Poem)

Neal Pollard I read the words of David today They were so full of hope and trust They spoke of God’s merciful way That He is mindful we’re but dust. He knows that transgressions we commit That His forgiveness is a must His lovingkindness He gives those who try to quit Because He knows that … Continue reading Remember I Am Dust (Poem)

Have We Misunderstood Grace?

Neal Pollard Perhaps the subject of grace has been neglected in some pulpits and congregations.  Undoubtedly, it has been misunderstood and improperly taught since the first century (cf. Rom. 6:1; Gal. 5:4).  It is vital to properly emphasize and explain such a huge concept within the gospel message.  Why? Because of what it is—the completely … Continue reading Have We Misunderstood Grace?