Still Restoring

Neal Pollard The idea of restoring New Testament Christianity is “that God set forth His standard of acceptance in salvation, worship, church organization and daily living” and “to follow the teachings of God, revealed in the New Testament, to direct our lives in the same way as He did first century Christians” (therestorationmovement.com/about.htm). We can … Continue reading Still Restoring

Service With A Smile

Neal Pollard Jesus showed the greatness of service by washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:12-17). As they fought over who was the greatest, Jesus revealed that He came to serve and not to be served (Mat. 20:25-28). God refers to Him in the great prophesy about His suffering as “My Servant” (Isa. 52:13; 53:11). Why, … Continue reading Service With A Smile

Examining Our Positions

Neal Pollard Hans Kaltenborn was an ardent admirer and defender of Adolf Hitler and the “new Germany” ushered in with the Nazi regime. Despite diplomatic warnings of assaults upon Americans, Kaltenborn, an influential American commentator for CBS and NBC and of German descent, dismissed it as flawed and skewed information gathering by biased personnel. About … Continue reading Examining Our Positions

Who Is The Greatest?

Neal Pollard The preacher who dazzles with his insight, personality, influence, popularity, or following? The teacher who is the students’ favorite? The member who is “balling” (making a lot of money and having a lot of success in business)? The family with the biggest house and nicest automobiles? The one with the best academic pedigree, … Continue reading Who Is The Greatest?

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

“It’s All About Me”

Neal Pollard "It's all about me." I would see that saying on a car tag frame nearly every day. Is that really the message we need? Aren't we self-centered enough, as it is? Truly, the man who lives only for himself runs a very small business. What a bankrupt business it is, at that. According to … Continue reading “It’s All About Me”

May I Help You?

Neal Pollard According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly all the top 1o most common U.S. occupations are in the service industry—retail salespersons, cashiers, fast food workers, office clerks, waiters and waitresses, and customer service representatives, just to name a few (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf).  But one of the most common complaints you hear is about … Continue reading May I Help You?

What Is “Selfism”?

Neal Pollard I came across the term "selfism" in Dick Meyer’s 2008 book, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium.  He defines it as “American individualism redefined by the age of marketing, self-help, moral relativism, and the belief that the “self” is something that can be deliberately found or made” (36).  He … Continue reading What Is “Selfism”?

“Redemption Is Tailor-Made For The Wretched”

Neal Pollard If you did not know the source of this quote already, you might be hard-pressed to guess it.  This was said by Stanley “Tookie” Williams, two weeks before he was executed in California in 2005 for four 1979 murders he committed while the apparent leader of The Crips gang in Los Angeles.  Though … Continue reading “Redemption Is Tailor-Made For The Wretched”

“NO, HE’S ABOUT LIKE YOU!”

Neal Pollard A new preacher was moving to work with a church in a community where there were several more congregations. Two of the preachers already working in that area met for lunch and the conversation soon moved to the new preacher. One of the men asked, "Have you ever heard of this guy before?" … Continue reading “NO, HE’S ABOUT LIKE YOU!”