The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

Neal Pollard May 14, 2004, was the day I preached my maternal grandfather's funeral. It was a signal honor to do so. He had passed away early on Wednesday morning, May 12. The morning he passed, I wrote this about him: Within you today are a temper and trends A view toward the unfolding tomorrow … Continue reading The Influence Of Papaw Mitchell

Distracted And Delayed By Baggage

Neal Pollard On May 7, Bill McGee wrote in a USA Today article about the crashed Aeroflot plane that killed 41 of the passengers onboard: “Reports from people on the plane indicate the evacuation may have been slowed by passengers grabbing their bags. Videos show passengers taking their carry-on bags with them as they exited … Continue reading Distracted And Delayed By Baggage

The Bible And The College Cheating Scandal

Neal Pollard One of the nation's biggest news stories last week involved a college admissions scam that included several high-profile people, including at least two Hollywood actresses. A California man, Rick Singer, spearheaded a scheme to bribe coaches and administrators at such colleges as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, and other prestigious universities. The bribes bought … Continue reading The Bible And The College Cheating Scandal

Make It A Momentous Monday

Neal Pollard Pick out a local church leader and pray for him and his family for several minutes, being very specific in your petitions on their behalf. Email a missionary to encourage them and get an update on how their work is going. Buy a gift card and try to give it anonymously to a … Continue reading Make It A Momentous Monday

THE MYSTERY OF INFLUENCE

Neal Pollard Several years ago, a fourteen-year-old girl named Shannon Smith was shot to death in her own back yard. A bullet lodged in her brain. Though already tragic and horrific, the story was made more tragic by the inexplicable nature of the shooting. Police, judging from the trajectory made by the entry would, concluded … Continue reading THE MYSTERY OF INFLUENCE

AN IRRECONCILABLE IRONY

Neal Pollard Some years ago an AP wire report yielded this incredible, true story.  Apparently a dirty joke was sent by a company employee to 6,000 people!  What was so unusual?  The perpetrator, intending to send a daily report to reporters and government officials, was a federal communications commission employee!  The headline read, “Joke Is … Continue reading AN IRRECONCILABLE IRONY

How Will We Be Remembered?

Neal Pollard Seven churches in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Each remembered for an overall characteristic. The same is true for individual Bible characters, isn't it? Most remember Moses, Samson, David, Jeroboam, Jonah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Judas, Peter, Paul, and John for a particular attribute, whatever else could describe their lives. That's more than fascinating. It's sobering. … Continue reading How Will We Be Remembered?

“Just A Broken Guy…”

Neal Pollard The chilling audio from Richard "Beebo" Russell reveals an internal conflict nobody, not family, friend, or co-workers, knew was going on. The 29 year old ground worker at Seattle-Tacoma International airport took a Horizon Air Dash-8 airplane on an unauthorized joy ride, complete with complicated aerial stunts before crashing into a remote island … Continue reading “Just A Broken Guy…”

Out-Cheered At Home

Neal Pollard It's hard to beat the weather and the views at the average Rockies baseball game. This past Tuesday, 29 Bear Valley guys converged on the upper deck overlooking first base as the "good guys" took on those world-champion Houston Astros. For the unfamiliar (or disinterested), the Astros are the defending Worlds Series champions. … Continue reading Out-Cheered At Home

The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known

Neal Pollard He was appointed an elder during the Reagan administration. At the very time he was appointed, the congregation was reaching the climax of a very traumatic incident. A man who was a charter attender, but not a member, when Bear Valley began meeting, he has seen every great work this congregation has dared … Continue reading The Kindest Elder I’ve Ever Known