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 some … Continue reading Communication Landmines

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

Build That Wall!

Neal Pollard The partisan vitriol ramps up whenever subjects like border security and immigration are mentioned. It is a subject as much a part of the political divide as “Russian Collusion,” tax reform, and affordable health care. Let the politically passionate debate all those topics, but did you know Scripture talks about the importance of … Continue reading Build That Wall!

Putting A Price Tag On The Value Of Our Youth

Neal Pollard Perhaps you've seen the news story about the six year old boy who made $11 million dollars this year on YouTube reviewing toys. Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, has been reviewing toys since he was three years old. He has over 10 million subscribers to his channel, which had a 40-week streak of most … Continue reading Putting A Price Tag On The Value Of Our Youth

Audience Analysis

Neal Pollard People, in talking about public speaking, will sometimes speak of “audience analysis.” What they mean is that you need to know your audience or you run the risk of being irrelevant, disconnected, and even possibly offensive. You may assume too much of them or sell them way short. Neither extreme is effective. A … Continue reading Audience Analysis

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 saying … Continue reading My Social Media Pledge

Coarse Discourse

Neal Pollard Is it just me or are we much more open about using profanity in ordinary discourse? Our sitting president has exhibited an unprecedented amount of “curse words” in the public square, even if transcripts of historic documents reveal that a great many of the last several presidents have used language salty enough to … Continue reading Coarse Discourse

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Neal Pollard One of the leading stories in today’s news concerns a young woman, Michelle Carter, facing manslaughter charges for allegedly coercing her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide. He was 18 and she was 17. While at earlier points in their relationship she tried to dissuade his talk of suicide (he had attempted suicide … Continue reading THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Your Impact

Gary Pollard III (Hope, AR) On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bomb itself, compared to the city, was quite small; the devastation is still at the front of many minds today. There is a lot of evidence on earth of multiple meteor impacts. It is … Continue reading Your Impact

It’s Not Business; It’s Personal

Neal Pollard Some years ago, when our sons were all teenagers and they were given a cell phone, there were times when they failed to use those to communicate if they got to their destination or answer when we needed to reach them. While I never did it, I was tempted on more than one … Continue reading It’s Not Business; It’s Personal