“You’ll End Up Naming Everybody On The Team”

Neal Pollard Quirky closer (a redundant statement) Sean Doolittle was interviewed last week right after the Washington Nationals clinched the city's first trip to the World Series since FDR was first inaugurated there. Asked how they did it, Doolittle said, "I think once you start naming guys that stepped up in different ways, you’ll end … Continue reading “You’ll End Up Naming Everybody On The Team”

“EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM”

Neal Pollard As I committed Georgia Bulldogs fan, I grimace to share this. But, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had a great quote in reaction to the student section leaving the Crimson Tide games early. I'll quote the second part: "If I asked that whole student section, do you want to be No. 1? Nobody … Continue reading “EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM”

I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth

Neal Pollard The early church grew (Acts 2:41; 5:14; 6:1,7; 9:31; 11:24). As we read of this growth explosion, we see the key role member involvement played. Christians were spreading the word (8:4), involved in each other's lives and in the lives of the lost around them. This is such a simple concept, but churches … Continue reading I-N-V-O-L-V-E-M-E-N-T Equals Church Growth

I Am Not Irreplaceable 

Neal Pollard It is said to have housed between 400,000 to 700,000 scrolls containing essentially everything that had been written up to its point in time. But the Royal Library of Alexandria, Egypt, was eventually destroyed. The first residential university, home to perhaps 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from the fifth to the 12th century … Continue reading I Am Not Irreplaceable 

“My Cat Unplugged My Alarm Clock”

Neal Pollard A few years ago, the Baltimore Sun wrote an article about the outlandish excuses some people gave for not coming into work. To sample this pathetic pool, there was "my cat unplugged my alarm clock," "I couldn't find my shoes," "my garage door is broken," "my cat has hairballs," and "my partner and … Continue reading “My Cat Unplugged My Alarm Clock”

Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)

Trent Woolley The other day I stumbled upon this rather innocuous quote – “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before" (Life's Little Instruction Book).  Obviously, this quote is talking about travel, but I would like us to think of it as challenging ourselves to do things that we may have never done before. … Continue reading Going Places (GUEST BAKER: Trent Woolley)

A Story With Many Points

Neal Pollard Several years ago, when preaching in Virginia, I spoke with a sweet, 69-year-old woman who had watched our TV program and wanted to speak to me. During the course of our visit, she told me a story I will never forget. Tearfully, she told me of her 14-year-old grandson, Matthew, who locked himself … Continue reading A Story With Many Points

Christian, Who Are You?

Neal Pollard You Are An Insurance Agent—Life (Philippians 2:16), Health (cf. 1 Peter 2:24), and Fire (2 Peter 3:9-10). You Are A Tour Guide (1 Peter 2:9; Acts 8:31). You Are A Soldier (Ephesians 6:10ff; 2 Timothy 2:1-3). You Are A Slave (Romans 6:17). You Are A Firefighter (Jude 23). You Are An Ambassador (2 … Continue reading Christian, Who Are You?

HOW CAN WE ENSURE THE CHURCH WILL NOT GROW?

Neal Pollard Talk Up Big Plans And Follow Through With Inactivity. This will build frustration and discouragement. Satanfears not the plan, but rather the working of it. Make No Plans For The Future: Just Accept The Status Quo.  Just hope that the future will take care of itself. Buy into the "is/ought" fallacy: "The way it … Continue reading HOW CAN WE ENSURE THE CHURCH WILL NOT GROW?

Things That Get The Church Excited

Neal Pollard I grew up in the church, and something I learned long ago is that the majority of God’s people want to serve and please the Lord. There are sin problems we fight, doctrinal confusions we must confront, personality issues that arise, and distractions that sidetrack us far too often, but many times we … Continue reading Things That Get The Church Excited