Neal Pollard Periodically, we read or hear of "sightings" that unbelievers have a field day with. I refer to "Jesus sightings," people are claiming in such things as clouds, Cheetos, dental X-rays, cooking utensils, windows, walls, and trees. Wikipedia even has an entry for it ("Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena"). People vehemently defend … Continue reading LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR JESUS
Neal Pollard I have pondered lately about why there is such a growing tendency to overlook the plainly revealed will and mind of God in favor of what either lacks authority or violates His Word. It would be impossible to be exhaustive, lacking the ability to read the mind, judge the motives, and know the … Continue reading Doing It Our Way Instead Of God’s Way
Neal Pollard If you were to ask the typical Bible student what the consequences of Israel's following the foolish counsel of the ten negative spies, you might hear talk of the wilderness wandering or the fact that God denied them the Promised Land. This was truly, from a physical standpoint, the most visible result of … Continue reading What The Israelites Lost Besides Canaan
Neal Pollard Saving for retirement. Exercising and losing weight. Mending a broken relationship. Daily Bible reading. Many are the objectives, goals, and needs we all have in this life, but just as many are the excuses we often give for not addressing them. We fall back on lack of time, how we feel, whose fault … Continue reading EXCUSES OR MOTIVATIONS
Neal Pollard That’s not a typo for another popularly-used term. It’s actually a “thing,” at least according to a 2010 study by the UK Post Office. It is short for “no-mobile-phone phobia” (Tim Elmore, psychologytoday.com). There’s even a website called nomophobia.com, and they identify “the four fears of Nomophobia”—broken, lost, stolen, or useless smartphones. While … Continue reading “Nomophobia”
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
Neal Pollard At Planet Fitness this morning I caught a glimpse of an old "Fresh Prince" episode, where Will Smith's character was getting married. During the ceremony, the preacher prayed, beginning "Dear Heavenly Father" but ending "in Your Name, Amen." With the recent controversy about the omission of Jesus' name in prayers by the Robertsons … Continue reading What Makes “In Jesus’ Name” So Offensive?