Neal Pollard Well, as the Olympics pervade our attention and national and individual stories of overcoming odds and working hard to achieve greatness make the news over the coming weeks, I want to remind you that Scripture, in many places, encourages us as we are writing our stories which will someday be known by all. … Continue reading Spiritual Olympics
Neal Pollard Karoly Takacs has one of the most interesting stories in Olympic History. The right-handed pistol marksman and sergeant in the Hungarian Army was a world-class shooter, but was denied an opportunity to compete in the 1936 games since only commissioned officers could compete. That prohibition was lifted after these games and Takacs anticipated … Continue reading How Determined Are You?
Neal Pollard I will preface this by saying I cannot determine anything specific about the religion of Devon Allen, a remarkable college student-athlete at the University of Oregon. He is in the headlines now as a starting football player who qualified for the Olympics in track and field. It was during his training and competition … Continue reading Devon Allen’s Baptism
Neal Pollard "The Battle of the Bulge." It was not just a crucial conflict in a world war. It has come to describe America's battle with its expanding waistline. Obesity is a national problem. Weight gain often seems inevitable. "Dunlap's Disease" is many man's (and woman's) problem. Solomon is rebuking many of us when writes, … Continue reading What Does 1 Timothy 4:8 Mean?
Neal Pollard A protein called “troponin,” indicating heart damage, is typical with the majority of runners tested after running a marathon. Malissa Wood, a Harvard-affiliated cardiologist who has competed in four marathons says that the danger comes in not training enough, running forty-five miles or more each week. Her pithy summary was, “Use your head … Continue reading “Marathon Heart”