Are You Dogmatic?

Neal Pollard Brett Petrillo, one of my co-workers at Bear Valley, showed me a word (in Colossians 2:20) I did not know was in the Bible. Actually, it's in the Greek Bible, and the word is "δογματίζω  (dogmatizo). According to BDAG, it means "to put under obligation by rules or ordinances; obligate" (Arndt, et al, … Continue reading Are You Dogmatic?

More Light Than Heat

Neal Pollard In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius counsels his daughter, Ophelia, about Hamlet’s vows of love, saying, “When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul lends the tongue vows. These blazes, daughter, giving more light than heat, extinct in both even in their promise as it is a-making, you must not take for fire” (Act 1, … Continue reading More Light Than Heat

STUBBORN TRUTHS

Neal Pollard —And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery (Mat. 19:9). —Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). —For this … Continue reading STUBBORN TRUTHS

SUCH AN EASY, DANGEROUS THING TO DO

Neal Pollard There's an old joke out there that goes, "Have you stopped beating your wife?"  If you say "yes," you imply that you used to do it.  If you say "no," you suggest that you are still doing it.  Obviously, the question may be where the problem lies.  If you do not beat your … Continue reading SUCH AN EASY, DANGEROUS THING TO DO

Is This A Friendly Church?

Neal Pollard While we would be tempted to ask this of ourselves, that's really not a very honest reflection or indication of a true answer.  But, thankfully, there are several whom we can ask.  Don't miss the importance of their candor.  Their answers are really the only ones that matter. Ask the parents of the … Continue reading Is This A Friendly Church?

What Does The Bible Say?

Neal Pollard Most people have very strong convictions, pro or con, about religious matters.  Many who claim to be religious form opinions and draw conclusions with very little if any biblical consultation.  How ironic is it to claim to follow God while ignoring and even rejecting His very revealed will? Many religious people, church attenders … Continue reading What Does The Bible Say?

FAITH OR OPINION?

Neal Pollard One of the fond memories I have from my first local work was attending a gospel meeting in a tiny block building in York, Alabama, conducted by the late gospel preacher and teacher, W. Gaddys Roy.  He was talking about authority that evening, and a member of a nearby non-institutional congregation took umbrage … Continue reading FAITH OR OPINION?