Lessons Learned At The Stadium

Neal Pollard Corey Sawyers and I decided a few weeks back to go to the Georgia-Tennessee game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, this past Saturday. Thanks to various reward programs and good deals, we were each able to do it all for less than a discount airfare. We were gone about 24, action-packed hours. … Continue reading Lessons Learned At The Stadium

“What’s Your Passion?”

Neal Pollard Most of us, repeatedly throughout our lives, get asked or ask ourselves the question, “What’s your passion?” The word, defined as “a strong and barely containable emotion,” is one we may use for ourselves but one as likely to be used by others to describe us. Thanks to social media, we can see … Continue reading “What’s Your Passion?”

Are You “Boiling Over” Or Just “All Wet”?

Neal Pollard The word translated "zealous" is from the Greek word zero (Dzay-lo-o). It is found 17 times in the New Testament. It means to "burn with zeal; to be heated or to boil, whether with envy, hatred, anger, or to be zealous in the pursuit of good; to desire earnestly, to strive after, busy one's … Continue reading Are You “Boiling Over” Or Just “All Wet”?

What It Takes To Grow The Church In Our Culture

Neal Pollard It was such a treat to be among the hearty, faithful Christian men of central Wyoming and the Bighorn Basin. By Bible-belt comparison, they come from small congregations. But their passion and desire to grow the church is humongous. Near the end of their men’s retreat, they divided into groups to discuss the … Continue reading What It Takes To Grow The Church In Our Culture

What Are You Living For?

Neal Pollard A man had the good fortune and insight to take a chance with a credit card company in the Baltimore area several decades ago. He retired a wealthy, high ranking executive. In the course of his career, he put together a streak so impressive--35 years in which he never missed a day of … Continue reading What Are You Living For?

WHEN MY FLAME FLICKERS

Neal Pollard A fire requires just a few basic things to keep going—starter, combustible material, oxygen, and maintenance.  It can take a while to get a fire started, but it needs ventilation to get going and stay going.  After it’s caught, the fire must be cared for and tended.  Otherwise, the fire dies. Paul says … Continue reading WHEN MY FLAME FLICKERS

DETERMINED TO GET OUT THE NEWS

Neal Pollard I spoke with our newspaper deliveryman this morning, and he had some story to tell.  He summarized his experience as the longest 15 hours of his life.  He got stuck once and had been towed twice.  He delivers his newspapers in a 2014 Toyota Camry, a front-wheel drive vehicle fighting against 10-12 inches … Continue reading DETERMINED TO GET OUT THE NEWS

Why These Are Exciting Times

Neal Pollard I am filled with a tremendous sense of optimism that is not generated by politics, current events, the media, the economy, or any other worldly thing.  Neither am I fueled by some Pollyanna spirit.  Yet, I cannot shake this swelling tide of hope that fills me on a daily basis.  It is a … Continue reading Why These Are Exciting Times

DON’T BE A “BORED AGAIN” CHRISTIAN!

Neal Pollard Steve Martz recently wrote a book he entitled 77 Talks To Bored-Again Teens. Explaining the rationale for his book, Martz says, "With teenage attention spans decreasing as fast as new channels appear on satellite TV, it's not just a case of presenting the gospel as it stands and hoping they 'get it.' In … Continue reading DON’T BE A “BORED AGAIN” CHRISTIAN!

An Up And Comer In A Different Profession

Neal Pollard How many human cannonballs at the circus can call themselves "Oxford-trained"?  30-year-old Gary Stocker, with law degree in tow, left a six figure income working as an academic law writer and legal recruitment officer and "ran away with Chaplin's Circus" (Lizzy Buchan, Cambridge News Online, 7/11/14).  He actually is starting up the circus … Continue reading An Up And Comer In A Different Profession