“Being A Christian Is Hard”

Neal Pollard The church office receives a monthly publication called Faith Connect. In the latest edition, they include some data from Barna Group on faith in America. In a sidebar of statistics to an interview with Barna’s Vice President, Bill Denzel, writer Kelly Russell reveals what the research organization found in interviewing those who identify … Continue reading “Being A Christian Is Hard”

NO SMILE RULE!

  Neal Pollard “Stop smiling!”  DMV photographers in Virginia, Arkansas, Nevada, and Indiana are among the states requiring grin-free pictures on residents’ drivers licenses.  Apparently, face-recognition software is thrown off by curled up kissers.  The objective is to curtail fraudulent drivers licenses.  So, by rule, there will be no smiling when the photographer says “cheese.” Like you, … Continue reading NO SMILE RULE!

That’s The Church For You!

Neal Pollard Where you can build relationships with some of finest, most enjoyable people on earth. Where the world gets smaller and mutual connections are usually a conversation away. Where God’s Word is honored and imperfect people try to follow it. Where Christ is at the heart of every idea, program, and plan, but also … Continue reading That’s The Church For You!

THE GIRL ON THE WINDOW OR THE AISLE?

Neal Pollard Two women sitting on a plane They didn’t seem acquainted The “aisle one” seemed in anger and pain The other by cares seemed untainted “Window woman” smiled with a beam As past their row I filed The other was cursing at a full steam She was ruffled, rankled and riled After the flight, … Continue reading THE GIRL ON THE WINDOW OR THE AISLE?

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, YOUR FACE WILL SURELY SHOW IT!

Neal Pollard Oh the stories that song leaders and preachers could tell!  Often, when we sing such standbys as “I Love To Tell The Story,” “Rejoice In The Lord,” or “When We All Get To Heaven,” we do so with little visible enthusiasm or apparent joy.  If we sing devotional songs like “Thank You, Lord,” … Continue reading IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, YOUR FACE WILL SURELY SHOW IT!

“What’s Wrong With The Church…”

Neal Pollard The blogosphere is getting pretty rife with posts about how the church is inept in method or impure in motive on just about everything, from good works to evangelism to preaching to leadership to cultural relevance. It appears that we (the church) have a skewed perspective of the past, we are doing practically nothing now … Continue reading “What’s Wrong With The Church…”

“How’s Your Day Going?”

Neal Pollard As we go about our day, we often hear that question.  It is an exercise in pleasant politeness, and at times it is asked with genuine, heartfelt concern.  It can also be not only asked mindlessly, but answered in the same manner.  Some are conditioned to say "fine" without stopping to assess.  Others … Continue reading “How’s Your Day Going?”