The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

Neal Pollard Some time ago, I wrote, "I passed by a skunk and a snake, fighting tooth and nail. I didn't stop and pet either or take sides. I got out of there as fast as I could." That was metaphorical rather than actual, though I've had encounters with each animal individually. My point had … Continue reading The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake

How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Neal Pollard It's no news flash to observe that our culture seems hopelessly divided along political lines. That seems to impact race, gender, and other lines, too. The most tragic consequence of this is that it has not left the church unaffected. Social media is often a barometer for how emotional and passionate brethren on … Continue reading How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Alternate Realities

Neal Pollard I don't know when I first noticed it, but I've noticed that it has dramatically intensified in the last few years. We might call it the "CNN-Foxnews Dissonance" where a specific event is viewed, explained, and interpreted in such different ways that the observer is left believing that it could not be just … Continue reading Alternate Realities

What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

Neal Pollard The ship is breaking apart. The timbers of civility. Crack! The planks of morality. Splinter!  The mast of critical thinking. Pop! As we hope to stay afloat, we cannot help but feel growing apprehension over the current state of our society. It's not a matter of preserving or plastering over a past. It's … Continue reading What To Do When Faced With A Sinking Ship

Caesar’s Citizen Headline: “The Jerusalem Church Splits Over Politics!”

Neal Pollard Barak monitored the results of the latest Imperial policies out of Rome. And he hashed it and rehashed it with his brethren at the fellowship meals, on his job at the fish market, and definitely, with vehemence, within his inner circle of friends and family.  Elchanan came from a long line of zealots, … Continue reading Caesar’s Citizen Headline: “The Jerusalem Church Splits Over Politics!”

WikiLeaks (And God)

Jeff Wiant (guest baker) Up until this past election cycle I had never even heard of WikiLeaks. Months and endless press later, I have become very familiar with this website. For those who may have been living under a rock for the past few months, WikiLeaks is a website that publishes secret information, news leaks, … Continue reading WikiLeaks (And God)

Focus, Not Complacency 

Neal Pollard Whether you are elated or despondent today, you face a serious danger as you absorb the reality of the election results. Prayer meetings for our nation transpired all around our country, even from brethren and friends in other nations. Individuals prayed fervently for God’s will to be done. What that will look like … Continue reading Focus, Not Complacency 

Remarkable Statements, In Historical Context

Neal Pollard AD 30—Tiberius, who became cruel and mad, was the Roman Emperor when the church was established. Under his reign, right around the time of Pentecost, Rome was filled with terror after the murder of his once trusted advisor turned traitor, Sejanus (tribunesandtriumphs.org). Sanderson Beck comments that he was “preoccupied with sexual and sadistic … Continue reading Remarkable Statements, In Historical Context

TO THOSE WHO DIVIDE BRETHREN

Neal Pollard —“A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends” (Prov. 16:28). —“A worthless person, a wicked man is one who…spreads strife” (Prov. 6:12,14). —“There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: …one who spreads strife among brothers” (Prov. 6:16,19). —“Hatred stirs up strife, … Continue reading TO THOSE WHO DIVIDE BRETHREN

DIVIDING OVER POLITICS

Neal Pollard “Rancor” is synonymous with hostility, bitterness, spite, and vitriol. In Ephesians 4:31, Paul warns the Christian against “bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander [and] malice.” While it didn’t seem possible that this election cycle could produce more heat and saber-rattling than the last couple, it has already exceeded it. It … Continue reading DIVIDING OVER POLITICS