PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

Neal Pollard Recently, a young woman present to hear me speak in Kentucky asked me if I was related to a "Neal Pollard" who preached in Missouri in the 1960s. She had just attended her father's funeral, and in going through his things after his death she found his baptismal certificate. I was elated to … Continue reading PREACHER, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED

Paul’s Portrait Of God For Timothy

Neal Pollard Devoting himself to a theme of godliness in writing his spiritual son, Timothy, Paul writes to encourage him to teach godliness to people who enjoy financial prosperity (1 Tim. 6:3-10, 17-19). Part of his instruction is to point rich Christians (the case can easily be made that American Christians qualify as this in … Continue reading Paul’s Portrait Of God For Timothy

Communication Landmines

Neal Pollard Paul writes two letters of instruction to Timothy, the preacher at Ephesus. As his father in the faith (cf. 1 Tim. 1:18), Paul wanted the younger man endowed with the wisdom and courage to be God’s man.  Timothy would face pressures and temptations from many different directions. The apostle’s words also provide some … Continue reading Communication Landmines

It’s Great To Be A Preacher!

Neal Pollard Preachers have: The greatest message to communicate (Rom. 1:16). It is infinitely better and more important than that shared by broadcasters, news anchors, and sports analysts (cf. 1 Cor. 1:18). The greatest "boss" to please (Eph. 6:6-7). I have known and worked with so many great elders. I understand that they "hired" me and … Continue reading It’s Great To Be A Preacher!

WHY WE ARE TEMPTED NOT TO TEACH TRUTH

Neal Pollard Most preachers know the unpleasant burden of having to preach on difficult subjects. There are some who, whether they find it unpleasant or not, are unpleasant in their demeanor and fully ready to frequently preach on moral, doctrinal, ethical, and other sin-related issues. However, it is distasteful business to most men who stand … Continue reading WHY WE ARE TEMPTED NOT TO TEACH TRUTH

“GM”

Neal Pollard I make a notation “GM” along with the date and place on the paper copy of my sermons to indicate that I preached that sermon in a gospel meeting. It is one of my homemade preacher shorthand notations. Growing up a “PK” (“preacher’s kid,” of course), I’ve got a lot of GM memories. … Continue reading “GM”

“He Shot Me”

Neal Pollard I want to preface this story by saying that, of all my siblings, I probably got away with more than the other two combined.  However, on at least one occasion, I was punished for something I did not do.  My brother was about four years old, and he, some neighborhood buddies, and I … Continue reading “He Shot Me”

HOW CAN WE ENSURE THE CHURCH WILL NOT GROW?

Neal Pollard Talk Up Big Plans And Follow Through With Inactivity. This will build frustration and discouragement. Satanfears not the plan, but rather the working of it. Make No Plans For The Future: Just Accept The Status Quo.  Just hope that the future will take care of itself. Buy into the "is/ought" fallacy: "The way it … Continue reading HOW CAN WE ENSURE THE CHURCH WILL NOT GROW?

“Let’s Go Throw Rocks At The Campbellite Preacher!”

Neal Pollard That one statement was what introduced my great grandfather to the gospel and is a big reason why my mom was raised in the church and why I was, too.  A “Campbellite preacher” (so named because of Alexander Campbell, a leading figure of the 19th Century who pleaded with people to throw off … Continue reading “Let’s Go Throw Rocks At The Campbellite Preacher!”

Should We Let The Devil Make The Rules Of Engagement?

Neal Pollard Thanks to the hospitality of my good friend, Jason Jackson, I had the opportunity to visit beautiful AT&T Park in San Francisco, witnessing a rarity (a Rockies win) against his beloved Giants.  It was LGBT Night at the old ballpark, an annual sponsorship of “SF Pride.” It was also the day of the … Continue reading Should We Let The Devil Make The Rules Of Engagement?