The Asparamancer

Thursday’s Column: Captain’s Blog Carl Pollard I came across an article with this title, “Fortune Teller uses asparagus to predict the future.” Of course, I clicked on it, and here’s what I learned: Her name is Jemima Packington and she is known as the “Asparamancer.” She throws asparagus in the air and then reads theContinue reading “The Asparamancer”

All the Time in the World 

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard 1969 was a landmark year in many respects. Most notably, the year saw a man walk on the moon. Of much lesser note, 1969 witnessed George Lazenby take on his sole (some say, forgettable) performance as the iconic spy, James Bond. I am not a Bond fan, seeing asContinue reading “All the Time in the World “

Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality

Neal Pollard Incredibly, his residency card and his nation’s official documents, state his birthday as December 31, 1870 (The Guardian). For clarification, that was almost three weeks before Germany became an official nation, only five years after the end of the Civil War (reconstruction was just underway and Ulysses Grant was president), 28 years beforeContinue reading “Mbah Gotho, Methusaleh, And Mortality”

A Leadership Legacy

Neal Pollard I am not sure how long our congregation has conducted what we call “Young Lions And God’s Precious Daughters,” but I would guess it has been at least 15 years and probably longer. All three of my sons participated in Young Lions and feel it was helpful in getting them over nervousness whenContinue reading “A Leadership Legacy”

ARE YOU ON THE LIST?

Neal Pollard I recently heard D.C. Brown, illustrating proper conduct, mention a list I’ve seen at times in my adult life. The list he mentioned was of people whose personal checks the cashier was not to take. The offenders apparently wrote “bad checks,” checks they did not have sufficient funds to cover. The names, asContinue reading “ARE YOU ON THE LIST?”

“3-2, With The Bases Loaded”

Neal Pollard Dave Stewart, former Oakland A’s pitcher known for pitching well in the big games, was asked how he was able to shine when the spotlight was brightest. He explained that as children he and his brother would play against each other in the backyard. They would pretend they were in the “big game,”Continue reading ““3-2, With The Bases Loaded””

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Neal Pollard Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which drew our country into World War II. 2,343 men were killed, 1,143 were wounded, and 960 unaccounted for or missing. The Japanese chose Sunday to attack as it was the most relaxed day of the week for the servicemen.Continue reading “Tora! Tora! Tora!”

What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?

Neal Pollard V–ictorious? Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 Jn. 5:4). No coach hopes to win without first planning and architecting. The blueprints have already been put in place (Rom. 6:17), but we must work the plans to be a success in God’s eyes! I–nvolved? Do we want to merely keep house and meetContinue reading “What Kind Of Church Do We Want To Be?”

The Appointment We Cannot Escape

Neal Pollard William T. Turner was captain of the Lusitania when it was torpedoed by a german U-boat in May, 1915. He was one of the few officers saved (Montreal Gazette, 6/24/33, obituary). The Atlantic writes in an article that Turner was “relieving captain” of the SS Ivernia when it was torpedoed by a GermanContinue reading “The Appointment We Cannot Escape”

In Awe Of The Greatest Freedom

  Neal Pollard I once was without representation, Not a citizen of that chosen nation, Enslaved and oppressed, Deprived of the best, And discouraged by my lowly station, But my freedom was bought at a price, With the one ransom that would suffice, Sweet liberty was bought, And my freedom I sought, When I optedContinue reading “In Awe Of The Greatest Freedom”