From The Pollard Poetry Archives (III)

Two Prayers In The Temple Neal Pollard Up high and proud my boasts I declare I brag and I crow with my head in the air Til I look in the corner and see him down there Why is that poor sinner locked up in despair? I abstain from eating two days every week I … Continue reading From The Pollard Poetry Archives (III)

Who Is The Greatest?

Neal Pollard The preacher who dazzles with his insight, personality, influence, popularity, or following? The teacher who is the students’ favorite? The member who is “balling” (making a lot of money and having a lot of success in business)? The family with the biggest house and nicest automobiles? The one with the best academic pedigree, … Continue reading Who Is The Greatest?

What Is “Selfism”?

Neal Pollard I came across the term "selfism" in Dick Meyer’s 2008 book, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium.  He defines it as “American individualism redefined by the age of marketing, self-help, moral relativism, and the belief that the “self” is something that can be deliberately found or made” (36).  He … Continue reading What Is “Selfism”?

“NO, HE’S ABOUT LIKE YOU!”

Neal Pollard A new preacher was moving to work with a church in a community where there were several more congregations. Two of the preachers already working in that area met for lunch and the conversation soon moved to the new preacher. One of the men asked, "Have you ever heard of this guy before?" … Continue reading “NO, HE’S ABOUT LIKE YOU!”

WRONG QUESTION: “WHO’S THE GREATEST?”

Neal Pollard It was the late '70s and I was spending the night with my best friends, Patrick and Jody Smith.  We had just finished watching The Bionic Man on TV, and there was a special on Muhammad Ali.  I can still remember his banter with Howard Cosell and the gifted boxer looking at the … Continue reading WRONG QUESTION: “WHO’S THE GREATEST?”

Happiness (POEM)

Neal Pollard What do I need to make for joy? To beat those troubles that annoy? Can it be bought or taken from others? What would I get if I had my druthers? Would I find it in possessions, investments, land? A car that's new or a house that's grand? That perfect someone to make … Continue reading Happiness (POEM)

The Value Of Self-Forgetfulness (Poem)

Neal Pollard Imagine a garden of flowers With a rose in its midst in full bloom This one blossom feels that it towers Over all others sharing its space and room It's sure that its pedals are most plush No other more red in its hue No stem greener, no rival more lush It sought … Continue reading The Value Of Self-Forgetfulness (Poem)

THE GLORY-HOG

Neal Pollard There are people who die some very gruesome deaths in Scripture--Eglon, Jezebel, the Levite's concubine in Judges 19, Judas, and others, too.  But maybe none is more disturbing than the death of Herod the Great.  A wicked, godless ruler, Herod  Agrippa I had just overseen the execution of the apostle James and intended … Continue reading THE GLORY-HOG