Neal Pollard I was intrigued by an article written by Janet Thompson of crosswalk.com. The eye-catching title asked, "Why Is The Church Going Dark?" She meant this literally. Her complaint was about the design of many auditoriums having dim lighting and being windowless, almost like a movie theatre or concert venue. She wondered if this … Continue reading Dark Churches
Neal Pollard On May 7, Bill McGee wrote in a USA Today article about the crashed Aeroflot plane that killed 41 of the passengers onboard: “Reports from people on the plane indicate the evacuation may have been slowed by passengers grabbing their bags. Videos show passengers taking their carry-on bags with them as they exited … Continue reading Distracted And Delayed By Baggage
Neal Pollard I need the fellowship of Christian family in the middle of a week spent exposed to the world. I draw strength from the teaching of God's Word and the comments others make on the subject being studied. Others need my encouragement and influence, and my presence can be so faith-building to them. Bible … Continue reading Why I Attend Wednesday Night Church Services
Neal Pollard Corey Sawyers and I decided a few weeks back to go to the Georgia-Tennessee game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, this past Saturday. Thanks to various reward programs and good deals, we were each able to do it all for less than a discount airfare. We were gone about 24, action-packed hours. … Continue reading Lessons Learned At The Stadium
Neal Pollard [NEAL'S NOTE: This poem was from the conclusion to the sermon I preached on this subject from Psalm 90] If today was my last day and tomorrow found me gone How would life be different, if that unknown somehow was known Would I be a better person, would I live a better life … Continue reading If Today Was My Last Day On Earth (Poem)
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
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!”
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?
Neal Pollard Be Productive With Your Time (Eph. 5:16). Be Pure In Your Heart (Mat. 5:8). Be Proactive In Your Relationships (Eph. 5:21-6:4). Be Peaceable With Your Provokers (Rom. 12:17-21). Be Purposeful With Your Life (Rom. 8:28). Be Praiseful With Your God (Psa. 150). Be Pleasant In Your Demeanor (Prov. 16:24). Be Prayerful In Your … Continue reading My Daily “To-Do” List
Neal Pollard A Bear Valley member gave me a mailer she received from a new, area denomination. The oversized postcard, in attractive colors (the background of which looks to be a paint palette), leads with the header, “Messy Grace.” The subtitle reads, “It’s okay to not be okay.” The brief message beneath says, “God loves … Continue reading What Would Our Slogan Be?