“You Can Find Somebody To Tell You What You Want To Hear”

Neal Pollard Someone wants to be involved in an illicit relationship, defend an unscriptural marriage (or enter into one), engage in some vice or sinful behavior “in moderation” (or otherwise), and they talk to someone who shows them from scripture why it should not be done. Perhaps they ask several people and get the same … Continue reading “You Can Find Somebody To Tell You What You Want To Hear”

The Eye Of The Beholder

Neal Pollard The theme of our recently completed lectureship was, “Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes.” This seems to be the summary statement of this entire period of Bible history. It is interesting that this idea shows up more than in just the two verses where the statement appears (Judges 17:6; … Continue reading The Eye Of The Beholder

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Neal Pollard One of the leading stories in today’s news concerns a young woman, Michelle Carter, facing manslaughter charges for allegedly coercing her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide. He was 18 and she was 17. While at earlier points in their relationship she tried to dissuade his talk of suicide (he had attempted suicide … Continue reading THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Rebuke Requires Relationship

Neal Pollard A child scolded by an austere stranger may get frightened or bullied, but not persuaded or “reached.” A parent, grandparent, a sibling, or good friend will be much more effective. A church member reprimanded by an aloof elder with none of the skill and instincts of a shepherd will get offended, hurt, and … Continue reading Rebuke Requires Relationship

Deadly and Dangerous

Neal Pollard The book of Proverbs is divided into 31 chapters and 915 verses. So, nearly 1,000, divinely-authored truisms are packed into this one book penned by Solomon and others. In Proverbs 13, the writer begins by talking about what a wise son does, then describes a prudent man, a lazy man, a righteous man, … Continue reading Deadly and Dangerous

Spanking

Neal Pollard With the high profile case of an NFL star putting the idea of spanking in the spotlight, it is proper to examine this practice more closely.  A sweet young mother asks a couple of questions about the practice of spanking in light of Proverbs 13:24.  First, “Is Proverbs 13:24 literal, meaning we are … Continue reading Spanking

“Go To The Ant, You…DARPA?”

Neal Pollard The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was formed in 1958 for technological advancements and has been responsible for so many of the gadgets and conveniences we enjoy today. They use a variety of means to “both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current practical problems through applied research” … Continue reading “Go To The Ant, You…DARPA?”

“Addressing The Huge Unmet Needs Of Young Children”

  Neal Pollard The philosophically liberal magazine, American Prospect, included an article in the January/February, 2014, edition, by Sharon Lerner entitled, "Starting Smart."  The article begins by asserting that there is almost universal support in the public, business, and political sectors for mandatory, universal Pre-K education.  Lerner, considering such broad favor, ardently calls for leveling … Continue reading “Addressing The Huge Unmet Needs Of Young Children”

Like Snow In Summer

Neal Pollard In Proverbs 26:1, Solomon writes, "Like snow in winter and like rain in time of harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool."  As you ponder the meaning of this proverb, let me share with you the aftermath of a volatile "Front Range Phenomenon."  Denver and the surrounding areas gets more than … Continue reading Like Snow In Summer