What Does “Mean” Mean?

Neal Pollard Does that question seem strange to you? Mean is a verb defined as "intend to convey, indicate, or refer to" (Apple Dictionary, Version 2.2.2). Postmodernism claims that there is no purely objective knowledge, truth, or norms. Therefore, meaning is what you make it mean. Several years ago, James Sire gave the framework for what … Continue reading What Does “Mean” Mean?

A Lonely, Lonely Man

Neal Pollard My sons and I often say that we don’t really want to know much about our favorite singers. It seems that there’s always immorality and stories of their ungodliness. That’s as true of many of the rock, country, and easy listening singers from decades ago as those making music today. Despite my having … Continue reading A Lonely, Lonely Man

Why We Are Here

Neal Pollard It’s so easy to lose sight of our purpose. Even as Christians, our identity can become the things that are associated with this earth and this life. We can move along the road of life, unmindful of why we’re hear and what we’re to be doing with our time. Since at least my … Continue reading Why We Are Here

Avoid Being Ironic

Neal Pollard Friday night, Carl and I flew to Bismarck, North Dakota. Why? Well, of course, we wanted to attend the “Melita Banana Days” in Melita (pronounced Meh LIT Uh), Manitoba. That, and stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, that doubles as an ice cream shop. Saturday night, we were back in … Continue reading Avoid Being Ironic

Surrounded By Hungry And Thirsty People

Neal Pollard I was a child when I saw news coverage of the famine in Ethiopia, the mass starvation, the distended stomachs, and the deaths from malnourishment. I had never seen anything like this, and I was deeply saddened by the images on the screen. If you had asked me if I ever expected to … Continue reading Surrounded By Hungry And Thirsty People

BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATION

Neal Pollard I was asked by a preacher from Texas to go and provide emotional support to a family of brand new Christians he reached with the gospel. In a tragic circumstance, the matriarch of this family was in the hospital Sunday morning to have a gallstone removed and doctors accidentally severed the hepatic portal … Continue reading BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATION

Is The Church Broken?

Neal Pollard You hear comments in Bible classes that amount to what’s wrong with the church, what we’re doing wrong, what we’re not doing, and what it’s doing to us, our children, and the world. You read people’s minds through their social media rants, raves, and ramblings, and the bottom line message is that the … Continue reading Is The Church Broken?

Caesar’s Citizen Headline: “The Jerusalem Church Splits Over Politics!”

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!”

Christian, Who Are You?

Neal Pollard You Are An Insurance Agent—Life (Philippians 2:16), Health (cf. 1 Peter 2:24), and Fire (2 Peter 3:9-10). You Are A Tour Guide (1 Peter 2:9; Acts 8:31). You Are A Soldier (Ephesians 6:10ff; 2 Timothy 2:1-3). You Are A Slave (Romans 6:17). You Are A Firefighter (Jude 23). You Are An Ambassador (2 … Continue reading Christian, Who Are You?

DIVIDING OVER POLITICS

Neal Pollard “Rancor” is synonymous with hostility, bitterness, spite, and vitriol. In Ephesians 4:31, Paul warns the Christian against “bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander [and] malice.” While it didn’t seem possible that this election cycle could produce more heat and saber-rattling than the last couple, it has already exceeded it. It … Continue reading DIVIDING OVER POLITICS