Avoiding The Samaritans

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent Pollard I recall a decision in 1999 to take the “scenic route” home from the Richmond (Virginia) metropolitan area, where I had attended a lectureship, to my home in Coffee County, Tennessee. West Virginia and Kentucky indeed proved to be beautiful states, but I added about three hours to myContinue reading “Avoiding The Samaritans”

Assumption Consumption

Monday’s Column: Neal at the Cross Neal Pollard The definition is stark and candid: “A thing that is accepted as true or certain to happen, without proof.” We live in an age where making assumptions is rampant and relentless. In current society, we make assumptions about one another based on political affiliation, skin color, andContinue reading “Assumption Consumption”

Some Beautiful ‘Truths About Race

Monday’s Column: Neal at the Cross Neal Pollard I wonder if we’ll ever live in a world free of racial turmoil, tragedy, inequity, and bigotry. Whenever we make assumptions, blanket statements (or beliefs), or judgments about people based on something so literally superficial as skin color, we miss the deeper possibilities–love, relationship, and unity, justContinue reading “Some Beautiful ‘Truths About Race”

What You See Depends On How You Look

Neal Pollard You get to choose, just like Jesus did (Mark 2:14) and the Good Samaritan did (Luke 10:33). When you look, who or what do you see? May I encourage us all to… See people, not pigment. See souls, not status. See minds, not money. See Christ, not color. See relationship, not race. SeeContinue reading “What You See Depends On How You Look”

How To Unite In A Culture Of Division

Neal Pollard It’s no news flash to observe that our culture seems hopelessly divided along political lines. That seems to impact race, gender, and other lines, too. The most tragic consequence of this is that it has not left the church unaffected. Social media is often a barometer for how emotional and passionate brethren onContinue reading “How To Unite In A Culture Of Division”

Identifying As A Christian

Neal Pollard There are so many “identifying” stories these days. A white woman, Rachel Dolezal, identifying as a black woman, was back in the news over the weekend. A biological female who identifies as male and has taken testosterone, Mack Beggs, won the Texas girls wrestling title. In a recent interview, Dr. Keith Ablow suggestedContinue reading “Identifying As A Christian”

TO THOSE WHO DIVIDE BRETHREN

Neal Pollard —“A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends” (Prov. 16:28). —“A worthless person, a wicked man is one who…spreads strife” (Prov. 6:12,14). —“There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: …one who spreads strife among brothers” (Prov. 6:16,19). —“Hatred stirs up strife,Continue reading “TO THOSE WHO DIVIDE BRETHREN”

“Is It Possible To Be Born With The Wrong Skin?”

Neal Pollard Freedom of speech may be a constitutional right, but do you ever wish people did not feel so free to exercise that right?  It’s hard not to bemoan the cultural lunacy that appears to be another step down the slippery slope from rational to irrational thought.  Bruce Jenner claims to identify as aContinue reading ““Is It Possible To Be Born With The Wrong Skin?””

“Every Way Of A Man Is Right In His Own Eyes”

Neal Pollard I am sad whenever anyone in a position of power and authority abuses that, worse whenever that abuse turns deadly.  I am sad whenever anyone, of any color, demonstrates prejudice toward any group, race, ethnicity, or similar common denominator.  I am sad whenever anyone tries to commit a crime and get away withContinue reading ““Every Way Of A Man Is Right In His Own Eyes””

KING’S CRITERIA WERE RIGHT ON THE MARK

Neal Pollard Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have A Dream” speech on a seasonable and rain-free day in August of 1963, but this speech, delivered to at least 250,000 people, is often remembered on the holiday in January named for him. This speech is one of the most important documents of our nation’sContinue reading “KING’S CRITERIA WERE RIGHT ON THE MARK”