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

Handling Offenses: Talking It Out

Neal Pollard Would you believe that not everyone always agrees with what I teach and preach?  Of course, I may not always know—at least directly—that someone disagrees with my message.  Yet, my greatest respect is for that brother or sister who has a problem with me and tells me so!  When they address that to … Continue reading Handling Offenses: Talking It Out

An Honest Obituary

Neal Pollard It was the early 1990s, and I, as a green, inexperienced preacher, was asked to do a funeral for a man from the community with no real religious roots.  It was my first funeral for a non-Christian and I went, armed with the knowledge gained from Wendell Winkler's Preacher And His Work class, … Continue reading An Honest Obituary