Neal Pollard The New Testament claims to be the source of authority for all we do of eternal importance, no matter when or where we live (Col. 3:17; 2 Pet. 1:3,20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). The New Testament will not share authority with any other book or "revelation" (Gal. 1:6-9; Jude 3). The New Testament reveals … Continue reading New Testament Christianity
Neal Pollard Recently, I received some feedback on a recent article (Truth Is Truth, No Matter Who Disagrees With It). Negative feedback is not rare, but expected when we put ideas down on paper (or on electronic media like blogs). This feedback was not personal, nor unkind. Yet, it reflects the thinking of so many … Continue reading HOW IS TRUTH DETERMINED?
Neal Pollard I don't know when I first noticed it, but I've noticed that it has dramatically intensified in the last few years. We might call it the "CNN-Foxnews Dissonance" where a specific event is viewed, explained, and interpreted in such different ways that the observer is left believing that it could not be just … Continue reading Alternate Realities
Neal Pollard I’ve seen the play advertised locally. Lucas Hnath, a 36-year-old playwright, has a background in religion. His mother attended seminary and he even sat in her classes. The New Yorker reveals that there were expectations early on in his life for him to become a “pastor,” a choice he forewent for the arts … Continue reading THE CHRIST?ANS
Neal Pollard Pray, specifically, about having opportunities to share your faith. Think about the people in the various places you spend your time and ask God for inroads with these individuals specifically. Pray for courage, wisdom, and your words (cf. Col. 4:2-6). Pray for their hearts. Pray to pick opportune times to approach them. Cultivate … Continue reading Everyone Can “Do” Evangelism
Neal Pollard In 1856, Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts Senator, delivered an excoriating speech full of vicious name-calling and personal insults—especially against Senators Douglas and Butler—for their defense and advocation of slavery and especially the violence in Kansas in response to the actions of John Brown and his followers. The speech went on for two days, … Continue reading The Brooks-Sumner Affair
Neal Pollard For several years while in Virginia, I enjoyed going out with a couple of dear Christian brothers to hunt for Civil War relics. Of course, hunting on federal property was a serious crime and was unthinkable. However, so many of the personal properties owned by residents in the Richmond area were treasure troves … Continue reading Do We Need Permission?
Neal Pollard One of the more ingenious and amusing entrepreneurial moves I’ve ever heard is the company that offers to sell you a star. For a price, you can buy a star and name it for a loved one. The company will send you a gift pack along with registering the star in the name … Continue reading Selling What You Don’t Own
Neal Pollard Kathy just called me and told me she saw this bumper sticker on a truck as she fought traffic on Wadsworth Boulevard. How clever! It uses the same religions that the infamous “Coexist” bumper sticker uses, including Hinduism, Daoism, Shintoism, Unitarian Universalism, Satanism, Atheism, Islamism, and Judaism. There is a website where these … Continue reading “CONTRADICT: THEY CAN’T ALL BE TRUE”
Neal Pollard While people today want to emphasize "spirituality" over "religion," that is not the biblical way. By "spiritual," people want to talk about a self-defined personal relationship with God, the way they feel, or their pursuit of some mystical or mysterious expression of the soul. The Bible is much less abstract and more concrete … Continue reading What Kind Of Religion Do You Have?