Deathbed Repentance?

Neal Pollard “From the stirrups to the ground, Mercy I asked for, mercy I found” That is a distorted view of grace, Which seeks God only in death’s face. It cheapens that which cost Him much, To use Him only as a deathbed crutch. Unlike the seeker at his eleventh hour, Who sincerely reaches for … Continue reading Deathbed Repentance?

Biggest Misunderstandings About Public Responses

Neal Pollard There are a couple of examples of public responses to the gospel message in the Bible, both in Acts.  One is positive and the other is negative.  As Peter was preaching that God has made Jesus Lord, the Pentecost crowd interrupted him with the question, "What shall we do?" (Acts 2:37).  As Stephen … Continue reading Biggest Misunderstandings About Public Responses

A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Neal Pollard Deuteronomy was apparently a favored Old Testament book for our Lord.  It was this last book of the Pentateuch Jesus quotes each time He is tempted by the Devil in the wilderness (Mt. 4:4,7,10).  His writing on discipline (Mt. 18:16) and divorce (Mt. 5:31; 19:7) draw on Moses’ writings in that book, too.  … Continue reading A NEW WAY TO HANDLE PRODIGAL SONS

Avoiding A Ride On An Ancient Cycle

Neal Pollard It has been called “The Dark Ages Of The Old Testament.” During the period of the judges, there was moral, economic, social, political and religious decline. We often read that, during this time, the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. History keeps repeating itself in … Continue reading Avoiding A Ride On An Ancient Cycle

Not Enough Room On A Short Pew

Neal Pollard I witnessed something beautiful last night. A young man responded to the invitation and I was amazed by an outpouring of love and support shown by so many of his spiritual family. At least a dozen people, young men and young women as well as older men and women, came forward, too. They … Continue reading Not Enough Room On A Short Pew

HOW TO MAKE GOD SICK

Neal Pollard When speaking of God’s attributions and actions, the Bible often resorts to a literary device called anthropomorphism (where human characteristics or behaviors are attributed to God—“the hand of God,” “the eyes of the Lord,” etc.).  But, there is one personification that’s absolutely terrifying.  Jesus utilizes it in describing the spiritual condition of Laodicea. … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE GOD SICK

AFTER 31 YEARS, MURDER VICTIM IS FOUND ALIVE

Neal Pollard There was a disappearance and a murder confession.  So, the last thing police expected when they stopped at “Mrs. Schneider’s” apartment in Dusseldorf, Germany, was to find the 1984 murder victim, Petra Pazsitka, talking to them.  Thus began the unraveling of an elaborate plot by Ms. Pazskitka to disappear and reemerge with a … Continue reading AFTER 31 YEARS, MURDER VICTIM IS FOUND ALIVE

“Snodgrass’s Muff”

Neal Pollard It happened on October 16, 1912, the eighth (*) and deciding game of the World Series. In the bottom of the 10th, with his New York Giants winning by a run, Clyde Engle sent a lazy pop fly to centerfield.  Fred Snodgrass, an average hitter and dependable fielder, settled under it and ultimately … Continue reading “Snodgrass’s Muff”

Why Has There Been A Decline In Public Responses?

Neal Pollard While I am certain that there are those who will say that they are still seeing as many public responses in their assemblies as ever, most will observe what I have observed.  As I think back to my childhood, public responses to the invitation were commonplace—nearly every service.  When I first began preaching, … Continue reading Why Has There Been A Decline In Public Responses?

Have We Misunderstood Grace?

Neal Pollard Perhaps the subject of grace has been neglected in some pulpits and congregations.  Undoubtedly, it has been misunderstood and improperly taught since the first century (cf. Rom. 6:1; Gal. 5:4).  It is vital to properly emphasize and explain such a huge concept within the gospel message.  Why? Because of what it is—the completely … Continue reading Have We Misunderstood Grace?