Neal Pollard It has been said that visitors make up their mind about a church in the first ten minutes of their visit. Before they’ll even discern the doctrine we teach or form an impression about the distinctiveness of our worship, they’ve already decided. If you will walk through the first ten minutes of each … Continue reading Meeting The Needs Of Newcomers
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 While we must be concerned with doing what we do in worship according to Christ's expressed will, we must also be sure to reflect His love to strangers, newcomers, outsiders, and otherwise unfamiliar faces. It offends my sensitivities anytime I hear anyone complain that a church I love so much seems cold and … Continue reading Are We A Friendly Congregation?
Neal Pollard A Bear Valley member gave me a mailer she received from a new, area denomination. The oversized postcard, in attractive colors (the background of which looks to be a paint palette), leads with the header, “Messy Grace.” The subtitle reads, “It’s okay to not be okay.” The brief message beneath says, “God loves … Continue reading What Would Our Slogan Be?
Neal Pollard Have you ever paid close attention to the ends of especially the epistles? There are a variety of otherwise obscure Bible characters who make their cameos as if in passing. Tychicus is one such early Christian. You find him referenced five times in Holy Writ. He is numbered among the missionaries in Asia … Continue reading Tychicus: Trustworthy Transporter
Neal Pollard A customer who ate at Randy’s Southside Diner in Grand Junction unluckily left $3,000 in a bank envelope at his booth. Fortunately, his busboy was Johnny Duckworth. Johnny gave it to his boss, who through the ATM bank slip in the envelope was able to track down the rightful owner. That unnamed person … Continue reading HONESTY PAID JOHNNY DUCKWORTH NEARLY $4,000
Neal Pollard Missouri has “The Arches,” California, “The Golden Gate Bridge,” New York, “The Statue Of Liberty,” Georgia, "Stone Mountain," and Minnesota, “The Mall of America.” For years, Colorado was most renowned for our glorious views of the Rocky Mountains. More and more, our nation’s fellow citizens associate us as “the state that legalized marijuana.” … Continue reading 420
Neal Pollard There's an old joke out there that goes, "Have you stopped beating your wife?" If you say "yes," you imply that you used to do it. If you say "no," you suggest that you are still doing it. Obviously, the question may be where the problem lies. If you do not beat your … Continue reading SUCH AN EASY, DANGEROUS THING TO DO
Neal Pollard 1979 was the year I discovered sports, developing a fledgling interest in my home state's greatest football team, the Georgia Bulldogs, watching Dale Murphy and Bob Horner, young stars on a woeful Atlanta Braves team, learning names like Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews, and Greg Brazina. I started collecting baseball, football, and basketball … Continue reading I REMEMBER CALE VERSUS DONNIE
Neal Pollard Reputations. Cities have them. Pamplona, Spain. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Las Vegas, Nevada. Cancun, Mexico. Paris, France. Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They are associated with behavior, activities, or events. Individuals have them. Consider names like Hitler, Dahmer, Darwin, Einstein, Princess Diana, Madonna, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Stalin, Marx, Gandhi, and Jesus. They are all names ripe … Continue reading WHAT REPUTATION DO CHRISTIANS HAVE WHERE YOU ARE?