Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

Neal Pollard We are a diverse group who gather to sing for worship. We vary in age, education, religious background and literacy, race, and doubtless other factors. Some of us have been singing the same hymns for decades, while others may be seeing those hymns for the first time.  There is a mutual responsibility, one … Continue reading Singing With The Understanding–Miscellany* 

Desire That Bubbles From The Heart And Falls From The Lips

"To see the dull indifference, the negligent and thoughtless air that sits upon the faces of a whole assembly, while the psalm is upon their lips, might even tempt a charitable observer to suspect the fervency of their inward religion." This quotation was from a man who observed lethargy and unenthusiastic engagement in congregational singing. … Continue reading Desire That Bubbles From The Heart And Falls From The Lips

NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THOSE WHO FAVOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Neal Pollard People who have rejected the teaching that singing in worship must be without the addition of mechanical instrumental music have appealed to culture, to the permission of silence, to aesthetics, to emotion, to tradition, to preference, and the like. As we examine Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5, seeing the imperatives in each place … Continue reading NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THOSE WHO FAVOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Some Hurdles I Just Cannot Jump Regarding Instrumental Music In Worship

Neal Pollard How often the matter gets discussed among preachers in churches of Christ, I cannot say. But, I know that it does. More members of the church than we might care to think do not have this matter settled in their minds, especially as it has to do with the state of those who … Continue reading Some Hurdles I Just Cannot Jump Regarding Instrumental Music In Worship

Do We Need Permission?

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?

19 WAYS TO TANGIBLY IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD TODAY

Neal Pollard Try to spend 5 minutes of prayer in which you do nothing but praise Him. Do something for Him that requires you to step out of your comfort zone—initiate a conversation with a stranger, give a tract to a co-worker you’ve been talking with, etc. Have a devotional with your family. Call a … Continue reading 19 WAYS TO TANGIBLY IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD TODAY

SCATTERED THOUGHTS ABOUT “OUR SONGS”

Neal Pollard Disclaimer: I clearly recognize my own fallibility and potential short-sightedness on this and all matters.  Please be assured that the following is written with deepest love for the Savior, the saved, and the lost sinner. Prudence, wisdom, and Christ-like love should characterize all such discussions as these, and that is my intention.  There … Continue reading SCATTERED THOUGHTS ABOUT “OUR SONGS”

“He Has Put A New Song In My Mouth”

Neal PollardPollards love singing and music. A few (and they usually are those who marry into the family) actually know a few things about either or both. We are thankful that "joyful noise" does not mean "pleasant melody."David was probably quote the songster. The "sweet psalmist" wrote the Jewish hymn book, songs used by God's … Continue reading “He Has Put A New Song In My Mouth”

SINGING WITH THE UNDERSTANDING: “IVORY PALACES”

Neal PollardA little less than a century ago, Henry Barraclough wrote one of the most unique, lyrically-rich songs in our songbook.  The musical arrangement is soothing in a way that matches the meaning of the words.  However, its poetry has caused some problems.The first verse begins, "My Lord has garments so wondrous fine, and myrrh … Continue reading SINGING WITH THE UNDERSTANDING: “IVORY PALACES”