Neal Pollard Social media has done us no favors, with the temptation it presents to project happiness and perfection while masking the trials and challenges inevitable for such a long-term commitment as marriage is. Not only can we be guilty of misrepresenting our own relationship, but we can unwittingly put pressure on other couples who … Continue reading Marriages Secretly In Trouble
Neal Pollard Some time ago, I wrote, "I passed by a skunk and a snake, fighting tooth and nail. I didn't stop and pet either or take sides. I got out of there as fast as I could." That was metaphorical rather than actual, though I've had encounters with each animal individually. My point had … Continue reading The Fight Between The Skunk And The Snake
Neal Pollard With conversation, when both are active listeners, you are exchanging ideas. Along with this, there's body language and tone of voice which give clues to what the words mean to the speaker. You negotiate, reason, affirm or deny, and continue through these patterns while discussing any number of subjects. This process is invaluable to … Continue reading The Art Of Conversation
Neal Pollard I will try to use social media to encourage and edify others (1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Cor. 14:26b). I will avoid the shocking, inflammatory, and divisive tactics increasingly characteristic of S.M. (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10; Prov. 12:18; Prov. 15:2,4; etc.). I will ask, “Would I say this in the way I am saying … Continue reading My Social Media Pledge
Neal Pollard Someone tasked with taking a picture of a couple or small group will coach them to stand closer together, maybe adding, “Act like you like one another.” They will typically chuckle and comply. How many moms have exhorted their squabbling children with a similar phrase? A quick perusal of social media, with its … Continue reading “Act Like You Like One Another”
Neal Pollard All the following are legitimate outlets, kept in proper perspective: Social causes and needs. Politics. Sports, recreation, leisure and fitness. Wholesome forms of entertainment. Family events. Social media. Socializing and fellowship with fellow Christians. Church buildings. Addressing controversial issues and false teaching. Material possessions. Hobbies. But our common struggle is allowing these to … Continue reading Diversions, Distractions, Or Deviations?
Neal Pollard (Imagine The Following 1st-Century Social Media Thread) “Apostles And Disciples On Facebook” James of Jerusalem: I believe the gospel should only go to the Jews. Or at least we should circumcise Gentiles who want to become Christians. Simon Peter: Poor James. I used to think that way, too. But I know better. You … Continue reading SARCASTIC, STORMY SQUABBLES AMONG THE SAINTS
Neal Pollard A man is about to be put to death for preaching Christ. He is composing the last known words he left to history, and it is addressed to another, younger preacher. The entire letter is less than 2,000 words, making each sentence all the more meaningful. In the middle of describing "an unashamed … Continue reading Avoid Foolish And Ignorant Disputes!
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?
Neal Pollard Prefatory note: I am writing as a guilty party rather than an innocent bystander. The following words are directed inwardly at least as much as outwardly. It is getting hard to remember what we did before we got our smartphones. How did we keep from answering everyone's texts immediately or looking up the … Continue reading Please Hang Up Your Smartphone