Singing With The Understanding: “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus”

Neal Pollard Most of us have favorite songs and hymns. My favorite category of hymns is songs about the cross. I love the somber, dramatic feel of Beneath the Cross of Jesus, a hymn penned right after the close of the Civil War by Elizabeth C. Clephane and one set to the music we sing with … Continue reading Singing With The Understanding: “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus”

Enmities

Neal Pollard “Enmities” is a work of the flesh, found in Galatians 5:20. It’s something we may not quite understand. How do “enmities” arise and is this something you and I may fall prey to? Enmities arise by holding a grudge.  In fact, it can be very difficult to know when you cross the line … Continue reading Enmities

THE CHRIST?ANS

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

FORGOTTEN FRUIT

Neal Pollard Paul especially urges a particular quality that seems rarer these days. However, this is not a trait disappearing only with those in the world, but one that seems harder for us who claim to be disciples of Christ. He uses a word in Galatians 5:23, Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:12, and 1 Timothy 6:11, … Continue reading FORGOTTEN FRUIT

THE FOLLY OF CHRONICALLY PLAYING THE WORSHIP CRITIC

Neal Pollard I’ve known individuals whose sole purpose in the assemblies has seemed to be to critique those who lead the worship or show up to engage in it, from their appearance to their aptitude.  While we certainly need to avoid having someone blatantly engaging in sin and error (that’s an article for a different … Continue reading THE FOLLY OF CHRONICALLY PLAYING THE WORSHIP CRITIC

Attributing Work To The Holy Spirit

Neal Pollard Inquiring minds want to know.  How does God work through providence? How does He answer our prayers to strengthen, help, lead, and endow us with wisdom? We are without doubt that God is active, interested, and involved in our lives today. Deism denies this, saying that a Creator set things in motion and … Continue reading Attributing Work To The Holy Spirit

I Have Learned…

That some people are not happy unless they’re in a fight with someone. That there are still lost people hungry for to know God’s will for their lives. That it is so easy to make excuses and so hard to make the effort. That I still have so much to learn, so far to go, … Continue reading I Have Learned…

TAKE A PILL OR EXERT YOUR WILL?

Neal Pollard They are currently touting a diet pill that is a normal size when one takes it, but it expands up to 100 times its original size when taken with a 16 ounce glass of water before a meal.  This is to give the one who takes it the exaggerated feeling of being full.  … Continue reading TAKE A PILL OR EXERT YOUR WILL?