The “Nothings”

Neal Pollard What the child is always doing, despite evidence to the contrary ("nothing"). What is wrong with one's spouse who sits nearby, quietly and tightlippedly fuming ("nothing"). What the interrupted person was going to say ("nothing"). The word which defines itself is "nothing." The Bible teaches, "For if anyone thinks he is something when he … Continue reading The “Nothings”

DO WE HAVE CONFUSING MENU TERMS?

Neal Pollard Open Table, a company that facilitates reservations at better restaurants, sent a quiz today to test my familiarity with some of the more sophisticated menu terms one encounters. I made 40%, and at least a few of my right answers were lucky guesses. Truly, I’ve never heard of “okonomiyaki,” “Harissa,” “gochujang,” or “crudo.” … Continue reading DO WE HAVE CONFUSING MENU TERMS?

How Could He Not Take That Shot?

Neal Pollard His coach, Jay Wright, and teammates expected and wanted him to take the last shot in the 2016 NCAA basketball championship game. The senior point guard had intentions of doing so, too, but at almost the literal last second he turned and delivered a short pass to Junior Kris Jenkins who sank a … Continue reading How Could He Not Take That Shot?

A BLIND SPOT TO MY BALD SPOT

Neal Pollard Positively traumatic.  I don’t know another way to describe it.  Sure, I knew about the gentle receding of hair on my forehead—or “sixhead,” as my good friend Dean Murphy recently called it. However, nothing prepared me for “the picture.”  Sure, I’ve had people, even recently, noting the thinning of my hair on top.  … Continue reading A BLIND SPOT TO MY BALD SPOT

Addicted To The Taste

Neal Pollard On a slightly different life's path, Kathy could easily be a world-famous, wealthy celebrity on Food Network.  Her culinary skills and creativity in the kitchen has yielded some incredible dishes that would cave the iron-willed. Incredibly, she has learned through the years to make things that are good for you not simply palatable … Continue reading Addicted To The Taste

THIS SATURDAY’S DOOR-KNOCKING

Neal Pollard Two wonderful upcoming events should have us excited! Vacation Bible School is a prime opportunity for us to be evangelistic with our neighbors, friends, and co-workers.  It showcases the many talented people we have in our education program for children and it is always pulled off in an impressive way.  Our seminar/gospel meeting … Continue reading THIS SATURDAY’S DOOR-KNOCKING

“Does The Bible Really Teach That?”

Neal Pollard Perhaps you have had a chuckle at the "chimney corner Scriptures"--those things that sound like or we think that are in the Bible but are not ("Let your conscience be your guide" or "confession is good for the soul" or "God works in a mysterious way").  It is not as funny when our … Continue reading “Does The Bible Really Teach That?”

THE MASTER MERITS MORE THAN MEDIOCRITY

Neal Pollard In our giving--not grudgingly, stingily, just the leftovers and the afterthoughts; sacrifice. In our living--be a light, be salt, make a difference for Christ in the world each day. Know that morality and example matter. In our attending--not just Sunday morning or if nothing else is going on; come evenings and during special … Continue reading THE MASTER MERITS MORE THAN MEDIOCRITY

GOD’S RELATIONSHIP TO ME

Neal Pollard The prophet Jeremiah was concerned about the task before him. He felt he was unqualified and unseasoned (1:6).  He was wrestling with fears (1:8).  Whether or not we preach the gospel, as Christians living in this world we can relate to how hard it can be to stand up for Jesus. The "omniscient" … Continue reading GOD’S RELATIONSHIP TO ME

THE CONDITION OF THE PEWS

Neal Pollard Since I was a little boy, I've heard the frets and tsks Of spilled juice and food stains, and other soiling risks End caps have threatened to come off, legs seemed near collapse Faithfully we've scrubbed and hammered, to avoid "what ifs" and "perhaps" The fabric fades with time and use, the joints … Continue reading THE CONDITION OF THE PEWS