“THE CHURCH”

Neal Pollard Did you know that Paul uses the phrase, "the church" nine times in the relatively brief letter to the church at Ephesus? This is a church Paul worked with for three years (Acts 20:18,31). He taught them in person and then he sends this epistle full of teaching (Eph. 1-3) and application (Eph. … Continue reading “THE CHURCH”

Walking 10 Miles To Avoid The “Bear”

Neal Pollard Spoiler alert: This story does not make me look good. It was 1984, and my family and I lived in Roopville, Georgia. We were enjoying one of those idyllic west Georgia October days, with temperatures cool enough for a jacket but the sun graciously, brightly beaming. It was a perfect Saturday to explore … Continue reading Walking 10 Miles To Avoid The “Bear”

The Inevitable Standard

Neal Pollard Everywhere, each generation tries to figure out the why and how of living. Most will not find the right path (Mat. 7:13-14). Almost all are convicted, even passionate, about the way they wish to live life. They may be fiery about politics, social issues, relationships, and even religious ideals, and to be consistent … Continue reading The Inevitable Standard

“WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

Neal Pollard Philip encounters a man returning from worshipping God in Jerusalem. The man, an Ethiopian eunuch, was reading from the scroll of Isaiah.  Philip engages him in conversation, asking the African man if he understood what he was reading.  This very important man was humble enough to ask for help, and Philip climbed into … Continue reading “WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

New Testament Christianity

Neal Pollard The New Testament claims to be the source of authority for all we do of eternal importance, no matter when or where we live (Col. 3:17; 2 Pet. 1:3,20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). The New Testament will not share authority with any other book or "revelation" (Gal. 1:6-9; Jude 3). The New Testament reveals … Continue reading New Testament Christianity

THERE IS A PATTERN OF TEACHING

Neal Pollard The Bible claims to hold the answer to your greatest problem. Not only that, but it helps you to identify what that problem is which you may or may not even know about. In Romans 6:16-18, Paul talks about a "form of teaching" given to those at Rome.  Paul writes this powerful epistle … Continue reading THERE IS A PATTERN OF TEACHING

What To See When False Prophets Speak

Neal Pollard Peter has a sobering warning for the church, writing, "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves" (2 Pet. 2:1). He warns them about the … Continue reading What To See When False Prophets Speak

Proving Someone Wrong

Neal Pollard I'm not talking about the thing too many people do on social media, where they nitpick others and put in so much effort in the "yeah, but.." game. That is ill-mannered and usually unwelcome. It usually also concerns something amounting to far smaller than a hill of beans. Instead, I refer to something … Continue reading Proving Someone Wrong

Abraham Lincoln’s Memorandum Of August 23, 1864

Neal Pollard Somehow, I was unaware of the existence of a document which Abraham Lincoln drafted and had endorsed by every member of his cabinet, though unseen by them, and which remained sealed until November 11, 1864. These were not only dark times for the nation, embroiled in civil war for over three years at … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln’s Memorandum Of August 23, 1864

More Light Than Heat

Neal Pollard In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius counsels his daughter, Ophelia, about Hamlet’s vows of love, saying, “When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul lends the tongue vows. These blazes, daughter, giving more light than heat, extinct in both even in their promise as it is a-making, you must not take for fire” (Act 1, … Continue reading More Light Than Heat