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

TRY THE CONTEXT!

Neal Pollard "Big dummy!" That can be a derogatory statement or the description of a large mannequin. Context makes all the difference! So it is with matters of infinitely greater significance. So much religious error exists because of a failure to consider the context of biblical passages. Our friends in religion who believe that Jesus … Continue reading TRY THE CONTEXT!

The Courage To Try

Neal Pollard About nine months ago, a man walked into our building a day after being immersed into Christ. He had been searching diligently for the truth, a man whose hunger for the Bible caused him to study his Bible for hours every day (including on audio at his job as a metal fabricator). He … Continue reading The Courage To Try

Misusing The Bible

Neal Pollard Ashley Despain now holds a dubious, ignominious distinction. Visiting an inmate in a Nevada, Missouri, jail, Ashley tried to sneak him marijuana and methamphetamines by sticking them into the binding of the Bible. Officials say they have seen many ways used to smuggle drugs to prisoners, but it’s the first time the Bible … Continue reading Misusing The Bible

HOW IS TRUTH DETERMINED?

Neal Pollard Recently, I received some feedback on a recent article (Truth Is Truth, No Matter Who Disagrees With It). Negative feedback is not rare, but expected when we put ideas down on paper (or on electronic media like blogs). This feedback was not personal, nor unkind. Yet, it reflects the thinking of so many … Continue reading HOW IS TRUTH DETERMINED?

“Vain Jangling”

Neal Pollard The English language has done some changing in the 400-plus years since the King James Version was made available. Within its pages, you’ll find phrases like “straitened in your own bowels” (2 Cor. 6:12), “superfluity of naughtiness” (Jas. 1:21), “bloody flux” (Acts 28:8), “filthy lucre” (Ti. 1:7), and “the thick bosses of his … Continue reading “Vain Jangling”

Truth Is Truth, No Matter WHO Disagrees With It

Neal Pollard Today, one of the most famous preachers of modern times died just short of his 100th birthday. Not only did he achieve longevity, his name was almost synonymous with American religion in the 20th Century. He reached hundreds of millions of people through live crusades, radio, and television. He was regularly listed as … Continue reading Truth Is Truth, No Matter WHO Disagrees With It

Deathbed Repentance?

Neal Pollard “From the stirrups to the ground, Mercy I asked for, mercy I found” That is a distorted view of grace, Which seeks God only in death’s face. It cheapens that which cost Him much, To use Him only as a deathbed crutch. Unlike the seeker at his eleventh hour, Who sincerely reaches for … Continue reading Deathbed Repentance?

It’s Great To Be A Preacher!

Neal Pollard Preachers have: The greatest message to communicate (Rom. 1:16). It is infinitely better and more important than that shared by broadcasters, news anchors, and sports analysts (cf. 1 Cor. 1:18). The greatest "boss" to please (Eph. 6:6-7). I have known and worked with so many great elders. I understand that they "hired" me and … Continue reading It’s Great To Be A Preacher!