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
Neal Pollard As David let flow from his divinely-inspired pen the peaceful refrain, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!" (Psa. 133:1), he knew something of the absence of unity. Though God through Samuel had anointed him king, "there was a long war between the house of … Continue reading A Divided People
Neal Pollard I’m a child of the ‘80s, which, in south Georgia, seemed to be “post-racist.” Maybe it was the naivety of youth, but one of my closest friends, Greg Gwyn, was black. We were “Bird” and “Magic” (on the basketball court, at least in our minds). We were “Crockett” and “Tubbs.” We both rejected, … Continue reading Who Is Behind This “Race War”?
Neal Pollard For twelve years, I lived in the eye of Civil War History. Not only were many battles fought in almost every community neighboring Mechanicsville, Virginia (our home), but two were fought at Cold Harbor. While living there, I became an avid relic hunter--a type of amateur archaeologist digging for buttons, bullets, and buckles. … Continue reading COMING TOGETHER
Neal Pollard “Rancor” is synonymous with hostility, bitterness, spite, and vitriol. In Ephesians 4:31, Paul warns the Christian against “bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander [and] malice.” While it didn’t seem possible that this election cycle could produce more heat and saber-rattling than the last couple, it has already exceeded it. It … Continue reading DIVIDING OVER POLITICS
Neal Pollard One of my dad’s most memorable sermons, which he preached in more than one location, was actually a two-parter. The first part was preached Sunday morning. Dad warned that he was going to identify the source of the problems in the congregation. He used a wipe board or chalkboard, and only put the … Continue reading Identifying The Source Of Trouble In The Congregation
Neal Pollard It was such a treat to be among the hearty, faithful Christian men of central Wyoming and the Bighorn Basin. By Bible-belt comparison, they come from small congregations. But their passion and desire to grow the church is humongous. Near the end of their men’s retreat, they divided into groups to discuss the … Continue reading What It Takes To Grow The Church In Our Culture
Neal Pollard When I was a little boy, I heard my dad contrast these two ideas, union and unity, with an interesting illustration. He said, “You can tie two cats’ tails together and hang them over a clothes line. You may have union, but you do not have unity.” Recently, political pundits have been making … Continue reading The Difference Between Unity And Union
Neal Pollard Paul’s words in Romans 14:19 seem to have fallen upon hard times, often among those who are in a position of greater trust and influence. In that particular verse, the apostle is drawing a conclusion about his instructions to Christians, saying, “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the … Continue reading Are We Trampling Upon Romans 14:19?
Neal Pollard The lost are convicted, too. Don't let anybody say they're not. Some of the strongest-held beliefs, some of the most fully-persuaded minds, and some of the most determined hearts are attached to lost individuals. Even in the Bible, one finds the deepest rooted convictions in the heart of the lost sinner. If one wants … Continue reading The Convictions Of The Lost