What Does “Mean” Mean?

Neal Pollard Does that question seem strange to you? Mean is a verb defined as "intend to convey, indicate, or refer to" (Apple Dictionary, Version 2.2.2). Postmodernism claims that there is no purely objective knowledge, truth, or norms. Therefore, meaning is what you make it mean. Several years ago, James Sire gave the framework for what … Continue reading What Does “Mean” Mean?

Alternate Realities

Neal Pollard I don't know when I first noticed it, but I've noticed that it has dramatically intensified in the last few years. We might call it the "CNN-Foxnews Dissonance" where a specific event is viewed, explained, and interpreted in such different ways that the observer is left believing that it could not be just … Continue reading Alternate Realities

OPTIMISM

Neal Pollard Joshua and Caleb were positively optimistic. They surveyed the situation and saw the taking of Canaan as a no-lose situation (cf. Num. 14:7-9). But have you stopped to consider what made them so optimistic? When the majority was cursed with a pessimistic spirit, these men saw looming victory. They were optimistic about the … Continue reading OPTIMISM

“Under The Sway Of The Wicked One”

Neal Pollard In 1 John 5:19, John readies the close of this epistle by observing, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (NKJ). The Greek word translated “lies in the power of” (ESV, NAS) or “is under the sway of” is a word … Continue reading “Under The Sway Of The Wicked One”

PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

Neal Pollard Terrorist madmen shoot up a school in Pakistan and kill over 100 people, mostly children.  A politically correct society is close to forbidding biblical teaching on matters that violates its bombastic code.  Pluralism (all religious paths are equally valid) and syncretism (blending two or more religious belief systems into a new system) seem … Continue reading PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

“What’s Wrong With The Church…”

Neal Pollard The blogosphere is getting pretty rife with posts about how the church is inept in method or impure in motive on just about everything, from good works to evangelism to preaching to leadership to cultural relevance. It appears that we (the church) have a skewed perspective of the past, we are doing practically nothing now … Continue reading “What’s Wrong With The Church…”

THE TALE OF CYNIC, CYRUS DIFFY

Neal Pollard At the corner of Oak and Griffey Lived an old man, Cyrus Diffy. (*) A lifelong skeptic, centered on self With Dawkins and Darwin on his shelf He scoffed at those he thought “too much,” Who leaned on religion as their crutch. Whose faith was rested on their Bible Were subject to his … Continue reading THE TALE OF CYNIC, CYRUS DIFFY