“Exactly As I R…

“Exactly As I Remember It” will be a great smile enhancer, source of quotes, chuckle inducer, “non-preachy” gift, a wonderful evening read, filler for church newsletters, a great resource for sermon illustrations and (drum roll please) can also be adapted for use as a snow blower… -Shane L. Bishop Possible Uses for New Book

Book Signing at Christ Church December 1

The Christ Church Bookstore will be having a Christmas Open House Party, Saturday December 1st from 2-5 pm.  Children’s activities begin at 2:30.  Reverend Shane’s book, Exactly As I Remember It, will be for sale for the very first time and he will be signing books from 3:00-5:00 pm. We will also have live music from JeffContinue reading “Book Signing at Christ Church December 1”

Andy the Janitor Remembers

“Remember” is one of my favorite English words.  It is a much bigger word than its diminutive synonyms like “recall” or “recollect.”  For me, remember is best thought of as the antonym of “dismember.”  To dismember is to tear apart; to remember is to put back together.  Andy was the custodian at Christ Church duringContinue reading “Andy the Janitor Remembers”

Expect More Out of Members

People do not join a church to see how little they can do, how sparingly they can give or how minimum an impact they can make for Jesus Christ.   They join in hopes of giving their lives away to something greater than themselves.  A great church consists of highly committed people willing to sacrificeContinue reading “Expect More Out of Members”

United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the United Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the United Methodist church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s.  It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism.  In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call myContinue reading “United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”

What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012

Evangelism: Paul in Greece 2012 I penned these reflections on the final day of a ten day “Paul in Greece” tour. As I gazed that evening from my fifth floor window of my Athens hotel, the ancient Acropolis was in full view with the Parthenon shining like a new dime (they literally light it upContinue reading “What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012”

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists) History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift. In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet have changed theContinue reading “Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)”

Breaking 400 is Hard to Do

Breaking Four Hundred Shane L. Bishop It was 1998. The E-mail was an SOS. “Could anyone point me to some churches that were running in the 200’s a few years ago and are running over 400 now?” To say the list was short would be an understatement. As ChristChurch has grown through the years, IContinue reading “Breaking 400 is Hard to Do”

Not saying dumb things to your kids 101

It’s long, but may be worth it today…take a read… So, I believe it was last March when the terrible storm happened. There were tornados in our area and my house experienced softball-sized hail. My husband was gone on a tennis trip and the kids and I were huddled behind the trampoline in our basementContinue reading “Not saying dumb things to your kids 101”