My Sweetheart has Cancer (thank you for another day)

A few months back, Melissa had a routine mammogram. All was well. In the spring, pain developed in her breast and she eventually went to see about it. They could find no lump but did another mammogram to be certain. There it was. The size of a pea; aggressive and growing quickly. Things got blurredContinue reading “My Sweetheart has Cancer (thank you for another day)”

Guarding Your Peace

Friday Musing: How do you “keep your peace” in a social media driven world? Try these simple guidelines: 1) Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. 2) Don’t pass along anything you don’t 100% know to be true. And even if it is true, ask if the news is yoursContinue reading “Guarding Your Peace”

Zambora, Zec and Papa Bish

I love being a Papa but I must confess that I had a pretty good teacher. With the DuQuoin State Fair upon us, this one is for all the Papas out there who are making one insane memory at a time! Zambora the Gorilla Girl(DuQuoin, Illinois, circa 1993) There is no better grandfather in theContinue reading “Zambora, Zec and Papa Bish”

Recalling the DuQuoin State Fair

Thinking about the DuQuoin State Fair this morning. Generations of kids from DuQuoin literally grew up with this fair. We were it’s labor force. It was the biggest deal ever. I remember Sam the Candyman, Malone’s Taffy, First Heat dances, Car races, smoking hot days and nights, trotters, the Exhibition Hall, famous people walking throughContinue reading “Recalling the DuQuoin State Fair”

Charles Wesley, Worship Wars and my Mom

The most important thing a church does is engage people in the worship of God, so it does not surprise me that conflict in churches historically centers upon the way we worship.  Satan knows that if he can get churches expending energy debating worship styles, they will be all the less likely to actually worship. Continue reading Charles Wesley, Worship Wars and my Mom

Four Theological Viruses (I am concerned)

There are four theological viruses floating around these days that concern me. My concerns are three-fold: 1) They have wide appeal2) I can see why they have wide appeal. 3) They will serve us all poorly in the long run. The first virus is the idea that God exists for us. God’s function is toContinue reading “Four Theological Viruses (I am concerned)”

Evangelism Book Update:

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Len Wilson and the Invite Resources team on my practical evangelism book. What a creative group! My goal is to make this book Biblical, practical, disarming and good natured. It will be engaging to read, funny in places and be chocked full of ideas you can immediately put intoContinue reading “Evangelism Book Update:”


1. Worship Directors would flip their water bottles after concluding a “home run” set and slowly jog off stage. 2. Preachers would be doused with iced Gatorade in huge orange coolers by their staffs after particularly good Easter sermons… 3. A measure or two of the liturgist’s favorite hymn or praise song would play asContinue reading “IF CHURCH WERE MORE LIKE BASEBALL:”

Wednesday Musing: Social Media 8/3/2022

Wednesday Musing: Too Much Drama on Social Media? Turn it Down! The volume on the “drama” player has never been turned up higher. In fact, the sound can be deafening. When it comes to turning down the sound, many of us feel powerless. But I don’t think that is the case. We are not powerless.Continue reading “Wednesday Musing: Social Media 8/3/2022”

Tuesday Musing 8/2/2022

What I Have Learned (in 36 years of ministry) As of June 30, I wrapped up thirty-six years of vocational ministry. It all started in 1986 at the Herrin United Methodist Church where I was the Director of Family Life Ministries. Three years later, we left for seminary in Atlanta and I served the St.Continue reading “Tuesday Musing 8/2/2022”