Exactly As I Remember It…

The great thing about doing “Exactly As I Remember It” has been writing the kind of book I wanted to write. It feels a bit like “The Andy Griffith Show” in an “American Idol” world but I hope there is still a place in this world for something warm, honest, decent and funny. -Shane Bishop

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Exactly As I Remember It

Spending the day in the Sumner, Illinois area. Many of the vignettes from the new book took place here. Saw Harold’s mobile home, the Sumner Methodist Church and the baseball field. Sixteen year old memories still taste great! Hope you soon enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it! -Shane

Exactly as I Remember it… Excerpt VI

My paternal grandfather’s name was Halan Laverne Bishop.  He died before I was born.  He named his only son Fredrick Laverne Bishop.  For some reason, Laverne II dropped the “e” and named his only son Shane Lavern Bishop (that is me).  They tell me Laverne used to be a guy or girl’s name but thenContinue reading “Exactly as I Remember it… Excerpt VI”

Serving Up Stories for Thanksgiving

The most important thing you will serve this Thanksgiving is not the turkey you will place on your table…it is the stories you tell. Do a little digging and work on your family stories at least as hard as you do on the dressing and cranberry sauce   Tell your family stories to your children and children’sContinue reading “Serving Up Stories for Thanksgiving”

Exactly As I Remember It V

When thinking through subject matter for my soon to be released book “Just As I Remember It…”, I thought about the books I most like these days. I went more for warm, funny, wise and delightful than relevant, hard hitting, brilliant or controversial. Seems to me this world stands more in need of joy thanContinue reading “Exactly As I Remember It V”

Excerpt from “Exactly as I Remember It” IV

A Slice of Life   When I was a kid we sang out of hymnals.  If you are not old, a hymnal was a collection of four or five hundred songs, prayers and Psalms that churches used before Jumbo-Trons got saved. Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights,Continue reading “Excerpt from “Exactly as I Remember It” IV”

“Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt III

A Slice of Life Once we had a rather eccentric neighbor pass away.  Her family came in to clean up the house and invited Melissa and me inside.  The house was stacked ceiling to floor with stuff and you could only get from room to room through narrow pathways.  There were the contents of threeContinue reading ““Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt III”

“Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt

Persistence in Prayer (Pinckneyville, Illinois, circa 1971)   As a child, I felt persistence was the single most important thing about prayer.  When I prayed I was not double minded; my request (I mean petition) was clear and unambiguous.  In the summer of 1971, Reaban’s Restaurant (a sticky seated hamburger joint that reeked of greaseContinue reading ““Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt”

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”