Christmas Lights (and the Rolling Plastic Joseph)

Have you noticed the wide variety of things people put in their yards to celebrate Christmas these days?  Certainly the nativity-scape seems more cluttered than when only baby Jesus and Santa struggled for it just a generation ago.  When our kids were growing up, we would sometimes drive around at night in mid-December and lookContinue reading “Christmas Lights (and the Rolling Plastic Joseph)”

A Beautiful Christmas Disaster

 The center sanctuary window at Christ Church was created by artist Ken von Roenn.  It is huge, round and is comprised of four panels.  The piece was scheduled to be installed on November 27, 2007 as the final touch before the Christmas grand opening of our new 1,100 seat sanctuary.  The first three panels wereContinue reading “A Beautiful Christmas Disaster”

Book Release on Sunday

“Exactly as I Remember it” is formally released tomorrow.  This whole process has been a lot of fun.  I was able to write the kind of book I wanted to write.  In a world that tears people apart, the opportunity to offer some stories, slices of life and modern proverbs to help put people backContinue reading “Book Release on Sunday”

And This is Good?

I remember the call I received in the spring of 1997 from Mississippi River District Superintendent Jim Rhea on behalf of Illinois Great Rivers Conference Bishop Sharon A. Brown Christopher.  I was informed that I would be moved from the Sumner/Beulah Charge in Lawrence County to the recently relocated Christ United Methodist Church in FairviewContinue reading “And This is Good?”

Book Signing

Shane will be signing pre-released copies of “Exactly as I Remember it” on Saturday, December 1 from 3:00-5:00 at the Christ Church Bookstore at 339 Frank Scott Parkway East in Fairview Heights, Illinois.  The book will be formally released on Sunday, December 2 through the Remember Books Website.  The bookstore will feature a children’s timeContinue reading “Book Signing”

Think Outside the Box this Christmas

My daughter Lydia called me a few years ago and asked what I wanted for Christmas.  I told her I either wanted a Rolex Watch or a black dress belt.  To maintain the element of surprise, she could use the same sized box for either. The reality is that I didn’t need anything at all.  I haveContinue reading “Think Outside the Box this Christmas”

A Wise Man Called “Lefty” (and other dismembered things)

        When I was a kid, nativity sets were an essential part of the USAmerican Christmas-scape.  These sets were mixed and matched and passed down from generation to generation; often far more because of their sentimental value than their quality. Such transfers were not without tragedies.  I remember various and sundry accidentsContinue reading “A Wise Man Called “Lefty” (and other dismembered things)”