How I (don’t) Want to Live

I have been thinking a lot this year about how I want to live, Actually, I have been thinking about how I don’t want to live. First of all I don’t want to live with unforgiveness in my heart. I could, in fact I think it is much easier than forgiving, but I just don’tContinue reading “How I (don’t) Want to Live”

Keeping the Faith (is really hard)

Keeping the Faith (is really hard) I have learned much about living by faith in recent years. Not how easy it is, but how utterly difficult. Faith is believing, even and may I say especially, when that for which we hope seems nowhere in sight. Were I to be honest, much of my faith overContinue reading “Keeping the Faith (is really hard)”

Don’t Waste Your Pain (redeem it)

If you are going through a rough stretch of highway right now, consider these thoughts. In a fallen world, pain is inevitable and if we are among those called by God to lead in some way, that pain will only be exacerbated. The question is never, “Will there be tough times?” I assure you thereContinue reading “Don’t Waste Your Pain (redeem it)”

Liam (the son I will never know)

Re-Conversion (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1996) Sometime in late 1992, I attended a seminar on how to do ministry with Senior Adults held in Peoria, Illinois. There was this feeble, little man who inched up to the platform (like Tim Conway used to do on the “Carol Burnett Show”) and opened the thing up by proclaimingContinue reading “Liam (the son I will never know)”

The Post-Recession Ecclesiastical Economy (and what to do about it)

Four Ways to Make Kingdom Impact (Right Now!) In post-recession America, a new trend has developed: September has turned into the fourth month of summer.  I am not sure of the reason, but for the vast majority of my ministry years, the Sunday after Labor Day was when attendance and offerings suddenly bounced back (in SuperContinue reading “The Post-Recession Ecclesiastical Economy (and what to do about it)”

7 Misconceptions about Church (that are killing us)

I like Social Media. I really do. Over the course of a day I can keep up with huge numbers of people in the time it would take to complete a single phone call. I also like the fact that people read my stuff and listen to my sermons while I am doing other things.Continue reading “7 Misconceptions about Church (that are killing us)”

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part III)

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part III) In my last article, I argued that Christians believe there is a temporal world and a spirit world; Earth on one hand and heaven and hell on the other. These worlds exist in different, but not mutually exclusive dimensions.  It is impossible to discuss prayer apart from these twoContinue reading “Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part III)”

Christmas “Exactly as I Remember it” Orders

  “Exactly as I Remember it” has not only sold well, but people are really enjoying it!  Thanks for your feedback.  Many have purchased multiple books for Christmas gifts.  If you order before Friday, we are confident we can get books to you before Christmas.  After that, we are not so confident.  Here is ourContinue reading “Christmas “Exactly as I Remember it” Orders”

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”