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”

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)”

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”