Hope (A Candle in the Wind)

Hope (A Candle in the Wind) Between 1989 and 1992 my family lived in Manchester, Georgia.  Zec was seven and Lydia was three.  Melissa and I were…younger.  We had heard God’s call to ministry and left our world behind to follow Jesus.  I served the St. James and Chalybeate Springs United Methodist churches as pastor. Continue reading “Hope (A Candle in the Wind)”


Don’t Get Too Far From the Herd (I Mean the Church)

Go When I was a kid I loved to watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom which ran from 1963 to 1985.  I literally grew up with the show.  It starred St. Louis zoo-keeper Marlin Perkins.  Back then, animal shows were rated PG, not R like they are today and a lot more was left toContinue reading “Don’t Get Too Far From the Herd (I Mean the Church)”

The Power of Prayer (In the Frozen Food Aisle)

The Power of Prayer (In the Frozen Food Aisle) (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1994)   In my five years as pastor of the Sumner/Beulah Charge, I seldom had time to visit our shut-ins with any regularity.  Sumner ran about 225 a Sunday and Beulah ran about 110; either congregation should have been a full time job. Continue reading “The Power of Prayer (In the Frozen Food Aisle)”

The Irrepressible Fred Bishop

Praise-a-Thons (Herrin, Illinois, circa 1988) For a while in the late 80’s, dad was active in Christian television.  Active in the same sense piranha are active when they encounter meat.  It was really a pretty good fit.  Television loves larger than life personalities and Fred Bishop is larger than several lives.  Dad loves to learnContinue reading “The Irrepressible Fred Bishop”

A Room (for us) in the Inn

A Room in the Inn (Fairview Heights, Illinois, circa 1997) It was our first Christmas in Fairview Heights. Late December 1997. We had run down to DuQuoin for a holiday Friday/Saturday gift exchange with my mom and dad. When we arrived at the parsonage late Saturday night, it was clear something was wrong at 9Continue reading “A Room (for us) in the Inn”

A Football Story (It’s Really About Dad and Me)

I was watching Monday Night Football tonight.  Here is a story from “Exactly As I Remember It” about the Dallas Cowbays, Dad and Me. A Football Story (It’s Really About Dad and Me) (San Antonio, Texas, circa 1974)   As a boy, there were three holy services of worship each Sunday.  There was Sunday morningContinue reading “A Football Story (It’s Really About Dad and Me)”

A Christmas Miracle from “Exactly As I Remember It”

Here is one of my favorite Christmas stories from my first book “Exactly As I Remember It.”  It recounts a Christmas miracle that happened not in Bethlehem, but in the places our feet touch the ground.  Namely Arkansas… A Story about Jesus Turning Water into Teem (Somewhere in Arkansas, circa 1975)  Growing up the childContinue reading “A Christmas Miracle from “Exactly As I Remember It””

Ordering Shane L. Bishop’s New Book

Shane L. Bishop’s collection of stories, “Exactly As I Remember It” and the new book “Re:member”, are now both available on line in time for Christmas!  If you live in the St. Louis region, he will be signing both books on Saturday at the Grand Re-Opening of the the Christ Church Bookstore at 339 FrankContinue reading “Ordering Shane L. Bishop’s New Book”

Shane L. Bishop’s New Book is Now Available!

Copies of Rev. Shane L. Bishops new book “Re:member” are now available for order on line!    Copies of his 2012 book “Exactly As I Remember It” are also available.  Copies are $12.99 (which includes shipping).  All books will be signed, but if you would like the book signed to someone, just let us knowContinue reading “Shane L. Bishop’s New Book is Now Available!”