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”

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists) History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift. In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet have changed theContinue reading “Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)”