We Don’t Make the Rules

When I was a kid, we played the Parker Brother’s board game Monopoly with some regularity. It took a long time and we started far more games than we finished but we played. Once while in early high school, I actually played at someone else’s house (my first away game) and discovered they had differentContinue reading “We Don’t Make the Rules”

A Dozen Things I am Seeing in Churches (Post Resurrection 2021)

I don’t think anyone knows what the church world is going to look like in the immediate future.  It is not that “things have changed” and we need to adjust.  It is that things won’t quit changing.  Most of what I read concerning the future is what writers “hope happens” (extinction of the mega-church, collapseContinue reading “A Dozen Things I am Seeing in Churches (Post Resurrection 2021)”

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon) (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013) Fridays are normally a day with the grandchildren. Melissa watches all four of them each weekday and since I take Fridays off, we are all in the house together all day. I used to sleep in every Friday, take the dog on a late walk, takeContinue reading “Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)”

Strengthening What Remains (A Word to the Church)

I had breakfast with my dad recently. We were exploring what the Western church will look like on the other side of COVID-19. We agreed that even churches who have been open for months on-site are still running less than half of the live attendance they did a year ago. What will happen with theContinue reading “Strengthening What Remains (A Word to the Church)”

Melissa is Retiring (and I am humbled)

Melissa is retiring. We will honor her service on Sunday. We will serve carrot cake and coffee. I am humbled. My wife, best friend and ministry partner Melissa Bishop is retiring. I am happy for her. She has served as the Youth Director, Worship Director and most recently, the Education Director at Christ Church overContinue reading “Melissa is Retiring (and I am humbled)”

10 Low Tech Ways to Be the Church (during the COVID-19 crisis)

Let’s face it, not being allowed to conduct corporate worship services is a major blow to all churches but particularly to small and medium sized congregations. Large and mega-large churches were already tech savvy and had the staffing and financial resources to quickly implement changes necessary to shift from live to on-line.  Smaller churches?  ThatContinue reading “10 Low Tech Ways to Be the Church (during the COVID-19 crisis)”

United Methodist Clergy Trading Cards (2017 Edition)

United Methodist Clergy Trading Cards At a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball game a few years back, a fellow United Methodist clergy member and I were discussing the need for our denomination to attract more gifted people into ordained ministry.  It seemed to us that many of our brightest and best young people don’t even considerContinue reading “United Methodist Clergy Trading Cards (2017 Edition)”