“Harold” is one of the most popular stories in Shane L. Bishop’s book called “Exactly as I Remember it.” Here is the story being told at the 2007 Metro-East Unity Service held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois.

They say Carnival makes Mardi Gras look like a fifth grade dance

Christ Our Redeemer I just returned from my 20th (give or take) No Greater Love Ministries Outreach to the New Orleans Mardi Gras.  To say it gets a bit crazy on the streets would be an understatement.  Each year in Rio DeJinero there is a similar festival called Carnival.  It also occurs just before Lent. Continue reading “They say Carnival makes Mardi Gras look like a fifth grade dance”

Simmering the Stress (of church leadership)

Simmering the Stress (of church leadership) Some years ago (when I was still “young-ish”) my health was in a rapidly declining state.  Christ Church was moving from 400 in worship each weekend toward 750 and it was literally killing me.  Our staff was a mess, the congregation was in flux and I was doing theContinue reading “Simmering the Stress (of church leadership)”

One Pastor’s Thoughts on Clergy Attire (Don’t Wear Cargo Shorts)

Some years ago (before dressing down was the norm) I spoke at a hip, new church plant. They had a clearly defined church culture (before I knew what church culture was) and were thriving. Upon arrival I was greeted by a person assigned to me for the morning. He was dressed in some Dockers andContinue reading “One Pastor’s Thoughts on Clergy Attire (Don’t Wear Cargo Shorts)”

I Love You Enough for Both of Us

  Experpt from “Exactly as I Remember It” Maddox (Fairview Heights, Illinois, circa 2011) One Sunday evening after I wrapped up 6:00 church, I was headed to the car to scare up a late supper.  Melissa was already waiting on me, but I noticed that my daughter Lydia and her family were still in theContinue reading “I Love You Enough for Both of Us”

Reflections at Fifty One…

“I am fifty-one.  I am no longer middle aged.  I can think of no one in my family who has lived to 102.  I am somewhere in the third quarter… (I hope).” Almost every morning I walk at least one mile.  It is sometimes two miles but most often somewhere in between.  I walk inContinue reading “Reflections at Fifty One…”

Excerpt from “Exactly As I Remember It…” ‘Zambora the Gorilla Woman’ – take a read!

Zambora the Gorilla Woman (DuQuoin, Illinois, circa 1993)  There is no better grandfather in the world than Fred Bishop.  He was born for the job.  His instincts are uncanny.  No matter what Zec’s age, Papa Bishop has been able to maintain an incredible connection with him.  No better illustration could be offered than what happenedContinue reading “Excerpt from “Exactly As I Remember It…” ‘Zambora the Gorilla Woman’ – take a read!”