There were some famous doubters in the Bible. When Abraham heard God was going to bless his ninety-year-old wife Sarah with a son, he fell on his face and had a belly laugh. God gave him a son anyway. When twelve spies went into the Promised Land to get a report, ten of the spiesContinue reading “Christmas Doubters”
Have you noticed the wide variety of things people put in their yards to celebrate Christmas these days? Certainly the nativity-scape seems more cluttered than when only baby Jesus and Santa struggled for it just a generation ago. When our kids were growing up, we would sometimes drive around at night in mid-December and lookContinue reading “Christmas Lights (and the Rolling Plastic Joseph)”
The center sanctuary window at Christ Church was created by artist Ken von Roenn. It is huge, round and is comprised of four panels. The piece was scheduled to be installed on November 27, 2007 as the final touch before the Christmas grand opening of our new 1,100 seat sanctuary. The first three panels wereContinue reading “A Beautiful Christmas Disaster”
“Exactly as I Remember it” is an excellent resource for sermon illustrations and newsletters!
The Christ Church Bookstore will be having a Christmas Open House Party, Saturday December 1st from 2-5 pm. Children’s activities begin at 2:30. Reverend Shane’s book, Exactly As I Remember It, will be for sale for the very first time and he will be signing books from 3:00-5:00 pm. We will also have live music from JeffContinue reading “Book Signing at Christ Church December 1”
My paternal grandfather’s name was Halan Laverne Bishop. He died before I was born. He named his only son Fredrick Laverne Bishop. For some reason, Laverne II dropped the “e” and named his only son Shane Lavern Bishop (that is me). They tell me Laverne used to be a guy or girl’s name but thenContinue reading “Exactly as I Remember it… Excerpt VI”
I was not reared in the United Methodist tradition. Melissa and I were loved into the United Methodist church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s. It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism. In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call myContinue reading “United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”
Evangelism: Paul in Greece 2012 I penned these reflections on the final day of a ten day “Paul in Greece” tour. As I gazed that evening from my fifth floor window of my Athens hotel, the ancient Acropolis was in full view with the Parthenon shining like a new dime (they literally light it upContinue reading “What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012”