Hell-fire and Salvation

I was saved when I was seven.  We were holding a revival at Oak Wood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and I walked down the aisle during the invitation; somewhere between the fortieth and forty-first verse of “Just as I Am.”  At that altar I repented of my dastardly ways, prayed to receive ChristContinue reading “Hell-fire and Salvation”

Need a Fresh Start in 2021?

I recently heard someone say they were “hoping” for a better year in 2021. It didn’t sit right with me. To quote my Financial Coach Mark Brooks, “Hope isn’t a strategy.” I suggest we “choose” a better year in 2021. Here are ten choices you can make right now! 1. Choose to be happy ThatContinue reading “Need a Fresh Start in 2021?”

A Dozen and One Pre-Christmas Hacks (2020 Edition)

A Dozen and One Pre-Christmas Hacks (2020 Edition) https://rememberbooks.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/dozen-survival-tips-for-holidays/ — Read on rememberbooks.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/dozen-survival-tips-for-holidays/

Christ Church, MLK and Me circa 2019

Christ Church has been holding special services around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday since the late 90’s. In those days we ran about 300 a week in worship and were anything but racially diverse but we had a dream. In the early years we participated with our friend Rev. Sylvester Weatherall and the goodContinue reading “Christ Church, MLK and Me circa 2019”

A Walk Down Duval Street… (Are WE the new counterculture?)

Melissa and I were recently in Key West. I officiated a wedding for our best friend’s oldest son on the beach at Ft. Zachary Taylor. Well the beach-ish anyway. If you have been to Key West you know what I mean. No one goes to Key West for the beaches. Those who do, only visitContinue reading “A Walk Down Duval Street… (Are WE the new counterculture?)”

The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)

The path of least resistance never leads to success. Never. It leads only to a lesser life. The illusion is that it is a safe life but it is not. It is only lesser. No one achieves significance by staying inside their comfort zone, downsizing their dreams, capitulating to lesser goals, avoiding tough conversations orContinue reading “The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)”

What Kind of Christian am I?

So much is said about Christians and so much is said by Christians these days.  I often read something tweeted or posted by a “Christian” and I think, “I am not that kind of Christian.”  So the other night I spent some time musing the kind of Christian I actually am. Here is what IContinue reading “What Kind of Christian am I?”

Praying for Jerry Koosman (from Re:member)

Doing some reflecting on growing up tonight. Here is a story from Re:member: Praying for Jerry Koosman (San Antonio, Texas circa 1973) I was just ten or so when we lived in San Antonio but I have few good memories of our time there. To be honest, (thanks to good, old fashioned repression) I haveContinue reading “Praying for Jerry Koosman (from Re:member)”

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”