Facing Those Who Disappoint (during the holidays)

The holiday season is almost upon us!  Again. Some of you are rejoicing!  Some are not. It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season.  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions canContinue reading “Facing Those Who Disappoint (during the holidays)”

The Lost Art of Renegotiation

  The Lost Art of Renegotiation A long-term relationship with a church is little different than a long-term relationship with a spouse, friend or an employer.  There are ups and downs.  How healthy people navigate long-term relationships is fairly standardized.  Such navigation has become a lost art.   Here is how the process works inContinue reading “The Lost Art of Renegotiation”

Want a Better 2020? Change Your Inputs!

I am a Systems Theorist. I believe that all systems are designed to produce what they are currently producing, not what we hope they will produce. Your life is a system and so is mine. We each have inputs that produce very specific outcomes. Over time, the relationship between these inputs and outcomes becomes highlyContinue reading “Want a Better 2020? Change Your Inputs!”

A Story About Re-Conversion

I am releasing some Christmas stories from my books. This version was in “Exactly as I Remember it.” There will forever be an empty chair at our table. Our unborn son Liam would have been 21 this year. I would have loved to have had the chance to be his dad. A Story About Re-ConversionContinue reading “A Story About Re-Conversion”

You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much

You don’t hear father’s talk about this much. This is an excerpt from my latest book: Re-Conversion (The “God is Good” Story) (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1996) Sometime in late 1992, I attended a seminar on how to do ministry with Senior Adults held in Peoria, Illinois. There was this feeble, little man who inched upContinue reading “You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much”

Rethinking Discouragement (in Christian Leadership and Service) 2020 Edition

I hear pastors say it all the time, “Being in ministry has never been so difficult.”  I get it. I really do. This isn’t the most difficult time in the history of America to be a pastor but it is the most difficult time of the thirty-four years I have been in vocational ministry. AreContinue reading “Rethinking Discouragement (in Christian Leadership and Service) 2020 Edition”

My new book is now available on Amazon!

You can now order my new book “Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.” on Amazon! This collection of stories moves from death toward life with plenty of warmth, Southern Illinois grit and humor. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1532360177/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_tKVjAbB0C857V -Rev. Shane L. Bishop, a Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, has been theContinue reading “My new book is now available on Amazon!”

Dealing with Disappointment

 I have been much disappointed of late. I hate it when that happens. I’ll bet you have been disappointed as well. Disappointment seems the one item the buffet line in this fallen world always offers in ample supply. Here is how I deal with disappointment: 1) Realize we live in a fallen and sin filledContinue reading “Dealing with Disappointment”