Expect More Out of Members

People do not join a church to see how little they can do, how sparingly they can give or how minimum an impact they can make for Jesus Christ.   They join in hopes of giving their lives away to something greater than themselves.  A great church consists of highly committed people willing to sacrificeContinue reading “Expect More Out of Members”

United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

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”

Exactly As I Remember It V

When thinking through subject matter for my soon to be released book “Just As I Remember It…”, I thought about the books I most like these days. I went more for warm, funny, wise and delightful than relevant, hard hitting, brilliant or controversial. Seems to me this world stands more in need of joy thanContinue reading “Exactly As I Remember It V”

Excerpt from “Exactly as I Remember It” IV

A Slice of Life   When I was a kid we sang out of hymnals.  If you are not old, a hymnal was a collection of four or five hundred songs, prayers and Psalms that churches used before Jumbo-Trons got saved. Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights,Continue reading “Excerpt from “Exactly as I Remember It” IV”

What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012

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”

“Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt

Persistence in Prayer (Pinckneyville, Illinois, circa 1971)   As a child, I felt persistence was the single most important thing about prayer.  When I prayed I was not double minded; my request (I mean petition) was clear and unambiguous.  In the summer of 1971, Reaban’s Restaurant (a sticky seated hamburger joint that reeked of greaseContinue reading ““Exactly as I Remember It” Excerpt”

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists) History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift. In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet have changed theContinue reading “Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)”