A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near”

Resting in Christmas

One of the greatest life-challenges for me is moving past “things are not all as I wish they were.” The main reason is because “things are not all as I wish they were.” Especially at Christmas. I think the hack here is to focus on what you do have and not what you don’t. ToContinue reading “Resting in Christmas”

Respect (Begins with a Spark of Humanity)

Respect is defined as, “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”  Respect is a reverence that we hold toward the nature, character or accomplishments of an honored person or institution that has a very positive effect upon us.  There is really no down side to beingContinue reading “Respect (Begins with a Spark of Humanity)”

O Little Town of Bethlehem (the irony of it all)

 O Little Town of Bethlehem (the irony of it all) On the first Christmas the Prince of Peace was born in Bethlehem.  It seems like such a natural connect but in reality, peace and Bethlehem haven’t been on speaking terms for centuries.  The city was burned into my memory forever during my visit in 2006. Continue reading “O Little Town of Bethlehem (the irony of it all)”

Peace (In the Storm)

I was glancing over Facebook posts before bed tonight. Some are mourning, some are crying out for justice, some are lamenting world events and some are contemplating local events just over the Mississippi River. Each offer evidence to the razor thin line separates order from chaos in our troubled existence. For many it seems theContinue reading “Peace (In the Storm)”

(You are of) Sacred Value

Consider this one thought: Every human being on the earth is of sacred value; loving fashioned in the image of our Creator. If we could just get this ONE piece, just this ONE, it would change the world. -Rev. Shane L. Bishop is a Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church and the Sr. PastorContinue reading “(You are of) Sacred Value”

Prince of Peace?

In the second half of the eighth century B.C. the Assyrian army was on its way to sack Jerusalem.  Nothing good was going to happen.  The people called upon the prophet Isaiah who prophesied.  “For unto us a child is born, a son is given.  And the government will rest upon his shoulders.  And heContinue reading “Prince of Peace?”