And This is Good?

I remember the call I received in the spring of 1997 from Mississippi River District Superintendent Jim Rhea on behalf of Illinois Great Rivers Conference Bishop Sharon A. Brown Christopher.  I was informed that I would be moved from the Sumner/Beulah Charge in Lawrence County to the recently relocated Christ United Methodist Church in FairviewContinue reading “And This is Good?”

Think Outside the Box this Christmas

My daughter Lydia called me a few years ago and asked what I wanted for Christmas.  I told her I either wanted a Rolex Watch or a black dress belt.  To maintain the element of surprise, she could use the same sized box for either. The reality is that I didn’t need anything at all.  I haveContinue reading “Think Outside the Box this Christmas”

Determining the Speed of Change

“A large church staff determines the direction of change. The laity determine the speed of change. The negotiation process between the two will determine the health of the church.” -Shane L. Bishop, Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, Illinois

What Kind of Book is “Exactly”?

“Exactly as I Remember It” is a collection of short stories, slices of life and modern proverbs.  Stories happen in the places Rev. Shane Bishop has lived ranging from Pinckneyville to San Antonio to Georgia to DuQuoin to Louisville to Herrin to Fairview Heights.  The book is about 150 pages long and is in bigContinue reading “What Kind of Book is “Exactly”?”

Outlasting Push-Back

I have been the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since July 1, 1997. In this time we have grown from just over 200 per weekend to well over 1,700. We are constantly engaged in the economy of change and have found that change brings with it both growth and discontinuity. TheContinue reading “Outlasting Push-Back”

Exactly as I Remember It Orders

We are taking orders for copies of “Exactly As I Remember It” numbering 50 or more this week.  Thanks for the orders we received today.  We will have them delivered by the release date of December 3.  Information on orders of less than 50 will be available very soon!   For more information contact: remember.books@gmail.comContinue reading “Exactly as I Remember It Orders”

Exactly As I Remember It…

The great thing about doing “Exactly As I Remember It” has been writing the kind of book I wanted to write. It feels a bit like “The Andy Griffith Show” in an “American Idol” world but I hope there is still a place in this world for something warm, honest, decent and funny. -Shane Bishop

Exactly As I Remember It

Spending the day in the Sumner, Illinois area. Many of the vignettes from the new book took place here. Saw Harold’s mobile home, the Sumner Methodist Church and the baseball field. Sixteen year old memories still taste great! Hope you soon enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it! -Shane

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”