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"Peace On Earth"

Terry Walton

1/17/2017

“Peace on Earth”   I Was Thinking…   What is the difference between a “peace-maker” and a “peace-keeper”?  The answer to such a question could hinge greatly on context but generally speaking I think there is an important difference.  Since I have arrived in this position of “Chief Missional Strategist” (the new job description for District Superintendents) I have been reading a book entitled “The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century” by Joan Chittister.  I recommend it to you ...


Just Thinking... Living into a Dream

Dana Everhart

1/16/2017

The Cabinet, along with the Committee on Religion and Race and the Board of Ordained Ministry, immersed ourselves in gaining a better understanding of the past, present and future of Race Relations this past week. We visited the Civil Rights Museum and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. At the Museum we saw old 1960s footage of Governors Lester Maddox of Georgia and George Wallace of Alabama cry out, "Segregation now, and segregation always!" At Ebenezar we were blessed to hear Dr....


‘A Billy Sook’

Terry Walton

1/10/2017

‘A Billy Sook’ I Was Thinking… With the twelve days of Christmas just completed I find myself reminiscing of Christmases past. Several Christmases ago I was given a book by our oldest son, Benji.  It is a book by Shel Silverstein entitled ‘Runny Babbit’.  I enjoy Shel Silverstein.  He authored ‘The Giving Tree’ which Sharon and I have shared with family and faith family over the years.  ‘Runny Babbit’ points out the importance of the order of letters in words.  To get letters out of order ...


Just Thinking... Change

Dana Everhart

1/9/2017

They have said that the only one who likes change is a wet baby, but I disagree. While change may be difficult, and, at times very painful, we United Methodist clergy thrive on change. I know… I know… you think I have lost it, but just keep on reading. In our preaching we call for change. We speak the very words of scripture, Sunday after Sunday. We lift up the truth of Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven." Paul writes to the church in ...


"Slow Down and Pay Attention"

Terry Walton

1/3/2017

“Slow Down and Pay Attention” I Was Thinking… K-Mart Department Stores used to have the ‘blue light special’.  It was a blue light located in a particular place in the store.  When it was flashing particular items near the light were reduced in price.  A voice would sound over the store’s public announcement system “Visit our blue light special on isle 15 for the deal of the day”.  It was creative and effective. Well, I experienced another type of ‘blue light special’ a week before Christmas....


Just Thinking... Gifts from the Wise Ones

Dana Everhart

1/2/2017

Just Thinking ...  Well, the Christ Child has come once again, and our lives were touched and will never be the same, I hope. The wise ones came with their gifts of calm, stay, and united. Oh wait, that's not correct. They brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh, right? I believe that just as the Christ Child has come again into our lives, He also comes to bring us, as United Methodists, new life as a denomination and as a people of God.  I believe the wise ones came from far off to bring the ...


“Only One Question”

Terry Walton

12/20/2016

“Only One Question” I Was Thinking… I picked up a book not too long ago by Alexandra Horowitz entitled “Inside Of A Dog”.  It struck my attention because Sharon and I have two Havanese pups…our furry children.  Caya and Luie keep us laughing and loving even when the world would dictate otherwise.  Sometimes Luie is challenging and keeps us wondering if he’ll ever fully be potty-trained.  Sharon is not as much a dog person as I am which is understandable after all “a dog is man’s friend”. I’ve ...


“Wasted Gifts”

Terry Walton

12/13/2016

“Wasted Gifts” I Was Thinking… NBC News reported that over $1 Billion dollars of gift cards were never used in 2015.  Either their expiration date slipped up on the potential user or they were lost or they were forgotten.  Whatever the reason…$1 Billion dollars is a lot of dough to waste! My first thought was “No wonder retailers love to offer ‘gift cards’.” They get the money up front with a chance that the products will never leave their shelves…free money for them!   My second thought was a ...


“More alike than unalike.”

Terry Walton

12/6/2016

I Was Thinking… During this Advent Season I share with you one of my favorite modern poems by Maya Angelou.  I hear the baby Jesus in her words.  Listen…   Human Family I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our skin tones can confuse, bemuse, delight, brown and pink and beige and purple, tan and blue and white. ...


"Quotes and Sound-bites"

Terry Walton

11/29/2016

“Quotes and Sound-bites” I Was Thinking… There have been a few things I’ve read or heard lately that have inspired me.  For example I was recently reminded of a quote of the great football coach Vince Lombardi who said “Fatigue makes cowards out of us all!”  After these days of some Thanksgiving relaxation I realize how tired we can become without realizing the fatigue.  It is important to take time to reset, sleep well and simmer in the beauty of life.  Rest is critical to the best in all of ...


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