Just Thinking... And Reflecting after the Election

Dana Everhart


I thought you might like to see a letter from Bishop Ough, President of the Council of Bishops, to President-elect Donald Trump.  Dear President-elect Trump:   On behalf of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I offer congratulations to you, Mr. Trump, upon your election as the 45th president of the United States.  Further, I thank Secretary Hillary Clinton for the gracious way she has accepted the voters’ decision.   The Council’s prayers are for you, your wife, Melania, and ...

Right Place at the Right Time

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Does the name Steve Bartman mean anything to you?  If you are a baseball fan then you know that Steve Bartman was the Chicago Cubs fan that reached out to catch a foul ball in the National League Championship Series in 2003.  It looked like the Cubs were on their way to a World Series only to have a fan interfere with a foul ball not allowing Moises Alou to catch the ball.  Many believe that interference by Steve Bartman created a domino effect that caused the Cubs to lose and ...

Just Thinking ... About God's Generosity

Dana Everhart


When I think back over my life, I am blessed to see the hands of God showering me with the extravagant generosity of God's love and God's purposes for me. I see where the goodness of God showered me with individuals who walked with me for a season. I can still hear Dr. Ray Harrison, my pastor at Brandon First UMC, who confirmed me at age 9 and who stood by me as the Board of Ordained Ministry in Florida deferred me on my first attempt at ordination. God placed Ray in my life for so many years ...

The Grass is Greener

Terry Walton


The Grass is Greener I Was Thinking… “We live in a competitive society that focuses on making it.  Baseball players live for the day they make it to the big leagues.  Business people climb the corporate ladder with the hope of someday being the CEO or chairman of the board…The individual will have made it; he/she will have arrived.  But the idea of arriving is an illusion.  Our society is filled with people who arrive somewhere only to find themselves as discontented as they were before they ...

Just Thinking... and Casting a Vote

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...   I voted! Yes, I left work on Wednesday a little bit early and made my way into the bowels of Gwinnett County to the Central Office for Voter Registration to cast my vote early. There was a line wrapped around the front, waiting inside those barricades that look like cow channels to the big barn. It only took around 20 minutes to get inside. Once inside it was a breeze to get my yellow card and to find an empty voting booth. When I finished my civic duty, I got a hug from the ...

Kitchen Table Conversations

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I was reared in a United Methodist Local Pastor’s home.  My youngest memory is of dad serving the six churches on the Forsyth Circuit.  Dad was appointed next to the Pomona/Mt.Zion Charge in Griffin.  During my formative years of life and faith it was the people of the small church that nurtured my heart and soul. In a Pastor’s home there are ‘kitchen table conversations’ about the church.  From mom’s critique of dad’s sermons to that cantankerous church member that just doesn’t ...

Just Thinking... Crying over Spilt Milk?

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...   There is an old saying, "Don't cry over spilt milk."  The saying is an age-old proverb that has been around for hundreds of years. The first historical reference to the phrase appears in a document written by British historian James Howell in 1659. The meaning is not to worry about things you can change, about things that happened, or about things that are out of your control.    I wonder if we can say, "Don't cry over spilt grape juice?"    It was a great day at Hamilton ...

Challenges Like This

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… The iconic legend Arnold Palmer died recently and for many there has been grief over losing one of the best golfers and even better persons to have lived and played the game.  I remember a story told by Arnold Palmer on himself that was told to be a true occurrence. Arnold Palmer was invited to speak before a convention of blind golfers.  He asked the golfers how they were able to determine in which direction to hit the golf ball.  One of the golfers explained that his caddy ...

Just Thinking... Outreach and Teach?

Dana Everhart


It is almost Halloween. I am reading that many of our churches are planning outreach to the community by way of a "Trunk or Treat" or other other similiar event. What a great tool for ministry this is! How grateful I am to those who are seeking ways to reach the community where they are at and not where we think they should be. I really miss being a part of such ministry events, and I miss watching the faces of children and their parents as they particpate.  I also miss that we have almost ...

What Would Happen

Terry Walton


There I sat in our family room glued to the television watching another Presidential Debate. All of a sudden I felt my body language begin to twist and turn.  I noticed that I could hardly make eye contact with the TV screen. I was so disappointed in what I was seeing and hearing.  I was experiencing embarrassment and shame at what was occurring in homes all across this nation. The vitriol and blaming and accusations and, well, it was disturbing to me. What has happened to us as an American ...

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