Just Thinking...Reflections from the Holy Land

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...  The Holy Land is full of emotions for me. I was here 19 years ago with Bishop Fitzgerald. A great deal has changed. The Dead Sea has gotten smaller, more jars with scrolls have been found in Quran, the traffic has doubled, and the haves and have nots are more so.  We are blessed with Jimmy, our tour guide, and with Hassim, our driver. They are taking great care of us and giving great nuggets of truth. Jane Brooks is leading our group well, and Bishop Sue is helping us laugh ...

Agony of Defeat

Terry Walton


Agony of Defeat I Was Thinking… Why am I so depressed over a football game?  I remember the theme for ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ years ago… “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat”.  I’m in agony!  I wanted the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl.  Why was it so important that the Atlanta Falcons win?  Let me propose a few reflections. It was our turn to win!  The Patriots have had their turn on several occasions.  They are champion hogs!  It was our turn!  The City of Atlanta (my ...

Rise Up!

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking…   Who’d a thunk it?  That’s a phrase I’ve heard throughout my life.  I know it is not a favorite phrase of the sophisticated and the educated.  It is a phrase for those who are looking for a creative way to convey surprise.  It is a colloquial phrase for ‘who would have thought this could have ever happened?’  It is a phrase that expresses the arrival of something that was against the odds. The Atlanta Falcons… ‘Who’d a thunk it?’  This week is Super Bowl week and the Atlanta ...

Just Thinking... So Many Things...

Dana Everhart


  Just Thinking... My brain is overrun with an assortment of thoughts today. I think I must have been the only one not able to attend the Fresh Expressions event on Wednesday, February 25th. There was so much excitement, so many posts on Facebook and Twitter sharing the amazing quotes and comments from all the participants. I realize that with only 250 (plus) in attendance on Wednesday, some 1,000 of us UMC pastor need to sign up for the next offering. Until then I look forward to learning from...

Just Thinking... Towards a Dimly-lit Future

Dana Everhart


As I write this I am looking out my hotel window at Epworth By The Sea. We have completed three days of training with Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Dean Elaine Heath. The theme was Wisdom from the Galatians for the Anxious Church. I will confess to you that it was great material. I was charged by Bishop Morgan Ward's sermons, and I was made most uncomfortable by Dean Heath's understanding of the future church (that is here today).   Bishop Morgan Ward reminded us that we are the light and cannot ...

Our Worst Storms

Terry Walton


Our Worst Storms I Was Thinking… What is the worst storm you’ve ever experienced?  Some have been in hurricanes and tornadoes (as was the case in South Georgia this weekend).  Others have been in blizzards and dust storms.  My worst storm would have to be the day I was struck by lightning (now I know what you’re thinking… “that explains why Terry is a little off center”).  One week in July of 1993 I was a “Summit Guide” at Camp Glisson.  My responsibility was to the 5th and 6thgraders that ...

"Peace On Earth"

Terry Walton


“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


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


‘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


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 ...

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