'Hard Decisions'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… How difficult it is to make ‘hard decisions’.  After all they are called ‘hard decisions’ for a reason.  They are not ‘easy decisions’.  I suppose most anyone can make ‘easy decisions’.  ‘Easy decisions’ are comfortable and popular.  ‘Hard decisions’, on the other hand, are uncomfortable and for someone or some group unpopular.  But it is in the ‘hard decisions’ that life is often moved to a better and healthier place.  For those who are courageous and healthy enough to make the...

‘A Weekend of Heroes’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… This past weekend was a weekend of ‘heroes’ for me.  Who is your hero?  I have several.  My dad is my hero.  He is 84 on his way to 85 and stays as active as the ‘Ever-Ready Bunny’.  My mom is my hero.  I’ll not tell her age lest I am required to have soap in the mouth (that’s what she did when we say ‘bad words’ as children…There was a period in my childhood when I had the cleanest mouth in town…Ivory soap is the worst).  I’m blessed with many heroes. This past weekend I ...

Just Thinking... About Moving

Dana Everhart


I know this morning many of our laity and many of our clergy are awaking to the realization that there are moves afoot for churches and clergy. I also realize that many of the "kitchen cabinets" are wondering what in the world the Bishop and her Cabinet were thinking. I am certain that there is joy and there is sadness in the midst of our district.  I want to reassure all who are reading this column that God Almighty, the Lord of life, and the Holy Spirit have been in the midst of our meetings ...


Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking…   In his book Developing the Leaders Around You leadership guru John Maxwell writes that “Communication is positive interaction.  When communication is one-sided, it can be comical.”  Then he records this experience:   “Why do you want a divorce?” the judge asked.  “On what grounds?” “All over.  We have an acre and a half,” responded the woman. “No, no,” said the judge.  “Do you have a grudge?” “Yes, sir. Fits two cars.” “I need a reason for the divorce,” said the judge ...

Just Thinking... Strength and Courage

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...  Strength and Courage "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 We are a people who believe in the power of scripture and in its place in our daily lives. We preach from the texts of the ancient prophets, and we share the words of the disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ week after week. We offer instruction in Bible Studies and Small Groups on the ...

Just Thinking... Sharing the Story

Dana Everhart


John 4:5-42. WOW, that is long reading! There is so much in this passage to preach and to teach from that I have trouble knowing where to begin.  The fact that Jesus has no issue being among "those people," you know, the Samaritans,  reminds us that Jesus has no bias or hate toward any of God's children. Every place is His home. John Pinson reminded us in Cabinet last week that the Greek for "well" means a bubbling up spring of life. There is one awesome sermon there. He did a great job ...

‘It’s Our Turn’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It’s our turn.  Bishop Sue is working her way around the conference setting aside three days for each district.  This Sunday begins our three days with her as the Atlanta-Marietta District.  This will allow her to journey further in discovering who we are and it will offer us an opportunity to continue the process of knowing her.  I wish there were enough time and space for her to preach and be present in all of our churches however this Sunday allows for her to only preach and ...

Just Thinking...

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...  Wow, I realized that I am one of those people. Well, I know I was one of those as a dad. And okay, I guess as I look back at it, I was one of those as a pastor of a local church. But who knew I could be one of those people as a DS? As a dad, I can tell you about all the crazy bad things about my three children. I can tell you how they make me mad and even furious. Oh, and talking about all their dumb mistakes, oh my goodness! I can do this any time and any where, but ... ...

‘Growing Up’

Terry Walton


I was Thinking… I am the proud owner of my maternal grandfather’s (Pappy) 1954 pick-up truck.  It is full of memories.  As a young teenager Pappy would allow me to drive the truck when my grandmother and mother were unaware, of course.  It is a “three on the tree” (a three speed on the steering column) that was simply fun to learn to drive.  As I grew older Pappy would allow me to drive it around his 10 acre lake and it created in me a sense of fun and a sense of ‘growing up’. Pappy smoked ‘...

Just Thinking... Journeying through Lent


Just Thinking ...  Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday in Lent have come and gone. Time is moving swiftly, and soon we will be at the foot of the cross wondering how and why. Don't let the time rush to an empty tomb without some deep and life-changing time on the journey to the cross. The journey began last Wednesday. It was a full day with meetings (meetings, yes, that seems to be all I do these days) and unpleasant weather. I confess to you that I did not get to an Ash Wednesday service ...

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