Poker Faces

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Have you seen the present day television advertisement for Toyota where the man has what is called a ‘poker face’ but doesn’t have ‘poker arms’?  What an interesting twist…the man can keep his excitement for a great automobile deal in check in terms of facial expressions but his arms go wild with excitement at this great Toyota car deal.  That Toyota commercial has me thinking.  Jesus was recorded in Matthew’s Gospel to have said “You’re here to be light, bringing out the ...

Lifelong Learner

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One of the greatest compliments a person can give another person is “They are lifelong learners”.  One of the worst comments that can be made of someone is “They think they know it all!”  I suspect you have known both along your life’s journey.  When you read this I will be at Pastor’s School with many clergy who find this event a wonderful opportunity to continue the path of being a ‘lifelong learner’.  Other clergy will seek out that timely event with subject matter that ...

'Be Kind'

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Kindness is an amazing gift.  It is listed in the Paul’s famous list of the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ found in Galatians 5:22 ff.  It is certainly understandable that the BIG three…love, joy and peace would be listed there but why kindness?  Is it really so important to be listed among the nine fruit of the spirit?  Yes it is! Plato once said “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  Kindness…sounds so simple doesn’t it?  But it can be so difficult.  This is ...

‘Falling Upward’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Have you ever fallen up a flight of stairs?  I have and it is an experience that caused me to feel foolish and in too big of a hurry.  I wasn’t paying attention.  I bruised my shin as a reminder for several days that I should pay attention not only to walking down stairs but also to walking up stairs. Richard Rohr in his book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life writes “It is when we begin to pay attention, and seek integrity precisely in the task within ...

Atlanta Emory District...

Guest Blogger


Welcome our new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Mike Long.  

‘Power of Together’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… My first trip to Annual Conference was as a Youth Delegate.  Leon Goodman and I went to Glenn Memorial UMC as youth representatives of Pomona United Methodist Church in the Griffin District.  My dad was the Pastor of the Pomona-Mt. Zion Charge in those days.  I had no idea then that I’d be attending Annual Conference for the majority of the rest of my life.  I’ve only missed two Annual Conferences, one when I had meningitis/encephalitis in 2009; the other when Sharon began her ...

‘Forgiveness Please’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… I read an indicting statement in Robert Benson’s book Punching Holes in the Dark.  It grabbed me and caused me a moment of confession in my spiritual journey.  He writes, “Years of performing in a Christian rock-and-roll band in churches, years of working in a Christian music company whose audience was the crowd of people who already believed the things we were saying, years of making books largely aimed at the people who base their lives on the same theological pillars I do ...

'Adjusting Our Sails’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… The late astronaut James Irwin once said, “You might think going to the moon was the most scientific project ever but they literally ‘threw us’ in the direction of the moon.  We had to adjust our course every ten minutes and landed within fifty feet of the 500 mile radius of our target.” This is a great illustration of life.  Life is full of adjustments.  There is nothing as permanent as change.  It was Max DePree who wrote, “When you can’t change the direction of the wind ...

Just Thinking... United and Together

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...   You know by now I believe with all my heart that the Way Forward for us as The United Methodist Church is UNITED and TOGETHER.  My brother in ministry, in the superintendency, and good friend, Sky McCraken, is completing his sixth year as a DS and moving on as I am. He writes a powerful blog. I want to share it here with you. It speaks what my heart has been feeling for so long. I ask you to read it, to consider it, and to pray for our United Methodist Church. Next week, ...

Just Thinking... And Celebrating PKs

Dana Everhart


There are a lot of graduations photos being shown on Facebook. It is thrilling to see the achievement of these young women and men. There are smiles everywhere and looks of relief on many parents’ faces. I have not had the privilege of sharing with students’ graduation from High School in over six years, because my office is so far removed from their life events.  But today I want to take a moment to offer words of encouragement to those preacher kids who are graduating at this time. I know of ...

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