“A God-Thing”

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… I read this past week that a bride-to-be said “It was a God-thing that Hurricane Irma turned away from our wedding venue leaving little damage and therefore my wedding occurred on schedule.”  That’s what she said a ‘God-thing’.  So what about all those folks that were in the hurricane’s path and suffered greatly?  Was it because God loved her more than them?  Was it because her wedding was more important than their important plans?  Was it because she prayed more fervently ...

Have You Heard the News?

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Have you heard the news?  The world is coming to an end!  That’s right, with all the storms, fires, talk of nuclear holocaust and the UM Church is going to split; the world is coming to an end…any day now…so get ready! I wonder what would have been in the news during the days of the Crusades.  They began in 1095 and ended around 1291.  People killing people…all in the name of Christ…I wonder did anybody post on Facebook that the end of the world was coming soon (maybe not on ...

Bridge Building with X’s and O’s

Quincy Brown


I have a fundamental belief that churches need to produce disciples who build bridges between very different cultures and that part of recognizing different cultures is to understand the differences in people.    Perhaps it’s my age speaking, but I’m convinced more than ever that we don’t need to “build bridges” with people who look the same, think the same, serve the same, act the same, worship the same, or who are the same as we are. I look at it differently, I suppose, and my ...

‘From the Lips of God’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I’ve been reading Eugene Peterson’s book entitled Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness.  I wish I had read it 25 years ago when it was first published.  I think it is a book that every United Methodist Pastor should read.  He writes “Somehow we American Pastors, without really noticing what was happening, got our vocations redefined in the terms of American careerism.  We quit thinking of the parish as a location for pastoral spirituality and ...

Memory Loss

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Do you ever struggle with memory loss?  I know I do.  For example I attended the Atlanta Braves baseball game this past Friday night.  I remembered how to travel to the new SunTrust Park.  I remembered where to park and where our seats were located. In the midst of all this ‘remembering’ there was one thing I had forgotten. My six-year-old grandson, Luke went with me to the game.  It was one of the best nights at a Braves game in quite some time.  The Braves won the game and ...

“How Much Does a Miracle Cost?”

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… She made her way six blocks to that small town’s drug store (as they called it).  She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was busy.  Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise.  No attention.  She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster.  No attention.  Finally, she took a quarter from her jelly jar and banged it on the counter.  That did it. “And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of ...

re:Vision - BBQ Bob Blues Festival



By Rev. Theresa Coleman On September 9 Walnut Grove UMC will host “Barbeque Bob” Blues Festival, a free concert to honor famous Atlanta blues musician Robert Hicks, better known as Barbecue Bob (September 11, 1902 – October 21, 1931). The concert will feature performers Funky Bluester, Mudcat and Jontavious Willis. We hope this if the first of what will become an annual event.  Our church is partnering with the Atlanta Blues Society and the Killer Blues Headstone Project. The featured ...

'Not So Anymore'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It used to be that the world seemed so big.  Watching the news on television of places around the globe seemed of little concern because those places seemed in another universe.  Not so anymore. Our Korean Church, Immanuel UMC, under the leadership of its Pastor, Daniel Shin, meets every night at 8:00 PM for prayer on behalf of their concern for the Korean Peninsula.  They have family and friends of whom they are deeply concerned.  The heated rhetoric between President Trump ...

re:Vision - Serving God, Serving Neighbor at Ariel Bowen UMC



  By Rev. Arundel Hope Thursday, July 20, was a day filled with anxiety, excitement, anticipation, relief and fulfillment in the life of Ariel Bowen Memorial United Methodist Church.  Pulling into the church parking lot, it was running over with TV cameras, reporters, government officials, community leaders, church members and local residents, everyone eagerly awaiting a truck load of fans to be distributed to neighbors, especially seniors, in the community.  These fans are to relieve the ...

I Love a Good Story

Quincy Brown


I get excited when I hear, see, or read a quest or a hero’s/heroine’s journey.  Many of these stories feature a character that has a problem and meets a mentor with a plan to help the character resolve his or her problem.     In many ways, each church is called to take the journey or quest to figure out how to engage its community, organize its experiences, and imagine new ways to connect people with Jesus. By offering individuals a clear choice of what is (the present situation) a plan (the ...

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