'If Only...'


I Was Thinking… We often think in terms of ‘if only…’.  ‘If only I were rich…’  ‘If only I were successful…’  ‘If only I were an athlete…’  ‘If only I were young again…’  ‘If only I were king/queen…’  ‘If only I were a prince or a princess…’ The recent news from Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan is sort of a reverse ‘If only’.  The couple has requested and been granted a path to become ‘ordinary’ civilians.  The pressure to be a royal couple is quite painful, it seems.  Queen Elizabeth has ...

'Answer or Not?'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I’m not sure I can write it better than Richard Rohr.  This is from a recent reflection from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation entitled “Ours to Do”. Over the years, I met many activists who were doing excellent social analysis and advocating for crucial justice issues, but they were not working from an energy of love except in their own minds. They were still living out of their false self with the need to win, to look good, to defeat the other side, and to maintain a superior ...

Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)

Brian Clark


The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The purpose of disciple-making is to help people become committed followers of Jesus Christ who mature in faith and bring glory to God. Dr. Allan Coppedge says in The Biblical Principles of Discipleship that there are three special ways that disciples glorify God. 1. A growing relationship between believers and God. 2. Development of Christlikeness in character. 3. Fruitful ...

'Getting Along'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “Why can’t we all just get along with one another?”  I love the way the letter of James in the New Testament puts it, “Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others.  It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.  You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with ...

On The Journey

Quincy Brown


Learning to Adapt to Change New Year’s Eve will mark my first anniversary of attending LA Fitness gym for my first session with a personal trainer. My trainer caught off guard when he asked if I had plans for later that night. With a puzzled look, I responded in a rather clueless manner, “Now, why would I have plans for later tonight?” After my new trainer gave the “where have you been” stare at me, it finally occurred to me that it was December 31! And if I needed more proof of the day, the ...

'Word of the Year'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Can you say ‘distraction’?  When I think of 2019…I think ‘distraction’.  Merriam-Webster has declared the personal pronoun, ‘they’, as the word of the year for 2019.  There was a 313% increase in lookups on the company’s search site this year compared to 2018 for the word ‘they’. Merriam-Webster may declare ‘they’ as the word of the year, but I declare ‘distraction’ as the posture of the year.  We, and they, have been distracted all year long.  Distraction has taken over the ...

'An Alternate Way'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Our Christmas gift to you is a story from one of my mentors and favorite preachers, Dr. Fred Craddock.  I hope you enjoy.   I recall once in Israel, being in Bethlehem and having a Jewish man explain the Christmas story to me.  He explained this to me when we were standing in Shepherd’s Field.  Now, some of you may know what I’m talking about.  There is a field down in the lower part where there were once tents.  Now I think there’s a housing development, but nothing sacred ...

'A Child Leads'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… The prophet Isaiah proclaims, “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6) But what about the children who have difficult childhoods, of no fault of their own.  How do they lead?  These are the ones who spend a lifetime trying to correct the trajectory of ill-equipped adults whose adult illnesses fall unfairly upon the child.  Where will their ...

'AND Witness'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Patricia Holbrook in her Saturday’s AJC Commentary entitled “What will they say when you leave?”, spoke words that need repeating. “I have seen it too many times.  Children of churchgoers (and even ministers) rebelling against God because their parents’ talk, and their walk did not match.  How many people cringe at the name of Jesus because they were around self-righteous Christians whose words did not translate into actions?  The apostle Paul said it this way in his letter to ...

Merry Christmas

Quincy Brown


I wish each of you a very Merry and safe Christmas! On the Journey, Quincy

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