‘On Speaking Out’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I find it a challenge to ‘speak out’ these days.  For example I wrote an article several years ago about my concerns regarding ‘Global Warming’.  The next week I received a heated note accusing me of being ‘political’.  In my heart of hearts I knew I wasn’t being ‘political’ (perhaps uniformed as to just how heated that topic can be) I was simply expressing a concern.  I read just this week that with the oceans heating up we could expect more ‘Hurricane Michael’ type of events. ...

‘Leadership Relationship’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… In a recent devotional time I read these words… “If you want to influence others, and you desire to get them moving in the right direction, you must connect with them before you try to take them anywhere.  Trying to move others before going through the connection process with them can lead to mistrust, resistance, and strained relationships.  Always remember that you have to share yourself before you try to share the journey.  As someone once observed, “Leadership is ...

Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)

Brian Clark


What does a disciple of Jesus look like from a spiritual perspective? Another way to ask this question: what kind of character do we pray the Holy Spirit will impart to others as we make disciples? Here is one answer. In Luke 4, Jesus quotes Isaiah 6:1-2 as he describes his own purpose and ministry. If you continue to read Isaiah 61, you find a description of what the Lord bestows on those who the Lord heals in verse three. 1) a crown of beauty...instead of ashes (the reflection of God's very ...

Cracking the Code

Quincy Brown


What do a small yellow sign with black lettering and an arrow and the phrase “beef not got bone, dog not got business” have in common? If you answered nothing, you would be wrong. Let me explain. On first glance, it’s true that the sign and phrase are nothing alike. But what if I told you they there were both codes for people in the know. Then what they have in common is that they both need to be decoded.   Signs like the one pictured above may be familiar to you, especially if you live or work...

‘Always On My Mind’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… It is Sunday Evening as I write to you, the clergy and laity of the AMAR District.  This has been a very busy ‘World Communion Sunday’.  The sun is beginning to set, yet you are on my mind.  Outside my study window the sky is a beautiful combination of pink and blue.  I am aware of what will be a very busy week.  Yet I have you on my mind because you are always on my mind (I sound like Willie Nelson).  I am grateful for your dedication to the cause of Christ.  I am amazed at ...

‘Coloring Book’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Several years ago the Church staff where I was appointed at the time gave me “The Amazing Spider-Man Jumbo Coloring and Activity Book” for my birthday that year.  There was a lot of fun over the gift.  I was amazed at how the feel and smell of this coloring book took me back to my childhood.  It created a desire to go to Target or Wal-Mart and buy a 64 pack of Crayola Colors—the kind with the sharpener in the back of the box.  I have not yet taken a moment to color or to ...

90-Days Until Christmas

Quincy Brown


90-Days Until Christmas I couldn’t believe my eyes! The dashboard thermometer display in my car registered 90 degrees. I checked to make sure that I was still in Covington, GA and not the North Pole. And yet all that I could see was snow on the ground. There was only one conclusion: Christmas has come early to Covington! Fortunately, a few days later, all the snow had vanished. Then it dawned on me; they're filming another movie in Covington!   Living up to its nickname "The Hollywood of the ...


Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… According to scripture Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, was in such a state of anguish that his sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44, NRSV).  We know physiologically that ‘hematidrosis’ is a physical condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.  Anguish…stress…can have huge impacts upon our health. In his ...

‘Swing for the Fences’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… If you are an Atlanta Braves fan then you are like me…Happy and thrilled at their 2019 season.  The Braves could be participating in Post Season playoff baseball.  We’ll know within the next two weeks if October baseball is returning to Atlanta. They have surprised the baseball world with their success this season.  Go Braves!   Yogi Berra, the well-known baseball catcher for the New York Yankees, was catching when Hank Aaron, who at that time played for the Milwaukee Braves, ...

DNA, Culture and Values

Quincy Brown


Have you ever hit a wall of resistance with a new idea for a ministry? Whether you're a new pastor to your congregation, have served for a few years, or you've been an active member for a long time, resistance to new approaches are often met with, "We've never done it that way before!”   What's going on when you encounter resistance to a new idea, is that you bumped up against a church value. Values make your church’s DNA or culture what it is. Our DNA is what carries the instructions to your ...

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