On the Journey

Quincy Brown


We're living a strange world. I can't believe that the dog days of August are here! School is starting back this month--though some students will have virtual and or in-person opportunities through the district. Please pray for our students, teachers, staff and parents. Surprisingly, August also brings with it a virtual Annual Conference. Yes, that's right, the 2020 Annual Conference Sessions Annual Conference will take place “virtually” on Saturday, August 29. We will be providing detailed ...

Finding A Life's Calling

Quincy Brown


Finding a Life’s Calling   This year marks 30 years since I graduated from college. I was the first person in my immediate family to go to college. I needed a guidance system to help me navigate through the unfamiliarity of college life. And like most concerned parents of a college student, my mother was only too happy to assist me in any way that she could.   For her, this meant continually providing me with information that she believed would help me when I was out on my own. Following this...

What's Next?

Quincy Brown


One of the most paralyzing questions that people ask during a transition is: What’s next? When something comes to an end, like a job, or career, marriage, death, or a particular way of life, we attempt to push past the “what’s next?” question, hoping that we can find something new very quickly.   We’re very uncomfortable when we can’t chart a course forward. We find ways to compensate and go through the motions. I experienced this firsthand with a third-grader named Patrick, who I was mentoring...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One never quite knows where life’s journey will take them.  The story of life unfolds as it is lived.  Some have good beginnings and good endings.  Some have horrific beginnings then adjustments are made with the result being great endings. The opposite, unfortunately, is true as well. My journey has been one of blessing.  I have a great family of origin, while not perfect (none are), much love and encouragement.  I was blessed to sense the call of God to ordained ministry ...

What's The Story Driving You?

Quincy Brown


  This month marks the 25th anniversary of my ordination in the United Methodist Church. Over the years, I’ve gathered several stories from my appointments to congregations and extension ministries beyond the local church. My ministry experience includes St. Paul Summit Street, Gainesville First United Methodist, Gainesville Urban Ministries, LaGrange College, LaGrange First, Warren Temple, Impact Church, Threshold Church (under New Church Development), Peachtree City, and now the District ...

'Both/And Living'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Is it possible to live in a ‘both/and’ world?  We seem to be living in days of ‘either/or’ with ‘both/and’ far out of our reach.  Jesus certainly believed in an ‘either/or’ world in certain contexts.  For example, he said that we cannot serve God and money.  We will either hate one or love the other (Matthew 6:24).  Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also (Matthew 6:21) … ‘either/or’. But Jesus mostly believed in a ‘both/and’ world.  Jesus strongly lived and taught ...

Paralysis of Analysis

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It is a problem of ethics.  You have an opportunity to solve the problem.  You are driving along in your automobile on a wild and stormy night.  You travel by a bus stop where you see three people waiting for the bus:  1) an elderly lady who looks as if she may die.  2) Your best friend who once saved your life.  And 3) The perfect man/woman you have been dreaming about all your life. There can only be one passenger in the automobile with you.  You cannot return to the bus stop...

Hovering Over the Hurricane

Quincy Brown


It’s hurricane season. As I write, Tropical Storm Cristobal is crawling across Mexico and about to make a run in the US. Over the past few weeks, many of us have experienced the swirling effects of gale-force hurricane winds. We’ve all witnessed several moving images that have taken our breaths away—to put it bluntly; it feels like things are a mess.   I’m breathless, and I’ve been trying to mentally and emotionally process the hurricane-like experiences happening in our world today. It saddens ...

'Fair or Foul?'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In baseball (which I miss by the way) there is a ‘foul line’ that runs from home plate down the first and third base line into the left and right field and ultimately ends at what is called the ‘foul pole’.  What has always been interesting to me is that should the baseball land on the ‘foul line’ or hit the ‘foul pole’, it is deemed a ‘fair ball’.  Why not, then, name it a ‘fair line’ and a ‘fair pole’ instead of ‘foul’?  In basketball and American football, the lines marking ...

'Silence Is Violence'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘The Tipping Point’, he writes how an idea can skyrocket into success… “These three characteristics – one, contagiousness; two, the fact that little causes can have big effects; and three, that change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment.” The loss of life… George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others… is no little thing and therefore we find ourselves at a dramatic moment.  For those who may have thought that ‘racism’ was a ...

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