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‘WWJD’

Terry Walton

6/11/2019

I Was Thinking… I’m not one who thinks that clichés are necessarily profound.  However, they do become a cliché for a reason.  I suppose that reason is that several someones thought there was profound meaning in the phrase or saying and thus a cliché is born. Charles Sheldon’s 1896 book entitled In His Steps was subtitled “What Would Jesus Do?”  The ethos of Sheldon’s approach to Christian life was expressed in the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”  In the novel, Rev. Henry Maxwell encounters a ...


Annual Conference

Quincy Brown

6/5/2019

 3D Journey ANNUAL CONFERENCE On Tuesday, June 11, I will be in Athens, GA (actually, I'll be there on Monday, June 10) attending the 153rd session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. This is a voting year for General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates. For a list of self-nominated lay and clergy delegates CLICK HERE and please refer to pp. 205-308 for clergy and pp. 309-381 for the laity During this session, we will have a chance to mark several transitions...


‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton

6/4/2019

I Was Thinking… Next week the 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference will begin and end with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  “Eucharist was supposed to tell Christians”, according to Richard Rohr, “who we are in a positive and inclusionary way”. (Meditation: One in Love, June 2, 2019) I agree, celebrating what God has done for all of us in Jesus the Christ keeps perspectives clear and open. Memory can be a blessing or a curse.  My sweet mother-in-law, whom we fondly call ‘Mimi’, is in a ‘...


Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)

Brian Clark

6/4/2019

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. - Acts 2:1 As we approach Pentecost Sunday, the first verse of Luke's Pentecost account provides us with simple, yet profound instruction. They (the disciples) were all together in one place. Earlier in Acts 1:14, we are told what the disciples are doing. They are praying and waiting on the promised Holy ...


‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton

5/28/2019

I Was Thinking… Everybody needs a place.  All of us need a safe place.  All people need space to process life and all life throws our way.  Everybody needs a place. It is true that people are at different ‘places’ with regards to their belief concerning the LGBTQ+ persons.  Some have journeyed from one ‘place’ to another ‘place’ regarding their belief and opinions on this hot issue of our day.  It is an issue for our larger church and world which makes it an issue for our local church and ...


‘Between Six and Sixty’

Terry Walton

5/21/2019

I Was Thinking… What is the Holy Spirit?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation entitled Indwelling Spirit (May 19, 2019) spoke life into me.  I sense a nudge of the Spirit to share it with you. Without God as Holy Spirit, there’s no inner momentum, élan vital, or aliveness to heal our wounds. When the Spirit is alive in people, they wake up from their mechanical thinking and enter the realm of co-creative power. As in Ezekiel’s vision, the water flows from ankles to knees ...


A Detour From Regular Routines

Quincy Brown

5/20/2019

A Detour From Regular Routines     On Memorial Day, my middle niece Jazmine graduates from high school! It’s hard to believe it’s her time to graduate. Where did the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday that I held her in the maternity ward on Christmas Day in 2000. As the first of two nieces born on Christmas Day (Gracelyn is 16), Jazz's graduation forces me to admit that I'm officially old finally.   It’s interesting that it took my niece’s graduation to make me finally acknowledge ...


‘What if?’

Terry Walton

5/14/2019

I Was Thinking… This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, was a day in which my heart was full of joy, love, peace, hope and beauty.  I had the honor of baptizing our granddaughter, Abigail Louise Johnson.  This is the fifth grandchild of which I’ve had the ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ to baptize. I am proud of our children and their spouses for their efforts to ‘train their children in the right way’ (Proverbs 22:6, NRSV).  And on this 2019 Mother’s Day, our daughter, Terilyn and her husband, ...


“The Hatch’

Terry Walton

5/7/2019

I Was Thinking… I had the privilege last week of visiting “The Hatch”.  Chick-fil-a’s home office, now called ‘Support Center’, has a warehouse dedicated to innovation.  Thus, the name “The Hatch”.  Many an idea has been launched, explored, reworked, failed and succeeded at “The Hatch”. John Wesley, as far as I know, didn’t work at any place like “The Hatch” but he was, without a doubt, an innovator.  Taking his preaching to the common person on the street, in the fields…outside his beloved ...


Don't Be Shrek When Asking What’s Next?

Quincy Brown

5/2/2019

      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, a 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 become irritated when we can't chart a course forward. We find ways to compensate and go through the motions. I experienced this first hand with a third-grader named Patrick, who...


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