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'Choices'

Terry Walton

10/22/2019

I Was Thinking… Back in the 1980’s, the fast food chain Wendy’s ran a famous TV ad depicting a fashion show in the old Soviet Union.  As the show’s emcee declares, in a thick Russian accent, “Day wear!” a Russian woman struts across the catwalk wearing a drab, proletarian cloth dress.  “Very nice,” says the announcer.  Next up?  “Evening wear!”  The same woman struts across the catwalk in the exact same dress—but holding a flashlight.  Swim wear?  Same woman, same dress—this time holding a ...


Pastor Appreciation Month

Quincy Brown

10/16/2019

    It’s mid-October, and this means that it is Pastor Appreciation Month! I invite your church to drop a note of appreciation to your pastor. Here are five suggestions from Lovett Weems’ article, “Showing Appreciation for Your Pastor” from his Leading Ideas newsletter:   1. Pray for them. Prayer helps you and your clergy leaders understand your partnership in ministry and your mutual dependence on God.   2. Respect them. It would be best if you didn't talk to them in ways you would ...


'Whose Are We?'

Terry Walton

10/15/2019

I Was Thinking… Margaret J. Wheatley writes in her book, Who Do We Choose to Be? the following, “A culture focused on individual freedom can only result in narcissism, polarization, conflict, estrangement, and loneliness.  What is the meaning of life when it is all about me?” (P.69) My observation is that we are becoming more of a humanity that is ‘self-centered’ rather than ‘other-centered’.  The words of Jesus, “it is better to give than to receive” are getting further and further in the ...


'Bobbleheads'

Terry Walton

10/8/2019

I Was Thinking… The newest craze in baseball promotion are ‘bobbleheads’.  I have several of these little statues of present and past Atlanta Braves baseball heroes.  There is even a bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A bobblehead, also known as a nodder, Hannah, or wobbler, has a long history dating back to the seventeenth century.  By 1960, Major League Baseball produced a series of papier-mache bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face, and few ...


Autumn is Here....

Quincy Brown

10/2/2019

Autumn is finally here. Well, at least that's what it says on the calendar. The sun missed the memo and still believes that it's supposed to shine 90-degree summer heat. Let’s hope, for our lawn’s sake, that there’s relief around the corner where the sun catches up to the calendar!   Despite the heat, it's October, and that means it's time for church fall festivals, Trunk or Treat, and BBQ! Of course, some anniversaries and revivals also fill our calendars. But for most of us, the ...


'Confidence Factor'

Terry Walton

10/1/2019

I Was Thinking… Atlanta Braves outfielder, Nick Markakis, who, by the way, is from Woodstock, Georgia, shared recently, “This team right here is as good as any team I’ve played on, could possibly be the best team I’ve played on.  Just the mixture of guys we have on this team.  We’re all confident in ourselves.  We’re confident in each other.  Confidence can take you a long way.  So, the confidence factor is there.  The grit is there.  Everything is there right now.  It’s just a matter of ...


An Inconvenient Truth

Terry Walton

9/24/2019

I Was Thinking… Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, spent several hours with our North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry in August.  I found her to be warm and insightful as she challenged us to look at the racial issues of this world. “The Biggest issue with regards to racial healing is the issue of transformation.  Knowledge is not the problem.  The problem is our hearts.  It’s not that we don’t know, it’s that we don’t have the heart.  ...


'The Way We Should Go'

Terry Walton

9/17/2019

I Was Thinking… My friend and retired CEO of Primerica, John Addison is a big believer in ‘Focusing on Your Strengths’.  He writes, “There’s a passage in the Bible that says, “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) But exactly what is that “way they should go”? A lot of parents interpret this passage to mean that you should raise your kids in a strict way, following the path you set for them, being well-behaved, doing ...


Discipleship Path

Quincy Brown

9/11/2019

Does your church have an intentional discipleship path? Do you have a process for helping people follow Jesus daily? Does your church's culture hold up expectations for people becoming disciples to make new disciples? If you're like many churches, other than having a Bible Studies and small groups, chances aren't good that the average person in your congregation has ever thought about what it would mean for them to make disciples. Perhaps you're reading this and thinking about your church. Is ...


'Chicken Sandwich'

Terry Walton

9/10/2019

A Tennessee man is suing the fast-food chain, Popeyes for running out of its new, popular chicken sandwiches.  Craig Barr, of East Ridge, wrote in a summons filed Wednesday that he is suing the restaurant for “false advertising, deceptive business practices by entity to public.  Countless time wasted driving to and from Popeyes…No chicken sandwich.  Was told to come back this day –still no sandwich.” “I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind.  I can’t think straight,” Barr told the ...


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