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Opportunity or Opportunist

Terry Walton

5/19/2020

I Was Thinking… Opportunity – noun – a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.  Opportunist – noun – a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans. The United Nations secretary-general is urging religious leaders to challenge “inaccurate and harmful messages” fueling rising ethno-nationalism, hate speech and conflict as the coronavirus pandemic circles the globe.  Antonio Guterres warned “...


Discipleship: Bridge Building with X’s and O’s

Quincy Brown

5/13/2020

I have a fundamental belief that churches need to produce disciples who build bridges that connect different people in different places to Jesus. Perhaps it's my age speaking, but I believe more than ever that discipleship is being Jesus’ witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.   We are comfortable with the Jerusalem part of being a witness if this means people who already attend our churches. But that’s only part of Jesus’ command. What about “building bridges” to ...


'At Hello'

Terry Walton

5/12/2020

I Was Thinking… Some of us are dog lovers and some of us are cat lovers…I suppose it is possible that some of us are neither.  I happen to be a dog lover.  We have two Havanese dogs, Caya and Luie.  They bring joy into our lives. I began to ponder why it is that I love my dogs so much.  I suppose there are many reasons, but one reason is certain…they unconditionally love me and are always glad to see me.  I go for a walk; come home and they greet me like I have been gone for months.  Luie ...


'Good Old Days'

Terry Walton

5/5/2020

I Was Thinking… Aren’t old photos fun?  They make us laugh and they make us cry.  I have a photo made on my 16th birthday.  I am seated behind my birthday cake with my grandmother and grandfather standing behind me.  None of us are smiling.  Were we grieving my turning 16?  Was I disappointed I did not receive an automobile?  None of us are smiling…for the life of me I cannot imagine why there were no smiles in that photo. Occasionally I sit with old photos and reminisce.  One of our more ...


Easter Creates Adaptive Disciples

Quincy Brown

4/29/2020

How was your Easter? Easter was very different for me this year. It forced me to embody the Easter story in a fresh way. Like many of you, I lamented over not being able to have all of the "bells and whistles" and the usual "pomp and circumstance" during Easter Sunday worship. I watched with anticipation several of our district churches Easter services. I was blown away by the innovation and fresh approaches to Easter despite the constraints of sheltering in place and physical distancing. ...


'Shielding Others'

Terry Walton

4/28/2020

I Was Thinking… The Spartans, a warrior society in ancient Greece, were feared and revered for their strength, courage and endurance.  The power of the Spartan army did not come from the sharpness of their spears, however; it came from the strength of their shields.  Losing one’s shield in battle was considered the single greatest crime a Spartan could commit.  “Spartans excuse without penalty the warrior who loses his helmet or breastplate in battle but punish the loss of all citizenship ...


'We Win'

Terry Walton

4/21/2020

I Was Thinking… Like you, I’ve been doing my best to focus on the positive in these days of “Sheltering in Place”.  One positive has been to watch some pre-recorded Atlanta Braves Baseball games.  With all sports on hold, the sports channels have been helping us ‘sports junkies’ get our ‘fix’ with great games of the past. One of the joys has been to watch games where we already know the outcome.  This past Sunday I watched the famous game in Brave lore that occurred on October 14, 1992.  It is...


Lessons from Kermit the Frog

Quincy Brown

4/15/2020

The days of the weeks have blurred together. I believe that this is day 34 of my physical distancing, and I'm trying to find a new rhythm for life and ministry. Of the many things that I've done to maintain some sense of normalcy is 100 push-ups per day, and cardio for 40 minutes while playing Xbox to pass the time quickly (LA Fitness is closed, and my trainer is unable to do virtual training). I exercise in my "make-shift" office in the basement in front of a flat-screen TV. I have to adapt to ...


'Rhythms'

Terry Walton

4/14/2020

I Was Thinking… Rhythms are important in life.  In Georgia we are people of seasonal rhythms.  Our location on God’s earth allows us to experience all four seasons in distinct and unique ways.  Spring is springing all around us.  The season is changing…the storms remind us of seasonal rhythms. The church has its rhythms.  Advent through Pentecost are the seasons of the Christian year.  It can’t be overstated that this Easter Sunday was unlike any other.  There was a very odd rhythm for all of ...


Easter

4/8/2020

 My Dear Clergy and Churches of the Rome-Carrollton District,   You have been in my prayers and on my heart this week. I hope what I have written will offer some hope and help to you this week as you prepare for a different Easter Sunday.    “These are different and difficult weeks we find ourselves in right now. So much has shifted and changed in the last few weeks because of this virus—routines, plans, projects, work, school, income, social lives, calendars, celebrations, family visits, etc. ...


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