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'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. ...


'Troubled'

Terry Walton

4/7/2020

I Was Thinking… Have you ever been skeptical about something?  The adjective word ‘skeptical’ describes someone who is not easily convinced, having doubt or reservations.  I’m missing Major League Baseball these days.  I love the Atlanta Braves but when it comes to them winning games in the post-season playoffs, I’m skeptical.  Perhaps that is because they have had many chances and just can’t seem to win when it matters.  My hope is colored by my skepticism. Have you known someone who seems to...


Living In The Wilderness

Quincy Brown

4/1/2020

Have you gone stir-crazy from cabin fever yet? If it weren't for Dionne's birthday on Tuesday, March 24, and my sister-in-law Gillian's birthday today, I wouldn't know what day it is. In Conyers (Rockdale County), where I live, we are under a mandatory “shelter in place” order until April 8.   On the last count, from my social distancing, since I'm one of several people with a preexisting condition, this means that I've been working from home for three weeks! Occasionally, I have to remind ...


'Upstream'

Terry Walton

3/31/2020

I Was Thinking… “In the small fishing village, in the mid thirteenth century, by the Warlegan River, a woman was washing clothes when she saw a helpless calf floating downstream.  She threw down her work and jumped in the water to save the animal.  Happily, the calf was recovered. The next day, two more calves were seen floating down the river.  One was saved, the other lost.  By the end of the week, several cows, many sheep, and a few horses had been rescued.  Many more animals floated by, ...


'Adjective Shifting'

Terry Walton

3/24/2020

I Was Thinking… Here are some definitions…Introvert-a shy reticent person; Extrovert-an outgoing, overtly expressive person; Republican-belonging to, or characteristic of a republic; Democrat-an advocate or supporter of democracy.  American-a native or citizen of the United States; Human being-any individual of the genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens; Christian-a believer and follower of Jesus of Nazareth, his beliefs and practices. There are all sorts of ways we can ...


'Uncharted'

Terry Walton

3/17/2020

I Was Thinking… Have you been uncertain as to what to think about COVID-19 “Corona Virus”?  I have been in a muddle of emotions.  It is important for my ego that I do not overreact to all the panic around me.  It is important to my life that I not underreact.  How serious do I take this virus that has literally turned our world upside down? We are sailing in uncharted waters…at least that is true for most of us Americans.  We’ve had a few scares but nothing that I can recall seems to compare ...


Engagement: Asking About Life

Quincy Brown

3/17/2020

In just fourteen days, my new book Discipleship Path will hit the presses! I’m excited about this project as many of our pastors and laity helped me to create the process that I discuss in the book. Here’s a brief excerpt from the book:   People are not looking for a church. People are looking for community and engagement. This news was the painful lesson I learned as a failed church planter a few years ago. It took me a long time to come to terms with my failure. After all, I sincerely...


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