'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 ...

Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)

Brian Clark


The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. By the time you receive this newsletter, I will be waking up to my first morning in Dalton, Georgia. The moving vans arrive today with our furniture around 9:00 a.m. I will be in a flurry of unpacking, settling, and figuring out where things are located. As you begin to read this, please say a prayer for me and for my family. I would rather eat brussel sprouts and liver than ...


Quincy Brown


During July and September, we will experience several transitions throughout the district. The shifts in July are clergy appointments. The developments in September will require a vote at Annual Conference to change the 12 district lines to 8 districts that follow county lines. The new area, District 4, South Central, will include DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, and Henry Counties. Clergy Leaving ADOX (7/1/20) Theo Stanford to Cliftondale Joya Abrams to Bethany in Smyrna Dan Dixon to Greenville ...

'Say Something'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… There are people who ‘have something to say’…and then there are people who ‘have to say something’.  I well remember a Pastor being introduced as a man who always ‘had something to say’.  I must admit having been at this work for 40+ years (depending on whether you count years as a ‘Youth Director’ or count the years from my Ordination as a Deacon/Probationer or if you count the years from my Ordination as an Elder in Full Connection) there have been Sundays where I felt more ...

Opportunity or Opportunist

Terry Walton


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

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