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‘Reputation and Character’

Terry Walton

9/3/2019

I Was Thinking… I happened upon these words from Hersey Davis and thought them insightful. Reputation and Character The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.  Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.  Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.  Reputation comes over one from without; character grows from within. Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character ...


'Trees and Squash'

Terry Walton

8/27/2019

I Was Thinking… Prior to becoming President of the United States, James Garfield was principal of Hiram College in Ohio.  When a father asked if the course of study couldn’t be simplified so his son might finish school sooner, Garfield replied, “Certainly.  But it all depends upon what you want to make of your boy.  When God wants to make an oak tree, God takes a hundred years.  When God wants to make a squash, God requires only two months.” (Developing the Leaders Around You, Maxwell, P.119) ...


Labor Day

Quincy Brown

8/27/2019

    There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch. Hare ran down the road for a while and then paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?” Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty...


"Bear Down Church"

Terry Walton

8/20/2019

I Was Thinking… In a recent Washington Post article, it was reported that local black bears in northern California are opening car doors to swipe food so often that they break into vehicles without smelling food just to see if they get lucky.  This is happening in record numbers and is a tremendous nuisance in that area of the state. (AJC, August 13, 2019) Not to make light of the ‘nuisance factor’, I am quite impressed with these bears.  What impresses me is that they are not afraid to fail.  ...


‘Simplify Informania’

Terry Walton

8/13/2019

I Was Thinking… Henry David Thoreau was a 19th Century American essayist, poet and philosopher.  He’s famous for his ‘tiny house’—a 10-by-15-foot cabin.  He lived there for two years beginning in 1845, spending time reading, writing, thinking, growing his own food and making a few friends to neighbors nearby.  He removed extraneous stuff so that his mind could grow.  “Our life is frittered away by detail,” he wrote.  “Simplify!  Simplify!” (Life is Good, Jacobs, P.71) This has me thinking “...


A Whale of a Rescue

Quincy Brown

8/7/2019

 3D Journey A Whale of A Rescue   A few weeks ago, during our time at Georgia Pastors School, Dionne and I took time to visit St. Simons Pier.     It had been a while since we had a chance to visit the pier together. Surprisingly, on this particular evening, finding a parking space was unusually difficult. As we walked a couple of blocks to the dock, we noticed flocks of people, more people than usual milling around. Oddly, the crowds stood around like a human barrier reef between ...


‘Good Out of Place’

Terry Walton

8/6/2019

I Was Thinking… It was Dr. Fred Craddock, the great teacher of preachers, who described sin as “good out of place”.  Pharmaceuticals are intended for our improved health…abuse pharmaceuticals and our health will deteriorate with potential death…’good out of place’.  Our bodies are created in God’s image and are a ‘temple’ of the Holy Spirit…pornography turns our bodies into objects for selfish pleasure…’good out of place’.  Take any good thing and abuse it or misuse it and it is ‘out of place’...


‘A Lesson of Both’

Terry Walton

7/30/2019

I find the following thoughts from Phillip Yancey in his book Grace Notes insightful.  Perhaps you will as well.   “As Andrew Greeley said, “If one wishes to eliminate uncertainty, tension, confusion and disorder from one’s life, there is no point in getting mixed up either with Yahweh or with Jesus of Nazareth.” I grew up expecting that a relationship with God would bring order and a calm rationality to life. Instead, I have discovered that living in faith involves much dynamic tension. ...


What Question are you Trying to Answer?

Quincy Brown

7/24/2019

What are the questions that your church is seeking to answer? For several congregations, this might sound like an odd thing to ponder. For others, this question can feel a bit off-putting since “everyone knows that our churches are friendly and welcoming.”   If you haven't considered the question, I don’t think that you’re alone. I wonder if most churches stop long enough to ask this or any other type of inquiring question that doesn’t require a yes or no response. All of this is for a good ...


“Elephants and Birds”

Terry Walton

7/23/2019

I Was Thinking… “As an old African proverb has it, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”  The weak get hurt in conflicts between the powerful.  Americans at the bottom of the income scale are always the ones who lose when contempt crowds out cooperation at the top.  The politics of contempt never hurts the rich very much.  It hurts people in poverty.  We should all be able to agree that that’s bad.” (Love Your Enemies, Arthur Brooks, P.33) I’ve grown to regret what I call the ‘...


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