We Need Bismarck!

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I have some sad news:  Bismarck is dead!  I’ve served six churches thus far in my ministry and thus I read the obituaries every morning to see if someone with whom I’ve been in ministry has made the great transition to our Father’s house (Please note I do not read the obits just to make sure my name is not there…I’m not that old, yet!)  Bismarck is dead!  He was found shot to death.  Bismarck was a 15-foot crocodile located in a quaint seaside town of Cardwell located in Far ...

Spring, Lent and a Bridge Over Troubled Water

Quincy Brown


Spring, Lent, and A Bridge Over Troubled Water   Today’s the first day of spring, a season for cleaning, change, renewal and yes, pollen. I don’t think that isn’t a coincidence that Lent occurs at some point during the spring, as both seasons highlight the need for change and new beginnings.   Winter makes many of us want to curl up to a warm fire and withdraw from the world. But with the arrival of spring, we can start to come out of that place of self-protection and look forward to new ...

‘Behind the Scenes’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I love it when a plan comes together…don’t you?  If you have ever said that phrase, then you understand what hard work goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of a plan for it to have a chance at ‘coming together’.  This world is full of ‘unsung heroes’ who are the ‘behind the scenes’ servants.  We may never know who they are, but they are present…unnoticed and serving. I think of the people who arrive early to church and turn on the heat in winter or AC in the summer.  I think of the ...

‘Ministry Weary’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Do you ever get weary with ‘ministry stuff’?  ‘Ministry stuff’ can be exhausting.  Until someone experiences this first hand, it can sound like whining and complaining.  But I’d like to verify that ‘ministry stuff’ is draining. ‘Ministry stuff’ is energy draining because it taxes every piece of a person.  To do ministry in a way that fulfills the call, the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical are called upon for its completion.  ‘Ministry stuff’ is more than an 8 AM to 5 ...

From Ashes to Riches

Quincy Brown


A rich man's wife became sick.  When her death was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside.  She said, "Dear child, remain pious and good, and then our dear God will always protect you, and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you." With this, she closed her eyes and died.   The girl went out to her mother's grave every day and wept, and she remained pious and good. When winter came, the snow spread a white cloth over the grave, and when the spring sun had ...

‘Slow Anger’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Did you hear about the ‘crab leg fight’?  A dispute over crab legs at a Huntsville, Alabama, dinner buffet ended in a brawl that left two people facing misdemeanor charges.  A man and woman were using service tongs like fencing swords.  The pair had been waiting in line for crab legs for more than 10 minutes, and they lost their tempers once the food came out.  The man is charged with assaulting the woman.  The woman is charged with disorderly conduct. (Atlanta Journal ...

‘Broccoli’s Lesson’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… George H. W. Bush was known for his aversion of Broccoli.  Had he lived long enough to see the tragedy of last Monday, he would have at least smiled, of this I’m certain.  40,000 pounds of broccoli from an overturned tractor-trailer was tumbled onto the side of an I-285 to I-75 exit ramp.  From this ‘stemmed’ an interstate exit ramp to be impassable overnight re-opening at 6:30 AM the next morning.  It was the ‘crowning’ news story of the day.  We never know what a day may ...

Awakening to Relevancy

Quincy Brown


Awakening to Relevancy   A few weeks ago, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS. Although I saw several commercial advertisements on Facebook and TV leading up to the date, I didn't tune in to watch. After attending a church conference to decide on property issues and wishing my Aunt Rebekah a Happy 85th Birthday, the last thing that I wanted to do was to watch an awards show. Instead, I snuggled up on the sofa to watch reruns of Law and Order. After a few minutes into the third episode,...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I have been reminded, once again, that ‘people are people’. Our recent trip to Israel has infused this reminder through my soul. Most people, whether Jew, Palestinian Muslim or Palestinian Christian or an American person of faith want all the same things. We all want to live and love and be loved. People are people. It’s the ‘extremist’ that are injuring this world. Whether the ‘extremist’ is Jew, Muslim or Christian...they are the ones who seem to attempt to sour the faith ...

A Path For the Church--Candyland Part Two

Quincy Brown


Nearly eight months ago, I wrote a blog on the board game Candy Land. Click here to read the blog. You do remember the game, don't you? In the article, I played with the idea of the game as a metaphorical pathway for the church to assess each area of the Sunday morning experience for a new here guest.   Last week, I got a chance to try out the metaphor first hand as I was a "new here" guest at a church. I went to the church because a friend who was going to attend invited me. Frankly, it would ...

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