‘Choose Your Color’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In an attempt to be consoling and comforting a friend said to her friend who was wheelchair bound, “Suffering does so color life, doesn’t it?”  The reply came in a loving tone, “Yes, but I get to choose the color.” What color are we choosing these days?  This past week was difficult in that the frailty of human life was brought sternly to my attention.  A dear and close friend to my two sons was killed in a boating accident on Lake Hartwell.  His six-year-old son survived but ...

Fresh Expressions: Doing What it Takes

Fresh Expressions


I was on the Wesley Heritage Tour in 2016 when I first experienced the full weight of responsibility I now feel for the Church of Jesus Christ. The understanding of church decline in the West was nothing new. I’d seen the statistics. I had experienced dwindling worship attendance first-hand. When I stood in 1000+ year old churches and cathedrals, when I visited the New Room, the epicenter of Wesleys’ work and Pill where a 20 something Francis Asbury left home for America, never to return, ...

The Mayo Experience

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey The Mayo Experience   Last week marked the seven-year check up on my second kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic. I'm thrilled that my check-up was a successful one. I’m still praising God that my eighth biopsy (number four on the second kidney) showed no signs of rejection!    This report was critical because my body began to reject my first transplant back in 2008. While it's not something that I’ve written about in this forum, my kidney transplant is always in the ...

‘All-Star Week’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… You may or you may not be a baseball fan.  I am more than a fan…I’m an avid fan.  As we know the Atlanta Braves home baseball park, SunTrust Park, is located within our Atlanta-Marietta District.  Their home is our home.  This week is All-Star week and the best of the best professional baseball players gather in Cleveland, Ohio to play the annual All-Star game.  Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna, Jr., Mike Soroka and Brian Snitker will represent the Braves as All-Stars.  Congrats...

‘Face It’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… When we put a face on an issue it is amazing how our perspective on the issue can shift.  I’m certain there are many opinions on most things I write.  This will be no different.  Immigration is an issue that is full of political maneuvering and posturing.  It will continue for this election cycle and beyond.  But putting a face on the issue helps me. This past week there was a photo which I first viewed in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution of a father, Martinez Ramirez and his ...

July 1, 2019


My Dear Friends,                 I greet you in the name and Spirit of Jesus Christ who makes us one! The Rome-Carrollton District has an excellent reputation and some of the finest clergy and most faithful congregations in the North Georgia Annual Conference. I count it a privilege to minister and serve alongside you. The best way for me to do that well is if over the next year you give me an opportunity to know who you are and experience your ministries.                 If your church is ...

To Know

Quincy Brown


Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. It’s hard to believe that the “King of Pop” has been gone for ten years. While not ignoring the tragic events that led to his untimely death, it’s difficult for me not to go down the memory lane of my favorite Michael Jackson songs that spanned from "ABC" to "Man in the Mirror."   And who can ever forget watching the iconic footage of Michael's patented “moonwalk” after tossing his hat at Motown's 25 Anniversary?  All of these ...

‘Spirit Song’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One of my favorite contemporary hymns in our United Methodist hymnal is “Spirit Song”.  It was written and put to music by John Wimber in 1979.  Every time I sing that song, I think of John Wimber’s faith journey and find it inspiring. John Wimber was not a person of faith.  He was a very gifted musician who was a pianist and vocalist in the rock group called ‘The Paramours’, later known as ‘The Righteous Brothers’.  However, his life was empty…even with all the success, he was...

‘Stay Home’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… My passion is to love folks into the Kingdom of God.  I strongly believe the world is hungry for ‘unconditional love’.  However, this kind of love is impossible unless we have the God of unconditional love firmly at home in our hearts.  My human struggle often has the door of my heart on a swivel.  Rather than let the God of unconditional love set up ‘house’ and make a home within my heart, I often keep the door swiveling as if I’m trying to ‘save energy’ at a large hotel.  ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I’m not one who thinks that clichés are necessarily profound.  However, they do become a cliché for a reason.  I suppose that reason is that several someones thought there was profound meaning in the phrase or saying and thus a cliché is born. Charles Sheldon’s 1896 book entitled In His Steps was subtitled “What Would Jesus Do?”  The ethos of Sheldon’s approach to Christian life was expressed in the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”  In the novel, Rev. Henry Maxwell encounters a ...

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