What's The Story Driving You?

Quincy Brown


  This month marks the 25th anniversary of my ordination in the United Methodist Church. Over the years, I’ve gathered several stories from my appointments to congregations and extension ministries beyond the local church. My ministry experience includes St. Paul Summit Street, Gainesville First United Methodist, Gainesville Urban Ministries, LaGrange College, LaGrange First, Warren Temple, Impact Church, Threshold Church (under New Church Development), Peachtree City, and now the District ...

'Both/And Living'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Is it possible to live in a ‘both/and’ world?  We seem to be living in days of ‘either/or’ with ‘both/and’ far out of our reach.  Jesus certainly believed in an ‘either/or’ world in certain contexts.  For example, he said that we cannot serve God and money.  We will either hate one or love the other (Matthew 6:24).  Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also (Matthew 6:21) … ‘either/or’. But Jesus mostly believed in a ‘both/and’ world.  Jesus strongly lived and taught ...

Paralysis of Analysis

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It is a problem of ethics.  You have an opportunity to solve the problem.  You are driving along in your automobile on a wild and stormy night.  You travel by a bus stop where you see three people waiting for the bus:  1) an elderly lady who looks as if she may die.  2) Your best friend who once saved your life.  And 3) The perfect man/woman you have been dreaming about all your life. There can only be one passenger in the automobile with you.  You cannot return to the bus stop...

Hovering Over the Hurricane

Quincy Brown


It’s hurricane season. As I write, Tropical Storm Cristobal is crawling across Mexico and about to make a run in the US. Over the past few weeks, many of us have experienced the swirling effects of gale-force hurricane winds. We’ve all witnessed several moving images that have taken our breaths away—to put it bluntly; it feels like things are a mess.   I’m breathless, and I’ve been trying to mentally and emotionally process the hurricane-like experiences happening in our world today. It saddens ...

'Fair or Foul?'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In baseball (which I miss by the way) there is a ‘foul line’ that runs from home plate down the first and third base line into the left and right field and ultimately ends at what is called the ‘foul pole’.  What has always been interesting to me is that should the baseball land on the ‘foul line’ or hit the ‘foul pole’, it is deemed a ‘fair ball’.  Why not, then, name it a ‘fair line’ and a ‘fair pole’ instead of ‘foul’?  In basketball and American football, the lines marking ...

'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 “...

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