Quincy Brown


  Prayer Do you remember the bedtime prayer, “Now He lay me down to sleep?” If you’re like me, this nightly ritual was the first prayer that you learned. And of course, at the end of the prayer, I would ask God to bless every person that I could think of, often trying my parents’ patience.   After I mastered this prayer, Daddy taught me how to offer the blessing over the meal by saying, “Lord, thank you for this opportunity to eat, I pray that you bless this food to nourish our bodies. ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees, and Hank Aaron, who at that time played for the Milwaukee Braves were great rivals and friends.  The teams were playing in the World Series, and as usual Yogi was keeping up the chatter, intended to encourage his teammates while distracting the Milwaukee batters. As Aaron came to the plate, Yogi said, “Henry, you’re holding the bat wrong.  You’re supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark.”  Aaron looked at him...

'Have a Heart'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I remember the sound of our children’s first heartbeat.  Our children were born in the age of ‘sonar grams’.  The sonar gram gave us the opportunity to hear the baby in the womb’s heart’s beat.  It sounded like the cross between a whale under water and fingernails on a chalkboard.  But it was the sweetest sound I’d heard to that point in my life. I take my heart beats for granted.  Do you?  I don’t think about them at all.  Unless I’m exercising (which I need to do more) or ...

Leadership Pipeline

Quincy Brown


Leadership Pipeline Over the past few years, I have worked with churches to develop a leadership pipeline. In my work as superintendent over the district, I’ve witnessed several examples of church lay leadership. Below, I want to share two churches that have an active leadership pipeline in place. It is always a toss-up between these churches for the most lay servants to be recognized in the area. I’m grateful to the leadership of Dr. Derrick Rhodes and Rev. Robert Ward, Sr. for sharing their ...

'Red Shoes'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… My mentor in preaching, Dr. Fred Craddock, died of complications due to Parkinson’s disease in 2015.  I believe Dr. Craddock was the greatest preacher and storyteller of recent generations.  Here is one of his works of art that still speaks to my heart…maybe yours too. “I have a student who, for eight years, taught in a school in Nashville, Tennessee, for children with hearing disorders.  Their ears were all right; they just didn’t make contact.  He said that after eight years,...

'Throwing Furniture'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Have you ever been so angry that you wanted to throw furniture?  We certainly know that is possible, after all, Jesus turned over tables in the temple!  I confess that I once slammed a door so hard that it knocked the door trim loose. Anger is a God-given emotion.  However, it is an emotion that doesn’t live far from destruction and sin.  What we can learn from Jesus is that anger is appropriate in moments when the ‘least and lost’ of this world are being oppressed and/or ...

The Measure of a Person

Quincy Brown


The Measure of a Person Monday, January 20, marked the 37th celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. Had not an assassin’s bullet snuffed out his life prematurely, nearly 52 years ago, King would have celebrated his 91st birthday this year.    As we remember him, many have referenced several of his famously eloquent speeches. Yet there is one of his more straightforward declarations that rings especially true: “We have an opportunity to make a better nation.” When King spoke of a...

'If Only...'


I Was Thinking… We often think in terms of ‘if only…’.  ‘If only I were rich…’  ‘If only I were successful…’  ‘If only I were an athlete…’  ‘If only I were young again…’  ‘If only I were king/queen…’  ‘If only I were a prince or a princess…’ The recent news from Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan is sort of a reverse ‘If only’.  The couple has requested and been granted a path to become ‘ordinary’ civilians.  The pressure to be a royal couple is quite painful, it seems.  Queen Elizabeth has ...

'Answer or Not?'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I’m not sure I can write it better than Richard Rohr.  This is from a recent reflection from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation entitled “Ours to Do”. Over the years, I met many activists who were doing excellent social analysis and advocating for crucial justice issues, but they were not working from an energy of love except in their own minds. They were still living out of their false self with the need to win, to look good, to defeat the other side, and to maintain a superior ...

'Getting Along'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “Why can’t we all just get along with one another?”  I love the way the letter of James in the New Testament puts it, “Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others.  It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.  You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with ...

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