‘Leadership Relationship’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… In a recent devotional time I read these words… “If you want to influence others, and you desire to get them moving in the right direction, you must connect with them before you try to take them anywhere.  Trying to move others before going through the connection process with them can lead to mistrust, resistance, and strained relationships.  Always remember that you have to share yourself before you try to share the journey.  As someone once observed, “Leadership is ...

Cracking the Code

Quincy Brown


What do a small yellow sign with black lettering and an arrow and the phrase “beef not got bone, dog not got business” have in common? If you answered nothing, you would be wrong. Let me explain. On first glance, it’s true that the sign and phrase are nothing alike. But what if I told you they there were both codes for people in the know. Then what they have in common is that they both need to be decoded.   Signs like the one pictured above may be familiar to you, especially if you live or work...

‘Always On My Mind’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… It is Sunday Evening as I write to you, the clergy and laity of the AMAR District.  This has been a very busy ‘World Communion Sunday’.  The sun is beginning to set, yet you are on my mind.  Outside my study window the sky is a beautiful combination of pink and blue.  I am aware of what will be a very busy week.  Yet I have you on my mind because you are always on my mind (I sound like Willie Nelson).  I am grateful for your dedication to the cause of Christ.  I am amazed at ...

‘Coloring Book’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Several years ago the Church staff where I was appointed at the time gave me “The Amazing Spider-Man Jumbo Coloring and Activity Book” for my birthday that year.  There was a lot of fun over the gift.  I was amazed at how the feel and smell of this coloring book took me back to my childhood.  It created a desire to go to Target or Wal-Mart and buy a 64 pack of Crayola Colors—the kind with the sharpener in the back of the box.  I have not yet taken a moment to color or to ...

90-Days Until Christmas

Quincy Brown


90-Days Until Christmas I couldn’t believe my eyes! The dashboard thermometer display in my car registered 90 degrees. I checked to make sure that I was still in Covington, GA and not the North Pole. And yet all that I could see was snow on the ground. There was only one conclusion: Christmas has come early to Covington! Fortunately, a few days later, all the snow had vanished. Then it dawned on me; they're filming another movie in Covington!   Living up to its nickname "The Hollywood of the ...


Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… According to scripture Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, was in such a state of anguish that his sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44, NRSV).  We know physiologically that ‘hematidrosis’ is a physical condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.  Anguish…stress…can have huge impacts upon our health. In his ...

‘Swing for the Fences’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… If you are an Atlanta Braves fan then you are like me…Happy and thrilled at their 2019 season.  The Braves could be participating in Post Season playoff baseball.  We’ll know within the next two weeks if October baseball is returning to Atlanta. They have surprised the baseball world with their success this season.  Go Braves!   Yogi Berra, the well-known baseball catcher for the New York Yankees, was catching when Hank Aaron, who at that time played for the Milwaukee Braves, ...

DNA, Culture and Values

Quincy Brown


Have you ever hit a wall of resistance with a new idea for a ministry? Whether you're a new pastor to your congregation, have served for a few years, or you've been an active member for a long time, resistance to new approaches are often met with, "We've never done it that way before!”   What's going on when you encounter resistance to a new idea, is that you bumped up against a church value. Values make your church’s DNA or culture what it is. Our DNA is what carries the instructions to your ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One of the popular games of my youth was the game ‘Twister’.  I’ve noticed that it has made a comeback in recent years.  I wonder how many readers of this article will have played ‘Twister’.  I suspect many have removed shoes and enjoyed ‘sock-footed’ fun with ‘Twister’. My observation is that our political landscape these days is a lot like ‘Twister’.  We are all tangled with this ‘opinion’ or that ‘approval rating’ or this ‘political leaning’ or that ‘position’.  We seemed to...

‘Soul Food’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I am always amazed at how well they work together.  They are a team and everyone completely understands their role.  It is a mesmerizing experience to observe and I enjoy the fruit of their labor.  Who am I talking about?  I’m talking about one of my favorite places for breakfast.  Have you guessed the restaurant yet?  I’ll give you a hint; they specialize in waffles!  You guessed it—Waffle House. Occasionally Sharon and I will treat ourselves to the ‘Waffle House’ experience. ...

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