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‘Face It’

Terry Walton

7/2/2019

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

7/1/2019

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

6/26/2019

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

6/25/2019

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

6/18/2019

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.  ...


‘WWJD’

Terry Walton

6/11/2019

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 ...


Annual Conference

Quincy Brown

6/5/2019

 3D Journey ANNUAL CONFERENCE On Tuesday, June 11, I will be in Athens, GA (actually, I'll be there on Monday, June 10) attending the 153rd session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. This is a voting year for General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates. For a list of self-nominated lay and clergy delegates CLICK HERE and please refer to pp. 205-308 for clergy and pp. 309-381 for the laity During this session, we will have a chance to mark several transitions...


‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton

6/4/2019

I Was Thinking… Next week the 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference will begin and end with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  “Eucharist was supposed to tell Christians”, according to Richard Rohr, “who we are in a positive and inclusionary way”. (Meditation: One in Love, June 2, 2019) I agree, celebrating what God has done for all of us in Jesus the Christ keeps perspectives clear and open. Memory can be a blessing or a curse.  My sweet mother-in-law, whom we fondly call ‘Mimi’, is in a ‘...


‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton

5/28/2019

I Was Thinking… Everybody needs a place.  All of us need a safe place.  All people need space to process life and all life throws our way.  Everybody needs a place. It is true that people are at different ‘places’ with regards to their belief concerning the LGBTQ+ persons.  Some have journeyed from one ‘place’ to another ‘place’ regarding their belief and opinions on this hot issue of our day.  It is an issue for our larger church and world which makes it an issue for our local church and ...


‘Between Six and Sixty’

Terry Walton

5/21/2019

I Was Thinking… What is the Holy Spirit?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation entitled Indwelling Spirit (May 19, 2019) spoke life into me.  I sense a nudge of the Spirit to share it with you. Without God as Holy Spirit, there’s no inner momentum, élan vital, or aliveness to heal our wounds. When the Spirit is alive in people, they wake up from their mechanical thinking and enter the realm of co-creative power. As in Ezekiel’s vision, the water flows from ankles to knees ...


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