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'Upstream'

Terry Walton

3/31/2020

I Was Thinking… “In the small fishing village, in the mid thirteenth century, by the Warlegan River, a woman was washing clothes when she saw a helpless calf floating downstream.  She threw down her work and jumped in the water to save the animal.  Happily, the calf was recovered. The next day, two more calves were seen floating down the river.  One was saved, the other lost.  By the end of the week, several cows, many sheep, and a few horses had been rescued.  Many more animals floated by, ...


'Adjective Shifting'

Terry Walton

3/24/2020

I Was Thinking… Here are some definitions…Introvert-a shy reticent person; Extrovert-an outgoing, overtly expressive person; Republican-belonging to, or characteristic of a republic; Democrat-an advocate or supporter of democracy.  American-a native or citizen of the United States; Human being-any individual of the genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens; Christian-a believer and follower of Jesus of Nazareth, his beliefs and practices. There are all sorts of ways we can ...


'Uncharted'

Terry Walton

3/17/2020

I Was Thinking… Have you been uncertain as to what to think about COVID-19 “Corona Virus”?  I have been in a muddle of emotions.  It is important for my ego that I do not overreact to all the panic around me.  It is important to my life that I not underreact.  How serious do I take this virus that has literally turned our world upside down? We are sailing in uncharted waters…at least that is true for most of us Americans.  We’ve had a few scares but nothing that I can recall seems to compare ...


Engagement: Asking About Life

Quincy Brown

3/17/2020

In just fourteen days, my new book Discipleship Path will hit the presses! I’m excited about this project as many of our pastors and laity helped me to create the process that I discuss in the book. Here’s a brief excerpt from the book:   People are not looking for a church. People are looking for community and engagement. This news was the painful lesson I learned as a failed church planter a few years ago. It took me a long time to come to terms with my failure. After all, I sincerely...


Blockhead

Terry Walton

3/10/2020

I Was Thinking… In Christopher Ritter’s book entitled Seven Things John Wesley Expected Us to Do for Kids he writes, “In teaching Methodist preachers the spirit in which they needed to do their work with children, John Wesley recalled the long-suffering instructions of his mother.  He noted how his own father, frustrated in overhearing his wife’s repetitive lessons asked, “How could you have the patience to tell that blockhead the same thing twenty times over?”  Her reply: “If I had told him ...


Community Engagement

Quincy Brown

3/4/2020

What questions are people in your community asking? I've asked several congregations in the district to consider this question as they think about its impact of making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I wrote about how to answer this question back in July 2019. If you missed it, click here for the information.   Recently, I caught up with Dr. Doug Gilreath, senior pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church, (CFUMC) and asked him how Covington First ...


Change

Terry Walton

3/3/2020

I Was Thinking… Do any of us enjoy change?  Perhaps you’ve encountered the quote, “The Only thing in life that doesn’t change is that there will be change in life”.  As United Methodist people we know the process of change.  Clergy are appointed one year at a time with hopes that one year will lead to two and two will lead to three and so on.  This time of year is the season of ‘appointment making’ in North Georgia.  Bishop Sue and the Cabinet have met for several weeks praying, discussing, ...


'Who Can Be Trusted?'

Terry Walton

2/25/2020

I Was Thinking… There is much in the air these days about trust and it’s lacking in our world.  Who can be trusted?  Politicians?  Sales personnel?  Leaders?  Clergy?  Spouses?  Who can be trusted? It seems we have become a more skeptical society.  We have been burned by those once trusted and now we are simply not certain who to trust.  Politicians seem to only want to grease their own re-elections.  Sales personnel seem to only want to make as much money off us as possible.  Leaders of all ...


Prayers

Quincy Brown

2/19/2020

  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. ...


Why?

Terry Walton

2/18/2020

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...


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