Terry Walton


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


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 ...


Terry Walton


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


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 ...


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 ...

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