‘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. ...


Douglas Thrasher


The Atlanta-Roswell District of The United Methodist Church is made up of more than United Methodist churches from just north of Buckhead in Atlanta to just south of Dahlonega in the North Georgia mountains. We're one of 12 regional districts in the North Georgia Conference. 

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Quincy Brown


There once was a speedy hare that bragged about how fast he could run.  Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race.  All the animals in the forest gathered to watch. Hare ran down the road for a while and then paused to rest.  He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?” Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of ...

‘Calm, Connected and on Course’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Did you know that our brains don’t process information and learn well when we are highly anxious?  When I get highly anxious my ability to think becomes sluggish and almost impossible.  Todd Bolsinger in his book Canoeing the Mountains writes “…leaders must develop emotional maturity and the ability to persist in complex emotional systems without either distancing or taking resistance personally.  Or as the good folks at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center like to say, leaders ...

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