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'A Better Place

Terry Walton

11/5/2019

I Was Thinking… What if we loved everyone in front of us…would the world be a better place? What if we attempted to walk in another’s shoes…would the world be a better place? What if we took time to listen when someone else needed our ear…would the world be a better place? What if we smiled as we crossed each other’s path…would the world be a better place? What if we paused long enough to pray before we made important decisions…would the world be a better place? What if we bent to the ...


Sunday's Coming

Quincy Brown

10/30/2019

Sunday will be a busy day. It will be the last of our 5 Zone Charge Conferences. It is also Daylight Savings Time, the time that we turn our clocks back an hour. It's also All Saints Day, the day where our churches will recognize the legacies of the "saints" who passed away during the year. Finally, Sunday will be the day that Popeyes Chicken will bring back its chicken sandwich.     You remember the so-called sandwich wars over the summer, don’t you? Whether you are a fan of Popeyes' chicken ...


'Cupcake'

Terry Walton

10/29/2019

I Was Thinking… I cannot get it out of my head.  Kamille McKinney was only 3 years old.  She was fondly known as ‘Cupcake’ to her family and friends.  She went missing and last week her remains were found after a two-week search in a trash bin.  She had attended a birthday party and subsequently abducted and murdered.  Who would do such a thing to a precious 3-year-old little girl?  I cannot get it out of my head. We have two three-year-old grandchildren.  Their names are Brooks and Camryn.  ...


'Choices'

Terry Walton

10/22/2019

I Was Thinking… Back in the 1980’s, the fast food chain Wendy’s ran a famous TV ad depicting a fashion show in the old Soviet Union.  As the show’s emcee declares, in a thick Russian accent, “Day wear!” a Russian woman struts across the catwalk wearing a drab, proletarian cloth dress.  “Very nice,” says the announcer.  Next up?  “Evening wear!”  The same woman struts across the catwalk in the exact same dress—but holding a flashlight.  Swim wear?  Same woman, same dress—this time holding a ...


Pastor Appreciation Month

Quincy Brown

10/16/2019

    It’s mid-October, and this means that it is Pastor Appreciation Month! I invite your church to drop a note of appreciation to your pastor. Here are five suggestions from Lovett Weems’ article, “Showing Appreciation for Your Pastor” from his Leading Ideas newsletter:   1. Pray for them. Prayer helps you and your clergy leaders understand your partnership in ministry and your mutual dependence on God.   2. Respect them. It would be best if you didn't talk to them in ways you would ...


'Whose Are We?'

Terry Walton

10/15/2019

I Was Thinking… Margaret J. Wheatley writes in her book, Who Do We Choose to Be? the following, “A culture focused on individual freedom can only result in narcissism, polarization, conflict, estrangement, and loneliness.  What is the meaning of life when it is all about me?” (P.69) My observation is that we are becoming more of a humanity that is ‘self-centered’ rather than ‘other-centered’.  The words of Jesus, “it is better to give than to receive” are getting further and further in the ...


'Bobbleheads'

Terry Walton

10/8/2019

I Was Thinking… The newest craze in baseball promotion are ‘bobbleheads’.  I have several of these little statues of present and past Atlanta Braves baseball heroes.  There is even a bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A bobblehead, also known as a nodder, Hannah, or wobbler, has a long history dating back to the seventeenth century.  By 1960, Major League Baseball produced a series of papier-mache bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face, and few ...


Autumn is Here....

Quincy Brown

10/2/2019

Autumn is finally here. Well, at least that's what it says on the calendar. The sun missed the memo and still believes that it's supposed to shine 90-degree summer heat. Let’s hope, for our lawn’s sake, that there’s relief around the corner where the sun catches up to the calendar!   Despite the heat, it's October, and that means it's time for church fall festivals, Trunk or Treat, and BBQ! Of course, some anniversaries and revivals also fill our calendars. But for most of us, the ...


'Confidence Factor'

Terry Walton

10/1/2019

I Was Thinking… Atlanta Braves outfielder, Nick Markakis, who, by the way, is from Woodstock, Georgia, shared recently, “This team right here is as good as any team I’ve played on, could possibly be the best team I’ve played on.  Just the mixture of guys we have on this team.  We’re all confident in ourselves.  We’re confident in each other.  Confidence can take you a long way.  So, the confidence factor is there.  The grit is there.  Everything is there right now.  It’s just a matter of ...


An Inconvenient Truth

Terry Walton

9/24/2019

I Was Thinking… Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, spent several hours with our North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry in August.  I found her to be warm and insightful as she challenged us to look at the racial issues of this world. “The Biggest issue with regards to racial healing is the issue of transformation.  Knowledge is not the problem.  The problem is our hearts.  It’s not that we don’t know, it’s that we don’t have the heart.  ...


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