‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton


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


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 ...

A Detour From Regular Routines

Quincy Brown


A Detour From Regular Routines     On Memorial Day, my middle niece Jazmine graduates from high school! It’s hard to believe it’s her time to graduate. Where did the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday that I held her in the maternity ward on Christmas Day in 2000. As the first of two nieces born on Christmas Day (Gracelyn is 16), Jazz's graduation forces me to admit that I'm officially old finally.   It’s interesting that it took my niece’s graduation to make me finally acknowledge ...

‘What if?’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, was a day in which my heart was full of joy, love, peace, hope and beauty.  I had the honor of baptizing our granddaughter, Abigail Louise Johnson.  This is the fifth grandchild of which I’ve had the ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ to baptize. I am proud of our children and their spouses for their efforts to ‘train their children in the right way’ (Proverbs 22:6, NRSV).  And on this 2019 Mother’s Day, our daughter, Terilyn and her husband, ...

“The Hatch’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I had the privilege last week of visiting “The Hatch”.  Chick-fil-a’s home office, now called ‘Support Center’, has a warehouse dedicated to innovation.  Thus, the name “The Hatch”.  Many an idea has been launched, explored, reworked, failed and succeeded at “The Hatch”. John Wesley, as far as I know, didn’t work at any place like “The Hatch” but he was, without a doubt, an innovator.  Taking his preaching to the common person on the street, in the fields…outside his beloved ...

Don't Be Shrek When Asking What’s Next?

Quincy Brown


      One of the most paralyzing questions that people ask during a transition is: What’s next? When something comes to an end, like a job, or career, a marriage, death, or a particular way of life, we attempt to push past the “what’s next?” question, hoping that we can find something new very quickly.   We become irritated when we can't chart a course forward. We find ways to compensate and go through the motions. I experienced this first hand with a third-grader named Patrick, who...

‘A Dodging Tactic’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “How far is too far?  If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to see or hear it fall, does it make a sound?”  These crazy philosophical questions are quite intriguing.  I remember them from college.  Philosophy wasn’t my favorite course, but it certainly got me to thinking in broader and deeper ways. “Can we really experience anything objectively?”  This philosophical question is one to ponder.  Each of us bring our own filters through which we view ...

‘Good for the Soul’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… “The City of Atlanta says its employees didn’t do it and the builder of the West Highlands subdivision said it wasn’t them either.”  This was the response to a baffled Matthew Miller when trying to discover who painted a crosswalk on his street that leads pedestrians directly into his northwest Atlanta driveway. Mr. Miller is concerned that it puts undue attention on his driveway and thus his home. (AJC, April 16, 2019)  That would be strange, would it not, to come home and ...

If It's Dead, Then Why Does it keep Popping Up?

Quincy Brown


  A couple of days ago, a friend shared with me a Facebook post on Latin. It was a multiple-choice test, to determine if I was a Latin master. To my surprise, I scored 9 out of 10! The test was fun for bragging rights and allowed me to show off my limited knowledge of Latin words; most of which I came across during my doctoral studies and the others from “Googling" the names of medication so that I can order the cheaper generic brand.     Most of us either use or hear Latin words;...

“A Tradition Unlike Any Other”

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “A Tradition Unlike Any Other”.  We’ve heard that a lot recently.  It is the phrase used to describe ‘The Masters Golf Tournament’.  If I may, I’d like to borrow that phrase for this Holy Week.  Some refer to this week as “Passion Week”.  It is a week in which ‘traditionally’ Christians pause to experience the Passion found in the last week of the life of Jesus.  The tradition of focus on these final days in the life of Christ is a tradition that allows us to grow deeper in our...

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