‘Future Memory’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… She was so cute.  I was sitting at the traffic light.  I looked to my left and up against the school bus window was a little girl asleep.  Her mouth was wide open, looked extremely uncomfortable but she was sound asleep.  Her book bag was her shoulder pillow.  She was not yet drooling but it could have happened at any second.  She was in dreamland.  She made me smile on a chilly early morning.   She also caused me to remember my own bus rides as a child.  I could almost smell ...

M Lab

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey Do you remember Science Lab experiments from high school? I do, and I hated it. I wasn't a very hands-on student nor was I a fan of the teacher. Well, more specifically, I wasn’t a fan of my chemistry teacher who made a Gentlemen’s Agreement with me at the end of the course. He quipped: "If I give you a C in the chemistry lab, would you promise me that will NOT take another science class for the remainder of your high school experience?"   Knowing that I only needed ...

'Voting and Supporting’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… On this third day of the week, Tuesday, we have the privilege and responsibility of casting our vote for a number of candidates seeking a variety of positions of leadership.  It is an important day that we call the ‘Mid-Term’ elections.  It is important for the state of Georgia because we will elect a new Governor (that is unless we have a run-off).  Some of us will be glad and others of us will not.  That is how the democratic process works.  We all get our voice and vote.  ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “The question isn’t whether we are a nation divided by anger and fear. The question is what we’re going to do about it.”  This was a statement/question offered in Sunday’s Washington Post by Timothy Perry Shriver, the chairman of Special Olympics.  The following exerts from Mr. Shriver’s article spoke to my soul. “The news and social media obsessively detail how we all hate one another, presenting a fresh new hell each week. But there is another story taking hold in our ...

What Story is Driving You?

Quincy Brown


For the past several months, I've spent a lot of time walking pastors, friends, and church leaders through the process of change and transition. It's taken me some time to get a handle on a process, and it's still a work in progress, as I've made some missteps along the way, but I've come to realize the importance of going slow to go fast in helping congregation walk through the wilderness of change.   Sounds simple enough, right? But it isn’t. It ranks as number three on the hardest thing ...

‘On Speaking Out’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I find it a challenge to ‘speak out’ these days.  For example I wrote an article several years ago about my concerns regarding ‘Global Warming’.  The next week I received a heated note accusing me of being ‘political’.  In my heart of hearts I knew I wasn’t being ‘political’ (perhaps uniformed as to just how heated that topic can be) I was simply expressing a concern.  I read just this week that with the oceans heating up we could expect more ‘Hurricane Michael’ type of events. ...

‘Leadership Relationship’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… In a recent devotional time I read these words… “If you want to influence others, and you desire to get them moving in the right direction, you must connect with them before you try to take them anywhere.  Trying to move others before going through the connection process with them can lead to mistrust, resistance, and strained relationships.  Always remember that you have to share yourself before you try to share the journey.  As someone once observed, “Leadership is ...

Cracking the Code

Quincy Brown


What do a small yellow sign with black lettering and an arrow and the phrase “beef not got bone, dog not got business” have in common? If you answered nothing, you would be wrong. Let me explain. On first glance, it’s true that the sign and phrase are nothing alike. But what if I told you they there were both codes for people in the know. Then what they have in common is that they both need to be decoded.   Signs like the one pictured above may be familiar to you, especially if you live or work...

‘Always On My Mind’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… It is Sunday Evening as I write to you, the clergy and laity of the AMAR District.  This has been a very busy ‘World Communion Sunday’.  The sun is beginning to set, yet you are on my mind.  Outside my study window the sky is a beautiful combination of pink and blue.  I am aware of what will be a very busy week.  Yet I have you on my mind because you are always on my mind (I sound like Willie Nelson).  I am grateful for your dedication to the cause of Christ.  I am amazed at ...

‘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 ...

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