“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...

The Cock Crows

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One of the best books I’ve read is the book ‘Falling Upward’ by Richard Rohr.  If you have not read it…it will change your life…I invite you to read it.  He writes “Did anyone ever tell you that the name Lucifer literally means the “light bearer”?  The evil one always makes darkness look like light—and makes light look like darkness.” (P.133) Regardless of our spiritual language…Devil, Satan, Evil One, Fallen Angel…there is a force seeking to confuse and cause chaos in our ...

April Fool Day Isn't Engaging

Quincy Brown


      April Fools Day isn’t engaging. I quickly discovered this lesson as a gullible kid who always got April Fooled. No matter how many times the class clown would set up the prank, I fell for some elaborate hoax or outrageous fictional claims. It even took me five years to realize that Stan Lee was not my best friend’s brother! I chalk up being an April Fool to my active child-like imagination that connected with comic books and cartoons. I was the perfect patsy to be set up on ...

Stress-less Living

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Have you been under ‘stress’ lately?  According to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and practicing Atlanta neurosurgeon, Sanjay Gupta, “When things are more nebulous and I don’t know what is happening, that’s more stressful.”  Is there is any ‘stress’ in your life these days? Americans in the 1960’s had some of the longest lifespans on Earth.  Now among developed countries, the United States is scraping bottom.  Dr. Gupta suggests there are many reasons: “a mélange of income ...

We Need Bismarck!

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I have some sad news:  Bismarck is dead!  I’ve served six churches thus far in my ministry and thus I read the obituaries every morning to see if someone with whom I’ve been in ministry has made the great transition to our Father’s house (Please note I do not read the obits just to make sure my name is not there…I’m not that old, yet!)  Bismarck is dead!  He was found shot to death.  Bismarck was a 15-foot crocodile located in a quaint seaside town of Cardwell located in Far ...

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