‘Ministry Weary’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Do you ever get weary with ‘ministry stuff’?  ‘Ministry stuff’ can be exhausting.  Until someone experiences this first hand, it can sound like whining and complaining.  But I’d like to verify that ‘ministry stuff’ is draining. ‘Ministry stuff’ is energy draining because it taxes every piece of a person.  To do ministry in a way that fulfills the call, the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical are called upon for its completion.  ‘Ministry stuff’ is more than an 8 AM to 5 ...

From Ashes to Riches

Quincy Brown


A rich man's wife became sick.  When her death was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside.  She said, "Dear child, remain pious and good, and then our dear God will always protect you, and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you." With this, she closed her eyes and died.   The girl went out to her mother's grave every day and wept, and she remained pious and good. When winter came, the snow spread a white cloth over the grave, and when the spring sun had ...

‘Slow Anger’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Did you hear about the ‘crab leg fight’?  A dispute over crab legs at a Huntsville, Alabama, dinner buffet ended in a brawl that left two people facing misdemeanor charges.  A man and woman were using service tongs like fencing swords.  The pair had been waiting in line for crab legs for more than 10 minutes, and they lost their tempers once the food came out.  The man is charged with assaulting the woman.  The woman is charged with disorderly conduct. (Atlanta Journal ...

‘Broccoli’s Lesson’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… George H. W. Bush was known for his aversion of Broccoli.  Had he lived long enough to see the tragedy of last Monday, he would have at least smiled, of this I’m certain.  40,000 pounds of broccoli from an overturned tractor-trailer was tumbled onto the side of an I-285 to I-75 exit ramp.  From this ‘stemmed’ an interstate exit ramp to be impassable overnight re-opening at 6:30 AM the next morning.  It was the ‘crowning’ news story of the day.  We never know what a day may ...

Awakening to Relevancy

Quincy Brown


Awakening to Relevancy   A few weeks ago, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS. Although I saw several commercial advertisements on Facebook and TV leading up to the date, I didn't tune in to watch. After attending a church conference to decide on property issues and wishing my Aunt Rebekah a Happy 85th Birthday, the last thing that I wanted to do was to watch an awards show. Instead, I snuggled up on the sofa to watch reruns of Law and Order. After a few minutes into the third episode,...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I have been reminded, once again, that ‘people are people’. Our recent trip to Israel has infused this reminder through my soul. Most people, whether Jew, Palestinian Muslim or Palestinian Christian or an American person of faith want all the same things. We all want to live and love and be loved. People are people. It’s the ‘extremist’ that are injuring this world. Whether the ‘extremist’ is Jew, Muslim or Christian...they are the ones who seem to attempt to sour the faith ...

A Path For the Church--Candyland Part Two

Quincy Brown


Nearly eight months ago, I wrote a blog on the board game Candy Land. Click here to read the blog. You do remember the game, don't you? In the article, I played with the idea of the game as a metaphorical pathway for the church to assess each area of the Sunday morning experience for a new here guest.   Last week, I got a chance to try out the metaphor first hand as I was a "new here" guest at a church. I went to the church because a friend who was going to attend invited me. Frankly, it would ...


David Naglee


Empty? I went into a nonprofit store the other day, honestly to kill time while my wife was in a fabric store.  I found myself looking through used music CD’s.  I found one that peaked my interest. I read all the song titles on the back of the CD case for anything familiar.  I looked up the CD on my phone to see reviews on it.  I decided to buy the CD because it was only $1.91 and after all it would support a good cause. I left the store with my purchase and drove away.  Sometime later, miles ...

Don't Be Boxed In

Quincy Brown


Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of walking down memory lane. Once with my college classmate Charlie, and the other with a few of our district churches during a morning message. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 29 years since I graduated from college.   As I reflected on my experiences, I also remembered how long it took me to get a job after I graduated. Fortunately, during the time that I was in limbo having a degree but not enough experience and no money, my ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  It caused me to reflect.   Have you seen the movie “The Help”?  I read the book and after reading it, I could hardly wait to see the movie.  I was not disappointed.  I laughed and I cried—I was moved.   How could we have been so blind to our sins during the Civil Rights days?  While for some there were the black maids and nannies that became family.  For others, it was a most degrading time.  For some it was an ...

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