"Bear Down Church"

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In a recent Washington Post article, it was reported that local black bears in northern California are opening car doors to swipe food so often that they break into vehicles without smelling food just to see if they get lucky.  This is happening in record numbers and is a tremendous nuisance in that area of the state. (AJC, August 13, 2019) Not to make light of the ‘nuisance factor’, I am quite impressed with these bears.  What impresses me is that they are not afraid to fail.  ...

‘Simplify Informania’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Henry David Thoreau was a 19th Century American essayist, poet and philosopher.  He’s famous for his ‘tiny house’—a 10-by-15-foot cabin.  He lived there for two years beginning in 1845, spending time reading, writing, thinking, growing his own food and making a few friends to neighbors nearby.  He removed extraneous stuff so that his mind could grow.  “Our life is frittered away by detail,” he wrote.  “Simplify!  Simplify!” (Life is Good, Jacobs, P.71) This has me thinking “...

A Whale of a Rescue

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey A Whale of A Rescue   A few weeks ago, during our time at Georgia Pastors School, Dionne and I took time to visit St. Simons Pier.     It had been a while since we had a chance to visit the pier together. Surprisingly, on this particular evening, finding a parking space was unusually difficult. As we walked a couple of blocks to the dock, we noticed flocks of people, more people than usual milling around. Oddly, the crowds stood around like a human barrier reef between ...

‘Good Out of Place’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It was Dr. Fred Craddock, the great teacher of preachers, who described sin as “good out of place”.  Pharmaceuticals are intended for our improved health…abuse pharmaceuticals and our health will deteriorate with potential death…’good out of place’.  Our bodies are created in God’s image and are a ‘temple’ of the Holy Spirit…pornography turns our bodies into objects for selfish pleasure…’good out of place’.  Take any good thing and abuse it or misuse it and it is ‘out of place’...

‘A Lesson of Both’

Terry Walton


I find the following thoughts from Phillip Yancey in his book Grace Notes insightful.  Perhaps you will as well.   “As Andrew Greeley said, “If one wishes to eliminate uncertainty, tension, confusion and disorder from one’s life, there is no point in getting mixed up either with Yahweh or with Jesus of Nazareth.” I grew up expecting that a relationship with God would bring order and a calm rationality to life. Instead, I have discovered that living in faith involves much dynamic tension. ...

What Question are you Trying to Answer?

Quincy Brown


What are the questions that your church is seeking to answer? For several congregations, this might sound like an odd thing to ponder. For others, this question can feel a bit off-putting since “everyone knows that our churches are friendly and welcoming.”   If you haven't considered the question, I don’t think that you’re alone. I wonder if most churches stop long enough to ask this or any other type of inquiring question that doesn’t require a yes or no response. All of this is for a good ...

“Elephants and Birds”

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “As an old African proverb has it, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”  The weak get hurt in conflicts between the powerful.  Americans at the bottom of the income scale are always the ones who lose when contempt crowds out cooperation at the top.  The politics of contempt never hurts the rich very much.  It hurts people in poverty.  We should all be able to agree that that’s bad.” (Love Your Enemies, Arthur Brooks, P.33) I’ve grown to regret what I call the ‘...

‘Choose Your Color’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In an attempt to be consoling and comforting a friend said to her friend who was wheelchair bound, “Suffering does so color life, doesn’t it?”  The reply came in a loving tone, “Yes, but I get to choose the color.” What color are we choosing these days?  This past week was difficult in that the frailty of human life was brought sternly to my attention.  A dear and close friend to my two sons was killed in a boating accident on Lake Hartwell.  His six-year-old son survived but ...

Fresh Expressions: Doing What it Takes

Fresh Expressions


I was on the Wesley Heritage Tour in 2016 when I first experienced the full weight of responsibility I now feel for the Church of Jesus Christ. The understanding of church decline in the West was nothing new. I’d seen the statistics. I had experienced dwindling worship attendance first-hand. When I stood in 1000+ year old churches and cathedrals, when I visited the New Room, the epicenter of Wesleys’ work and Pill where a 20 something Francis Asbury left home for America, never to return, ...

The Mayo Experience

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey The Mayo Experience   Last week marked the seven-year check up on my second kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic. I'm thrilled that my check-up was a successful one. I’m still praising God that my eighth biopsy (number four on the second kidney) showed no signs of rejection!    This report was critical because my body began to reject my first transplant back in 2008. While it's not something that I’ve written about in this forum, my kidney transplant is always in the ...

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