Atlanta Marietta District


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One never quite knows where life’s journey will take them.  The story of life unfolds as it is lived.  Some have good beginnings and good endings.  Some have horrific beginnings then adjustments are made with the result being great endings. The opposite, unfortunately, is true as well. My journey has been one of blessing.  I have a great family of origin, while not perfect (none are), much love and encouragement.  I was blessed to sense the call of God to ordained ministry ...

'Both/And Living'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Is it possible to live in a ‘both/and’ world?  We seem to be living in days of ‘either/or’ with ‘both/and’ far out of our reach.  Jesus certainly believed in an ‘either/or’ world in certain contexts.  For example, he said that we cannot serve God and money.  We will either hate one or love the other (Matthew 6:24).  Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also (Matthew 6:21) … ‘either/or’. But Jesus mostly believed in a ‘both/and’ world.  Jesus strongly lived and taught ...

Paralysis of Analysis

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It is a problem of ethics.  You have an opportunity to solve the problem.  You are driving along in your automobile on a wild and stormy night.  You travel by a bus stop where you see three people waiting for the bus:  1) an elderly lady who looks as if she may die.  2) Your best friend who once saved your life.  And 3) The perfect man/woman you have been dreaming about all your life. There can only be one passenger in the automobile with you.  You cannot return to the bus stop...

'Fair or Foul?'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In baseball (which I miss by the way) there is a ‘foul line’ that runs from home plate down the first and third base line into the left and right field and ultimately ends at what is called the ‘foul pole’.  What has always been interesting to me is that should the baseball land on the ‘foul line’ or hit the ‘foul pole’, it is deemed a ‘fair ball’.  Why not, then, name it a ‘fair line’ and a ‘fair pole’ instead of ‘foul’?  In basketball and American football, the lines marking ...

'Silence Is Violence'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘The Tipping Point’, he writes how an idea can skyrocket into success… “These three characteristics – one, contagiousness; two, the fact that little causes can have big effects; and three, that change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment.” The loss of life… George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others… is no little thing and therefore we find ourselves at a dramatic moment.  For those who may have thought that ‘racism’ was a ...

'Say Something'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… There are people who ‘have something to say’…and then there are people who ‘have to say something’.  I well remember a Pastor being introduced as a man who always ‘had something to say’.  I must admit having been at this work for 40+ years (depending on whether you count years as a ‘Youth Director’ or count the years from my Ordination as a Deacon/Probationer or if you count the years from my Ordination as an Elder in Full Connection) there have been Sundays where I felt more ...

Opportunity or Opportunist

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Opportunity – noun – a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.  Opportunist – noun – a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans. The United Nations secretary-general is urging religious leaders to challenge “inaccurate and harmful messages” fueling rising ethno-nationalism, hate speech and conflict as the coronavirus pandemic circles the globe.  Antonio Guterres warned “...

'At Hello'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Some of us are dog lovers and some of us are cat lovers…I suppose it is possible that some of us are neither.  I happen to be a dog lover.  We have two Havanese dogs, Caya and Luie.  They bring joy into our lives. I began to ponder why it is that I love my dogs so much.  I suppose there are many reasons, but one reason is certain…they unconditionally love me and are always glad to see me.  I go for a walk; come home and they greet me like I have been gone for months.  Luie ...

'Good Old Days'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Aren’t old photos fun?  They make us laugh and they make us cry.  I have a photo made on my 16th birthday.  I am seated behind my birthday cake with my grandmother and grandfather standing behind me.  None of us are smiling.  Were we grieving my turning 16?  Was I disappointed I did not receive an automobile?  None of us are smiling…for the life of me I cannot imagine why there were no smiles in that photo. Occasionally I sit with old photos and reminisce.  One of our more ...

'Shielding Others'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… The Spartans, a warrior society in ancient Greece, were feared and revered for their strength, courage and endurance.  The power of the Spartan army did not come from the sharpness of their spears, however; it came from the strength of their shields.  Losing one’s shield in battle was considered the single greatest crime a Spartan could commit.  “Spartans excuse without penalty the warrior who loses his helmet or breastplate in battle but punish the loss of all citizenship ...

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