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'Whose Are We?'

Terry Walton

10/15/2019

I Was Thinking… Margaret J. Wheatley writes in her book, Who Do We Choose to Be? the following, “A culture focused on individual freedom can only result in narcissism, polarization, conflict, estrangement, and loneliness.  What is the meaning of life when it is all about me?” (P.69) My observation is that we are becoming more of a humanity that is ‘self-centered’ rather than ‘other-centered’.  The words of Jesus, “it is better to give than to receive” are getting further and further in the ...


'Bobbleheads'

Terry Walton

10/8/2019

I Was Thinking… The newest craze in baseball promotion are ‘bobbleheads’.  I have several of these little statues of present and past Atlanta Braves baseball heroes.  There is even a bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A bobblehead, also known as a nodder, Hannah, or wobbler, has a long history dating back to the seventeenth century.  By 1960, Major League Baseball produced a series of papier-mache bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face, and few ...


'Confidence Factor'

Terry Walton

10/1/2019

I Was Thinking… Atlanta Braves outfielder, Nick Markakis, who, by the way, is from Woodstock, Georgia, shared recently, “This team right here is as good as any team I’ve played on, could possibly be the best team I’ve played on.  Just the mixture of guys we have on this team.  We’re all confident in ourselves.  We’re confident in each other.  Confidence can take you a long way.  So, the confidence factor is there.  The grit is there.  Everything is there right now.  It’s just a matter of ...


An Inconvenient Truth

Terry Walton

9/24/2019

I Was Thinking… Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, spent several hours with our North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry in August.  I found her to be warm and insightful as she challenged us to look at the racial issues of this world. “The Biggest issue with regards to racial healing is the issue of transformation.  Knowledge is not the problem.  The problem is our hearts.  It’s not that we don’t know, it’s that we don’t have the heart.  ...


'The Way We Should Go'

Terry Walton

9/17/2019

I Was Thinking… My friend and retired CEO of Primerica, John Addison is a big believer in ‘Focusing on Your Strengths’.  He writes, “There’s a passage in the Bible that says, “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) But exactly what is that “way they should go”? A lot of parents interpret this passage to mean that you should raise your kids in a strict way, following the path you set for them, being well-behaved, doing ...


'Chicken Sandwich'

Terry Walton

9/10/2019

A Tennessee man is suing the fast-food chain, Popeyes for running out of its new, popular chicken sandwiches.  Craig Barr, of East Ridge, wrote in a summons filed Wednesday that he is suing the restaurant for “false advertising, deceptive business practices by entity to public.  Countless time wasted driving to and from Popeyes…No chicken sandwich.  Was told to come back this day –still no sandwich.” “I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind.  I can’t think straight,” Barr told the ...


‘Reputation and Character’

Terry Walton

9/3/2019

I Was Thinking… I happened upon these words from Hersey Davis and thought them insightful. Reputation and Character The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.  Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.  Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.  Reputation comes over one from without; character grows from within. Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character ...


'Trees and Squash'

Terry Walton

8/27/2019

I Was Thinking… Prior to becoming President of the United States, James Garfield was principal of Hiram College in Ohio.  When a father asked if the course of study couldn’t be simplified so his son might finish school sooner, Garfield replied, “Certainly.  But it all depends upon what you want to make of your boy.  When God wants to make an oak tree, God takes a hundred years.  When God wants to make a squash, God requires only two months.” (Developing the Leaders Around You, Maxwell, P.119) ...


"Bear Down Church"

Terry Walton

8/20/2019

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

8/13/2019

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 “...


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