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“A Tradition Unlike Any Other”

Terry Walton

4/16/2019

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

4/9/2019

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 ...


Stress-less Living

Terry Walton

4/2/2019

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

3/26/2019

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 ...


‘Behind the Scenes’

Terry Walton

3/19/2019

I Was Thinking… I love it when a plan comes together…don’t you?  If you have ever said that phrase, then you understand what hard work goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of a plan for it to have a chance at ‘coming together’.  This world is full of ‘unsung heroes’ who are the ‘behind the scenes’ servants.  We may never know who they are, but they are present…unnoticed and serving. I think of the people who arrive early to church and turn on the heat in winter or AC in the summer.  I think of the ...


‘Ministry Weary’

Terry Walton

3/12/2019

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 ...


‘Slow Anger’

Terry Walton

3/5/2019

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

2/26/2019

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 ...


‘Extremes’

Terry Walton

2/12/2019

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 ...


‘Golden’

Terry Walton

1/22/2019

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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