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‘Spirit Song’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… One of my favorite contemporary hymns in our United Methodist hymnal is “Spirit Song”.  It was written and put to music by John Wimber in 1979.  Every time I sing that song, I think of John Wimber’s faith journey and find it inspiring. John Wimber was not a person of faith.  He was a very gifted musician who was a pianist and vocalist in the rock group called ‘The Paramours’, later known as ‘The Righteous Brothers’.  However, his life was empty…even with all the success, he was...

‘Stay Home’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… My passion is to love folks into the Kingdom of God.  I strongly believe the world is hungry for ‘unconditional love’.  However, this kind of love is impossible unless we have the God of unconditional love firmly at home in our hearts.  My human struggle often has the door of my heart on a swivel.  Rather than let the God of unconditional love set up ‘house’ and make a home within my heart, I often keep the door swiveling as if I’m trying to ‘save energy’ at a large hotel.  ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I’m not one who thinks that clichés are necessarily profound.  However, they do become a cliché for a reason.  I suppose that reason is that several someones thought there was profound meaning in the phrase or saying and thus a cliché is born. Charles Sheldon’s 1896 book entitled In His Steps was subtitled “What Would Jesus Do?”  The ethos of Sheldon’s approach to Christian life was expressed in the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”  In the novel, Rev. Henry Maxwell encounters a ...

‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Next week the 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference will begin and end with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  “Eucharist was supposed to tell Christians”, according to Richard Rohr, “who we are in a positive and inclusionary way”. (Meditation: One in Love, June 2, 2019) I agree, celebrating what God has done for all of us in Jesus the Christ keeps perspectives clear and open. Memory can be a blessing or a curse.  My sweet mother-in-law, whom we fondly call ‘Mimi’, is in a ‘...

‘Safe Place’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Everybody needs a place.  All of us need a safe place.  All people need space to process life and all life throws our way.  Everybody needs a place. It is true that people are at different ‘places’ with regards to their belief concerning the LGBTQ+ persons.  Some have journeyed from one ‘place’ to another ‘place’ regarding their belief and opinions on this hot issue of our day.  It is an issue for our larger church and world which makes it an issue for our local church and ...

‘Between Six and Sixty’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… What is the Holy Spirit?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation entitled Indwelling Spirit (May 19, 2019) spoke life into me.  I sense a nudge of the Spirit to share it with you. Without God as Holy Spirit, there’s no inner momentum, élan vital, or aliveness to heal our wounds. When the Spirit is alive in people, they wake up from their mechanical thinking and enter the realm of co-creative power. As in Ezekiel’s vision, the water flows from ankles to knees ...

‘What if?’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, was a day in which my heart was full of joy, love, peace, hope and beauty.  I had the honor of baptizing our granddaughter, Abigail Louise Johnson.  This is the fifth grandchild of which I’ve had the ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ to baptize. I am proud of our children and their spouses for their efforts to ‘train their children in the right way’ (Proverbs 22:6, NRSV).  And on this 2019 Mother’s Day, our daughter, Terilyn and her husband, ...

“The Hatch’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I had the privilege last week of visiting “The Hatch”.  Chick-fil-a’s home office, now called ‘Support Center’, has a warehouse dedicated to innovation.  Thus, the name “The Hatch”.  Many an idea has been launched, explored, reworked, failed and succeeded at “The Hatch”. John Wesley, as far as I know, didn’t work at any place like “The Hatch” but he was, without a doubt, an innovator.  Taking his preaching to the common person on the street, in the fields…outside his beloved ...

‘A Dodging Tactic’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “How far is too far?  If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to see or hear it fall, does it make a sound?”  These crazy philosophical questions are quite intriguing.  I remember them from college.  Philosophy wasn’t my favorite course, but it certainly got me to thinking in broader and deeper ways. “Can we really experience anything objectively?”  This philosophical question is one to ponder.  Each of us bring our own filters through which we view ...

‘Good for the Soul’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… “The City of Atlanta says its employees didn’t do it and the builder of the West Highlands subdivision said it wasn’t them either.”  This was the response to a baffled Matthew Miller when trying to discover who painted a crosswalk on his street that leads pedestrians directly into his northwest Atlanta driveway. Mr. Miller is concerned that it puts undue attention on his driveway and thus his home. (AJC, April 16, 2019)  That would be strange, would it not, to come home and ...

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