The Epiphany and Cultural Pivot

Quincy Brown


To see video message from Quincy click here.  Today is the Epiphany of the Lord. It’s the day that we celebrate the Wise Men arriving with gifts to worship Jesus. It also marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and the traditional day people take down Christmas decorations. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek word that means appearance or manifestation. In biblical times, Israel’s religious culture hindered them from accepting God’s incarnation in Jesus. Additionally, the religious...

Merry Christmas!

Quincy Brown


Merry Christmas It's beginning to look (or at least feel) a lot like Christmas. Are you ready? Here's my preparation list: __ Send out Christmas Cards __ Watch Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer __ Listen to The Temptations' Silent Night and  Nat "King" Cole's Christmas Song __ Get our niece's Gracelyn's 18th birthday gift (she was born on Christmas Day) __ Get Dionne's gift I'm ready as I'll ever be, knowing that we will not be traveling this Christmas for our families. I've heard from many ...


Quincy Brown


Thanksgiving 2020   Thanksgiving will be different this year. Like many of you, my family has struggled with how to do Thanksgiving together. The lingering question is: Will we forgo the extended family and do a single household face-to-face gathering, or will we do ZOOM-to-ZOOM with our entire family? We’ve decided on a ZOOM-to-ZOOM Thanksgiving. I know that it’s not ideal, but nothing has been during this pandemic season.  With the fatigue of the pandemic, I admit that I’m emotionally ...

Monday Memo: Unlearning

Terry Walton


I was thinking... Have you ever had to ‘unlearn’ something? I know I have had to unlearn many things. The day I received two speeding tickets within two hours, one in North Carolina and the other in Georgia…I had to unlearn a heavy foot on the automobile accelerator (just ask my wife and Debby Fox…they were with me!) I have had to unlearn certain phrases that were simply part and partial of my southern upbringing. Phrases like “Jew-ing someone down” as a phrase used for negotiating a price for ...

Church Thermometer and Thermostat

Quincy Brown


Recently, I heard a pastor give a message about the difference between a thermostat and a thermometer. The message’s point was that a thermometer tells us the temperature and the thermostat allow us to change the temperature. The audience was encouraged to be a thermostat and not a thermometer.   I’ve thought a lot about the pastors’ message. I now wonder if there was more to be said about the temperature gauging metaphors. The mornings are now cooler than they were a couple of ...

Monday Memo: Hitting a Homerun

Terry Walton


I was thinking... As a child I began my lackluster baseball career in the Forest Park recreation Pee Wee Baseball league. It pains me, as a University of Georgia fan, to tell you my first baseball team was the Yellow Jackets (Yikes!). I hit my one and only homerun on the Yellow Jackets. Please don’t be too impressed because there was no fence and the distance the baseball could roll far between the fielders outstretched the outfielder’s ability to collect the ball and throw me out before my ...

Monday Memo: Silent Ministry

Terry Walton


Silent Ministry I was thinking... Bishop Joel McDavid once called the public appearance of a church’s property “The Silent Ministry of the Church.”  My dad made a point to tell me as I was appointed to my first church and would be living in a parsonage, “Always cut the grass and keep your yard groomed.  It is a witness to your congregation and to the community.”  He chose different words, but he was saying the same thing as Bishop McDavid… “The Silent Ministry of the Church.” Church signs can ...

Monday Memo: Season of Bunches

Terry Walton


Season of Bunches I was thinking... I imagine you have heard the saying "things come in bunches" or "stuff happen in threes." Even in my favorite sport, baseball, it has been said by many a coach and player, "hits come in bunches." This leads me to conclude that life is a "bunch of bunches." (How is that for wisdom?) Recently our family has been in a season of bunches. With a dear mother-in-law's death after struggling with Alzheimer's Disease for nearly four years; then a recurrence of ...

October is for Pastor Appreciation

Quincy Brown


Can I be honest with you about what it means to be a pastor? Pastoral ministry is a call from God. For the most part, it is a humbling and fantastic call, full of great joys and significant moments in people’s lives: officiating weddings, presiding over funerals, seeing life change for Christ first-hand. But it’s also full of tension: intense conflict, unrealistic expectations (we’re only human, and we can’t meet everyone’s expectations), relational strain, and, at times, soul-aching ...

The MacGyver Way of Seeing

Quincy Brown


The MacGyver Way of Seeing   Does the name Angus “Mac” MacGyver ring a bell? If you remember 80s television, you might recognize the MacGyver TV series. During the series, MacGyver saw the world around him as one full of possibilities and solutions.   He’s assigned an impossible mission (not to be confused with the Tom Cruise franchise) in every episode. Unlike James Bond or James West from the Wild, Wild West, the popular 60s western science fiction action series, MacGyver didn’t have “cool ...

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