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Awakening to Relevancy

Quincy Brown

2/21/2019

Awakening to Relevancy   A few weeks ago, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS. Although I saw several commercial advertisements on Facebook and TV leading up to the date, I didn't tune in to watch. After attending a church conference to decide on property issues and wishing my Aunt Rebekah a Happy 85th Birthday, the last thing that I wanted to do was to watch an awards show. Instead, I snuggled up on the sofa to watch reruns of Law and Order. After a few minutes into the third episode,...


‘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 ...


A Path For the Church--Candyland Part Two

Quincy Brown

2/6/2019

Nearly eight months ago, I wrote a blog on the board game Candy Land. Click here to read the blog. You do remember the game, don't you? In the article, I played with the idea of the game as a metaphorical pathway for the church to assess each area of the Sunday morning experience for a new here guest.   Last week, I got a chance to try out the metaphor first hand as I was a "new here" guest at a church. I went to the church because a friend who was going to attend invited me. Frankly, it would ...


Empty

David Naglee

2/1/2019

Empty? I went into a nonprofit store the other day, honestly to kill time while my wife was in a fabric store.  I found myself looking through used music CD’s.  I found one that peaked my interest. I read all the song titles on the back of the CD case for anything familiar.  I looked up the CD on my phone to see reviews on it.  I decided to buy the CD because it was only $1.91 and after all it would support a good cause. I left the store with my purchase and drove away.  Sometime later, miles ...


Don't Be Boxed In

Quincy Brown

1/23/2019

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of walking down memory lane. Once with my college classmate Charlie, and the other with a few of our district churches during a morning message. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 29 years since I graduated from college.   As I reflected on my experiences, I also remembered how long it took me to get a job after I graduated. Fortunately, during the time that I was in limbo having a degree but not enough experience and no money, my ...


‘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 ...


‘Feed the Good Wolf’

Terry Walton

1/15/2019

I Was Thinking… I can still hear him as he seeks to sound just like an older and wiser Native American.  One of my fishing buddies loves to tell stories in first person with an attempt at drama through a borrowed brogue.   As we sit by the fire on a fishing trip he begins “I teach my grandson about life as I tell him this story: ‘A fight is going on inside me.  It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.  One is evil and the other is good’.  Then I look at my grandson with great ...


Adapt to Change

Quincy Brown

1/9/2019

On New Year’s Eve, I attended LA Fitness gym for my first session with a personal trainer. Since I was well into the throes of a Christmas time warp, where it’s easy to forget what day it is, I was caught off guard when my trainer asked if I had plans for later that night. With a puzzled look, I responded in a somewhat clueless manner, “Now, why would I have plans for later tonight?” After my new trainer gave the “where have you been” stare at me, it finally occurred to me that it was ...


‘Cooperation’

Terry Walton

1/8/2019

I Was Thinking… In the 1970’s on a Waynesville, Ohio farm a letter was discovered as a family was rummaging through a great-grandfather’s keepsakes.  The four-time academy award nominee, Ethan Hawke’s great-grandfather had died, and the family enjoyed reminiscing through his belongings.  The letter was dated ‘Cornwall, 1483’.  It was tattered and worn but legible enough to offer wonderful wisdom inheritances to the family.  Ethan Hawke is a descendant to the noble Hawkes of Cornwall.  Sir ...


‘Presence in 2019’

Terry Walton

1/1/2019

I Was Thinking… Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic Priest, professor, writer and theologian.  I first learned of Dr. Nouwen while in seminary and find his reflections very insightful.  He offers profound wisdom concerning a phrase he often used… ‘ministry of presence’.  “More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them.  It is a privilege to have the ...


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