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A Whale of a Rescue

Quincy Brown

8/7/2019

 3D Journey A Whale of A Rescue   A few weeks ago, during our time at Georgia Pastors School, Dionne and I took time to visit St. Simons Pier.     It had been a while since we had a chance to visit the pier together. Surprisingly, on this particular evening, finding a parking space was unusually difficult. As we walked a couple of blocks to the dock, we noticed flocks of people, more people than usual milling around. Oddly, the crowds stood around like a human barrier reef between ...


What Question are you Trying to Answer?

Quincy Brown

7/24/2019

What are the questions that your church is seeking to answer? For several congregations, this might sound like an odd thing to ponder. For others, this question can feel a bit off-putting since “everyone knows that our churches are friendly and welcoming.”   If you haven't considered the question, I don’t think that you’re alone. I wonder if most churches stop long enough to ask this or any other type of inquiring question that doesn’t require a yes or no response. All of this is for a good ...


The Mayo Experience

Quincy Brown

7/10/2019

 3D Journey The Mayo Experience   Last week marked the seven-year check up on my second kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic. I'm thrilled that my check-up was a successful one. I’m still praising God that my eighth biopsy (number four on the second kidney) showed no signs of rejection!    This report was critical because my body began to reject my first transplant back in 2008. While it's not something that I’ve written about in this forum, my kidney transplant is always in the ...


To Know

Quincy Brown

6/26/2019

Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. It’s hard to believe that the “King of Pop” has been gone for ten years. While not ignoring the tragic events that led to his untimely death, it’s difficult for me not to go down the memory lane of my favorite Michael Jackson songs that spanned from "ABC" to "Man in the Mirror."   And who can ever forget watching the iconic footage of Michael's patented “moonwalk” after tossing his hat at Motown's 25 Anniversary?  All of these ...


Annual Conference

Quincy Brown

6/5/2019

 3D Journey ANNUAL CONFERENCE On Tuesday, June 11, I will be in Athens, GA (actually, I'll be there on Monday, June 10) attending the 153rd session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. This is a voting year for General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates. For a list of self-nominated lay and clergy delegates CLICK HERE and please refer to pp. 205-308 for clergy and pp. 309-381 for the laity During this session, we will have a chance to mark several transitions...


A Detour From Regular Routines

Quincy Brown

5/20/2019

A Detour From Regular Routines     On Memorial Day, my middle niece Jazmine graduates from high school! It’s hard to believe it’s her time to graduate. Where did the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday that I held her in the maternity ward on Christmas Day in 2000. As the first of two nieces born on Christmas Day (Gracelyn is 16), Jazz's graduation forces me to admit that I'm officially old finally.   It’s interesting that it took my niece’s graduation to make me finally acknowledge ...


Don't Be Shrek When Asking What’s Next?

Quincy Brown

5/2/2019

      One of the most paralyzing questions that people ask during a transition is: What’s next? When something comes to an end, like a job, or career, a marriage, death, or a particular way of life, we attempt to push past the “what’s next?” question, hoping that we can find something new very quickly.   We become irritated when we can't chart a course forward. We find ways to compensate and go through the motions. I experienced this first hand with a third-grader named Patrick, who...


If It's Dead, Then Why Does it keep Popping Up?

Quincy Brown

4/17/2019

  A couple of days ago, a friend shared with me a Facebook post on Latin. It was a multiple-choice test, to determine if I was a Latin master. To my surprise, I scored 9 out of 10! The test was fun for bragging rights and allowed me to show off my limited knowledge of Latin words; most of which I came across during my doctoral studies and the others from “Googling" the names of medication so that I can order the cheaper generic brand.     Most of us either use or hear Latin words;...


April Fool Day Isn't Engaging

Quincy Brown

4/3/2019

      April Fools Day isn’t engaging. I quickly discovered this lesson as a gullible kid who always got April Fooled. No matter how many times the class clown would set up the prank, I fell for some elaborate hoax or outrageous fictional claims. It even took me five years to realize that Stan Lee was not my best friend’s brother! I chalk up being an April Fool to my active child-like imagination that connected with comic books and cartoons. I was the perfect patsy to be set up on ...


Spring, Lent and a Bridge Over Troubled Water

Quincy Brown

3/20/2019

Spring, Lent, and A Bridge Over Troubled Water   Today’s the first day of spring, a season for cleaning, change, renewal and yes, pollen. I don’t think that isn’t a coincidence that Lent occurs at some point during the spring, as both seasons highlight the need for change and new beginnings.   Winter makes many of us want to curl up to a warm fire and withdraw from the world. But with the arrival of spring, we can start to come out of that place of self-protection and look forward to new ...


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