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Autumn is Here....

Quincy Brown

10/2/2019

Autumn is finally here. Well, at least that's what it says on the calendar. The sun missed the memo and still believes that it's supposed to shine 90-degree summer heat. Let’s hope, for our lawn’s sake, that there’s relief around the corner where the sun catches up to the calendar!   Despite the heat, it's October, and that means it's time for church fall festivals, Trunk or Treat, and BBQ! Of course, some anniversaries and revivals also fill our calendars. But for most of us, the ...


Discipleship Path

Quincy Brown

9/11/2019

Does your church have an intentional discipleship path? Do you have a process for helping people follow Jesus daily? Does your church's culture hold up expectations for people becoming disciples to make new disciples? If you're like many churches, other than having a Bible Studies and small groups, chances aren't good that the average person in your congregation has ever thought about what it would mean for them to make disciples. Perhaps you're reading this and thinking about your church. Is ...


Labor Day

Quincy Brown

8/27/2019

    There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch. Hare ran down the road for a while and then paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?” Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty...


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...


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