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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 ...


From Ashes to Riches

Quincy Brown

3/6/2019

A rich man's wife became sick.  When her death was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside.  She said, "Dear child, remain pious and good, and then our dear God will always protect you, and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you." With this, she closed her eyes and died.   The girl went out to her mother's grave every day and wept, and she remained pious and good. When winter came, the snow spread a white cloth over the grave, and when the spring sun had ...


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,...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Christmas Chaos

Quincy Brown

12/5/2018

It's been a busy few weeks. Much, like you, I survived the "special days" of the past two weeks, including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Rivalry Saturday (for college football enthusiasts--Go DAWGS, yes I know, I know...), Cyber Monday, and finally Giving Tuesday.  Amazingly enough, NONE of these days were actually in December! Thanks to Kiss 104.1 FM's DJ, Ron Youngblood, the host of the oldies but goodies R&B show Spotlight Gold on Saturdays I can now focus on Christmas. On Saturday, December...


Thanksgiving

Quincy Brown

11/20/2018

 3D Journey On Thursday, our family will host the annual family Thanksgiving gathering. And I'm gearing up for my only job of keeping the kitchen clean for 24 hours. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and sitting at the kids' table during dinner. Yes, I still sit at the kid's table on Thanksgiving! It's something about Thanksgiving that touches the child inside of me.     Sandwiched between Halloween, and Christmas, Thanksgiving is the simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday...


M Lab

Quincy Brown

11/7/2018

 3D Journey Do you remember Science Lab experiments from high school? I do, and I hated it. I wasn't a very hands-on student nor was I a fan of the teacher. Well, more specifically, I wasn’t a fan of my chemistry teacher who made a Gentlemen’s Agreement with me at the end of the course. He quipped: "If I give you a C in the chemistry lab, would you promise me that will NOT take another science class for the remainder of your high school experience?"   Knowing that I only needed ...


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