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A Path For The Church

Quincy Brown


Do you remember the game Candy Land? If you’re not familiar with the iconic board game, please click here. The game is a pathway through gumdrops, lollipops, ice cream, and gingerbread. Woven around players finding King Kandy, the lost king of Candy Land, its creator Eleanor Abbott, who was recovering from polio, designed for the game kids suffering from the disease to enjoy.   At the suggestion of the children, Eleanor submitted the game to Milton Bradley, who purchased it in 1949. The game ...

Family, Friends and Football

Quincy Brown


On Monday, I made a trip to my hometown to visit my family.  As with most of my family gatherings, we each took turns going back down memory lane.  For some reason, this experience brought back a memory of my first time playing an organized sport on the football team of my elementary school. We were the Purple Panthers. Though at the time it made sense, none of us ever gave a second thought of how silly a purple panther looked.  I guess anything makes sense to you as a child.     I went to the ...

There’s No “I” in Team But There’s an “I” in CHURCH When It’s Turned Sideways

Quincy Brown


On Mother’s Day, Dionne and I attended worship at Crossroads Church in Conyers.  During the Children’s Moment, Pastor Zack Martin held up two signs that read “TEAM” and “CHURCH” respectively. He mentioned that there wasn’t an “I” in the words “TEAM” or “CHURCH.” As he spun the signs around for visual effect, the sign labeled “CHURCH” was turned on its side and one of the kids mentioned that the “H” becomes an “I” when you turn the CHURCH sideways. She shouted see; there is an "I" in CHURCH. ...

Can the Church Help Others Become Heroes of their Stories?

Quincy Brown


Have you seen the Avengers: Infinity War movie? I've seen it once, and I’m scheduled to see it again to see what I missed. Don't worry; there's a not spoiler alert here! The only thing that I will say is it’s fascinating to see how what started in 2008 with Iron Man has all led up to a cosmic battle between good and evil.    Ten years ago creators of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) had a vision. During the post credit scene of the first Iron Man movie, Samuel L. Jackson's character Nick ...

Leaving a Legacy: Seeing a Bigger Picture

Quincy Brown


On yesterday, I attended my first meeting of the Committee of 100, a group of Candler School of Theology alumni who are selected by the Dean to be ambassadors for the school to strengthen the ties between the seminary to the Church.    During the introduction of new members, I learned about three alumni who received Candler's lifetime achievement award. It was an honor to among such individuals. And it got me to begin thinking about what type of legacy I'm working on to leave.   We all want to ...

Transition Management

Quincy Brown


A few weeks ago, I met with David Carr a Ph.D. student and ministry candidate from Eastside UMC. David was carrying a copy of Arnold van Gennep’s book of The Rites of Passage, where van Gennep outlines the 3 phases of change rituals: separation, transition (or threshold), reincorporation. David was looking for a reference in the book for his dissertation.   Our conversation took me back to when I was working on my dissertation where I also used portions of van Gennep’s book. My work was on how ...

The Meaning of Easter

Quincy Brown


He was too heavy. He squirmed with nervous energy. His legs were getting restless, and he needed to go the bathroom. As he hung from the makeshift 2x4 lumber-constructed- cross, Greg was ready to come down before it was time. Greg was playing Jesus during the church's Easter play. I guess this is what happens when you grow up in a family church, and your family is the primary family in charge. And to make matters worse, when we got Greg down to carry him behind the large curtains (we didn’t...

Connecting with the Nones

Quincy Brown


Elizabeth was twenty-one when I first met her ten years ago. At the time, she was struggling to discern her life's purpose and direction. Disillusioned by the church, Elizabeth experienced several interruptions in her life, involving lost relationships that left her emotionally numb, rebellious, and uncertain.   Elizabeth expressed her distaste for common church beliefs such as "hell." Her negative experiences of church, as well as the deaths of members of her family, culminated in the wounding ...

Leadership Is No Laughing Matter

Quincy Brown


When I was a child the guys in my family would play "Double-Dog-Dare." Our version of the game had a slight twist, and we called it, “Bet I Can Make You Laugh.” The object of the game was to make a person show his teeth by laughing. If you showed your teeth, you lost the game, and there was usually some “double dog dare” that you had to perform.    I lost several games, but the one, which I remember the most was the time, my cousin Greg “double dog dared” me to jog to the stop sign at the end of...

From Ashes to Riches

Quincy Brown


 3D Journey   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 ...

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