Atlanta Decatur Oxford District

Practice What You Preach!

Quincy Brown


When I went to college, I had to find creative ways to integrate my curious mind with an active faith life.  I found that being a Christian in the church was a bit different than being a Christian in college.  At first, bridging the life of the mind and the life of faith together was difficult.  And it didn't help matters that Michael Peterson, a non-traditional student classmate, and leader of the Christian Fellowship group that I attended, told me that the comic books that I enjoyed reading ...

A New Year


New Year’s Day is the oldest of all known holidays celebrated in the world.  And it seems that people have been making (and breaking) resolutions since the beginning of time.    New Year's is a holiday full of festive traditions.  Perhaps the most familiar are the parties, Watch Night services, and parades and college football!  It seems that New Year's is the perfect excuse for the gathering of crowds in public places, the ringing of bells and sirens, exploding of firecrackers, people toasting ...

Christmas Chaos

Quincy Brown


Christmas Chaos Like many of you, I'm already behind on my Christmas preparation.  We still have Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator, and the fall wreath is on the front door.  There are so many things that I have to do on my list to get prepared for the chaos of Christmas.     How about you?  Are you prepared for Christmas Chaos?  Christmas Chaos is the force behind all the decorations, busy schedules, and total insanity that so quickly deflates the Christmas season.  Perhaps you’re not ...

Being Thankful

Quincy Brown


Being Thankful Thanksgiving, the simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday, is often overlooked in department stores.  I guess this is to be expected since other than grocery stores chains; there isn't a lot of fanfare behind the sale of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie (personally, I’m partial to sweet potato pie) and cranberry sauce!   Sure, there have been a few attempts to make Thanksgiving more exciting. You can buy a few Thanksgiving decorations, and there is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ...

A New Way of Seeing


Ever since I was a child in Sunday school, I have always been fascinated with Jesus.  As a child, I saw Jesus as a Magician, since many of the lessons in Sunday school focused on his miracles.  And in my mind, I connected Jesus' miracle stories to a David Copperfield-like holy man.   As I’ve gotten a bit older, I’ve come to see that Jesus’ spirituality is a dramatically different than mine.  Jesus seems to embrace the most ordinary of circumstances and places, finding within them rich sources of...

Why Systems Matter

Quincy Brown


WHY SYSTEMS MATTER  I'm halfway through Charge Conference season! My schedule of visiting all 56 churches by attending three Charge Conferences on Sundays, two on Tuesday, and two on Thursday has me finding new routes to our churches in the district.  To assist me in my travels, I depend heavily on Waze, the community-based traffic and navigation app on my phone.   I love Waze!  I use the app every morning on my stop to Starbucks on the way to the office. To avoid traffic on Hwy 138, Waze ...

Fall Is On The Way

Quincy Brown


Fall is on the Way When I was involved in campus ministry, I had a student whose spiritual discipline involved jumping in the leaves of fall.  She would bring in a few colorful maple leaves when she visited me, and we would toss the leaves on the floor and see the random pattern that would happen.  We would then talk about how God's love is purposeful, but at times it feels like a lot like a leaf being tossed around by the wind during fall.   The image of a large orange and red maple leaf that ...

Bridge Building with X’s and O’s

Quincy Brown


I have a fundamental belief that churches need to produce disciples who build bridges between very different cultures and that part of recognizing different cultures is to understand the differences in people.    Perhaps it’s my age speaking, but I’m convinced more than ever that we don’t need to “build bridges” with people who look the same, think the same, serve the same, act the same, worship the same, or who are the same as we are. I look at it differently, I suppose, and my ...

I Love a Good Story

Quincy Brown


I get excited when I hear, see, or read a quest or a hero’s/heroine’s journey.  Many of these stories feature a character that has a problem and meets a mentor with a plan to help the character resolve his or her problem.     In many ways, each church is called to take the journey or quest to figure out how to engage its community, organize its experiences, and imagine new ways to connect people with Jesus. By offering individuals a clear choice of what is (the present situation) a plan (the ...

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