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Easter is Special

Quincy Brown


Easter is Special     Being the Church during a pandemic has been frustrating, challenging, and full of anxiety. I recall that last year, Easter for many of us was not the same. Last year, most of our churches had to scrap their Easter plans due to the pandemic. We were disappointed that the church year’s biggest day, which proclaimed God’s ultimate Good News, felt more like a hollow victory.   We all walked through the events of Holy Week with a different attitude and understanding. I wrote ...

Finish the Race!

Quincy Brown


  I ran track in high school. I ran the third leg on the 4X100 relay team. I never thought that I was fast, though I clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Looking back, I’m convinced that I gained my speed running from my neighbor’s German Shepherd named King. King didn’t like me and chased me every morning and evening, getting on and off the school bus.     I admit, I was nowhere near Bo Jackson (4.16) or Usain Bolt level (4.22), but I was the second-fastest on the team behind Mike, ...

The Vertical Slash:  Bifocals or Hybrid?


 Four years ago, I got my first pair of glasses. Until then, I had 20/20 vision. As a child, I ate many carrots to avoid having to wear glasses like Mama and my brother. I wanted to wear Foster Grant sunglasses, but the bespectacled look wasn’t for me. But things changed for me when one day while sitting in a meeting with the Bishop and other District Superintendents, we were looking at a presentation on two 90-inch TVs mounted on the wall.   For the first time, the images on the large screen ...

The Song that Never Ends

Quincy Brown


Does it feel like pandemic living is a never-ending loop of loss and uncertainty? Lately, I’ve felt like Shari Lewis’ puppet character Charley Horse from Lamb Chops TV Show is lurking around singing: “This is the song that doesn’t end, yes, it goes on and, on my friend.” Ok, so I admit that it isn’t fair to compare the pandemic experience to Shari Lewis trying to quiet puppets singing an obnoxious song. But it sure does feel like we’re living in a tiresome loop (Social Distance Day 326) that ...

The Epiphany and Cultural Pivot

Quincy Brown


To see video message from Quincy click here.  Today is the Epiphany of the Lord. It’s the day that we celebrate the Wise Men arriving with gifts to worship Jesus. It also marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and the traditional day people take down Christmas decorations. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek word that means appearance or manifestation. In biblical times, Israel’s religious culture hindered them from accepting God’s incarnation in Jesus. Additionally, the religious...

Merry Christmas!

Quincy Brown


Merry Christmas It's beginning to look (or at least feel) a lot like Christmas. Are you ready? Here's my preparation list: __ Send out Christmas Cards __ Watch Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer __ Listen to The Temptations' Silent Night and  Nat "King" Cole's Christmas Song __ Get our niece's Gracelyn's 18th birthday gift (she was born on Christmas Day) __ Get Dionne's gift I'm ready as I'll ever be, knowing that we will not be traveling this Christmas for our families. I've heard from many ...


Quincy Brown


Thanksgiving 2020   Thanksgiving will be different this year. Like many of you, my family has struggled with how to do Thanksgiving together. The lingering question is: Will we forgo the extended family and do a single household face-to-face gathering, or will we do ZOOM-to-ZOOM with our entire family? We’ve decided on a ZOOM-to-ZOOM Thanksgiving. I know that it’s not ideal, but nothing has been during this pandemic season.  With the fatigue of the pandemic, I admit that I’m emotionally ...

Church Thermometer and Thermostat

Quincy Brown


Recently, I heard a pastor give a message about the difference between a thermostat and a thermometer. The message’s point was that a thermometer tells us the temperature and the thermostat allow us to change the temperature. The audience was encouraged to be a thermostat and not a thermometer.   I’ve thought a lot about the pastors’ message. I now wonder if there was more to be said about the temperature gauging metaphors. The mornings are now cooler than they were a couple of ...

October is for Pastor Appreciation

Quincy Brown


Can I be honest with you about what it means to be a pastor? Pastoral ministry is a call from God. For the most part, it is a humbling and fantastic call, full of great joys and significant moments in people’s lives: officiating weddings, presiding over funerals, seeing life change for Christ first-hand. But it’s also full of tension: intense conflict, unrealistic expectations (we’re only human, and we can’t meet everyone’s expectations), relational strain, and, at times, soul-aching ...

The MacGyver Way of Seeing

Quincy Brown


The MacGyver Way of Seeing   Does the name Angus “Mac” MacGyver ring a bell? If you remember 80s television, you might recognize the MacGyver TV series. During the series, MacGyver saw the world around him as one full of possibilities and solutions.   He’s assigned an impossible mission (not to be confused with the Tom Cruise franchise) in every episode. Unlike James Bond or James West from the Wild, Wild West, the popular 60s western science fiction action series, MacGyver didn’t have “cool ...

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