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Connecting with the Nones

Quincy Brown

3/14/2018

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

2/28/2018

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

2/14/2018

 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 ...


District Generosity Initiative

Quincy Brown

1/31/2018

  Today, January 31 is the deadline for the End of Year Reports for our churches. In this report, churches will highlight its mission by the numbers.  One of the many data items on the report is conference apportionments, the method of giving in our denomination that proportionally allocates the church-wide budget to the North Georgia Conference and local churches.    Paying conference apportionments are very important, but, it becomes incredibly challenging for any church to pay the full amount...


Practice What You Preach!

Quincy Brown

1/19/2018

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

1/4/2018

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

11/29/2017

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

11/15/2017

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

11/1/2017

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

10/18/2017

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 ...


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