The JCBC Staff Blog

I have some exciting news to share regarding worship at JCBC. You will recall that in a special called church conference in May of this year, our congregation voted unanimously to adopt the proposal of the JCBC Worship Study Team. It was on that night that our congregation declared a unified “yes” to our future. We courageously adopted a proposal to establish an additional contemporary worship service to be offered alongside our current traditional/blended service. The adopted report (which can be read in full here) described in detail the background to our study, the congregational values we wish to honor moving forward, and...

We all fail. We do. We may not see it at first. We may never admit it; nor own up to it. But regardless of who we are, each of us (and all of us) will eventually blow it. (And, sometimes blow it big.) Then come the clouds. It is there, in the dark shadows of our despair, embarrassment, and shame that we are left tormented with haunting questions: Where did it go wrong? How did I get here? Is there any way out? Can things be repaired? What then? In scripture, we trace one consistent and reliable truth about life in God. No matter who we are; despite what we’ve done; regardless of...

Do you feel the chill in the air? The crispness of the wind as it whistles through the trees? Can you see the bright little flurry as it swirls in the wind, glistening in the sun? No. Me either! The air is anything but crisp and the only chill in the air is blowing out of the air conditioner! But what is in the air is excitement…as the Sanctuary Choir begins preparations for Christmas at Johns Creek 2016! This is the 19th annual presentation and the fun begins next Wednesday. Christmas Party 2016 is August 31 in the Heritage Room. Rehearsal...

It’s one of the hardest things that I have ever done. Some days are great. Some days are hard. Some days I have tried everything that I can think of to do, and I just want to crawl into a ball and throw in the towel. What is it? It’s this thing called…parenting. In a simple phrase…it’s the greatest thing and the hardest thing all wrapped up into tiny, sometimes not-so-tiny, human beings, that my wife and I are responsible for. We are responsible to make sure they get fed, have enough sleep, that their clothes are washed and dried, that homework gets done, that they make it to practice...

This past Sunday, Pastor Shaun called on us all to Get In The Game.  He called on us, directly, to help meet the continuing and surging need for volunteers in three distinct areas of service – Children’s Ministry, Hospitality, and Technology.  Right now, these areas already require a small army of weekly volunteers.  The need will only grow as we move, together, toward the creation and implementation of dual, simultaneous worship services.  Putting the call for volunteers in context, Shaun said, “As you do, you are getting in the game.  You are helping POSTURE your church to love others in the...

In August of this year the eyes of billions around the world will be on Rio de Janeiro, as that city prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Regardless of what event seems to capture your attention the most, there is something powerful, something moving, and at times, even a little transcendent about watching some of the greatest athletes on the planet compete. There is struggle, tension and drama. And as cliché as it has become, the most appropriate phrase to describe the Olympic games in all their fullness is that they runs the spectrum from the "thrill of victory, to the...

JCBC joined the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s, Together for Hope’s missional outreach initiative, to the poorest twenty counties in the country, almost ten years ago. We were asked to visit Presidio, Texas, which by our standards, might as well be on Mars. Most of us had never heard of it and we quickly figured out why. It was very difficult to get to, as it’s close to a million miles from here, but we went. We developed relationships and began sports camps through the Presidio Independent School Board, and the rest, as they say, “is history.” Visit Presidio today, population 4,426, and...

I can see it in my mind’s eye so clearly.  I can feel it in my soul.  Shoot, I can nearly taste it. Sunday morning.  My mother in the kitchen.  She would be nearly ready for church – only the finishing touches remain.  Her Sunday finery would be covered by a full length apron.  She is getting Sunday lunch ready – at least ready enough.  All she’ll have to do when we get back from church is brown the rolls and dish it up.  On the very special days – the days when dessert would be strawberry shortcake or peaches –...

After such a week of suffering and anguish, Pastor King offered these words and prayer in worship on Sunday. In seeking the reconciliation and repair so desperately needed at this time in our nation, may we all continue to pray with humility, the prayer of the Psalmist...

Everything belongs. In his groundbreaking book by the same name, Richard Rohr calls us to consider how intricately intertwined our lives really are. Every part of your life is in its place. It may be an uncomfortable place; an undesired place; an imperfect place. But every molecule of our being, and every movement and moment is in place. In place for what? In place to teach us something about the mystery of our existence in God. I once heard it described this way: “It takes a whole ocean to create a wave.” Reflect upon that for just a moment. It takes a whole ocean to create a wave. Each wave,...