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Life is full of oxymorons, isn’t it?  Contradictory terms.  For example: We sit on genuine imitation leather chairs, eat jumbo shrimp and vegetarian meatballs, cooked over synthetic natural gas.  If we’re in a rush, we may eat a cold hotdog, while we’re watching a seriously funny show.  We’re given an original copy of an exact estimate and the salesman was deceptively honest.  A small crowd showed up for the long briefing on government efficiency and military intelligence.  It got pretty ugly.  A new tradition in business is a friendly takeover by the loyal opposition and it’s often the result of negative...

We are the body of Christ. That’s what the Apostle Paul claims. The living, breathing, body of our Lord. The visible presence of the Risen Christ. And each of us, an individual part of that body, with far greater value and responsibility than we can possibly imagine. The motive for Paul’s 19 verse soapbox on “body ethic” was to address the toxic matter of social distinctions that had begun to emerge within the Corinthian community of faith. It was assumed then and there, just as it is possible to assume here and now, that some members of the Body of Christ are more important,...

One of the great freedoms we cherish in Baptist life is the freedom known as local church autonomy. Each local congregation, we believe, is free to practice faith, exercise church polity, interpret sacred scripture and select its own leaders—all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and without the interference or coercion of any outside agency or hierarchy. Each year at JCBC, we have a wonderful opportunity to exercise this freedom when we nominate members to serve in the Deacon Ministry. Deacon (de’ ken): from διάκονος (diakonos) – servant Deacons are spiritual leaders and servants of our Lord’s church. In my experience, JCBC Deacons...

Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation Ph.D. 1984, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity 1978, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.S. 1974, University of Montevallo, Alabama Dr. Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Chair of Baptist Heritage and is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at McAfee. He received his B.S (1974) with a double-major in psychology and sociology from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His training for Christian ministry took place at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, which awarded him the M.Div. (1978) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees. During his years as a...

It’s Consecration Day at JCBC! This Sunday, August 6, 2017, we as one unified body of believers will move in one magnificent procession of worship, from the Sanctuary to the Family Life Center to re-dedicate that space as a place of sacred worship, to the glory of God. We will sing. We will pray. We will share in the mystery of the Lord’s Supper. And we will commit our hearts, minds, hands, and feet to the service of our Lord. It’s Consecration Day at JCBC…and we need YOU! We need your faith, your hope, and your love for our celebration to be complete. Not only will this Sunday...

Tonight, we host one of the most meaningful worship services of the year at JCBC. It is our Ash Wednesday service. Tonight, we join millions of Christians around the world choosing to enter into a deliberate season of spiritual examination, as we journey steadily toward the highest point on our Christian calendar: Easter Sunday. In last week’s blog, I shared a bit of the history and purpose behind this season, known as Lent, and the unique service which ushers it in. Take a moment to read about it here. Tonight, here is what you can expect. 5:45 p.m. Pre worship music begins. We welcome guest...

Our goal in January was to make sure every JCBC member had the opportunity to learn about the exciting opportunities ahead with our Faith2Next Campaign. In no less than 20 presentations, our members were invited to view our informational video, peruse our campaign brochure, and engage in conversation with leaders trained to answer any questions about the purpose and design of Faith2Next. Now all of that information is available to you through a dedicated website! At www.Faith2Next.com, you will find details about our campaign, allowing you and your family to remain engaged throughout this exciting journey. A few of the features you can expect...

For some, Christmas is NOT the “most wonderful time of the year.” If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, the long-awaited return of a son or daughter, the trauma of job loss or divorce or any number of significant transitions in life, sometimes the Christmas season may serve only to intensify your pain and deepen your sadness. What do you do when there are lights and carols all around you, but you simply have no emotional strength to deck your own halls with boughs of holly? Do this. Come to Johns Creek Baptist Church. Tonight, on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:00...