Author: Shaun King

For more than 430 years the descendants of Jacob resided in Egypt. They had come there under the leadership of Jacob’s most beloved son, Joseph, who had been sold into slavery there and yet (by God’s providence) ascended to a position of prominence and power, second only to Pharaoh himself. It was by his invitation that his brothers and their families (seventy persons in total) settled in the land of Egypt. Now, faithful to the creational commission to “be fruitful and multiply,” and in keeping with the promise made to the Patriarch Abraham, they were becoming “more numerous than the stars.” In the...

There is no marketing strategy more effective than word-of-mouth. Some of today’s most successful companies grew their consumer base primarily on word-of-mouth strategies. According to one HuffingtonPost.com article, Nielsen “found a whopping 92 percent of consumers value referrals from friends or family members more than any other type of marketing.” The same reality applies to first time guests in church. Take a minute to watch this video we shared in worship last Sunday. What if we have made it more complicated than necessary? What if there is someone in your life who is willing to attend, but who has never been asked? What if that person...

For millions of Christians worldwide, this Sunday begins the highest and holiest week of the year. It is Holy Week,* and here is a rundown of six special events you will not want to miss! Palm Sunday Worship – March 25th at 11:00 in the Sanctuary and Family Life Center During our morning worship service, we will hear the story of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will sing of the supremacy of Christ as Lord and King, and consider the sermon, “Two Parades. One Decision.” JCBC Night of Praise – March 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary Glenn Crosthwait, along with our...

As we continue to focus on our missional partnerships in the month of March, and most immediately prepare for a total mission-immersion this Saturday at nine sites in and around the greater metro region, I want to let you know of a special opportunity to encounter one international partner up close and personally. One of JCBC's valued missional partners is Water is Life International (WiLi). David Harding, who has served for many years as CBF Field Coordinator to Ethiopia is also the CEO of WiLi. I had the honor of serving as David's pastor while living in Orlando. David and Merrie Harding are...

I have often said that it sometimes takes the soul some time to catch up with the body. We can show up in a physical space, and yet never really arrive. Being fully present takes time. Especially in worship. This is why our daily practices of prayer, silence, meditation, and scripture readings are vital. When we practice individual worship throughout the week, it readies the soul to enter the mystery and beauty of our shared worship gatherings on Sundays. Even when we do arrive on Sundays fully prepared to worship with heart and mind and voice, the clock is still ticking. It is not uncommon to...

You are marked, you know. Soul-marked…by the love of God. But that can be so hard to remember; given all the other marks we bear. Marks of our own making. Marks of our unmaking. Sin, brokenness, folly, regret. They all, in their own ways, leave marks. And with blemished hearts and smudged souls, we can forget who marked us first. And perhaps the most sinister of all marks are the ones without fingerprints. Tarnishes left with no one to blame. Disease, trauma, depression, loss. They too, smear our sensibilities and blur our perspectives. What we need is a new mark. Or perhaps an old one, re-traced. Is it any wonder why the mark...

As early as the fourth century, Christians have set aside the forty-six days preceding Easter as a time of reflection, confession, repentance, and spiritual renewal. With the joyful anticipation of Easter resurrection, believers commit to disciplines and practices that are intended to deepen their faith in, and widen their love for the crucified and risen Christ. We call this season “Lent.” While Lenten disciplines vary across the church’s many traditions and denominations, and while there are multiple ways for individual Christians to exercise personal faith in meaningful ways, one of the most powerful practices during this season is the gathering of...

So, Monday is a pretty big day. Monday morning, January 29th, I will defend my doctoral dissertation. It’s been quite a ride, these past 3 ½ years. The journey has been challenging, inspiring, frustrating and fulfilling all at once. The course work, seminars, papers, research, project proposals, interviews and thesis writing (along with this little day job I have) have all served to confirm my belief in, and deepen my reliance upon, the all-sufficient and sustaining Grace of a God who is more than enough. “More-than-enough” is not a bad way to think of God, you know. According to Galatians 3:20, “...

It’s been cold. The recent snow has brought its wintery mix of chills and thrills. Teachers and students, grateful for the forced sabbatical, complete their “online learning” assignments in time for some hoped for rest, play, or binge-watching on Netflix. For some JCBC members, however, the mid-week weather provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate what we are all about. One of our greatest missional partners is No Longer Bound. NLB is a 12-month addiction recovery program for men. Their mission is to recruit addicts, regenerate men, and reconcile families that have been shattered by the devastating impact of addiction. Twice per month (every month) various...