Author: Shaun King

Did you feel it? That’s the question that lit up Facebook and twitter this morning, around 4:20 a.m. Friends from near the Kentucky boarder, to as far south as Macon, report being awakened by tremors of the 4.4 magnitude Earthquake that originated out of Decatur, Tennessee. What strikes me is the familiarity-of-phrase: “Did you feel it?” Most of the posts and tweets I saw expressed a similar kind of appeal to chime in. In fact, at www.volcanodiscovery.com, you can fill out an “I felt it” report. Which, of course, I did. You’re welcome. Is this what the Shepherds asked? Is this what the Inn-keeper asked, managing too many grumpy...

The church looks amazing! One of my favorite parts of the Advent season is seeing our campus morph into a wonderland of light and decoration. God has blessed us with a beautiful campus, and it is especially stunning when it is adorned for the celebration of Christ’s birth! In fact, here’s a little secret. This month, our staff will be hosting the next breakfast of the newly forming interfaith clergy alliance. I can’t wait to welcome my new friends into the sacred spaces that have come to mean so much to you and me during this high season. But here’s another little secret:...

The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love. So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And when it’s all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas? What if Christmas became a world-changing event again? Welcome to Advent Conspiracy. (www.adventconspiracy.org) [vc_video link='https://youtu.be/2yfnlhvmr-k'] The word conspiracy comes from the...

One of the great moments of 2018 was the celebration of Glenn Crosthwait’s 20th anniversary at Johns Creek Baptist.  On that day, we gave thanks to God for the extraordinary gift Glenn is to our church family. In honor of that celebration, a project has been underway to organize and publish a book of devotions written by Glenn over the course of these twenty years. Carole Smith and Glen Sloan have worked tirelessly to produce the book, which is now available for sale. The title is Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow: Devotional Thoughts from Glenn Crosthwait. The devotions printed in...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/300737067'] It’s pledging season at JCBC. This is the time of year when we all make our commitments to support the ministries of the church, financially, in the year ahead. Some of our members have been practicing this discipline for many years. But for others, this may be the very first time you’ve taken this step in your faith. If you didn’t grow up tithing, or pledging your support, it can be a little intimidating, and hard to know where to start. Even if you want to tithe ten percent, your present situation may make it extremely challenging until your debt is reduced, or...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/299302362'] So, yesterday was election day. Did you vote? I hope so. Like many of you, I voted early. Few things move me more than stepping into a voting booth, to exercising the freedom and responsibility I have as a citizen to make my voice heard; to take a stand for something or someone; to vote the convictions of my conscience. When you vote, you are saying “I believe in this thing...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/298220114'] Today is October 31st. On this day, 501 years ago, Martin Luther stood on the steps of the castle church in Wittenburg, Germany and nailed 95 theses (grievances, complaints) about the current state of the church. He believed with all his heart that the church could be better at being the body of Christ in the world. If you were to add to Luther’s theses, what would you say? In what way could the global church be better at being the body of Christ in the world today? While there could be 95 more to enumerate, today I offer one. It seems in this...

An excerpt from Johns Creek Baptist Church: The First 20 Years 1993-2013, by Barbara Brown and David Brown: The goal of the new JCBC congregation was to relocate and occupy the new building on McGinnis Ferry Road within one year from the date of breaking ground for construction. Phase I of the project, consisting of the chapel for worship with space for religious education and administrative offices (27,600 square feet), was complete and the congregation’s goal was achieved! On Sunday morning, October 17, 1993, at 9:30 a.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, followed by the first worship service in the new...

If you were in worship this past Sunday, you saw a compilation video of many of JCBC’s missional partners, extending their congratulations and blessings, as we prepare to mark the occasion of our 25th anniversary. If you missed the video, you can check it out here. [vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/294341780']   At the time of this writing, we are 11 days away from the big celebration! October 21, 2018 is our 25th anniversary as Johns Creek Baptist Church! I’m calling on our entire JCBC family to make a special effort to be present that day. Eleven days, and counting. Will you be with us? Here is a brief glance at...

For years, one of the central activities of the early church was the sharing of the common meal. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,  to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  (Acts 2:42) In the early decades of the first century, as the church was still budding to full bloom, Imperial persecution often forced members of “The Way” to gather away from public assemblies, in secret house meetings. In addition to teachings, readings, songs and prayers, these clandestine moments of worship would often culminate in one of the members presenting a hidden serving of bread and wine for all to...