Author: Shaun King

Advent is about preparing for the coming of the Christ. If that is so, the truth is it takes a little work preparing for that preparation. That’s exactly what has been underway at JCBC for the past week. At Christmas, one of the simple gifts we enjoy at JCBC is the beauty of our campus. It is simply stunning. Within the span of one week, the campus is transformed. Trees, garland, lights, and wreaths signal the season of Christ’s birth is at hand. But here’s the thing. It doesn’t get that way on its own. As I walked the halls of our campus last week, I was struck by...

There are some mysteries too profound for words. Some encounters defy simple explanations… and require more. That’s why we sing. We sing because when we do, our highest hope and our deepest longing take flight… so we can see them, hear them, feel them… And marvel. Nowhere is that more true than in the carols we sing at Christmas. Deeply imbedded in the lyrics of the carols we sing each year are profound and provocative declarations of hope, peace, joy and love. Sometimes haunting, sometimes exuberant. And most, a sojourn in-between. The carols of Christmas call believers to enter once more into the mystery of our Lord’s birth, and marvel...

With the season of Advent just around the corner, I hope you and your family plan to take full advantage of every opportunity to gather with your church family and marvel at the unspeakable mystery of God’s love made known to us in the birth of our Lord. Below is a list of some of these opportunities. Blue Christmas, November 29th at 6:00pm in the Chapel. Are you or someone you love experiencing sadness during this season? Is it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit because of some loss or transition that has impacted you? No need to put...

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. On Wednesday evening, November 29th at 6:00...

Every 500 years, the church throws a rummage sale. That’s how Episcopal Bishop Mark Dyer puts it. Since the birth of the church, there have been at least three significant turning points in which the church, faced with an identity crisis, made significant shifts in its way of existing in the world. These shifts resulted in deliberately relinquishing old and familiar ways of doing and being the church in order to engage the church’s mission in ever-changing contexts. Rummage sale. Brilliant. Out with the old. In with the new. The first of these rummage sales occurred around 500 A.D., as the church became the official religion of...

Dear JCBC Member, What an amazing year it has been at JCBC. Earlier this year, our Faith2Next campaign was an extraordinary demonstration of our congregational courage, vision and generosity, as we pledged more than 111% of our goal of providing a multi-venue worship experience while accelerating the complete and final payoff of our remaining debt. We have said yes to a bold new way of doing and being the church for generations to come. That’s why the church has approved a courageous, faith-driven ministry budget for 2018. It’s a budget designed to fund the ministries that we know bring life and hope to our...

Our mortal existence has limits. When we are born, the clock starts. Life [BE]gins. Regardless of what we do to speed up or slow down the clock, one fact is indisputable. One day, the clock will stop. The sand will run out of our glass. It's not something to fear Nothing to protest. It just is. But here is the great mystery. The incarnation demonstrates that THIS mortal life, this limited, fragile, time-sensitive life is worth the journey. It is so worth the journey, that God stepped into the human experience to live, breathe, grow, eat, drink, sleep, live, laugh, love, dance, cry, pray, and play. God came to [BE]! It was to...

One of the growing concerns I have as a pastor, attempting to lead and love in this current era, is what seems to be a nation’s fading capacity to be shocked. Events and realities that would have left us aghast even one generation ago have tragically become normalized as a part of the daily news cycle. We have come to expect the drama, the vitriol, the violence, until gradually, gone unchecked, unexamined, unchallenged, the soul is numbed, desensitized to how far away from center we have slipped. Then, occasionally, something happens to stretch the bandwidth of our tolerance. Vegas. From 32 floors up, a sea of 22,000...

It was the Greek philosopher Socrates who said, “To be is to do.” It was his student Plato who said, “To do is to be.” But it was the blue-eyed crooner Sinatra who said, “Do-be-do-be-do.” Bad “dad-joke” aside, there may be some wisdom there. Isn’t that the rhythm and the way of the Christ-life? It is BOTH, a call to do and to be. Rightly understood, however, everything we will ever do for Christ, emerges from who we are in Him. All of our works of service, compassion, mercy and love are motivated by and arise out of our growing understanding of our identity in Christ. Our doing is born...