The JCBC Staff Blog

Register Now for the JCBC Relationships Conference! “Love-By-Number: Transforming Relationships Through the Wisdom of the Enneagram” Every relationship I have ever had or known could be deepened, strengthened, and even transformed with just a little focused soul-work. Think about it. It has long been known that life is 5% what happens, and 95% how one reacts to what happens. The same is true for every personal relationship we have. In marriage, parenthood, friendship, co-working, or simply being neighborly, there are always--at all times--countless hidden dynamics between us. Those dynamics (which include deeply engrained instincts of head, heart, and gut reaction) all emerge from our particular personality...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/310369460/'] Just before the turn of the year, I was scrolling Facebook, and was moved by a post that simply made my day, my month, and maybe even my year. JCBC member, Rachel Sauls, had tagged me in a post featuring the students of her first grade class, at Killian Hill Christian School. As it turns out, Rachel has been teaching her students the words to my benediction every day for the better part of the year. It is a part of their daily rhythm. You know the words...

For a budding nation of newly freed slaves, the world of Egyptian chaos was not too distant in their memory. Within the first year of their liberation, they still found themselves waking up some mornings, and briefly forgetting the world is new. But being freed is one thing. Living free is another. Their shared life with one another and with God would require a radical re-ordering of almost every realm of their existence: from work and worship to boundaries and behaviors that honed their freshly minted identity as a people set apart in the world. Becoming a priestly kingdom and holy nation would...

The year was 2005. With an eager expectancy we navigated our way through the ever-thickening crowd. Muzak overhead. The numbing (or perhaps soothing) roar of conversations all around. There were couples casually cruising. Small bands of teenagers sauntering. Lone mothers briskly darting and doting in and out of shops, victoriously marking off gifts on gradually-shrinking lists. The blend of aromas from the food court suggested we were getting closer...

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...

So…..I’m driving to work and stop at a red light.  A bee lands on the hood of my car, right in front of me….on the edge next to the windshield.  He walks around….doing whatever bees do when they land on something other than a flower.  The light turns green and I start up. Instead of flying off, what does he do?  He hunkers down …bracing himself.  The wind gets 40…45…50mph.  Does he give up? No!  He’s that much more determined NOT to be blown off.  A few miles down the road, I stop again.  Does he take the opportunity to...

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:...

Someone once said, “Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, sidestepping responsibility, pushing their luck, and stretching the truth.”  While we don’t want to stretch the truth, it is a good idea to stretch your muscles.  Stretch before exercise.  Stretch in the middle of the day.  Get up from your desk and stretch.  Some of the benefits of stretching are said to be increased circulation, flexibility, increased range of motion (which reduces the risk of injury), and reduced stress. Think about what is involved in stretching a muscle.  You take it to where it is...

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...

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...