The JCBC Staff Blog

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...

There is an alternative to a life of chaos, isolation, fear, and self-destruction. Despite all evidence to the contrary, we didn’t begin as lost or abandoned as we sometimes feel. The Bible begins with a vision of what life with God, and in God, and for God is intended to be. We begin with the potential for extraordinary freedom, love, intimacy, community, beauty. Yet that vision is frequently blurred by the stark realities of our lived experiences. With reckless abandon of our hoped-for design, we chart paths of our own undoing; or, perhaps better said, own “un-being.” For a world grown weary from its...

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Christmas at Johns Creek left me simply gobsmacked! Yes. Gobsmacked. gob·smackedˈɡäbˌsmakt/ adjective BRITISH informal -utterly astonished; astounded. My cup continues to overflow from the joy we shared this past weekend. With performances on Saturday and Sunday, our church hosted more than 3000 worshippers for the event.  It was an extraordinary night of worship and celebration. God was glorified, Christ was exalted, and hearts were filled. There were many highlights, to be sure. One such moment was the parade of baby Jesuses throughout the years. Seeing the cascade of ages and stages walk across the platform served as a poignant reminder...

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...

I’m proud to share with you about our latest water project and the final results of September’s Annual Missions Offering. Our largest team of all time assisted in the construction of a Water House, which will soon be home to a plant-size, reverse-osmosis water purification system. The village we worked in is named Mella, and you’ll not likely find it on a map. Mella is a small village near the Haitian border that is poor and without access to clean water at an affordable cost. Villagers often must choose between purchasing drinkable water or feeding their children…and you can imagine...

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...