The JCBC Staff Blog

In many ways, Puerto Rico is now old news. There have been two major hurricanes that have hit the U.S. mainland since Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico. The differences in response, however, have been stark. The vast, vast majority of damage incurred across the Southeast, will be attended to by insurance and F.E.M.A. If history is an indicator, many places will be rebuilt and take on new life. Sadly, this is not the case at all on Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are American citizens and hold most of the rights that we hold. That said, due to unique...

[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...

We are the body of Christ. That’s what the Apostle Paul claims. The living, breathing, body of our Lord. The visible presence of the Risen Christ. And each of us, an individual part of that body, with far greater value and responsibility than we can possibly imagine. The motive for Paul’s 19 verse soapbox on “body ethic” was to address the toxic matter of social distinctions that had begun to emerge within the Corinthian community of faith. It was assumed then and there, just as it is possible to assume here and now, that some members of the Body of Christ are more important,...

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...

Did you know suicide is the second leading cause of death among the ages 10-24? Or, that one person dies by suicide every 16 minutes? Or, there were 1,124,125 suicide attempts in 2016, one every 28 seconds? Or, that two-thirds of people who die by suicide are suffering from depression and that undiagnosed, untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide? Or, that there were more suicides than homicides last year in the U.S.? Or, that the highest suicide rate among adults are persons 45-54? These statistics are facts but it is important to not view this through the lens...

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...

Today, our Jewish neighbors observe Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the highest of all holy days in Judaism. It is the day atonement is made between humankind and God. In Hebrew, “Yom” means “day,” and the root of “Kippur” means “to atone.” [By the way, the best definition I have ever heard for atonement is “at-one-ment.” When our sins are forgiven we are in a state of at-one-ment with God. Isn’t that beautiful?] In ancient Israel, it was on Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”) when the High priest would enter into the most sacred part of the tabernacle (and then later, the temple), to...

JCBC Family, With the threat of Hurricane Florence looming off the east coast, it is becoming clear that great destruction seems likely. As we all lift our prayers for the most vulnerable in the path of the storm, I want you to be aware of one very tangible way we are posturing to serve at JCBC. We have reached out to the American Red Cross to offer our facilities and our care, and will soon be identified as an official Evacuation Shelter. IF the need is great, we will be called upon to open our doors and host residents who have been displaced by...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/287344005/8328654fa7'] Aside from God’s Holy and Inspired Word, some of the most profound and theologically deep writings are found in hymns.  Through the ages, hymns have been a way to pour out our worship to God. Some hymns are sung directly to God: “Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love…” Others are sung about God:  “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. Oh, my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation.” Still others are sung to encourage others in their walk with God: “Come, we that love the Lord and let our...