The JCBC Staff Blog

For more than 430 years the descendants of Jacob resided in Egypt. They had come there under the leadership of Jacob’s most beloved son, Joseph, who had been sold into slavery there and yet (by God’s providence) ascended to a position of prominence and power, second only to Pharaoh himself. It was by his invitation that his brothers and their families (seventy persons in total) settled in the land of Egypt. Now, faithful to the creational commission to “be fruitful and multiply,” and in keeping with the promise made to the Patriarch Abraham, they were becoming “more numerous than the stars.” In the...

There is no marketing strategy more effective than word-of-mouth. Some of today’s most successful companies grew their consumer base primarily on word-of-mouth strategies. According to one HuffingtonPost.com article, Nielsen “found a whopping 92 percent of consumers value referrals from friends or family members more than any other type of marketing.” The same reality applies to first time guests in church. Take a minute to watch this video we shared in worship last Sunday. What if we have made it more complicated than necessary? What if there is someone in your life who is willing to attend, but who has never been asked? What if that person...

For millions of Christians worldwide, this Sunday begins the highest and holiest week of the year. It is Holy Week,* and here is a rundown of six special events you will not want to miss! Palm Sunday Worship – March 25th at 11:00 in the Sanctuary and Family Life Center During our morning worship service, we will hear the story of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will sing of the supremacy of Christ as Lord and King, and consider the sermon, “Two Parades. One Decision.” JCBC Night of Praise – March 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary Glenn Crosthwait, along with our...

As we continue to focus on our missional partnerships in the month of March, and most immediately prepare for a total mission-immersion this Saturday at nine sites in and around the greater metro region, I want to let you know of a special opportunity to encounter one international partner up close and personally. One of JCBC's valued missional partners is Water is Life International (WiLi). David Harding, who has served for many years as CBF Field Coordinator to Ethiopia is also the CEO of WiLi. I had the honor of serving as David's pastor while living in Orlando. David and Merrie Harding are...

If our Missional ministry framework was a question on Jeopardy it might sound like this: Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Presidio, Antwerp, Beirut and Istanbul? “Alex, what are the countries and far flung places in which JCBC does missional ministry?” That’s correct for $1000! While we are not likely to be a featured answer/question on Jeopardy, this is the month we highlight and celebrate our various missional activities. So let’s highlight a few: Puerto Rico: Our youth pastor and I are freshly back from a scouting trip to this hurricane-ravaged island. Up to 25% of the population remains without electricity...

I have often said that it sometimes takes the soul some time to catch up with the body. We can show up in a physical space, and yet never really arrive. Being fully present takes time. Especially in worship. This is why our daily practices of prayer, silence, meditation, and scripture readings are vital. When we practice individual worship throughout the week, it readies the soul to enter the mystery and beauty of our shared worship gatherings on Sundays. Even when we do arrive on Sundays fully prepared to worship with heart and mind and voice, the clock is still ticking. It is not uncommon to...

One of the hardest questions parents have to face about church is, “How do I make my child feel welcome?” And the question is real. The tween and teen years are some of the hardest times in a student’s life socially as they experience a whirlwind of change in and around them. New faces, places, and expectations replace the concrete world they once knew, leaving them with more questions than answers. This time of transition in their lives forces them to discern who they are, what is their faith, and who are the people I am close to that love...

You are marked, you know. Soul-marked…by the love of God. But that can be so hard to remember; given all the other marks we bear. Marks of our own making. Marks of our unmaking. Sin, brokenness, folly, regret. They all, in their own ways, leave marks. And with blemished hearts and smudged souls, we can forget who marked us first. And perhaps the most sinister of all marks are the ones without fingerprints. Tarnishes left with no one to blame. Disease, trauma, depression, loss. They too, smear our sensibilities and blur our perspectives. What we need is a new mark. Or perhaps an old one, re-traced. Is it any wonder why the mark...

As early as the fourth century, Christians have set aside the forty-six days preceding Easter as a time of reflection, confession, repentance, and spiritual renewal. With the joyful anticipation of Easter resurrection, believers commit to disciplines and practices that are intended to deepen their faith in, and widen their love for the crucified and risen Christ. We call this season “Lent.” While Lenten disciplines vary across the church’s many traditions and denominations, and while there are multiple ways for individual Christians to exercise personal faith in meaningful ways, one of the most powerful practices during this season is the gathering of...

Our church has reached a missional milestone. We have been a presence in Presidio, Texas for ten years and we are proud to announce that we are poised to carry on for another decade. Scott Miles and a team of Presidio-focused supporters who provide an annual trip to Texas and host a number of Presidio students every other summer lead our missional ministry. The video above will give you a glimpse of what a Presidio trip entails. If you’d like more information about what we do and how you might become involved feel free to contact Scott or me. You’ll...