The JCBC Staff Blog

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”* Kinda. When talking about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, maybe. When talking about churches, ministry strategy, and staffing, not-so-much. What we do as a church matters, and so does what we call what we do. A few weeks ago, I shared with our church in our monthly business conference some exciting changes underway in our ministry strategy, and staffing at JCBC. Some of those changes have meant the introduction of some new words; fresh ways to speak of what we do and who we are....

I was mindlessly following the herd in the security line at Hartsfield Airport. I was traveling by myself to Dallas to visit my mother. Since I was by myself, my mind was not involved in conversation but it was on my trip, what I would do there, what I had waiting for me when I returned. My mind was in neutral…and yet was jumping from one thing to another. Suddenly… BOOM! To my right there was an explosion. It was one of those trash compacting receptacles. I realized that out of the corner...

This past Sunday morning, I received the most creative and thoughtful gift. And it has become for me, a parable. There, on the front pew was a brightly colored gift bag, complete with tissue paper and a card with my name on it. Truthfully, I didn’t notice it until the pre-worship countdown on the screen was close to zero. By then, Glen Sloan’s prelude had already captivated my attention. After worship, however, I discovered what was beneath the tissue paper. To appreciate what I found, you have to know that when it comes to sermon preparation, I have a bit of an unorthodox...

The comeback of the Lone Ranger didn’t exactly pan out earlier in the summer. It cost more to make than the GNP of a small country, but nonetheless bombed to almost historic levels. We won’t likely see Lone Ranger II anytime soon, and that’s sad because the theme song is one of the greatest ever. As a kid I galloped across our yard on my stick horse humming that tune countless times. Our yard was safe from bad guys and varmints of all types! William Tell? I think not, Bub. Jeff Z. Klein wrote a recent article on Harry J. Smith,...

Pastor Shaun reminded us to “never underestimate the power of a provoked imagination.” The words are powerful, visual, inspirational…artistic even. They also happen to be true. She has decided to Love People by offering encouragement and care. She has begun to visit those who are ill and has begun to write letters and send cards to offer much needed words of encouragement. She is also making plans to bring her medical training to the task by making plans to care for the sick in Sierra Leone with Hope2Live ministries. He has decided to Love God by taking a...

We’ve been throwing around the term “Imaginext” a lot recently. “In Christ, there is never not a next.” It’s the theme for this fall and into next year. Shaun has said “never underestimate the power of a provoked imagination.” If we allow the Holy Spirit to take hold of our imaginations, He will lead us to places and in ways that we can…well…only imagine! In our Worship and Music Ministry, we can look back and see how God has led us, how He has blessed us, and how He has empowered us. We could talk about...

It was the subject line that caught my eye. The email was from Fred Kelley. Fred is one of our gifted and dedicated videographers.  Fred, along with Mike Williams, Nelson Hicks, Mark McWilliams, Doug Thomas and Adam Thomas have spent countless volunteer hours developing what has become a vibrant (and growing) video media ministry. Their tireless efforts, week after week have positioned us as a church to extend our Lord’s message of good news to countless others through our digital outreach. This whole blog post, in fact, could be dedicated to the work of these volunteers. But like I said, it...

In this new era of focusing on what might be next in each of our faith lives it’s appropriate to articulate some semblance of a destination to be reached. We are all in process of motion; some of us are making leaps forward, others have taken a sideways step (or two), and a portion of us resemble spinning wheels. In fact, I greatly resemble a composite of each of the above descriptions. One day I’m going great guns in a positive direction and the next I’m burning rubber doing figure-eights in the parking lot of life. Since pastoral leaders...

A vibrant and living journey with Jesus Christ never ends. As followers, we are in a constant state of becoming. All the time. Always. If we pay close attention to the way Jesus encounters people in the Gospels, we find him doing the same thing again and again. He meets people right where they are, but then with grace and power, He beckons them to more. He bids them (regardless of who they are, or where they’ve been) to follow him to a new and next place in their adventure of faith. If we know nothing else ,we know this: In Christ, there is...