The JCBC Staff Blog

I love hymns. Probably that is not a surprise to anyone. I also love contemporary Christian music. I love classical music and southern Gospel. In fact, I love any music that brings praise and glory to our Lord. One thing I love about many of the hymns is the deep theology that is found within them. At times there are references in the hymn texts that are not familiar to us in 21st century America. For example, in “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” there is the phrase “A mighty fortress is our...

With our 20th Anniversary Celebration only days away, here are six ways you and your family can make the day unforgettable. 1. Come early. When our family goes to the movies, we don’t like to miss a thing. We get there early enough to catch the previews. There are plenty of good reasons why; not the least of which is the connection we have at the end of a really good trailer, when we turn simultaneously to one another and say, “that looks good” or “I want to see that.” It’s part of the experience. It builds anticipation and energy for...

With great joy and gratitude, Johns Creek Baptist Church makes available the printed history of its first 20 years. Authored by David T. Brown and Barbara D. Brown, Johns Creek Baptist Church: The First 20 Years 1993-2013 is the culmination of three years of prayer, research and development. With the help of Mary Lou Parrish and Nancy Skidmore, the JCBC History Committee worked tirelessly to chronicle the remarkable narrative of our first two decades in Johns Creek. From the back cover… A little band of a few more than 200 active pioneers from First Baptist Church of Chamblee ventured forth to re-establish their...

What happens when 250 women walk into the same room? A party breaks out, or in the case of the annual Women’s Banquet, a banquet-party breaks out. That was certainly the case during our uber-successful event featuring speaker extraordinaire Jeanie Miley, incredible food, thirty-five quite unique table decorations and a spirit of true community. Thanks to Mary Bryant for her help in judging the tables and to all who supported our event by hosting tables. Each year we give out awards for table decorations and this year’s winners are as follows: Most Whimsical Table – Thomas-Yates Community Most Spiritual Table – Kennedy/Pegram...

I used to think the Old Testament was boring. Reading through Numbers and Leviticus can be an exercise in stamina. Then other parts are so facinating that it’s hard to put down. There are a lot of great stories with rich meanings and applications. In I Samuel 9-10, Saul is a young man and, of all things, his dad’s donkeys were lost. He was the one that was sent out to find them. Now, can you think of a job that’s any more menial than taking out cross-country to find some donkeys? The...

Statistics vary but it seems at least 1.4 billion people, or 21% of the world’s population, lives without access to clean water. This is hard to grasp for most North Americans as we can easily take for granted things like pure tap water (while we drink from plastic bottles of exotic water that purportedly sources from tropical springs inhabited by pixies). There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking advantage of living where and when we do if, and this is a very big if, we periodically stop and recognize our blessings. Easy access to clean drinking water is a commodity that...

Did you know our church’s 20-year anniversary is coming up? If not, you’ll be hearing plenty about it over the next month. We’ll celebrate on Sunday, October 20 with a special service and activities that afternoon. It’ll be fun to celebrate our past while pondering what is next. After all, Shaun has asked us to iMAGiNEXT. In the movie Facing the Giants, Coach Grant Taylor is getting whipped on every side. His team is losing, the fans are against him, and loyalty within his football team is waning. Put simply he is a beaten man with one...

20 years. Much can happen in twenty years. I remember what I was doing 20 years ago. Do you? It was October 16th, 1993. I was on my very first date with the woman who would become my wife. We attended an on-campus production of “The King and I.” (Fitting, wouldn’t you say?) After the production we walked a bit, then sat on a bench in front of her dormitory and talked for three hours. I’ll spare you all the romantic (sappy) details for another time. Suffice it to say, it was a trajectory-changing weekend for us, and for the story of who we were...

“We need to take out the trash.” “We need to take a meal to the Smiths. They’ve had a death in the family.” “We need to get on a budget.” These statements could be (or have been) spoken by wives across the nation. But each statement indicates a different “we.” I heard one comedian characterize this as “me/we”, “she/we”, and...