The JCBC Staff Blog

During the month of July we will be taking a "Sabbath" from Children's Worship (Thrive) at 11:00. Preschool Worship (Backyard) will run as usual, with Newborn - Pre-K classes staying in their routine. Now, before we all start thinking that kids and families don’t have to come to church in July let me explain what I mean by “Sabbath” and what “Sabbath” could mean for your family and our church in the coming month. Sabbath was created by God to keep us rested, full, and holy in the presence of God. Sabbath was created to make space in our hearts, minds,...

Last week, Laura and I attended the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Dallas, Texas. While there were several highlights to this year’s annual gathering, there was one moment I find myself continuing to replay within. During worship on Friday night, Jamison McGregor (Worship & Arts Pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco) sang a powerful cover of “Anthem,” by Leonard Cohen. Take five minutes to listen. As we worshipped in the midst of a week filled with more distressing news nationally, I found myself compelled deeply by the provocative imagery of the chorus: So ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect...

I’m swept away by what a great week VBS was! And as much as I love a good pun, there really was a current of love and joy flowing around our church last week. The children who walked through our doors were truly welcomed with open arms, easily finding adventure, acceptance, joy, peace, and rest among our JCBC Family. From last Sunday morning during Sunday School to Wednesday at 8:00pm, we had close to 400 kids “Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God” at our Rolling River Rampage! These campers were full of energy and love. They made connections with new...

As you read this blog, preparations are underway for the final night of Vacation Bible School. Pastor Annie Sutton and her army of volunteers have done an amazing job leading children in exploring the love of God and the mysteries of faith. Tonight, an exciting week of worship, Bible study, recreation, crafts and snacks will culminate in a thrilling closing celebration. Of all the good God has been “up to” this week, I wanted to share one moment worth mention. One of our volunteers, JCBC member Linda Shipp, shared a conversation she had with the father of one of our international campers. The daughter...

Earlier this month, we hosted another JCBC Night of Worship in our Family Life Center. It was a powerful night, focused on prayer and communion. Check out this video recap of that special night. In reflecting on the power of prayer, I offered this definition: Simply put, prayer is becoming more fully present with the One who IS fully present with us. That’s it. Really. I mean don’t get me wrong, there have been countless ways to practice prayer throughout the ages. Indeed, one of my favorite writers and spiritual guides, Richard Foster, has written about many pathways to prayer in his book simply entitled, Prayer....

Memorial Day Weekend is coming, marking the beginning of Summer, and a number of wonderful opportunities to engage the full life of our congregation. In addition to Vacation Bible School, Seersucker Sunday (Father’s Day), Children and Youth Camps, Celebrate America, and more, there are two specific ways I am calling on you and your family to consistently demonstrate your love for JCBC throughout the summer. I’m calling you to: [BE] here. [BE] for. [BE] here. There is no gift greater than the gift of personal presence. When you show up for someone, you are making a statement about their value in your eyes. This is true...

The hurricane named Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. With sustained winds of 155+ miles per hour the nation’s power grid literally folded up and blew away leaving the entire island in the dark. Darkness was not the only problem, without power the island schools, hospitals, banks, gas stations, stores and emergency services also closed. This led to people going days without food, access to funds and medicine, which led to large-scale hysteria. Suicides reached historic numbers and sadly this was only the beginning. By the turn of the year, there were 60,000 houses without roofs and only...

I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation. I was in the locker-room, post-workout, and the dialogue between a young father and his four-year-old son had a familiar ring to it. Eerily so. “Okay, buddy. Let’s move it along. Remember, the longer you take, the less likely we are to get pizza when we leave.” Turns out, the son had become fascinated by the numbered locker keys that only come out when you put your member card in the slot. They just dangle there, baiting and waiting on some four-year-old to walk by and marvel. Dad: “Seriously big guy. Shake a leg. We gotta scoot!” Son: “But...

In 1775 the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. Over the years, there have been numerous national calls to pray. Indeed, throughout our history, there have been over 140 calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting, and thanksgiving by Presidents of the United Sates. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. Amended, by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, the National Day of Prayer was set to occur each year on the first Thursday of May. The National Day of Prayer is for...

Thursday, May 3rd is the National Day of Prayer. For that reason, our second JCBC Night of Worship, which is scheduled for that evening at 7:00 p.m., will feature the theme of prayer and communion. Adam Courtney and the JCBC Worship Band will lead worshippers in powerful, soul-stirring music, as we cry out to God with the melody of our adoration and praise. In addition to lifting our voice in song, we will experience poignant times of guided prayer. Worshippers will have the opportunity to pray individually and corporately as a body of believers devoted to the love of Jesus Christ and the...