The JCBC Staff Blog

Okay I’ll admit it. I do have a favorite set of players on Saturdays at our soccer games. Our first hour is the Pre-K league where three-and-four-year-olds bounce around all over the field. I just love watching them play. I’m not real sure they know what they are doing --- it looks like organized chaos to me --- but they sure seem to have a good time doing it. This past Saturday the sun was just peeking over the pines out back of the church and the air was full of kids laughing and playing. These...

Sometimes all we have are groans. And sometimes, they are enough. I, like all of you, have been moved by the struggle and suffering found in headlines and newsfeeds this week. Moved by the news of a shooting that left 13 persons dead in the Washington Naval Yard. Moved by the images of flooding in Colorado, leaving eight dead, thousands displaced, and hundreds yet to be located. And moved by how very small any words seem to feel, when offered in the face of such suffering. When we experience tragedy up close; when loss is real and raw,...

Alpharetta, Georgia – September 16, 2013 - The Johns Creek Baptist Church family and staff congratulate Michael McCullar, Formations Pastor, on the release of Simply Colossians, a multi-part Bible study published in conjunction with Blue Truck Publishing. Simply Colossians is the first publication in the “Simply” series, a style of Bible study that offers flexibility of use and ease of preparation. This study is available for download from Blue Truck. The twenty-seven page study features four sessions from the book of Colossians, offering substantive insights, group discussion points, and plenty of good questions to prompt thought and conversation....

I witnessed something historic during the U.S. Open tennis tournament: the referee warned one of the players that his chair was too messy. I’ve seen a lot of bad behavior on tennis courts in my time: rackets being tossed, arguments over line calls, lots of golf words being used, but a messy chair?? My formative years saw Illie Nastase, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe wreak havoc on courts across the globe. I had the privilege of seeing them play in person and not once do I remember a penalty for messy court chairs. Almost coming to blows on the court,...

“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...