Connection

It’s just plain fun when the JCBC family gets together.  I love it when we intentionally slow the pace of our lives – just for a little while – and simply gather.  We celebrate, delight in and even re-kindle long treasured friendships, and often times, make some new friends in the process.  No time restraints.  No agenda.  Just the joy of each other. Let’s do it again on Sunday, October 1st. On that day, we will gather for [BE] Fed – the 2017 version of Food Truck Sunday.  Immediately after worship, make your way to the back parking lot – near the...

The table is set. Our Connection, Formation, and Mobilization Ministries– while always evolving and improving – are humming along.  Our Worship Ministry has expanded to include both Blended/Traditional and Contemporary worship opportunities – each excellent in their own way.   Greeters are greeting.  Teachers are teaching.  Singers are singing.  Servants are serving.  Leaders are leading.  Communities are communing. Yes, the table is set.  So, now what? JCBC…it’s time to Go and Tell.  More directly…it’s time for EVERY ONE OF US TO GO AND TELL.  Even more directly…it’s time for YOU to go and tell.  It is up to us to tell others that JCBC...

I know the final score but, truthfully, I didn’t watch much of the game.  Oh, I’d check in on the action from time to time when the crowd got excited over something happening on the field.  Mostly, though, I watched and enjoyed the people.  Our people.  Us. I’m grateful for us. I watched as people visited with each other – in the stadium and in the tailgate areas of the parking lot – during our lovely pre-game fellowship time (some people call it a rain delay).   It’s heartwarming watching people enjoy each other.  Chatting.  Laughing.   Weather predicting. I’m also grateful for the lives…the...

Remember the last time JCBC took over Coolray Field?  Well…it’s time to do it again!  Welcome to the 2017 edition of JCBC Night at Gwinnett Braves! Come and join us for a night of fellowship and fun-filled festivities on Monday, June 19! Bring your family, grab a hot dog, sit back and watch some great baseball as the Gwinnett Braves take on the Charlotte Knights! First pitch is at 7:05 PM at Coolray Field – Home of the Gwinnett Braves. (2500 Buford Dr NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30043). How much is it, you ask? Only $5.00 a ticket! What does your 5 bucks get you? ...

Not coincidentally, so many of the historic figures we like to quote say the same thing about service and volunteerism.  People whose lives fascinate and inspire us – people like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa and so many others – all agree.  We are at our best – we rise – when we lift or serve others. Perhaps they take the words of Jesus seriously.  He said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”  (Mark 9:35 NIV)  The servant of all…imagine that. This past Sunday, over 80 new volunteers gathered...

This past Sunday, Pastor Shaun called on us all to Get In The Game.  He called on us, directly, to help meet the continuing and surging need for volunteers in three distinct areas of service – Children’s Ministry, Hospitality, and Technology.  Right now, these areas already require a small army of weekly volunteers.  The need will only grow as we move, together, toward the creation and implementation of dual, simultaneous worship services.  Putting the call for volunteers in context, Shaun said, “As you do, you are getting in the game.  You are helping POSTURE your church to love others in the...

I can see it in my mind’s eye so clearly.  I can feel it in my soul.  Shoot, I can nearly taste it. Sunday morning.  My mother in the kitchen.  She would be nearly ready for church – only the finishing touches remain.  Her Sunday finery would be covered by a full length apron.  She is getting Sunday lunch ready – at least ready enough.  All she’ll have to do when we get back from church is brown the rolls and dish it up.  On the very special days – the days when dessert would be strawberry shortcake or peaches –...

When my 15 year old clicked his seatbelt, and then told me to “buckle up,” I knew something had changed. Because he said it from the driver’s seat. So, yeah. My oldest son turned 15 recently. After acing his permit exam we went to Waffle House to celebrate. Cause that’s what you do. Then it was his first (official) drive to school. He did great. Me? I’m working on it. Thing is, he’s a terrific driver. Intuitive. Cautious. A ready learner. My trouble is that every time I see him buckle in, the snap of the seatbelt triggers some strange lapse in the time-space continuum, and I am (once again) in...

I love unbelievers. Don’t get me wrong. Believers OK too, I suppose. But I love unbelievers. Especially those who are candid enough to say it. There is something of an endearing openness; a charming innocence about someone who (for any number of reasons) seems to think they are miles away from belief. When maybe they’re not. On Easter Sunday, I had one of the most life-giving conversations with an unbeliever brave enough to tell this Baptist pastor the truth. Every Sunday morning, there is a group of men who gathers at Starbucks. They are friends who simply meet early for coffee and conversation. When I breeze through, the routine...

The heart of this pastor was full Sunday. Simply full. What a joy it was to navigate crowded halls and negotiate bottlenecks of JCBC members seeking new and next steps of faith at the 2016 iMAGINEXT Fair! In worship, the text from John 9 framed our experience with a call to “see” our lives with new eyes. We considered the curious ritual of Jesus caking a blind man’s eyes with mud and sending him to wash in the pool of Siloam (a pool who’s name literally means “sent”). We imagined together that sometimes the only way to see our lives with new eyes...