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The church looks amazing! One of my favorite parts of the Advent season is seeing our campus morph into a wonderland of light and decoration. God has blessed us with a beautiful campus, and it is especially stunning when it is adorned for the celebration of Christ’s birth! In fact, here’s a little secret. This month, our staff will be hosting the next breakfast of the newly forming interfaith clergy alliance. I can’t wait to welcome my new friends into the sacred spaces that have come to mean so much to you and me during this high season. But here’s another little secret:...

I love apple pie!  I love cinnamon rolls!  I love anything with cinnamon in it!  I love cars!  I always have.  My mother tells that when I was little, I commandeered a doll buggy from my sister and loaded it up with all my toy cars and would cart them around the house.  We “love” movies.  We “love” restaurants.  We “love” going to the beach.  We “love” using the word “love” so much that we have “loved” it right out of any meaning! James tells us in the second chapter of his letter that faith without deeds is dead.  I propose...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/300737067'] It’s pledging season at JCBC. This is the time of year when we all make our commitments to support the ministries of the church, financially, in the year ahead. Some of our members have been practicing this discipline for many years. But for others, this may be the very first time you’ve taken this step in your faith. If you didn’t grow up tithing, or pledging your support, it can be a little intimidating, and hard to know where to start. Even if you want to tithe ten percent, your present situation may make it extremely challenging until your debt is reduced, or...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/299302362'] So, yesterday was election day. Did you vote? I hope so. Like many of you, I voted early. Few things move me more than stepping into a voting booth, to exercising the freedom and responsibility I have as a citizen to make my voice heard; to take a stand for something or someone; to vote the convictions of my conscience. When you vote, you are saying “I believe in this thing...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/298220114'] Today is October 31st. On this day, 501 years ago, Martin Luther stood on the steps of the castle church in Wittenburg, Germany and nailed 95 theses (grievances, complaints) about the current state of the church. He believed with all his heart that the church could be better at being the body of Christ in the world. If you were to add to Luther’s theses, what would you say? In what way could the global church be better at being the body of Christ in the world today? While there could be 95 more to enumerate, today I offer one. It seems in this...

An excerpt from Johns Creek Baptist Church: The First 20 Years 1993-2013, by Barbara Brown and David Brown: The goal of the new JCBC congregation was to relocate and occupy the new building on McGinnis Ferry Road within one year from the date of breaking ground for construction. Phase I of the project, consisting of the chapel for worship with space for religious education and administrative offices (27,600 square feet), was complete and the congregation’s goal was achieved! On Sunday morning, October 17, 1993, at 9:30 a.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, followed by the first worship service in the new...

If you were in worship this past Sunday, you saw a compilation video of many of JCBC’s missional partners, extending their congratulations and blessings, as we prepare to mark the occasion of our 25th anniversary. If you missed the video, you can check it out here. [vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/294341780']   At the time of this writing, we are 11 days away from the big celebration! October 21, 2018 is our 25th anniversary as Johns Creek Baptist Church! I’m calling on our entire JCBC family to make a special effort to be present that day. Eleven days, and counting. Will you be with us? Here is a brief glance at...

Did you know suicide is the second leading cause of death among the ages 10-24? Or, that one person dies by suicide every 16 minutes? Or, there were 1,124,125 suicide attempts in 2016, one every 28 seconds? Or, that two-thirds of people who die by suicide are suffering from depression and that undiagnosed, untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide? Or, that there were more suicides than homicides last year in the U.S.? Or, that the highest suicide rate among adults are persons 45-54? These statistics are facts but it is important to not view this through the lens...

Today, our Jewish neighbors observe Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the highest of all holy days in Judaism. It is the day atonement is made between humankind and God. In Hebrew, “Yom” means “day,” and the root of “Kippur” means “to atone.” [By the way, the best definition I have ever heard for atonement is “at-one-ment.” When our sins are forgiven we are in a state of at-one-ment with God. Isn’t that beautiful?] In ancient Israel, it was on Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”) when the High priest would enter into the most sacred part of the tabernacle (and then later, the temple), to...

JCBC Family, With the threat of Hurricane Florence looming off the east coast, it is becoming clear that great destruction seems likely. As we all lift our prayers for the most vulnerable in the path of the storm, I want you to be aware of one very tangible way we are posturing to serve at JCBC. We have reached out to the American Red Cross to offer our facilities and our care, and will soon be identified as an official Evacuation Shelter. IF the need is great, we will be called upon to open our doors and host residents who have been displaced by...