FirstLife Blog

Mentoring Changes Lives

Posted by Betsy Pickle on

It doesn’t take a major life change to make it possible for you to become a mentor, but it can happen that way. And when you do become one, your life changes for the better. For me, the precipitating event was something that many people – then, and recently even more so – have...

The Blessings of a Multi-Generational Church

Posted by Susan Wilt on

Judy Kate Manning was a little scattered and needed some time alone before everyone arrived at the church. She gathered some of the smaller gifts from the car and crossed the little bridge that connected the parking garage to a side entrance of the church. The sun warmed the cool Autumn breeze...

In Times of Transition

Posted by Susan Roberts on

I’m not a big fan of change, never have been. Like a horse, if I do something twice, it’s a habit. I think it’s just human nature - and particularly ingrained in my nature - to find a measure of security and comfort in the familiar. The Church can be like that, too. After all...

An Intergenerational Church

Posted by Jim Decker on

  I first walked into the sanctuary of First Baptist Knoxville in the fall of 1976. I had just moved to Knoxville to complete an Administrative Residency at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital (as it was known then), as a requirement for my master's degree in healthcare administration. In...

Everyone Has a Part to Play

Posted by Josh Durham on

Young adults don’t exist. Those who think of them as adults don’t think of them as young and those who think of them as young don’t treat them like adults. Young adults are too old to be making mistakes but not experienced enough to be given serious responsibility. It’s...

Promotion Sunday

Posted by Elizabeth Pemberton on

As a kid growing up in a Baptist church, Promotion Sunday was a big deal. It was the day we went on to the Next Big Thing. In preschool, it meant moving on from a group of sweet women who loved on us, told us we were pretty and handsome, and taught us about Jesus and his love for us, to a new...

Looking Back on My Years in the Youth Group

Posted by Brad Keaton on

During my 7th grade year of school, something happened that I felt drastically unprepared to face. I began that awkward and challenging journey known as adolescence. Suddenly daily life was quite a challenge, especially when it came to school. I felt as though middle school was a place where I...

Previous1234567