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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...

The Life & Ministry of Bob Money

Posted by Patrick Walsh on

An Interview by Patrick Walsh Bob Money, one of First Baptist’s icons, served as Minister of Counseling and Family Life for 30 years. He and his delightful wife, Sydnor, have selflessly contributed to our church and the wider community. Bob’s life story is fascinating. The following...

Bread of Life: Meditation on Communion

Posted by Susan Wilt on

Amazing is the love and grace Jesus showed in his willingness to go to Calvary, submit to human hands nailing him to the cross, remaining on the cross and enduring incomprehensible agony until he could proclaim “It is finished”.   In Garden of Gethsemane, the physical and...

The Summer Season

Posted by Susan Wilt on

  11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11 (KJV) Summer is the growing season in which we see God’s creativity and abundance in...

A Legacy of Giving: William Wallace Woodruff

Posted by Don Rairdon on

William Wallace Woodruff was a very prominent Knoxville businessman and a member and leader at First Baptist Knoxville for over 60 years. However, he was not a Knoxville native as he was born in 1840 in Bardstown, Kentucky, and was educated in the public schools of Louisville, Kentucky. Mr...

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