FirstLife Blog

How We Share the Christmas Story

Posted by Vince Vawter on

“The Christmas season begins for me when the nativity scene appears on the steps of First Baptist Church” is a praise often heard on the streets of downtown Knoxville. The church’s tradition of more than 25 years has become a staple of the holiday season for the community, but...

End-Of-Year Giving

Posted by Rachel Bell on

    Looking for ways to give this holiday season? Here are five great places for end-of-year gifts. 1. First Baptist Be part of setting First Baptist up for a new year of worship, mission, discipleship, and community. Our offices will be open to receive year-end gifts through...

Why I Sing: Haley Womack

Posted by Rachel Bell on

Haley Womack and her husband, Matt, came to Knoxville in June of this year. Haley is a Financial Counselor, and Matt is in Law School at UT. Both grew up in Baptist churches and describe themselves as “Baptist at heart.” Together, they attended First Baptist from their hometown in...

Why I Sing: David Mosher

Posted by Rachel Bell on

“In one way or another, we are all touched by music,” says David Mosher. “There is something about it that touches on the divine and eternity, so it’s something everyone can relate to. Creative expressions find their root in God himself because he is the...

Why I Sing: Steve and Patti Foster

Posted by Rachel Bell on

“Singing brings joy to your life,” says Steve Foster. “It gives you the opportunity to express [joy] to other folks. Not as a show, but as a message to encourage and inspire. To help draw attention to why we’re singing – because of Jesus and what he’s done in...

E-Doers: Life on Mission

Posted by Rachel Bell on

  “Living your life on mission,” is a frequently used concept in Christian communities. What does it actually mean to live a missional life? Maybe hearing “missional life” makes you think of street evangelists. Or, maybe it makes you think of people who lean over and...

Knots of Love

Posted by Lucas Hunter on

Tucked behind room 304 in the Dave Ward Education Building is a small den where chairs line the wall and natural light seeps through the two windows overlooking the Gay Street Bridge. Once unlocked, the beige cabinet in the room flows with yarn of different lengths and colors. It complements...

Family Promise: A Look into Local Homelessness

Posted by Rachel Bell on

  Right now, according to the Community Dashboard on Homelessness, over 2675 people are homeless in Knoxville. A little less than a quarter of that number are homeless for mental or health reasons or criminal activity. If you’ve only encountered homeless people when driving down...

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