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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...

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...

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