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Why I Sing: Haley Womack

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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

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“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

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“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

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  “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

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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

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  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...

Local Construction

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Completed Projects Local construction never ends. The city begins one project and before it’s finished, another is started. Block-by-block and brick-by-brick Knoxville is made new, and when you get to the end, you start it all again. The renovations perpetuate themselves, and often they...

Revitalizing the Library

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When Barbara Eubank first came to First Baptist almost 29 years ago, she had never been in a church with a library before. She always loved books and reading, but she didn’t know that with her church membership also came a library membership. “I always thought the library was only...

A Child Will Lead Them

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“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6. Often, children say the most enlightened and illuminating things, unmarred by societal pressures and...


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