Kris Aaron extended a hand, a manifestation of a welcome, across his desk. He stood then walked to a chair positioned amid a semi-circle of cushioned chairs and a wall-hugging couch. Moments later, Joe Dunagan strode inside Aaron’s office at First Baptist Church. Greetings exchanged. So it’ll go on Sunday, Aug. 25, at First Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia. The first in what Aaron, senior pastor at First Baptist, hopes will materialize as a series of ecumenical services patterned to bring Christians together regardless of denomination.
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When beloved public figures pass away, cartoonists picture them sitting on clouds, playing harps or chatting up St. Peter at heaven’s Pearly Gates. The deaths of notorious individuals like Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, Osama bin Laden and Epstein tend to inspire a different kind of response.
We all love to sit down to a good meal. Whatever our favorite food, we really look forward to enjoying the things we love. After our appetite is satisfied, it doesn’t take but a few hours and we are hungry again, but we seldom consider that our spiritual life functions in much the same way.
Prostitutes appear in the Bible. So do murderers, adulterers, thieves, and Satan. So why shouldn’t rock ’n’ roll turn up in church? That’s how Joel Kirk, pastor of Realife Church in Bristol, Tennessee, sees it. Beginning Sunday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m., Kirk will begin a monthlong four-part series titled Rock Revival. It’s a church revival, just not so old time.
Proverbs 18:24 says, “…sometimes a friend is closer than a sibling.”
LampLight Theatre in Kingsport stages the evangelist’s story, “And God Was Watching.” Based on Wayne’s autobiography of the same name, the melodrama will run from Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 18.