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After a long absence, some former worshipers feel uneasy about returning to church, says the Rev. Scott Wilks.
Commentary: Welcome the returning worshiper with care

In Jesus’ story of the prodigal son, the son spends his inheritance on “living it up”: parties and excess. All of this at the expense of his family’s relationship and reputation.   What he asked for was an inheritance, something only granted on the ...

Left to right: Rev. Michael Lester, Jennifer Wolfe, and Kelly Wolfe stand in the front of the home where the Prigoda family will live.
Jonesborough UMC prepares to host Ukrainian family

By Michael Lester Thoughts and prayers is a cliche we use when facing the overwhelming challenges of human suffering, injustice, and need. We offer our thoughts and prayers. Sometimes, however, thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. When the Ukraine ...

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The List: We'll call this one 'Critter UMC'

Sure, there are plenty of Holston Conference churches with "First," "Trinity," or "Wesley" in their names. Only a handful can boast of a name borrowed from the animal kingdom.  Bear Springs UMC | Pearisburg, VA Beaver Ridge UMC | Knoxville, TN Black...

The American public tends to lump panhandling and homelessness together. There is a difference between the two, says Bruce Spangler. (Photo by Canva)
Bruce Spangler: Doing the right thing?

The handwritten sign reads “Homeless-Hungry-God Bless.”   Coming to a stop at an intersection, I eagerly await the signal light to turn green. Around the corner, I see a gentleman approaching while holding a cardboard sign reading “...

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New Year's goal: Journey through the Bible with friends

Holston Conference is joining with the North Alabama Conference to “Read Together” the entire Bible throughout the 2022 year. The initiative begins January 2. Earlier this month, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett sent an email message inviting all ...

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Cantrell finishes 2nd in Knoxville Marathon

By Concord United Communications Team KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Rev. Wil Cantrell, senior associate pastor at Concord United Methodist Church, finished second overall in the Knoxville Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 3, with a time of 2 hours, 57 minutes.   ...