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Central invites community to homecoming

Many things in life are important — family, faith, friends,  work, personal wellbeing and safety.

But what is the most important thing?

In its annual homecoming this Sunday, Central Church of Christ invites the community to a few minutes devoted to exploring that most important thing. After all is said and done, that would be the crux of the matter.

“The word ‘crux’ often describes the central point of an idea or the pivot of an argument.  It’s the center around which we sort things out and decide what is the most important,” said Greg Vinson, one of Central’s elders.  

“It’s significant that the English word comes from the Latin for cross, an instrument of torture and the most painful, slow execution,” he observed.

Bill Watkins, preacher at Crieve Hall Church of Christ in Nashville, will focus on lessons from the Bible on those most urgent and important things in everyone’s life.  He will teach a class at 9:30 am in the auditorium, followed by worship at 10:30.              

A complimentary luncheon will start about 11:45 and Sunday’s evening service will be moved to about 1:00 pm.   

“This is a very special occasion when we can share the gospel of Christ and enjoy each other’s fellowship,” Vinson emphasized.

 “If you have visited at Central before we’d love to seen you back this Sunday.  And if you’ve never been here, this could be a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know us and for us to welcome you with great preaching and our warm hospitality.”

The Watkins name is familiar to many people in this area as Bill’s father was the late James Watkins, one of the most distinguished preachers of the last several decades.  Bill’s brother, Alan, is also a highly regarded preacher as is his father-in-law, Lynn Cook.  

A native of Georgia who spent most of his life in Tennessee, Watkins received what he calls his “formal education” at Freed Hardeman University, Lipscomb University, Southern Christian University and Florida International University.

But he is quick to say that much of his education came from real-life experience growing up in a Christian family and preaching at churches in Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas.  He also learned rich lessons as he and his wife, Beverly, raised “five remarkable and remarkably different children.”