1797 Hwy 72 W, Clinton, SC 29325
A Reformed Fellowship
July 2: The Lord’s Supper–morning service;
Extended Session: lunch following morning worship
with afternoon session beginning @ 1:15.

gospel

The beauty of despair

It is hard to claim that twenty-first-century America is a happy place. Anger and bitterness abound, and joy and peace are in short supply. A sense of despair hangs over us. As a people, we seem to have no sense of purpose. We try to alleviate this despair with busyness or toys, so we distract ourselves with work and social media and…

In a world of death, the promise of life

The older we become, the more aware we are of the specter of death. When we are young, relatively few people whom we personally know die. As we grow older, that number increases. Many of us grow more aware of death because we realize we have fewer days before us than we have behind us. Youth sees death as little more than…

Salvation is by works alone

David Garner: Common misconceptions of the gospel (and/or of the Reformation) can come by consuming evangelical soft-drink theology. Epithet-driven, self-absorbed, and emotively drenched, this soda-fountain ‘gospel’ syrup offers high fructose spirituality – addicting and compelling, but ultimately devastating and destructive for heart health. A flip ‘Bible promise’ calendar or a daily devotional pick-me-up supplies my spiritual sustenance, a soda for the day…

Are we amazed at grace?

Doubtlessly, one of the most widely-sung and best-known hymns of Christianity is “Amazing Grace”: Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! Perhaps familiarity has bred dull thinking. Have we lost the significance of the words “amazing” and “grace”? I think that there is far too much of the Pharisee within all of us. You remember our Lord’s…

A blue Christmas?

Christmas seems to be a particularly depressing time for many people. Statistics reveal increased numbers of suicides and attempted suicide when compared to other times of the year. Mental health professionals report an increase in cases of depression. Many reasons for increased depression are offered. Folks get overwhelmed with trying to find the “perfect” Christmas gift. All the festivities can crowd needed…

Paul Washer video on the popularity of false teachers

Sometimes we find a preacher unwilling to cave to the craving by our culture for a gospel which satisfies their earthly desires. One of our Cornerstone members sent me a link to this video of Paul Washer. Some may think Washer is too harsh or unnecessarily strident. The same charge has been leveled throughout history at men who opposed false teachers. Our…

Teaching a false gospel to children

For those concerned about the spiritual state of Christian churches, we need to examine the gospel which is being presented. Is it the gospel of the Bible, the gospel that points hearers to the absolute holiness of God, the depravity and rebellion of man, the substitutionary atonement of Christ, the call for repentance and faith in Christ alone? A false gospel is…

A needed corrective to superficial worship

In our entertainment-driven “worship experiences,” the life of William Cowper (1731-1800) points us to a radically different, and dare I say, more biblical understanding of the gravity of our coming before God on the Lord’s Day. Suffering acutely from prolonged bouts of depression, Cowper understood his own unworthiness to enter God’s presence. In the conclusion to his The Hidden Smile of God:…