Give Up the Gimmicks: A New (Old) Way to Disciple Youth

I just across a book, Give Up the Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry From an Entertainment Culture, that echos a need for youth ministry that I have sensed for quite a while. Here is a blurb from the author, Brian Cosby: "All too often, youth programs have turned to entertainment-driven models of ministry in order to … Continue reading Give Up the Gimmicks: A New (Old) Way to Disciple Youth

For Skeptics, Prodigals and the Wounded: The View Will Be Worth It

It really is a blessing to have the Appalachian Trail in our community's back yard. There are lots of great hikes in our area. But there are a few hikes that are uniquely beautiful and memorable. One of those is the hike up to the peak of Blood Mtn. As we ascend the summit of … Continue reading For Skeptics, Prodigals and the Wounded: The View Will Be Worth It

Special Family Need • Bring Food and Other Items This Sunday

A single mom named Rena has just moved to the community with four kids. If you could bring a bag of non-perishable food to Creekstone this Sunday, we will get it to her for you. Then, she would be able to use food money for rent and the electric bill this month. Just put Rena's name on the bag. … Continue reading Special Family Need • Bring Food and Other Items This Sunday

Community Helping Place Staircase Project Information

Dr. Bob Christmas is organizing a project to benefit the Community Helping Place. Information is in his email below: The Community Helping Place is an arm of the local ministerial association.  Our church supports it and one of our members provides medical care there.  The clinic serves the uninsured and underinsured people in Lumpkin and surrounding counties. The … Continue reading Community Helping Place Staircase Project Information

Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel

From the apostle Paul to the Puritans to modern day grace preachers, we learn that the more mature we get as Christians, the more we will see our sin. This does not mean that we necessarily will sin more, but that we will become more aware of various actions and motives as sinful, that before … Continue reading Seeing More of My Sin, More of the Cross and Coming Alive to the Wonder of the Gospel

The Fourfold State of Mankind

In his well-known book, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, the Scottish pastor, Thomas Boston (1676–1732) describes the four states of human nature as integrity (before the fall), depravity (after the fall), recovery (after redemption), and consummation (consummate happiness or misery, depending on one's response to the gospel). These four states correspond to Augustine's teaching … Continue reading The Fourfold State of Mankind