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CPCG(.org) - Works in Progress

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Welcome to our new and improved web site! Pretty slick, huh? Well, truth is that we may have a few kinks yet to work out, and we definitely have some features that we want to add in the coming months that will make this site more helpful and informative for both our church community and those who venture into this space to check us out.

It’s a work in progress. Just like the church in general and our church in particular.

I like this about the church. And I like this about that part of it where I am the pastor. We are a work in progress. And, thank God, we know it. No need to put on airs here. No need to pretend that we are something we are not. No need to focus our spotlight on the sins and heretical beliefs of others in the hope our light is so blinding no one will notice that we are not above scrutiny ourselves.

Sitting on my desk as I am writing this is an issue of Newsweek that came out just before Easter. On the cover is a contemporary Jesus with a fleece jacket, long flowing hair, manicured beard, and a crown of thorns that has not inflicted even a scratch on his divine forehead. The title of the cover story article is “Forget the Church. Follow Jesus.”

Also on my desk is Diana Butler Bass’s latest book (on my after-Easter reading list): Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.

Both this book and the magazine article are a part of an ever-expanding collection of literature addressing the decline of the institutional church in North America and the Western world, and a call for something new to emerge—something more spiritual, more true to the way of Jesus, and less…well…flawed and human.

I sympathize, and I am certainly praying, looking, and working for something new to emerge. But I am also reminded of the reality that Eugene Peterson addresses in one of his books (Practice Resurrection): “It is significant that there is not a single instance in the biblical revelation of a congregation of God’s people given to us in romantic terms. There are no ‘successful’ congregations in Scripture or in the history of the church.”

Nope. No successful congregations. Just works in progress, like this one. But this is a good thing. It keeps us open—open to God, open to the strength and insights that come from each other, open to new possibilities we may never have dreamed of. As a song we sometimes sing in worship puts it, “We are pilgrims on a journey; we’re together on this road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.”

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  • Edith Old
    Hurrah & Huzzah and Cheers all 'round for the lovely enhancements to CPCG's web presence. Looks great!