Don's Recommendations

Lenten Sermon Series March 3-April 21: “Reconnecting” based on the book The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings by John Philip Newell.

CPC's Session is currently studying the book Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger.

Father Richard Rohr's Free Daily Meditations.

Richard Rohr is affiliated with The Center for Action and Contemplation. Learn more about the Center HERE.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book on which a popular recent sermon series was based, follow this link to If the Church Were Christian, authored by Philip Gulley.

Gulley's website has many other resources as well. You can find them HERE.


Rev. Don Makin

Don Makin has been serving as CPC's Lead Pastor since 1996. He is a graduate of King College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University (D.Min.). Prior to coming to CPC, he served congregations in Nashville and Collierville, TN. Don and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and one grandchild.

If you are interested in accessing some resources that Don endorses, you can find those below his photo. His most recent GoodNews Letter column, "Parsonally Speaking...", can be found below as well.

If you are seeking spiritual guidance, Don can be reached at the church Sunday through Friday, or you may call or email to make an appointment.

Parsonally Speaking . . . 

I am delighted to announce an upcoming sermon series called “Reconnecting,” based on John Philip Newell’s wonderful book, The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings.

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, minister, scholar, and author of over 15 books. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Newell teaches and preaches internationally on themes related to the sacredness of the earth and the oneness of the human soul. He is one of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the English-speaking world.

In the introduction to The Rebirthing of God, Newell sets the stage with these words: “The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing. In many parts of the West, that collapse can only be described as seismic. In another 25 years, much of the Western Christian household, as we have known it, will be no more. One only has to look around on a typical Sunday in most of our mainstream Christian churches. Who will be there in another quarter of a century? There are three main responses or reactions to this collapse. The first is to deny that it is happening. The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations of the old thing. The third, which I invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity?”

I plan to begin the sermon series on Transfiguration Sunday (March 3), continue through the Sundays in Lent, and conclude on Easter Day (April 21). Each sermon in the series will be based on a chapter in Newell’s book:

  • Reconnecting with the Earth (March 3)

  • Reconnecting with Compassion (March 10)

  • Reconnecting with the Light (March 17)

  • Reconnecting with the Journey (March 24)

  • Reconnecting with Spiritual Practice (March 31)

  • Reconnecting with Nonviolence (April 7)

  • Reconnecting with the Unconscious (April 14, Palm Sunday)

  • Reconnecting with Love (April 21, Easter Day)

I hope the series will be interesting and helpful!

Peace and all good,