In his first letter to the Cornithians, Paul urges us to own what we are--a church shaped by both divine and a variety of human influences. He also reminds us we're not just building an organization or project: the church is a field, a temple, a body--built of and by human beings on the foundation of Christ. We should claim the hope that comes from our global identity as The Church. We should also own what makes us this church: the creative imprints left by each of our builders and the essential contributions of each unique "person-brick" in our walls.
But to what end? When the plant is grown, when the temple is built, when the body is mature--what it is for?