“I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:3).

Instead of putting forth some phony religious persona that might impress the Corinthians with his “spirituality,” Paul chose, rather, to be real and transparent. To have a real conversation about a real faith requires real people who have experienced real grace. The worst thing we can do is to perpetuate the plastic, self-righteous caricatures that the world has come to expect from the church.

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