Still thinking about transparency. True, authentic transparency can only be sustained in an environment of grace. If we begin to crack open our hearts and find only judgement, disapproval, pity or tired and glib religious 'answers' we soon draw back again. Unless we, in our churches, cultivate an environment of true gospel-like, Jesus-like grace, transparency cannot survive for long.
I recently came across this beautiful poem about grace on the blog of a new friend, Geoff Chapman. It is by Mark Greene (of LICC). I think you will like it. I love it: