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“If you talk about it, we’re not throwing you away” is the message that needs to be sent, Mr. Cheshire said, adding there needs to be “a reformation of radical grace and love for each other.”

He noted he constantly hears from people who claim to embrace the Christian faith, but are burned out on the church: “It’s not that they don’t want to follow Jesus, they don’t want to follow us, because we’re all jerks,” he said. “Until somebody says it, we’re going to have this problem.”

Mark A. Kellner can be reached via email at mkellner@washingtontimes.com.