COMMUNITY IMMERSION. I am quite self-conscious about being a Christian. Not because I desire to hide my faith, but because I do not want to hide (and be lost) in a facsimile of it. Not because I want to fit into the mainstream without distinctions, but because most of the distinctions Christendom has drawn are superficial and not distinctive enough. Actually, I become less self-conscious about being a Christian the more time I spend in the so-called "secular" side of the community. I am convinced that grace is greater than the church will "permit" it to be. But grace is grace. It is out of the box, beyond the walls, being accessed, apprehended, and expressed self authenticating ways.