Gary Means, who I perceive as an intelligent and thoughtful writer (I know he sometimes reads this blog) had these two quotes that I just loved:

When people look at the church
and see only imposters,
they conclude that Jesus
is an imposter.
But when they see
the followers of Jesus
who are real,
the see a Jesus
who is real.
– Mike Yaconelli

The power of the church
is not a parade of flawless people,
but a flawless Christ who embraces our flaws . . .
The church is not made up of whole people,
rather of broken people
who find wholeness in a Christ
who was broken for our sins.
– Mike Yaconelli