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Jesus was anything but clear, simple, and easy to listen to. Even now, when we engage his teaching in the Gospels, it requires effort—and a large dose of grace—to understand his words. He doesn't give us three-point alliterated sermons, and neither do his apostles.

I'm certainly not opposed to clear communication, but our cultural drive for comfort and accessibility may have unintended side-effects. People, like pilots, do not thrive by being under challenged, but by turning off the auto pilot.

Skye Jethani is executive editor of Leadership Journal.

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