This blog is actually several years older than its most recent launch as The Peoples Next Door. I initially started this blog when I was serving in West Africa, and this week I began digging through the archives.
Back in 2012, I wrote a piece that I feel is worth repeating on the difference between privacy and secrecy. In my estimation, we have confused a right to the former with an entitlement to the latter. If so, then that is a big deal, and it may be one reason that real biblical community in local churches is so hard to achieve.
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Where secrecy exists real fellowship cannot. Nevertheless, so many of us go through the motions of Christian community today without ever experiencing it. We live as active members of a local church, regularly attending services, signing up for programs and studies, faithfully putting money in the offering plate, and yet never developing real community.
You can read the argument here: A Right to Secrecy