Category: Peoples Next Door

While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples (Matt 9:10, HCSB). I am in Orlando right now preparing to speak at a conference on “gospel hospitality.” Sounds like a buzzword, right? It can be, but like all catch phrases, there is a reason this one exists. For many Christians the relationship between hospitality and the gospel is lost. When was the last time you shared a meal with a lost person? I am not talking about wolfing down leftovers in the break room…

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Discipleship Peoples Next Door

Not only do I work at a seminary, I am also a local church pastor. As our church gets serious about discovering and engaging internationals in our area, I am starting to see a pattern. There are several things well-intentioned church members feel they are not supposed to do when engaging internationals that are, in fact, really good things. Of course, everyone exists inside a culture, and church members here in America are no exception to that rule. That means certain aspects of our culture and worldview give us “rules” to live by when interacting with other people. For instance,…

Read More 3 Things Churches Think They Cannot Do with Internationals (But Really Can)

Peoples Next Door

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…

Read More From the archives: A Right to Secrecy

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