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Keep this among just the 600 of us

January 17, 2010

Dear Amy: At our former church recently one member shared a transformation that stemmed from a pretty personal transgression.

Later, at home, my husband and I used this testimony as a "learning moment" for our teens.

One of our kids subsequently mentioned the testimony to this member's daughter. The member called me, furious. She had not told her own children yet of her experience. She accused me of violating confidentiality.

My defense was that she voluntarily shared in front of 600 people. Were we wrong?

Evolving Evangelicals

Dear Evangelicals: Your fellow church member should have assumed that her testimony would have moved people enough that they would discuss it outside of the church.

That's the power of giving and bearing witness.

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