“Thirsty? A sermon on the Samaritan Woman at the Well”
by Rev. Ruth Everhart

 

The text is John 4:5-42, the story of Jesus’ encounter with a woman at the well in Sychar.

Thirst is real, and water is a justice issue. When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well, he implicitly challenged every cultural assumption about who is worthy of his time and conversation. But this shift has been slow to percolate through the cultural layers of church and society. Rev. Ruth Everhart considers the Samaritan woman’s story in tandem with her own, because gender still shapes a woman’s world. How did living water trickle through the layers of an oppressive church system and the horror of rape at gunpoint? Because the living water is still available, and still ever-fresh. (Year A, Lent 3)

Review of RUINED at the Englewood Review of Books

So pleased to tell you that Englewood Review of Books reviewed my memoir. What a great first line: What I love most about this memoir is that it is a gift, primarily for her daughters, but by extension to other young women and ultimately Christian culture in general. You can read the whole thing here. Thanks ERB!

My Recent Adventures in the Public Sphere

featuring the Washington Post & Breitbart

Almost two months have passed since my Op-Ed appeared in “Acts of Faith” at the Washington Post, and conservative media vilified me for it. I wrote up an account of what happened and sent it to my subscribers. But as Breitbart continues to be a cultural force, and “truth” continues to be at issue, it seems best that I should set out the facts for anyone who might be interested in them.

The title of the Op-Ed was this: “Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me.”

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

a guest post by Rev. Laura Collins

A friend posted this on Facebook, and I thought it should get a wider airing.

Here’s her story:

So today I had a strange and unsettling experience of finding out that there was a traffic court case that has been on my record for three years without my knowledge. But when a 2nd small traffic infraction got added this year (yes, that ticket I did get), my car insurance coverage was halved and the cost was doubled. When I called to find out why this had happened, the insurance company insisted that it was because of my driving record, though I have never in my life been in the County where the first (and more serious) infraction happened.

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“Ruined: a memoir”

Awarded a "2017 Book Award" by Christianity Today -- CT Women

I love the tagline on the Christianity Today Book Awards:

Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.

This book makes a great gift for anyone who has experienced trauma. Right now it’s available for under $10 at Amazon. Or visit Tyndale or any bookstore or online retailer.

For a limited time the audio download is just $11.99.

Also available at Audible or Downpour.

Told with candor and unflinching honesty, RUINED is an extraordinary emotional and spiritual journey that begins with an unspeakable act of violence but ends with tremendous healing and profound spiritual insights about faith, forgiveness, and the will of God.

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The Virgin Mary & Me

in the Washington Post, "Acts of Faith"

I have an article up at the Washington Post today, in the “Acts of Faith” section. It has a long title: Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me.

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This event was called “A Church Response to Interpersonal Violence,” but a friend of mine came up with a great nickname: “Two Ruths Telling Truths.”

The two speakers are Ruth Tucker (on domestic violence) and myself, Ruth Everhart (on sexual violence). The event was sponsored by Safe Church Ministry CRC and the Sexuality Series at Calvin College. November 4, 2016 in the Calvin College Chapel. Moderated by Mike VanderLaan.

The video beings with some conference preliminaries and then Ruth Tucker tells her story. My story begins at minute 16 and runs through 29 or so. After that the “Two Ruths” go back and forth answering questions from the moderator. The conversation is done around 1:08 and then there are questions from the audience. You might want to jump to the end to see my sister Susan pop up for the last question!

One thing I learned from this event is that I don’t like sitting while I speak! I would much rather stand. Also, I had tons of trouble with my headset microphone. The other Ruth just let hers slip off, which is why the sound comes and goes for her. Next time I will bring that special microphone/cheek tape! Live and learn — life is a work in progress.