“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)

“KSBJ Sunday Night Live! RUINED”
by Kim Weir

KSBJ Sunday Night Live!
October 23, 2016

At the beginning of the show, the host, Kim Weir, talks about saying Yes to God. My interview begins after minute 9 and runs to the end of the hour.

It’s a live radio show and includes two callers — a first for me! What a challenge to hear someone express painful circumstances but not be able to see their face, ask followup questions, or have much time to consider a response.

What’s more, I know that these two callers represent a host of others who have experienced the ruination of sexual violence. I pray that each woman will find her way to recovery and wholeness. You are a beloved child of God.

“The Arc Podcast, from Tyndale”
by Joy Fabry & Adam Sabados

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The Arc
August 26, 2016

I so enjoyed the chance to sit down with Joy and Adam. What strikes me about the interview is how I speak as a mother, a writer, and a pastor.

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“Live Interview: Today’s Issues at American Family Radio”
by American Family Radio, Tim Wildmon, Ed Vitagliano

Today's Issues
August 1, 2016

The first 9 minutes are the co-hosts talking about Trump and his media attack on Khizr and Ghazala Khan (the parents of a slain soldier, after their speech at the DNC) so feel free to jump in about 10 minutes into the show! My time on the air is quite brief — 3 questions.

The interviewer begins: “This is not a book for the faint of heart.”

We discuss rape kits a bit, then the “spiritual struggle” that followed the trauma. “When you’re good and this kind of trauma descends on you . . . you begin to question, was this God’s will for me?”

The last question is about healing — and the role of the church. This is where I mention Venn diagrams, and also make a faith statement about the person of Jesus Christ.

“Live Interview: God Can Handle Our Anger”
by Susie Larson

Live the Promise
8/16/2016

Susie Larson is a wonderful host, covering a lot of ground with a heart full of empathy and insight.

We begin with a favorite scripture: Mark 5:34 “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your disease” — and how that scripture helped me heal after sexual assault. Then I describe the night of the crime and its impact on me. Susie asks me about the role of women in my faith tradition, and how the attack mirrored the way men had power over women. Also, how did my family react to my entrance into ministry? We then delve into some of the faith questions raised by the attack, and how my friends and follow victims interacted in the aftermath. What exactly happened when the assailants were apprehended and we went to court? And going forward, how did I manage to face down my fears? Susie calls me a “gritty girl”! I explain how I went forward an inch at a time.

Listen to the whole interview here:

 

Or grab this 4-minute highlight about the role of anger in recovery:

““Rebuilding the Ruined””
by Janet Parshall

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No one gives an interview like Janet — she has done her homework! To begin this interview she tells me she is exhausted because my book “kept her on the edge of her seat for hours.” From there we springboard into an energetic conversation.

“Interview: Hope & Healing for Victims of Rape”
by Debbie Chavez

The Debbie Chavez Show
August 2, 2016

Debbie Chavez has a tremendous ministry to women in the Bellingham, WA area. As she and I discuss my memoir, Debbie lets spill a secret of her own — she has been the victim of childhood rape. The reality is that sexual violence is more commonly experienced and less frequently addressed! She and I discuss many things in this hour, including sexual healing. Give it a listen!

“Interview: Ruth Everhart on “Ruined””
by Carol Howard Merritt

Carol and I were in a writing group together nearly 10 years ago — when I first got the inkling to address this subject in my writing. No one has been more supportive of my writing journey than Carol! In this lively conversation, she and I discuss many things: the value of women — what it was like to write this memoir — and how to understand God’s sovereignty in a world where bad things happen.