The Purpose of Exile

Inviting others back to the table But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or a greedy person, or an idolater, or is verbally abusive, or habitually drunk, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a person.  ~ I Corinthians 5:11, MASBContinue reading “The Purpose of Exile”

The Joy of Living Water

Imagine being the subject of town gossip because of your choices. Imagine having to walk to a well carrying a heavy clay jar in the heat of the afternoon because you couldn’t bear the stares if you drew water when the other women of the city were there. Imagine feeling shame, repeated rejection, and loneliness,Continue reading “The Joy of Living Water”

How the Psalms Saved My Life

Fifteen years ago I began a trip down a very dark path. I’d like to say I didn’t realize where I was headed, but I did. I had prayed, I had pleaded, I had tried all my own methods to make things better — make things change — within the framework of my faith andContinue reading “How the Psalms Saved My Life”