Jim Wright is a church sower, public but unassuming, thinker, mentor, teacher, local church elder, motivated by redemption, foe of tyrants, friend of the dispossessed, retired international attorney, entrepreneur, former private pilot, and so-so bass fisherman.
Marianne is a retired public school teacher, private but strong, heart, skilled counselor, knows deep intimacy with God, a comfort to others in the Lord, wise, motivated by mercy but has strong resolve, gardener, and a bridge to healing for many.
Together, we have been part of a community of simple, participatory fellowships for many years in our own home county - some of which we helped start.
Our blogs and devotionals spring from firm roots in those local fellowships.
But unfortunately, confessed evil comes as a shock in this culture (leadership not used to people actually asking for help to understand themselves, and whose first conclusion is that the ‘confessee ‘ has other motives). When leadership put the pressure on to try and force the confessee’s will to see things their way, the genuine penitent is brought down through misunderstanding by insecure leadership.
Probably not explained very well, but was my experience anyway. The lesson/challenge: finding the path from the Lord in order not to play the victim.
Heck, Jeremiah was right when he wrote about the deceitfulness of the human heart, when commodities like integrity and status have the spotlight turned on them.