The newest issue of the Journal of Biblical Counseling from CCEF has just been released, and I have an article in it.
My article is entitled Why Is This Sordid Story in the Bible?: Four Reasons to Read about the Rape of Tamar.
You can read a preview here. It's my first JBC article that doesn't relate very closely to the problem of gossip.
In his editorial and introduction to the issue, editor David Powlison writes:
Next comes a sermon from Matt Mitchell. In “Why Is This Sordid Story in the Bible?: Four Reasons to Read about the Rape of Tamar,” Mitchell walks us through the violent and shameful details of 2 Samuel 13, which include evil scheming, rape, murder, a banished son and a passive king. It’s easy to want to avoid this story, but there are good and important reasons why it is in the Bible.I recommend subscribing to the JBC. It's inexpensive and always worth what you pay. They are also available on Kindle.