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A Different Kind of Messiah

Herb Montgomery | May 29, 2020 “Our passage this week and this pandemic make me think of my working-class Appalachian friends, family, and neighbors—forgotten by the establishment or marginalized by the elite class as dumb mountain people. These forgotten people … Continue reading

Building the World We Want to Live In

“Today, many of us are seeing our society being pushed to yet another breaking point. Blessed are the ones calling for change now. Blessed are the ones modeling a compassionate new world. Blessed are the ones shaping a world that … Continue reading

Growth For Growth’s Sake

Herb Montgomery | May 15, 2020 “The contradictions of our present economic system are being exposed more every passing day. The exploitations built into our present system are straining in this pandemic. A system with such a long history of … Continue reading

A Gospel for the Earth

by Herb Montgomery | May 8, 2020 “What would happen if Christians stopped believing that Jesus’s way is impractical, naïve, insufficient, or “doesn’t work in the “real world” and began to follow the way of life Jesus came to teach … Continue reading

A More Distributively Just Way

by Herb Montgomery | May 1, 2020 “The present pandemic is laying bare other areas of our unsustainable and unjust system. What would a world look like that is a safe, compassionate, inclusive, and just home for all of God’s … Continue reading

Transforming Negative Pushback To Work In Favor of Change

by Herb Montgomery | April 24, 2020 “We may still be a long way from our desired outcome, but we can make progress. Our efforts may be interrupted, delayed, or even halted, but that doesn’t mean we have necessarily failed.” … Continue reading

New Wine in Old Wineskins (Part 2)

Herb Montgomery | April 17, 2020 “Moments like these not only call us to reassess our systems, but also our own personal values and the values our societies have been built on: the systems we are accustomed to and our … Continue reading

New Wine in Old Wineskins (Part 1 of 2)

Herb Montgomery | April 10, 2020 “Texts must be interpreted in life-giving ways within communities that prioritize the voices of the most vulnerable in our society. These communities practice a preferential option for the marginalized and see every human as … Continue reading

We Are Not Just Passing Through

Herb Montgomery | March 20, 2020 “Our first concern should not be to leave it all behind, but to bring healing to the world around us. Jesus modeled how we can be conduits of healing to this world, and we … Continue reading

A Community of Healing Justice

Herb Montgomery | March 13, 2020 “At its source, it’s not about a lone hero who does something revolutionary on our behalf. It’s a call to participate, with others, in a community of healing justice. “You have said so,” Jesus … Continue reading

When Change Feels Too Risky

Herb Montgomery | March 6, 2020 “Are you seeing calls for societal change threatening the status quo today? Are you seeing concern and fear from the establishment toward movements for distributive justice or for a larger swath of people?” In … Continue reading

A Just Future Begins Today

Herb Montgomery | February 28, 2020 “Change can scare those benefitting from the present system no matter how unjust that system may be for others. Sadly the moderates in any given society typically side with the establishment, not with those … Continue reading

Zacchaeus and Christian Support of Destructive Administrations

“What is needed for empowered, privileged Christians who support a corrupt administration today to follow Zacchaeus’ example? What is needed for Christians to take more seriously Jesus’ commands to stand with the vulnerable and those on the margins rather than … Continue reading

The Refusal of the Older Brother

Herb Montgomery | February 7, 2019 “If you believe God loves someone, justice for them isn’t far behind. Love for those on the margins is the seed out of which the reality of God’s inclusive, just future sprouts.” “The older … Continue reading

The Ethic of Enemy Love (Part 2)

Herb Montgomery | January 31, 2020 “This I believe is the genius of the ethic of enemy love that Jesus and many others in history have taught. Rightly understood, it enables one to stand up to one’s enemies while not … Continue reading

The Ethic of Enemy Love (Part 1)

by Herb Montgomery | January 24, 2020 “I want to be careful with this ethic of enemy love. First, this ethic does not mean that we should expect reconciliation without change or reparations from our enemies . . . To … Continue reading

When Equality Means Some Are Given More Than Others

Equality, Equity and Jesus’ Preferential Option for the Marginalized by Herb Montgomery | January 17, 2020 “Some may cry unfair when others receive more, yet if this ‘more than’ is based on what they need is more than what others … Continue reading

Great Joy for All People (Part 3)

Herb Montgomery | January 10, 2020 Luke’s narratives about Jesus, beginning with the Christmas narratives, ultimately offer hope for those society deems less than, and they are still problematic to those in positions of power and privilege. I believe they … Continue reading

Great Joy for All People (Part 2)

Herb Montgomery | December 20, 2019 “Luke skillfully integrates into his story the hopes of Judaism and the subversion of the political theology of the Roman Empire. Jesus, for Luke, is simultaneously the fulfillment of one (Judaism) and the subversion … Continue reading

Great Joy for All People (Part 1)

by Herb Montgomery | December 13, 2019 “Seen in their original context, Luke’s birth narratives for Jesus subvert the Roman economic, political, social, and theological systems of their day. Do these stories offer anything to our justice work today and … Continue reading

A Christmas Story for the Marginalized

Herb Montgomery | December 6, 2019 “The question for those presently at the center is not whether they will include the presently marginalized at their table, but whether they will participate in the socially transformative work that is already taking … Continue reading

Jesus’ Enoughism

by Herb Montgomery | November 22, 2019 “Some will say, ‘This sounds like socialism!’ I’m reminded of the words of historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, ‘Do not, by the way, let anyone tell you that is Liberalism, Socialism, or … Continue reading

A Gospel About Jesus Versus the Gospel Jesus Taught

Herb Montgomery | November 15, 2019 “One thread in Jewish tradition enlarged this hope and applied it not only to the Jewish people, but also to the rest of humanity with a much more universal end to all oppression, violence, … Continue reading

Biblical Inclusion Versus Biblical Exclusion

by Herb Montgomery | November 8, 2019 “What is our relation, as followers of Jesus, to the marginalized of our day? To what degree are we marginalized in our own lives? Are we standing in solidarity with others who are … Continue reading

A Primer on Self-Affirming Nonviolence (Part 10)

Herb Montgomery | October 11, 2019 “Jesus’ form of nonviolence was an act of self-affirmation in a society where one’s self was already being sacrificed. When we interpret nonviolence as self-sacrifice, irreparable harm, even lethal harm, is done to those … Continue reading

A Primer on Self Affirming Nonviolence (Part 9)

Herb Montgomery | October 4, 2019 “Self-defense, in and of itself, is not violence. Violation is violence. Oppression is violence. Injustice is violence. Protecting one’s privilege and power over others is violence. Self-defense or self-affirmation in the face of all … Continue reading

A Primer on Self-Affirming Nonviolence (Part 8)

Herb Montgomery | September 27, 2019 “As followers of Jesus, especially ones who choose to embrace Jesus’ rejection of violence, we must remember that Jesus did not stand up to injustice, and suffer for it, on our behalf. He calls … Continue reading

A Primer on Self Affirming Nonviolence (Part 7)

Herb Montgomery | September 20, 2019 If Jesus taught nonviolence, why does the rest of the Bible seem to endorse or even command violence? This week’s episode is quite a milestone. This is our 300th episode! I want to take … Continue reading

A Primer on Self-Affirming Nonviolence (Part 6)

Herb Montgomery | September 13, 2019 “Jesus was not about peace-keeping but peace-making. He was not about keeping the peace, not disturbing the status quo, but about calling for justice, the justice that in the Jewish tradition was to be … Continue reading

A Primer on Self-Affirming Nonviolence (Part 5)

By Herb Montgomery | August 30, 2019 “We must be much more scandalized by the institutional violence that leads to violent rebellion than the violence of those who stand up to institutional violence. They are not the same. One is … Continue reading

A Primer on Self-Affirming Nonviolence (Part 4)

Herb Montgomery | August 23, 2019 “We’ve been discussing the importance of listening to those on the margins of society and their experiences and wisdom. What follows is a result of doing just that in the context of the subject … Continue reading

A Primer on Self Affirming, Nonviolence (Part 3)

Herb Montgomery | August 16, 2019 “Jesus was teaching the rejection of violent responses to this world’s evil. Yet he was not teaching that we should simply do nothing! Jesus was teaching nonviolent ways for oppressed people to take the … Continue reading

A Primer on Self Affirming, Nonviolence (Part 2)

“Today we live in the wake of these changes. Christianity and its Jesus fell in the same way as all the other religions taken in by Rome . . . If the bloody violence of Christianity’s history has taught us … Continue reading

A Primer on Self Affirming, Nonviolence (Part 1)

Herb Montgomery | July 26, 2019 “But today most of Christianity either rejects Jesus’ nonviolence outright or embraces nonviolence in a way that leaves marginalized and exploited people passive in the face of injustice and harms them. There are alternatives … Continue reading

Checking Your Privilege

Herb Montgomery | July 19, 2019 “We can do better than defensiveness. In this story of Jesus I hear the call to lay mine down . . . Another world is possible. But we’re going to have to learn to … Continue reading

Privilege and Power

Herb Montgomery | June 28, 2019 “Today, certain Christians are still trying to use the power of the state, not to side with the people and protect the vulnerable . . . to push their own agenda regardless of the … Continue reading

Challenging Exclusion

Herb Montgomery | June 21, 2019 It’s not enough to simply offer a gospel that only offers divine forgiveness of sins. A gospel that is faithful to the Jesus story must include people forgiving people. It must include a redistribution … Continue reading

When Doing the Right Thing Is Illegal

Herb Montgomery | June 14, 2019 “What happens when we have to choose between saving life and abiding by the law? Jesus’ healings call us to take a side either with the marginalized and liberator (with Jesus) or to interpret … Continue reading

Catching Big Fish

Herb Montgomery | June 7, 2019 “The fishing metaphor was a way to denounce injustice against the vulnerable, and looks forward to social change.” “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will show you how to catch big fish.’ At … Continue reading

A Kingless Kingdom

Herb Montgomery | May 31, 2019 “ . . . and for those who associate abuse with the terms ‘God,’ or ‘heaven,’ or anything Christian, the kingdom even doesn’t have to be associated with religious dogma. Jesus demonstrated for us … Continue reading

Change from the Edges

Herb Montgomery | May 24, 2019 “One of the first steps of hope for people in such wilderness places is to understand that their situation reflects social and political forces, not the divine will . . .” “And so John … Continue reading

Social Salvation

by Herb Montgomery | May 17, 2019 “Here in the West we are shaped by a deeply individualistic culture, and some Christian communities rarely address Jesus’ social salvation, if ever. The form of Christianity that most people experience focuses heavily … Continue reading

Why Resurrection

Herb Montgomery | April 26, 2019 “Even when it looks like nothing is ever going to change, and regardless of whether or not changes are ever made to the extent we desire, the mere presence of our voice makes things … Continue reading

Social Sins, Social Justice, and the Jesus Stories

Herb Montgomery | April 19, 2019 “Understood in this light, Jesus’ story offers rich fields for exploration and discovery as we learn to hear a gospel that calls us not to simply be ‘a good person,’  but also to stop … Continue reading

A Social Jesus

Herb Montgomery | April 12, 2018 “Today, sectors of Christianity that only teach a personal Jesus deeply need a reintroduction to the gospels’ social Jesus. They need to rediscover and understand social salvation contrasted with personal salvation. They need a … Continue reading

Prophets and Priests

Herb Montgomery | April 5, 2019 “Where else do you see institutions threatened by the voice of prophets? We may not call them prophets in every institution, yet the punishment of prophets is a universal dynamic. Whenever there are people … Continue reading

Calling Good Evil (Part 5 of 5)

Herb Montgomery | March 29, 2019 “The image of God is the male-female spectrum. When we speak of a person’s sex, we’re describing their bodies in terms of characteristics we define as male, female, neither, or both. Wherever nature places … Continue reading

Calling Good Evil (Part 4 of 5)

Herb Montgomery | March 22, 2019 “If Brownson is correct and Paul is referring to Gaius Caligula’s actual behavior, which Paul’s contemporaries, Philo, Dio Cassius, and Dio Chrysostom all wrote about with similar language, then he is describing harmful behavior … Continue reading

Calling Good Evil (Part 3 of 5)

Herb Montgomery | March 15, 2019 “Using the term ‘homosexual’ in these translations represents negative cultural bias. If these passages were free from homophobic bias, they would read ‘pederasty.’ One must ask which interpretation is more culturally biased, and more … Continue reading

Calling Good Evil (Part 2 of 5)

by Herb Montgomery | February 15, 2019 “My purpose in sharing their work with you is so that each of us can do our own homework, putting in the energy to read, study, and grapple before we ask someone in … Continue reading

Calling Good Evil (Part 1 of 5)

Herb Montgomery | February 8, 2019 “And yet I’m torn when I watch the toll it takes on my LGBTQ friends to repeatedly explain these passages. Speaking about them does not have the same emotional cost for me as it … Continue reading

Jesus, Law and Order

Herb Montgomery | January 31, 2019 “Legality is never the end of the moral discussion. We must also ask if what is being done is right . . . Law and order arguments too often fail to account for whether … Continue reading

Mary, Jesus, King, and Us

by Herb Montgomery | January 18, 2019 “This is a much different take on women’s virginity than I was raised with. It would also allow a different interpretive lens through which to view Mary who raised a son who modeled, … Continue reading

Salvation as Liberation, Reparation, and Societal Healing

Herb Montgomery | January 11, 2019 “Jesus’ vision for this world was not to condemn it, wipe it out, and make a new one. Jesus pictured a God who loved our world: a God who dreamed of this world’s healing, … Continue reading

Courage in the Face of Setbacks

Herb Montgomery | January 4, 2019 “Something for us shifted because of this meeting. As the Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes so eloquently states in Journey to Liberation, ‘When you start with an understanding that God loves everyone, justice isn’t very … Continue reading

Lightening the Burden of Others

Herb Montgomery | December 21, 2018 “This Christmas, we may not all have someone whose economic debt we can cancel. But are there other types of forgiveness we could embrace? Are there reparations for past wrongs we still need to … Continue reading

Christmas and Liberation from Hate

by Herb Montgomery | December 14, 2018 “Beauty is about how different shapes, colors, lines, or objects are arranged together. Humanity is varied and richly diverse. We can hold our differences in relationships that are beautiful or in ways that … Continue reading

No Room In The Inn

Herb Montgomery | December 7, 2018 “In the Hebrew sacred text we read an ancient story of a town’s xenophobic refusal to show hospitality out of a desire to protect it’s own affluence from the threat of having to be … Continue reading

Healing Our World, Part 2

Herb Montgomery | November 29, 2018 “Exclusion, whether racism, misogyny, homophobia, or whatever, is already within many us. What are our faith traditions doing to challenge and change us so that we can participate in making our larger society more … Continue reading

Justice, Grace & Charity: Part 2

by Herb Montgomery | November 16, 2018 “While we work toward a better world we must also be about mitigating the damage being done in this one. But do not think for a moment that if we have only offered … Continue reading

Justice, Grace & Charity: Part 1

by Herb Montgomery | November 9, 2018 “We need justice that is distributive. We need grace which is liberating. Only with both will we see far enough to have a life-giving discussion about charity.”   “Here is my servant whom … Continue reading

Justice and the Love of God

Herb Montgomery | November 2, 2018 “To believe in universal love is to work for a distributive, societal justice for those who are the objects of that universal love.” “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of … Continue reading

Healing Our World, Part 1

by Herb Montgomery | October 26, 2018  “’The separation between Church and State is different from the separation of faith and public life.’ . . .  The separation of church and state is about keeping the state out of matters … Continue reading

Deliverance From Evil

Herb Montgomery | October 19, 2018 “What does it mean to be delivered from economic oppression and ecological oppression as well? The U.N. reported this last week that we have only twelve years left to address climate change, and if … Continue reading

A Prayer for Debts Cancelled

by Herb Montgomery | October 11, 2018 “‘Politics is really about how we as a community choose to distribute resources and power among people and groups of people.’  She goes on to say, therefore, ‘There’s no opting out of it.’  … Continue reading

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

by Herb Montgomery | September 28, 2018  “‘When you start with an understanding that God loves everyone, justice isn’t very far behind.’ How many times have we witnessed traditional White Christianity emphasize religiousness, puritanical morality, and even the ‘love of … Continue reading

God the Father, Exclusive Othering, and a Distributive Justice for All

Herb Montgomery | September 21, 2018 “And if Amos were alive this week, he might have said, ‘I hate, I despise your endless religious statements that make you feel pious, protecting your phobias about those whose experiences in life are … Continue reading

Salvific Teachings: Womanism and the Gospel

Herb Montgomery | September 7, 2018   “Notice that in this passage, which is not at all unique to the gospels, the ‘gospel of God’ is the announcement of the arrival of the reign or kingdom of God, who desires … Continue reading

A Refusal to Let Go of Life

Herb Montgomery | August 31, 2018 “Jesus chose to live a life in opposition to unjust, oppressive cultures. Jesus did not choose the cross but chose integrity and faithfulness, refusing to change course because of threat.” (Brown and Parker, For … Continue reading

The Violence Inherent in the System

by Herb Montgomery | August 24, 2018 “Those who read the Jesus story from within communities of people facing marginalization regularly see in Jesus’ crucifixion a deep solidarity with those on the margins in Jesus’ day and also those in … Continue reading


Herb Montgomery | August 10, 2018 “These societal structures all function based on the variables of race, gender, sexuality, gender identity and expression, current economic status, ability, age, education, ethnicity, religion, criminal record, and more . . . What does … Continue reading

Who are the Poor in Spirit?

Herb Montgomery | August 3, 2018 “The system is intended to break their spirit once and for all, to make them give up and simply cycle through the judicial system indefinitely. Jesus’ vision for human society was that his kingdom … Continue reading

Another World is Possible (Part 3)

by Herb Montgomery | July 27, 2018  “The poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order.” — Gustavo Gutiérrez; The Power of the Poor … Continue reading

Another World is Possible (Part 2)

by Herb Montgomery | July 13, 2018 “To live out the reign or kingdom of God is to replace wealth accumulation with a distributive justice that ensures people’s needs for survival and thriving are taken care of: an early version … Continue reading

Another World is Possible (Part 1)

by Herb Montgomery | June 28, 2018 “Tempted to succumb to the narrative of scarcity and competition against one another for the one loaf in the boat, they forgot the lesson in the feeding of the multitudes.  What little we … Continue reading

Self Affirming Nonviolence and the Myth of Redemptive Suffering (Part 2)

by Herb Montgomery | June 21, 2018 “Taking up one’s cross should not be interpreted as acceptance of pain, misery, and abuse, but rather as the call to stand up, resist, and refuse to let go of life, justice, and … Continue reading

Self Affirming Nonviolence and the Myth of Redemptive Suffering (Part 1)

by Herb Montgomery | June 16, 2018   “In its own cultural setting, Jesus’ nonviolence was a means of self-affirmation for those who don’t have access to common power, and it is best illustrated not by the cross but by … Continue reading

Solidarity with the Crucified Community

by Herb Montgomery | June 1, 2018   “When it’s safe to stand alongside those being marginalized, to amplify their voices, to hand them the mic, you will no longer be needed.” “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all … Continue reading

Political Jesus

by Herb Montgomery | May 17, 2018   “Jesus was political. Neither he nor those whom he cared about could afford to ignore the systems of injustice and oppression damaging real human lives.” “After John was put in prison, Jesus … Continue reading

Pyramids, Circles and a Shared Table: Jesus’ Vision for Human Community (Part 2)

Jesus’ shared table community was an expression of voluntary “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” by Herb Montgomery | May 10, 2018 “Yet too often, historically, economic reforms have come at the expense of … Continue reading

Pyramids, Circles and a Shared Table: Jesus’ Vision for Human Community (Part 1)

by Herb Montgomery | May 3, 2018 “Politics answers the question of who gets what. So Jesus was not a religious figure as much as he was a political one. He did not fundamentally challenge his Jewish religion, at least … Continue reading

It’s Easier to Build a Religion than to Build a Better World.

by Herb Montgomery | April 20, 2018 “Yet, it is far easier for those with power and privilege to merely worship Jesus, to preach a gospel about Jesus, and build a religion around Jesus, than it is for them to … Continue reading

Directed Good News 

by Herb Montgomery | April 12, 2018 Jesus’ gospel was good news to those who were on the margins. If they were able to shape a safer, more compassionate, just society, this would, in the long run, be good for … Continue reading

A Preferential Option for the Vulnerable

by Herb Montgomery | March 30, 2018 “To have a preference is to have a greater liking for one alternative over another or others. This is not exclusive, but rather points to who should first have our solidarity.” Jesus looked … Continue reading

Gun Culture, School Shootings, Racial Disparity, Militarized Police and Jesus

A preferential option for two vulnerable communities in the gun control debate. by Herb Montgomery | March 1, 2018 “There is wisdom in his words, ‘All who draw the sword will die by the sword.’ It’s as true for societies … Continue reading

Peace through Nuclear Threat: A peace that put Jesus and numerous others on a cross

  by Herb Montgomery | February 15, 2018 “Yes, we are to engage in the work of justice alongside those working in matters of labor, race, and the developing world. We are to also engage that work in matters of … Continue reading

You Will Judge the Twelve Tribes of Israel

by Herb Montgomery | February 8, 2018 “Our saying this week tells us that another world is possible . . . Our challenge is to shape a society that reflects a set of values that shape our world into a … Continue reading

The Parable of the Entrusted Money

  by Herb Montgomery | February 1, 2018 “In the story, this king’s passion was profit. The God Jesus described at the heart of the kingdom was passionate about people, not profit. Jesus’ “kingdom of God” was a community where … Continue reading

One Taken, One Left

by Herb Montgomery | January 25, 2018 “It’s about compassion. Either we see ourselves in others, or we don’t. And if we don’t learn to do so, we run the risk of destroying life as we know it for everyone … Continue reading

As in the Days of Noah

by Herb Montgomery | January 11, 2018 “This wakefulness means possessing a continuing awareness of issues related to marginalized people and their struggle for justice. It requires an intersectional awareness of racial, gender, economic, LGBT, and other social forms of justice. … Continue reading

Vultures Around a Corpse

by Herb Montgomery | January 5, 2018 “Jesus was not a Roman citizen, and so when he taught nonviolence, he was not teaching from the social location of the Roman oppressor, but from the perspective of an oppressed Jew. Jesus’ … Continue reading

The Son of Humanity Like Lightning

by Herb Montgomery “Any talk of nonviolence today must include an in-depth understanding of structural and systemic violence and oppression or nonviolence will end up being a violent form of nonviolence. It will place upon oppressed people an additional burden … Continue reading

The Kingdom of God within You

by Herb Montgomery “Today, Jesus’s ‘Kingdom of God,’ a community that centers and puts first those our present society places as last, is within our ability. We can choose to do life differently. When it comes to the subject of … Continue reading

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

by Herb Montgomery “It is these [the marginalized] whom Jesus tells to have hope, that God is not like their oppressors have made them think, that the end of their misfortunes is at hand, that the Kingdom of God is … Continue reading

Forgiving a Sinning Brother or Sister Repeatedly

by Herb Montgomery | November 10, 2017 “Safe spaces” are not spaces where everyone’s opinion is equally valued. Safe spaces are spaces where there is a preferential option practiced for the most vulnerable in the room. Safe spaces are spaces … Continue reading

The Lost Coin

by Herb Montgomery | November 3, 2017 “Jesus willfully and intentionally transgressed the community boundaries of his day. We should too. Keep in mind, the more ritually pure you were, the more clean you were, the more included, centered and … Continue reading

The Lost Sheep

by Herb Montgomery | October 27, 2017 “This has implications for our justice work today as well. There are two types of justice work. One seeks to give people equal access to a competitive system where there will still be … Continue reading

Against Enticing Little Ones

“Our experiences determine not only the questions we ask, but also the answers we get back. Plain readings are not plain but are read through the lens of our own paradigms and fears. And this is one reason why it … Continue reading

Divorce Leading to Adultery

by Herb Montgomery “Christians taking Jesus’ saying on divorce at face value have forced women to stay in untold situations of abuse. I want to argue this week that in the context of the 1st Century’s economic realities for women … Continue reading

No Serif of the Law to Fall

by Herb Montgomery Interpretations are not eternal. They change with time. As we see the harmful fruit of present interpretations, we can make those interpretations give way to new ones, in the hope that new interpretations will bear the fruit … Continue reading

Since John the Kingdom of God

by Herb Montgomery “It’s one thing to mistake something bad as good. It’s quite another to mistake the Sprit’s work of liberating and re-humanizing those who have been dehumanized and objectified as an evil that should be opposed. This is … Continue reading

God or Money

“Jesus’s ethic is not capitalist. In a capitalist system, the goal is simply to create capital. The game is won by those who are able to create the most capital and use it to create more . . . Jesus … Continue reading

Insipid Salt: White Christianity in the Wake of Charlottesville

by Herb Montgomery “I do subscribe to nonviolence. I teach it. I uphold it. Yet, to claim a nonviolent neutrality, saying “I’m against violence on both sides,” while you yourself are socially privileged and benefit from violence being used against … Continue reading

Losing One’s Life

by Herb Montgomery “Jesus didn’t die because he was a bigot, standing in solidarity with oppressors and justifying the domination of the vulnerable. He died because he stood in solidarity with the vulnerable against the status quo. It’s time we also … Continue reading

Taking One’s Cross

by Herb Montgomery “Taking up one’s cross is not a call to patiently, passively endure, but to take hold of life and stand up against injustice even if there is a cost for doing so.” Featured Text: The one who … Continue reading

Hating One’s Family

by Herb Montgomery “We don’t have to reject members of our own family. Rather, this week’s saying tells us that when we do take a stand for justice, we may be rejected by mother, father, daughter, son, brother, or sister, … Continue reading

The Parable of the Invited Dinner Guests

by Herb Montgomery Karen Baker-Fletcher writes: “If Jesus is on the side of the least of these, as Matthew 25 suggests and womanist liberation theologians emphasize, then this includes the earth. It too is hungry for nourishment. It too is … Continue reading

The Exalted Humbled and the Humble Exalted

by Herb Montgomery   “There is a vast difference between the kind of pride that exalts self over others as if you were the normal or ideal and others were somehow less than, and the kind of pride that rejects the … Continue reading

Judgment over Jerusalem

by Herb Montgomery “Every day we each face the choice of whether to work toward a new inclusive community or not. What can we learn from this week’s saying? It’s not just a lamentation for 1st Century Jerusalem . . … Continue reading

The Reversal of the Last and the First 

  by Herb Montgomery “Economies that keeps workers desperate are structured that way by design . . . Just this past week it was published that there is not one state in the US where a 40 hours a week (full-time), … Continue reading

Replaced by People from East and West

by Herb Montgomery “When you see who is welcomed and affirmed, when you see how wrong you were about those you thought should be forbidden from sitting at the table with you, it’s going to make you so angry!” Featured … Continue reading

I Do Not Know You

by Herb Montgomery “Why is the path narrow? It’s narrow simply because it’s traversed by so few. Paths are broad or narrow determined by the number of those who travel them. In other words, we too often think of this saying … Continue reading

The Parable of the Yeast

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “And again‚ with what am I to compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour until it was fully fermented.” (Q 13:20-21) Companion … Continue reading

The Parable of the Mustard Seed 

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “What is the kingdom of God like, and with what am I to compare it? It is like a seed of mustard, which a person took and threw into his garden. And it grew and … Continue reading

Settling out of Court

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: While you go along with your opponent on the way, make an effort to get loose from him, lest the opponent hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the assistant, and the … Continue reading

Judging the Time

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “But he said to them, ‘When evening has come, you say: Good weather! For the sky is flame red.” And at dawn: “Today it’s wintry! For the lowering sky is flame red.” The face of … Continue reading

Children against Parents 

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Fire have I come to hurl on the earth, and how I wish it had already blazed up! Do you think that I have come to hurl peace on earth? I did not come to … Continue reading

The Faithful or Unfaithful Slave

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Who then is the faithful and wise slave whom the master put over his household to give them food on time? Blessed is that slave whose master, on coming, will find so doing. Amen‚ I … Continue reading

The Son of Humanity Comes as a Robber

The banner reads: “Capitalism isn’t working: another world is possible.” G20, Meltdown Protest, City of London, Bank of England, 1 April 2009. Credit: Tony Hall. by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “But know this: If the householder had known in which … Continue reading

Free from Anxiety like Ravens and Lilies

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you are to eat, nor about your body, with what you are to clothe yourself. Is not life more than food, and the … Continue reading

Storing up Treasures in Heaven 

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Do not treasure for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and gnawing deface and where robbers dig through and rob, but treasure for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor gnawing defaces and where … Continue reading

Hearings before Synagogues

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “When they bring you before synagogues, do not be anxious about how or what you are to say; for the holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what you are to say.” Q 12:11-12  … Continue reading

Speaking against the holy Spirit 

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “And whoever says a word against the son of humanity, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.” Q 12:10  Companion Texts: Matthew 12:32: “Anyone … Continue reading

Confessing or Denying

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Anyone who may speak out for me in public the son of humanity will also speak out for him before the angels. But whoever may deny me in public will be denied before the angels.” … Continue reading

More Precious than Many Sparrows

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them will fall to earth without your Father’s care. But even the hairs of your head all are numbered. Do not be afraid, … Continue reading

Not Fearing the Body’s Death

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But fear the one who is able to destroy both the soul and body in Gehenna.” (Q 12:4-5) Companion … Continue reading

Proclaiming What Was Whispered

by Herb Montgomery #SilenceIsViolence Why We Cannot Be Silent Featured Text: “Nothing is covered up that will not be exposed, and hidden that will not be known. What I say to you in the dark, speak in the light; and what … Continue reading

Wisdom’s Judgment on This Generation

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Therefore also Wisdom said: I will send them prophets and sages, and some of them they will kill and persecute, so that a settling of accounts for the blood of all the prophets poured out … Continue reading

Woes against the Exegetes of the Law

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “And woe to you exegetes of the Law for you bind burdens and load on the backs of people, but you yourselves do not want to lift your finger to move them. Woe to you, … Continue reading

Woes against the Pharisees

Making 2017 a year of compassion and justice.  by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “Woe for you, Pharisees, for you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and give up justice and mercy and faithfulness. But these one had to do, without … Continue reading

The Jaundiced Eye Darkens the Body’s Light 

by Herb Montgomery Featured Text: “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is generous, your whole body is radiant; but if your eye is jaundiced, your whole body is dark. So if the light within you … Continue reading

The Light on the Lampstand 

by Herb Montgomery “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hidden place‚ but on the lampstand, and it gives light for everyone in the house.” Q 11:33 Companion Texts: Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the … Continue reading

Something More than Solomon and Jonah 

by Herb Montgomery “The queen of the South will be raised at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and look, something more … Continue reading

The Sign of Jonah for This Generation 

by Herb Montgomery “But some were demanding from him a sign. But he said‚ ‘This generation is an evil generation; it demands a sign, and a sign will not be given to it — except the sign of Jonah! For … Continue reading

Hearing and Keeping God’s Word

by Herb Montgomery “As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’ He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and … Continue reading

The Return of the Unclean Spirit 

(And standing in solidarity with the Native nations on Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas) by Herb Montgomery Photo by Desiree Kane         “When the defiling spirit has left the person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for … Continue reading

The One not with Me 

by Herb Montgomery The one not with me is against me, and the one not gathering with me scatters. (Q 11:23) Companion Texts: Matthew 12.30: Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me … Continue reading

Looting a Strong Person 

by Herb Montgomery “A strong person’s house cannot be looted, but if someone still stronger overpowers him, he does get looted.” (Q 11:21-22) Matthew 12:29: “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions … Continue reading

Refuting the Beelzebul Accusation and the Finger of God

  by Herb Montgomery “And he cast out a demon which made a person mute. And once the demon was cast out, the mute person spoke. And the crowds were amazed. But some said: By Beelzebul, the ruler of demons, … Continue reading

The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer

(Universal or Particular?) by Herb Montgomery “I tell you, ask and it will be given to you, search and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches … Continue reading

The Lord’s Prayer 

by Herb Montgomery “When you pray, say‚ Father — may your name be kept holy! — let your reign come: Our day’s bread give us today; and cancel our debts for us, as we too have cancelled for those in … Continue reading

The Beatitude for the Eyes that See (God in the Othered)

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you: Many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, but never saw it, and to hear what you hear, but never heard it.” (Q 10:23-24) Companion … Continue reading

Knowing the Father through the Son 

by Herb Montgomery “Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son and to whomever the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Q … Continue reading

Thanksgiving that God Reveals Only to Children

by Herb Montgomery Learning to listen to the most vulnerable within our societies. “At that time he said: I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you hid these things from sages and the learned, and disclosed them … Continue reading

Whoever Takes You in Takes Me in

Both the positive and negative implications. by Herb Montgomery “Whoever takes you in takes me in, and whoever takes me in takes in the one who sent me.” (Q 10:16) Companion Texts: Matthew 10:40-42: “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, … Continue reading

Woes against Galilean Towns

by Herb Montgomery “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the wonders performed in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, in sackcloth and ashes. Yet for Tyre and Sidon … Continue reading

Response to a Town’s Rejection

by Herb Montgomery “But into whatever town you enter and they do not take you in, on going out from that town‚ shake off the dust from your feet. I tell you: For Sodom it shall be more bearable on … Continue reading

Sayings Gospel Q: What to Do in Houses and Towns

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Into whatever house you enter, first say:  ‘Peace to this house!’ And if a son of peace be there, let your peace come upon him; but if not, let‚ your peace return upon you. And at that … Continue reading

No Provisions

by Herb Montgomery “Carry no purse‚ not knapsack, nor sandals, nor stick, and greet no one on the road.” (Q 10:4) Companion Texts: Matthew 10:7-10: “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the … Continue reading

Sayings Gospel Q: Sheep Among Wolves

by Herb Montgomery “Be on your way! Look, I send you like sheep in the midst of wolves” (Q 10:3) . Companion Texts: Matthew 10.16: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes … Continue reading

Sayings Gospel Q: Workers for the Harvest 

What do you want the next revolution to look like? by Herb Montgomery “He said to his disciples: The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to dispatch workers into his harvest.” (Q … Continue reading

WV Flood Relief Update

Hello Everyone, Here is a quick update for you on how the flood recovery efforts are going. (Original Flood Update) First, I could not be more proud of my county.  It was announced earlier this week that John Unger & FEMA … Continue reading

West Virginia Flood Relief

July 1, 2016 by Herb Montgomery Hello Everyone, My heart is heavy as I write this. So many of you have been asking for an update of what is happening here in the wake of the flood that ravaged West … Continue reading

Confronting Potential Followers 

by Herb Montgomery Before we begin this week, I want to take a moment to pause and remember the forty-nine victims of the Orlando Shooting. This tragic event took place at the gay nightclub Pulse, where our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, … Continue reading

This Generation and the Children of  Wisdom

(Being awake to today’s socio-economic, Liberation movements.) by Herb Montgomery “To what am I to compare this generation and what is it like? It is like children seated in the‚ market-places who addressing the others say: ‘We fluted for you, … Continue reading

For and Against John

“For John came to you. The tax collectors responded positively, but the religious authorities rejected him.” (Q 7:29-30) Companion Texts: Luke 7:29-30: “(All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, … Continue reading

More than a Prophet

(And the Inability of Those in “Fine Clothing”) by Herb Montgomery “And when they had left, he began to talk to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by … Continue reading

John’s Inquiry about the One to Come

(Healing versus Destruction) by Herb Montgomery “And John, on hearing about all these things, sending through his disciples, said to him: ‘Are you the one to come, or are we to expect someone else?’ And in reply he said to … Continue reading

The Centurion’s Faith in Jesus’ Word

(Who Are Our Centurions?) by Herb Montgomery “And it came to pass when‚ he ended these sayings, he entered Capernaum. There came to him a centurion exhorting him and saying: ‘My‚ boy is doing badly.’ And he said to him: … Continue reading

Houses Built on Rock or Sand

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Everyone hearing my words and acting on them is like a person who built one’s house on bedrock; and the rain poured down and the flash-floods came, and the winds blew and pounded that house, and it … Continue reading

Not Just Saying Master, Master

by Herb Montgomery  “Why do you call me: Master, Master, and do not do what I say?” (Q 6:46) Companion Texts: Luke 6:46, 47: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for … Continue reading

The Tree Is Known by its Fruit

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “No healthy tree bears rotten fruit, nor, on the other hand‚ does a decayed tree bear healthy fruit. For from the fruit the tree is known. Are figs picked from thorns, or grapes from thistles? The good … Continue reading

The Speck and the Beam 

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “And why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but the beam in your own eye you overlook? How can you say to your brother: Let me throw out the speck from your eye, and … Continue reading

The Disciple and the Teacher 

by Herb Montgomery “A disciple is not superior to one’s teacher. It is enough for the disciple that he become‚ like his teacher.” (Q 6:40) Luke 6:40: The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained … Continue reading

The Blind Leading the Blind

by Herb Montgomery Can a blind person show the way to a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? (Q 6:39) Luke 6:39: “He also told them this parable: ‘Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not … Continue reading

Not Judging

by Herb Montgomery “Do not pass judgment, so you are not judged. For with what judgment you pass judgment, you will be judged. And with the measurement you use to measure out, it will be measured out to you.” (Q … Continue reading

Being Full of Pity 

by Herb Montgomery “Be full of pity, just as your Father is full of pity.” (Q 6:36) Luke 6:36: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Matthew 5:48: Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. We can … Continue reading

Impartial Love 

by Herb Montgomery “If you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Do not even tax collectors do the same? And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what reward do you have? Do … Continue reading

The Golden Rule 

by Herb Montgomery “And the way you want people to treat you, that is how you treat them.” (Q 6:31) Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to … Continue reading

Renouncing One’s Rights

by Herb Montgomery “The one who slaps you on the cheek, offer him the other as well; and to the person wanting to take you to court and get your shirt, turn over to him the coat as well. And … Continue reading

Love Your Enemies

by Herb Montgomery “Love your enemies and‚ pray for those persecuting you so that you may become sons of your Father, for he raises his sun on bad and good and rains on the just and unjust.” (Sayings Gospel Q 6:27-28, … Continue reading

The Beatitude for the Persecuted

by Herb Montgomery Blessed are you when they insult and persecute you, and say every kind of evil against you because of the son of humanity. Be glad and exult‚ for vast is your reward in heaven. For this is … Continue reading

The Beatitudes for the Poor, Hungry, and Mourning

by Herb Montgomery And raising his eyes to his disciples he said: Blessed are you poor, for God’s reign is for you. Blessed are you who hunger, for you will eat your fill. Blessed are you who mourn, for you … Continue reading

The Sayings of Jesus

by Herb Montgomery   Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. (Matthew 5.1-2, emphasis added.) From each of us here at … Continue reading

Two Visions [or Versions] of Peace (Part 3 of 3)

The Subversive Narratives of Advent: Part 3 of 3  by Herb Montgomery “The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of … Continue reading

A New Liberator (Part 2 of 3)

The Subversive Narratives of Advent (Part 2 of 3)  BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2) Our … Continue reading

The Subversive Narratives of Advent  (Part 1 of 3)

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.” (Luke 2.10)  Advent season has begun! Over the next two weeks I want to look at the birth narratives of Jesus from first century … Continue reading

Is Your Theism An Opiate? 

BY HERB MONTGOMERY A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed … Continue reading

Ethical Teachings Versus Supernatural Claims

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do as I teach? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They … Continue reading

Humanizing the Monsters 

by Herb Montgomery “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6) Tomorrow is Halloween so let’s talk … Continue reading

A Shared Meal and a Vision for the Future

BY HERB MONTGOMERY While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples . . . Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he … Continue reading

Jesus’ Vision for Community, Wealth Redistribution, and Closing the Inequality Gap 

By Herb Montgomery Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23) First, I didn’t say the above statement! So don’t be upset with me. But … Continue reading

Both David’s “son” and “Lord”

 BY HERB MONTGOMERY While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “‘The Lord said … Continue reading

Jesus and Naturalism

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life . . . instruct them in the practice of all I have [taught] you” (Matthew 28:17, 18-19, The Message, emphasis added). Last … Continue reading

An End of the World Savior versus Present Liberator

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits [read cosmic forces of evil] and they obey him.’ News about … Continue reading

Is Transformative Justice Enough?

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Those who are well have no need of a physician.” (Mark 2.17) This week, we continue exploring the passage that we looked at last week. Last week we said that the inclusive table of Jesus made room … Continue reading

 Jesus—Liberator of the Oppressed, Physician of the Sick

BY HERB MONTGOMERY As Jesus was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in … Continue reading

Jesus, the Meek, and the Golden Rule

Jesus’ non-exclusive, non-homogenous, non-kyriachical, shared table. BY HERB MONTGOMERY Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5) As we look at the “blessings” of Matthew 5 this week, know that they do not say that any state … Continue reading

Women and the Cheek Defiance of Jesus

Self-Affirming, Nonviolent Resistance and the Cheek Defiance of Jesus for Women.  BY HERB MONTGOMERY If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. —Matthew 5:39 Over the last few weeks, I’ve been confronted by … Continue reading

Blessed Are Those Who Are Poor . . .

BY HERB MONTGOMERY Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20) It’s good to be back home! I truly loved my time in Brazil. It is a … Continue reading

A Liberation For Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) (Top to bottom; left to right.): Ethel Lance, 70; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49; The Rev. Clement Pinckney, 41; Susie Jackson, 87; Myra … Continue reading

Jesus’ Words to the Disinherited: Salt, Light, Justice, and Anger 

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “You are the light of the world.” — Jesus (Matthew 5.14) Last week we talked about the difference it makes when we place the Sermon on the Mount in the context of Jesus belonging to and speaking among … Continue reading

Letting Go of Three Types of Fear

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) I have recently gone through a paradigm shift in the way I look at Jesus and I believe … Continue reading

No Such Thing As “Dogs and Pigs” . . . Only “Children.”

How “Listening” is the Cure for our Blindspots BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7:28) This week, I want to place some puzzle pieces on the table for you … Continue reading

Baltimore, Black Lives Matter, and Jesus

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 Before you imagine that Jesus is endorsing taking up a sword here, … Continue reading

The Last Shall Be the Same as the First and the First the Same as the Last

BY HERB MONTGOMERY “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 9 of 9

Part 9 of 9 by Herb Montgomery   The Gospel of an Unstoppable Liberation “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.” (Acts 13:32-33) I want … Continue reading

The  Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 8 of 9

Part 8 of 9 by Herb Montgomery   It Is Finished “When Jesus had drank the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30) The parallels between John’s telling … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 7 of 9

 Part 7 of 9 by Herb Montgomery I Am Thirsty Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (John 19.28) As we continue in John’s telling of the … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 6 of 9

Part 6 of 9 Woman, Here Is Your Son BY HERB MONTGOMERY Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 5 of 9

Part 5 of 9 Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit by Herb Montgomery Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23.46). Out … Continue reading

The  Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 4 of 9

Part 4 of 9 You Will Be with Me in Paradise by Herb Montgomery   He replied, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 Today, much is lost when one reads these words … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 3 of 9

Part 3 of 9 Forgive Them; For They Do Not Know What They Are Doing BY HERB MONTGOMERY Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 32:34 Last week we looked at … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 2 of 9

  Part 2 of 9 My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? BY HERB MONTGOMERY   And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my … Continue reading

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus; Part 1 of 9

Part 1 of 9 Two Definitions of Holiness BY HERB MONTGOMERY This week I want to begin a nine-part series leading up to this year’s Easter season. Beginning next week, we will take a look at each of the last … Continue reading

A New Social Order

by Herb Montgomery Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark … Continue reading

Communities of Origin and Internalized Self-Hatred

by Herb Montgomery They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there … Continue reading

Liberation Descending in the Form of a Dove

The Liberation dove and the difference between nonviolence and peace. By Herb Montgomery In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the … Continue reading

The Wisdom of Difference among the Disciples of Christ

Keisha E. McKenzie “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: And Simon he surnamed Peter; And … Continue reading

The Anatomy of an Open Meeting; Part 5 of 5

ANATOMY OF AN OPEN MEETING: What Leaders Do? BY KEITH GILES Part 5: OTHER FUNCTIONS OF A LEADER IN AN ORGANIC CHURCH In this, our final installment, we’ll talk about a variety of things that leaders (or “elders”) in the … Continue reading

The Anatomy of an Open Meeting; Part 4 of 5

Anatomy of an Open Meeting: Creating Experts? BY KEITH GILES Part 4: THE DANGER OF CREATING HEROES AND EXPERTS I’ve written about this before on my blog and shared my concerns about elevating leaders within the House Church/Organic Church movement … Continue reading

Follow Jesus, He’ll Ruin Your Life

      by Herb Montgomery And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.—Jesus (Mark 1.17) The Downward Social Mobility of Following Jesus I’ve chosen to begin this new year with a fresh … Continue reading

The Anatomy of an Open Meeting; Part 3 of 5

Anatomy of an Open Meeting: How Do I Lead One? BY KEITH GILES Part 3 - HOW DO I LEAD AN OPEN MEETING? This is probably the hardest thing to write about. As someone who grew up in the traditional … Continue reading

The Anatomy of an Open Meeting; Part 2 of 5

Anatomy of an Open Meeting: What does it look like? BY KEITH GILES Part 2 - WHAT DOES AN OPEN MEETING LOOK LIKE? Essentially, what we try to do is to come together and “take hold of Christ” as a … Continue reading

The Anatomy of an Open Meeting; Part 1 of 5

BY KEITH GILES Part 1 of 5 In this new series I want to answer some questions that several people have asked me after reading my latest book, “This Is My Body:Ekklesia As God Intended” which deals mainly with a … Continue reading


BY HERB MONTGOMERY “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the … Continue reading

Why Christians Should Be the Last People on Earth to Justify the Use of Torture for the Protection of National Security

by Herb Montgomery “You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.”—Caiaphas (John 11.50) Substitute the word “tortured” in place of the word “die” … Continue reading

Newton’s Amazingly Inaccurate Grace Myth by Herb Montgomery (Title by Keisha McKenzie)

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me…to set the oppressed free.” — Jesus (Luke 4.18) I want to thank all of you for the overwhelmingly positive feedback I received from last week’s eSight. I also want to thank Keisha … Continue reading

7 Reasons Why White Christians Should Be Standing in Solidarity Right Now With Their Brothers And Sisters Of Color by Herb Montgomery

Over the last few weeks, I have witnessed a very disturbing pushback from individuals I respect. This pushback is against the Black Lives Matter movement born out of the stories of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and many more. … Continue reading

Immanuel: God in Solidarity with an Oppressed People by Herb Montgomery

“All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’” (Matthew 1.22–23). This week I’d like to continue our … Continue reading

What does the Advent mean if not Liberation? By Herb Montgomery

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according … Continue reading

No More Sacrifice by Herb Montgomery

“‘Abraham is our father,’ they answered. ‘If you were Abraham’s children,’ said Jesus, ‘then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me . . . Abraham did not do such … Continue reading

A God Who Takes Sides by Herb Montgomery

“‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; … Continue reading

Liberian Christians, Ebola and the LGBT Community; Advocacy or Accusation? Holy or Demonic? by Herb Montgomery

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” — Jesus (John 14.26) What many miss in John’s gospel … Continue reading

Orphan-Maker or Advocate by Herb Montgomery

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate. — Jesus (John 14.16) I find it interesting that within John’s version of the Jesus story, the word here used for the One who will be given … Continue reading

Rejected Rejection by Herb Montgomery

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21.42) First, I want to say … Continue reading

A Woman, a Ruler and Two Centers

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and to not get discouraged. (Luke 18.1) This week we are looking at the parable referred to by many as the parable of the unjust ruler and the … Continue reading

Jesus, ISIS and The West by Herb Montgomery

For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.—Jesus (Matthew 26.28) What did Jesus mean when he told his disciples that his blood was being poured out for the forgiveness … Continue reading

The Footsteps of the Prophets by Herb Montgomery

“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”—Jesus (Matthew 5.11) Luke’s version is even more pointed: “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they … Continue reading

Mercy Seeds by Herb Montgomery

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5.7) It’s back-to-school season for most this time of year. And on our morning drive to drop off the kids this past week (I have three kids of three different … Continue reading

God of the Oppressors Vs. God of the Oppressed and the Sermon on the Mount by Herb Montgomery

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom … Continue reading

The Non-normative Jesus

His disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is … Continue reading

The Demoniac, the Crowd and the way of Mercy rather than Sacrifice.

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” (Mark 5:9) I must confess that this is one of the most bizarre and difficult sections of the four Jesus narratives. In … Continue reading

Part 3 of 3 – Jesus and the Living Water

Jesus and the Living Water Part 3 of 3 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” (John 4:16) Stop, and consider. A woman comes for water every day in the middle of the day, instead of … Continue reading

Part 2 of 3 – Jesus and Women

“Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman” (John 4.27). Last week we looked at Jesus and the “Us vs. Them” paradigm of the Jews and the Samaritans.  This week, I’d like to … Continue reading

Part 1 of 3 – Jesus and the Samaritans

  The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)  (John 4.9) This week I want to begin … Continue reading

The Scapegoating/Betraying of Jesus at Bethesda

    “Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered … Continue reading

Not If They Are Wearing It Too

“And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless.” (Matthew 22:12) This week, I have to admit that I hate nametags. I’m often invited to an event to speak … Continue reading

We are all Brother and Sisters of the same Divine Parents

“It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12.32) I was caught off guard this past week by the convergence of multiple narratives like many streams meeting to produce a waterfall. In my heart, I was … Continue reading

Jesus Stops A Lynching and the LGBTQ Community

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery . . … Continue reading

Jesus and the Gospel of the Early Church

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) What I’d first like you to focus your attention on this week is that Jesus, in the above statement, does not say that the meek are promised that … Continue reading

Jesus, The Prophets, and Social Justice

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.” (Matthew 5.13) Salt-less salt. Stop … Continue reading

Saved by the Resurrection

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and on the third day be … Continue reading

Post Easter Reflections

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and THE TRUTH, and the life.—Jesus (John 14.6) With almost the entire Christian world celebrating the Resurrection this past weekend (this was a year when Easter coincided for both the Latin Catholic … Continue reading

Three Methods Jesus Rejected For Restoring The Kingdom

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they … Continue reading

The End of Systems That Sacrifice Innocents

Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be healed through him.—John 3.17 (emphasis added.) The word placed in Jesus’ mouth by John here is “sozo.” It … Continue reading

Taking the Risk of Enemy Love for the Kingdom

“So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.” (Matthew 25.15) This week, I’m not going to write to you for long. I want to focus on a single parable told by Jesus and then … Continue reading

Doctrinal Unity in the Midst of Doctrinal Ambiguity

The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus … Continue reading

God Won’t Forgive Me!

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6.14-15) Hello everyone. This week, you’ve caught me out west, doing … Continue reading

Jesus’ Power Under Vs. Power Over by Clement of Rome

But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the … Continue reading

A Goat Loving Shepherd

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and … Continue reading

A God Who Looks Like Jesus

“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to … Continue reading

Jesus, Jeremiah, and Gehenna

But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, … Continue reading

Saved by Grace?

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies . . .” (Matthew 5.43, 44). This week I want to share with you what I consider to be … Continue reading

The Egalitarian World of the Kingdom

But you are not to be called Rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.  And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven.  Nor are you to be called … Continue reading

A Revolution in a Manger: (The Restorative Justice of the King); Part 4 of 4

Today a Savior has been born to you . . . (Luke 2.11)This week, I want to wrap up our four-part series. In Part 1, we discovered that Jesus came to this earth as a new King. In Part 2, … Continue reading

A Revolution in a Manger: (Peace on Earth); Part 3 of 4

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2.14)A Revolution in a Manger: (Peace on Earth), Part 3 of 4 “Peace on those whom he favors.” That was the promise Rome … Continue reading

A Revolution Lying in a Manger (Freedom from the Fear of Death); Part 2 of 4

“Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”—Mathew 2.2 A Revolution Lying in a Manger (Freedom from the Fear of Death) Part 2 … Continue reading

A Revolution Lying in a Manger: Freedom, Peace, and Justice; Part 1 of 4

“Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11)The holiday … Continue reading

Thanks, Repentance, and Confession Giving

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied . . . Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. (Luke 6.21-25)We are just a few days away from a time spent in … Continue reading

The Pre-Constantinian Mustard Seed

“It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” (Luke 13.19) The last time I had seen this place was in … Continue reading

Part 9: The Coming of the Son of Man in an Unexpected Way

Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look … Continue reading

Prophecy #8 – A Green Tree verses a Nation of Dry Trees

Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore … Continue reading

Prophecy #7 – The Coming Kingdom, By Two Possible Paths

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be … Continue reading

Prophecy # 6 – The Way of Enemy-Embracing, Nonviolent Love and A God Who Changes His Mind

As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days … Continue reading

Prophecy #5 – Signs That Can Be Observed

Once Jesus was asked by a Pharisee when the kingdom of God was coming. He answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it … Continue reading

Prophecy #4 – Mother God and the Roman Eagle

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! … Continue reading

Prophecy #3 – Two Headlines and a Fig Tree

At that very time, there were some present that told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners … Continue reading

Prophecy #2 – Clouds on the Horizon

“When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to … Continue reading

Prophecy #1 – The Blood of All the Prophets

“Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ Therefore, this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets … Continue reading


“The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed . . .” —Jesus (Luke 9.22) This week, I’d like to begin with something a little different. Are you … Continue reading

New Wine in Old Wine Skins

He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And … Continue reading

Jesus and Lex Talionis

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads … Continue reading

Advocacy vs. Accusation

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. —Jesus, John 14.16I find it interesting that the word Jesus used to refer to the Spirit is Advocate. This is the word … Continue reading

This world IS our home, we are NOT just passing through.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.—Jesus (Matthew 5.5, emphasis added.)This week, I want to look at an emphasis in the teachings of Jesus that many miss today. Today, those who bear Christ’s name (Christians) are known … Continue reading

The Bar Enasha

“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew … Continue reading

The Deeply Obstructed Kingdom Has Come (Part 2)

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. (Matthew 9.35)This week I’d like to finish up our look at Jesus’ … Continue reading

The Deeply Obstructed Kingdom Has Come (Part 1)

Once, Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There … Continue reading

Jesus’ Definition of Salvation

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house . . .” (Luke 19.9).After almost a whole month of being on the road, I’m happy to be sitting in a hotel this morning writing this eSight for next … Continue reading

Older Brother Syndrome

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.” (Luke 15.28)This week I’d like to look at three events in Luke’s version of the Jesus story that reveal to us … Continue reading

Enemy Love; A New Moral Ethic!

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also. … Continue reading

White Horse, Red Horse, Black Horse, Pale. Loving your enemies, till Love prevails.

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also. … Continue reading

A Seven Day Challenge

“But to you who are listening, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other. … Continue reading

Sharing a window.

Journal entry, February 14, 2013:The picture we get of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is of an itinerant, going around gathering those who will join him in a revolutionary way of doing life that he calls “the kingdom … Continue reading

The Good News of the Kingdom wasn’t “Good News” to the “Religious”

“He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, … Continue reading

Jesus’ Kingdom and Mutual Aid

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much … Continue reading

The “Gospel” of The Kingdom!

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1.14–15, TNIV).Last week, we … Continue reading

A New Moral Standard

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. … Continue reading

A God for the Marginalized

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the … Continue reading


“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”—Luke 2.11 This holiday season, as many Christians around the globe celebrate the “virgin birth” of Jesus, I want to embark on … Continue reading

HeartGroups Series; Part 5 of 5

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. — Jesus (Mark 10.45)HeartGroups Series Part 5 This week, I want to conclude our five-part … Continue reading

HeartGroups Series; Part 4 of 5 – Appendix

Matthew 20.25-28—Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must … Continue reading

HeartGroups Series; Part 4 of 5

“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms . . .”— Paul, Ephesians 3.10HeartGroups Series Part 4 Embracing The “Mission” of New … Continue reading

HeartGroups Series; Part 3 of 5

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another . . . – Paul, Colossians 3.16The HeartGroups Series Part 3 The Sufficiency of Christ This week, I want to move even closer to … Continue reading

HeartGroups Series; Part 2 of 5

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be … Continue reading

HeartGroups Series; Part 1 of 5

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours . . . I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Taking Up The Cross (12 of 12)

PART 12 OF 12 Taking Up The Cross BY HERB MONTGOMERY Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Domestic Violence (11 of 12)

PART 11 OF 12 Domestic Violence BY HERB MONTGOMERY But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 5.39) This week, we discuss … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: The Church Fathers (10 of 12)

Part 10 of 12 The Church Fathers BY HERB MONTGOMERY “When Christ disarmed Peter, He disarmed every soldier.” – Tertullian, Apology I must apologize this week. I’m going to be sharing an appendix to Part 9 of last week. I … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Nonviolence and Hitler (9 of 12)

PART 9 OF 12 Nonviolence and Hitler BY HERB MONTGOMERY He that leads others into captivity shall go into captivity himself: he that kills with the sword, will be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Home Security (8 of 12)

PART 8 OF 12 Home Security BY HERB MONTGOMERY “But now I tell you, Love your enemies.” —Jesus, Matthew 5.44Part 8 This week, I want to address the single greatest objection to the peace teachings of Jesus that I get. … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Old Testament Violence (7 of 12)

PART 7 OF 12 Old Testament Violence BY HERB MONTGOMERY Long ago, God spoke to our ancestors in many and various forms by the prophets, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by a Son [Who is] … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: The Church & The Empire (6 of 12)

PART 6 OF 12 The Church & The Empire BY HERB MONTGOMERY Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Not Peace But A Sword (5 of 12)

PART 5 OF 12 Not Peace, But A Sword! BY HERB MONTGOMERY “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”— Jesus, Matthew 10.34 This week, … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Go Buy A Sword (4 of 12)

PART 4 OF 12 Go Buy A Sword BY HERB MONTGOMERY Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: Cheek Defiance (3 of 12)

PART 3 OF 12 Cheek Defiance BY HERB MONTGOMERY “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: The Constantinian Shift (2 of 12)

PART 2 OF 12 The Constantinian Shift BY HERB MONTGOMERY “With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. ‘Put your sword back in … Continue reading

The Active Nonviolence of Jesus: The Witness of the Early Church (1 of 12)

PART 1 OF 12 The Witness of the Early Church BY HERB MONTGOMERY “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But now I tell you: do not take revenge on … Continue reading

Where Are You Getting Your Life?

Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.—Jesus (John 5:40)Each one of us is born with a deeply rooted question: Do I matter? It comes in so many varied forms: Who am I? Do I make a difference? … Continue reading

An Easter eSight

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word … Continue reading

Christus Victor (The Victory of Christ) – Part 4

At about three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (This means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) Matthew 27.46Part 4 This week I’d like to wrap up our four-part … Continue reading

Christus Victor (The Victory of Christ) – Part 3

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.—Hebrews 2.14.Part 3 This week, I thought … Continue reading

Christus Victor (The Victory of Christ) – Part 2

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.—2 Corinthians 5:19Part 2 This week, I’d like to address what I consider to be the first facet of the Christus Victor paradigm. Remember from last … Continue reading

Christus Victor (The Victory of Christ) – Part 1

“Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” — John 12.31Part 1 I have gotten so much positive feedback from last week’s eSight! I’m so humbled by the encouraging emails that have … Continue reading

Forgiveness versus Payment (Part 2 of 2 – Appendix)

“He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And … Continue reading

Forgiveness versus Payment (Part 2 of 2)

When a strong man, who is fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. Nevertheless, when a stronger individual attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor that the man trusted and divides up his plunder.—Luke 11.21,22 … Continue reading

Jesus and the GLBT

When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem; and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him. But they … Continue reading

Forgiveness versus Payment (Part 1 of 2)

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both.” — Luke 7.42, 43This week, … Continue reading

Would You Give Up Being An American for Jesus? Part 2 of 2

The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them. So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to … Continue reading

Would You Give Up Being An American for Jesus? Part 1 of 2

The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them. So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to … Continue reading

RIP “Hitch”

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a … Continue reading

December 20 Esight, 2011

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was … Continue reading

December 13 Esight, 2011

And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” And he … Continue reading

December 6 Esight, 2011

“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the … Continue reading

November 28 Esight, 2011

“Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. Because of … Continue reading

October 3 Esight, 2011

One of the experts in the law answered Him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly … Continue reading

September 14 Esight, 2011

“Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.” (Luke 11:44)This is an interesting word picture. In the first century, if you were a Jew, and you walked on someone’s grave, even if … Continue reading

August 31 Esight, 2011

“Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.” — Luke 11.43This week, we are continuing our study of Jesus’ woes to the religious leadership of His day … Continue reading

August 22 Esight, 2011

“Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former … Continue reading

August 8 Esight, 2011

“But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.” – Luke 11.41For the past four eSights, we have been looking at the first part of the dialogue here between Jesus and the leadership … Continue reading

August 1 Esight, 2011

Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table. When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the … Continue reading

July 26 Esight, 2011

Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table. When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the … Continue reading

July 11 Esight, 2011

Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table. When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the … Continue reading

July 4 Esight, 2011

Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.” Luke 11:39First, let me say thank you for all of your feedback … Continue reading

June 22 Esight, 2011

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8.10This week I want to conclude our two-part series on the … Continue reading

June 14 Esight, 2011

“Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.” Luke 8.12This week, I want to begin a two-part series … Continue reading

June 6 Esight, 2011

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12)This past week, while speaking at Lake Junaluska Camp Meeting, I had the privilege of meeting a certain young person who brought the above text to my … Continue reading

May 30 Esight, 2011

When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem; and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him. But they … Continue reading

May 23 Esight, 2011

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before … Continue reading

May 17 Esight, 2011

And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” … Continue reading

May 9 Esight, 2011

BY THIS EVERYONE WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER” (JOHN 13:35, TNIV).This week, I’d like to simply string a few texts together and let them do the talking (or, ahem, the writing). Here goes: … Continue reading

May 2 Esight, 2011

Or those nineteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? (Luke 13.4)As I look at the devastation left in the wake of last week’s … Continue reading

April 18 Esight, 2011

“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” Luke 18:22Throughout Jesus’ ministry, contrary to modern … Continue reading

April 4 Esight, 2011

What about those eighteen people in Siloam who were killed when the tower fell on them? Do you suppose this proves that they were worse than all the other people living in Jerusalem (Luke 13:4)?Here is my warning. I’m a … Continue reading

March 28 Esight, 2011

“We are ruled by the love of Christ, now that we recognize that one man died for everyone, which means that they all share in his death. He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live … Continue reading

February 21 Esight, 2011

“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion.” – Luke 10.33I have been on a beautiful journey of rediscovering Jesus through the Gospel of Luke since last August, and … Continue reading

February 14 Esight, 2011

“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From … Continue reading

January 31 Esight, 2011

John answered and said, Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us. But Jesus said to him, Do not hinder him; for he who … Continue reading

January 24 Esight, 2011

I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength, Forsaken among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, and they are cut … Continue reading

January 18 Esight, 2011

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.—James 5.16This last weekend I was in Wheeling, WV conducting our Awakening weekend … Continue reading

January 10 Esight, 2011

“Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16.14).This week I received an email expressing concern that we as a ministry have an unhealthy overemphasis on “love.” “There is a lot more to the Christian life than love,” the email stated. I … Continue reading

December 28 Esight, 2010

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).Doing … Continue reading

December 20 Esight, 2010

Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the sunrise from on high will visit us . . . Zacharias, filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:78)From all of us here at Renewed Heart Ministries, to each and … Continue reading

December 14 Esight, 2010

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that … Continue reading

December 6 Esight, 2010

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the … Continue reading

November 7 Esight, 2010

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”—Jesus (John 10.10)Hello to all of you. I pray this finds each of you well. This week, rather than sending … Continue reading

October 1 Esight, 2010

But Jesus was saying, ” Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. (Luke 23.34)Have you every truly stopped and thought about that prayer? You see, … Continue reading

September 20 Esight, 2010

But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound … Continue reading

September 10 Esight, 2010

He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.—Ephesians 5:2, The Message(Part 2 of 3) Okay, before we finish up on the different types of Grace, let’s pick up where we … Continue reading

September 3 Esight, 2010

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son (1John 5.11).(Part 1 of 3) I am convinced that the judgment will reveal that salvation full and free was given to … Continue reading

August 27 Esight, 2010

I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from them . . . Hosea 14.4-7Recently, I received an email thanking me for the affect the presentations online had made on the their … Continue reading

August 17 Esight, 2010

“You who are far away, hear what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might. Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us … Continue reading

July 25 Esight, 2010

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the … Continue reading

July 13 Esight, 2010

In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved … Continue reading

May 31 Esight, 2010

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this: that One died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and … Continue reading

April 29 Esight, 2010

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”—Matthew 5.48Wow, Its good to be back!!! After being sick, then traveling to Southern Louisiana for a camp meeting, (which was the first time I have ever had to … Continue reading

April 9 Esight, 2010

noneWe are sorry to announce that there will be no weekly E-sight this week, due to Herb being out of the office sick. He thanks everyone for your prayers and your emails, and he looks forward to resuming the weekly … Continue reading

March 31 Esight, 2010

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water . . … Continue reading

March 25 Esight, 2010

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in … Continue reading

March 19 Esight, 2010

” . . . and through them is my glory revealed.” —John 17:10Over and over again, Jesus sought to teach us that the way we relate to others will directly affect what others think God is like. It becomes too … Continue reading

March 10 Esight, 2010

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand—John 3:35.”In the light of the Saviour’s life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed. Satan has represented God as … Continue reading

March 3 Esight, 2010

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of … Continue reading

February 24 Esight, 2010

Two days later there was a wedding at Cana-in-Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, as were Jesus and his disciples. They ran out of wine at the party following the wedding, so Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine … Continue reading

February 15 Esight, 2010

And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51).I have a quick thought for you this week. … Continue reading

February 8 Esight, 2010

. . . And the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out.—John 6:37Or as Peterson paraphrased it, “Once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go” (John 6:37, The Message). I remember … Continue reading

February 1 Esight, 2010

“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins . . .”—John 3.5Just a short thought this week. John tells us repeatedly that one of the primary purposes for God appearing to us “in the flesh” was to … Continue reading

January 20 Esight, 2010

The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.” Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where … Continue reading

January 14 Esight, 2010

” Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15.13).Years ago, while doing a weekend series in New Jersey, I believe, I was asked whether or not this verse was actually … Continue reading

January 8 Esight, 2010

Have you ever felt haunted by a deep heart longing for something more fulfilling, more meaningful, or simply more satisfying? Yet, if someone asked you what it was you actually wanted, would you be able to discern what it was … Continue reading

January 1 Esight, 2010

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” … Continue reading

December 23 Esight, 2009

But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.— Micah … Continue reading

December 14 Esight, 2009

But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting. —Micah … Continue reading

December 8 Esight, 2009

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit … Continue reading

November 29 Esight, 2009

They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” … Continue reading

November 10 Esight, 2009

Jesus said unto him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”—Mark 9.23I have spent countless weekends emphasizing to audiences that what many consider as behavioral problems are truly the fruit of a much deeper issue … Continue reading

September 30 Esight, 2009

“. . . May your heart live forever!”— Psalms 22.26 NASB”Inspired speech will be over some day . . . tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say … Continue reading

September 20 Esight, 2009

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love . . . ” — Ephesians 3:17I don’t plan to write a lot this week. A friend of mine that I’ve known since high school sent me three quotations on … Continue reading

September 13 Esight, 2009

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. — Luke 6.32I am continually asked, “Herb, how do we reach our post-modern, North American culture with this message … Continue reading

September 8 Esight, 2009

And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? (Luke 7.42)This week I thought I would share an excerpt from my upcoming book Finding the Father, to … Continue reading

September 1 Esight, 2009

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.— 1Corinthians 12.31This week, I’d like you to go through a simple exercise with me. John gives us the sublime statement that “God is love.” (I … Continue reading

August 26 Esight, 2009

“It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD, “That you will call Me Ishi [My Husband] And will no longer call Me Baali. [My Lord]” – Hosea 2:16Is there a difference between the relationship of a husband and … Continue reading

August 18 Esight, 2009

“. . . godliness is profitable for all things . . .” —1 Timothy 4:8 NASB “Sin pays a wage, and the wage is death . . .” — Romans 6:23 REBWe are in the midst of a four-part E-sight … Continue reading

August 10 Esight, 2009

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father … Continue reading

August 3 Esight, 2009

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11)Over the next few weeks, I want … Continue reading

July 30 Esight, 2009

Mrs. E. G. WhiteHuman beings belong to one great family,–the family of God. The Creator designed that they should respect and love one another, ever manifesting a pure, unselfish interest in one another’s welfare. But Satan’s aim has been to … Continue reading

July 27 Esight, 2009

Matthew 5:45 So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Luke 6:35 But … Continue reading

July 12 Esight, 2009

I find myself running on two hours of sleep this morning, having just gotten off an international flight where I will be spending the next ten days sharing the precious Gospel of our Heavenly Father’s love. In the early morning … Continue reading

July 5 Esight, 2009

For I have a strong desire to see you, and to give you some grace of the spirit, so that you may be made strong. (BBE Romans 1:11)Grace doesn’t make us soft—it makes us strong; it strengthens, builds up, and … Continue reading

June 29 Esight, 2009

Herb MontgomeryMay they be blotted out of the book of life; And may they not be recorded with the righteous (Psalms 69:28). At Renewed Heart Ministries we offer a series of presentations on the book of Revelation that we present … Continue reading

June 28 Esight, 2009

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, and various kinds of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:27–28)This week, … Continue reading

June 21 Esight, 2009

“All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to … Continue reading

June 17 Esight, 2009

Announcing a new book by Herb Montgomery from Autumn House Publishers, release date: December 15, 2009. Thought we’d share the introduction to the book with you this week:We are commissioned by the apostle Paul himself in his letter to the … Continue reading

May 31 Esight, 2009

Herb MontgomeryEphesians 5:1-2: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” In 1 … Continue reading

May 30 Esight, 2009

Ellen G. WhiteRighteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and “God is love.” 1 John 4:16. It is conformity to the law of God, for “all Thy commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172), and “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans … Continue reading

May 20 Esight, 2009

May they be blotted out of the book of life; And may they not be recorded with the righteous.Psalms 69:28This weekend I will be doing a series of presentations on the book of Revelation, and there are two verses that … Continue reading

May 8 Esight, 2009

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a … Continue reading

April 30 Esight, 2009

   This is God’s message to Hosea, son of Beeri. It came to him during the royal reigns of Judah’s kings, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. This was also the time that Jeroboam, son of Joash, was king of Israel. The … Continue reading

April 20 Esight, 2009

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6)Certainly we are in the age of the iPhone (although I personally am a Blackberry fan). This last weekend, I was speaking in a … Continue reading

April 14 Esight, 2009

2 Corinthians 3:7-18 But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading … Continue reading

April 10 Esight, 2009

E.J. Waggoner”For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.” The word “predestinate” is the same as “foreordain,” which is found in … Continue reading

April 8 Esight, 2009

Herb Montgomery “Thus, Esau despised his birthright.” —Genesis 25:34 A “birthright” is a right or privilege that one is entitled to at birth. I would like you to ponder a few texts this week, in light of the concept of … Continue reading

April 5 Esight, 2009

Ephesians 5:1-2: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”Last week we focused … Continue reading

March 29 Esight, 2009

1 Peter 4:7-11 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. … Continue reading

March 22 Esight, 2009

“They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west” (Hosea 11.10) The image of a Lion in the above verse is a fitting symbol … Continue reading

February 25 Esight, 2009

Then he will set the two goats before GOD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and cast lots over the two goats, one lot for GOD and the other lot for Azazel. He will offer the goat on … Continue reading

February 18 Esight, 2009

“This is what you are to offer on the Altar: two year-old lambs each and every day, one lamb in the morning and the second lamb at evening. With the sacrifice of the first lamb offer two quarts of fine … Continue reading

February 3 Esight, 2009

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5.10)I want you to ponder for a moment the Bible’s … Continue reading

January 30 Esight, 2009

“Thus, Esau despised his birthright.” —Genesis 25.34 A “birthright” is a right or privilege that one is entitled to at birth. I would like you to ponder a few texts this week, in light of the concept of a birthright. … Continue reading

January 11 Esight, 2009

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus— Romans 15.5, NASB.This week, I would like to share with you the above verse as interpreted … Continue reading

January 5 Esight, 2009

“Far better not to vow in the first place…” (Ecclesiastes 5:5)Are you tired of making New Year’s resolutions only to watch them vanish like smoke as the following weeks ensue? I’d like you to consider two very opposite things as … Continue reading

December 31 Esight, 2008

Herb MontgomeryAre you tired of making New Year’s resolutions only to watch them vanish like smoke as the following weeks ensue? I’d like you to consider two very opposite things as this new year begins. First, what does it really … Continue reading

December 22 Esight, 2008

“These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.”— Psalms 50.21 I was awakened this morning by my one-year-old … Continue reading

December 7 Esight, 2008

Let me say at the beginning of this week, that if you are enjoying this holiday season with all your romantic soul . . . this weeks esight is not for you. (There’s nothing wrong with that by the way, … Continue reading

November 16 Esight, 2008

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”—Mark 8.36Since we began in the spring of 2007, we are quickly coming to the end of the first full year of Renewed Heart Ministries … Continue reading

November 11 Esight, 2008

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to … Continue reading

November 2 Esight, 2008

“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” -Hebrews 9:14I would like you to consider things differently for … Continue reading

October 26 Esight, 2008

“Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat?’ But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me … Continue reading

October 19 Esight, 2008

“I am free and own no master; but I have made myself everyone’s servant, to win over as many as possible. To Jews I behaved like a Jew, to win Jews; that is, to win those under the law I … Continue reading

October 12 Esight, 2008

He has told you, O man, O woman, what is good and right, and what is the most important thing to Him: Always do what you believe is right! Love showing mercy and kindness to those around you who may … Continue reading

October 5 Esight, 2008

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” -Romans 1.17Confidence inspires confidence. Courage rouses courage. Love awakens love. Respect begets respect. Faith enables faith! You can … Continue reading

September 29 Esight, 2008

“He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in his own heart, but he who does not believe God makes him out to be a liar by refusing to accept God’s testimony of his Son. This is … Continue reading

September 21 Esight, 2008

PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! (Psalms 106.1, AMP)This week, I would like you to consider the context of the above declaration of God’s eternal, … Continue reading

September 15 Esight, 2008

The great ladies of Persia and Media, who have heard what the queen has said, will quote this day to all the king’s officers, and there will be no end to the disrespect and discord! If it please your majesty, … Continue reading

September 8 Esight, 2008

When Jacob had worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like a few days because he loved her.—Genesis 29:20First let me apologize for being absent the last two weeks. We have received many emails from those who missed getting … Continue reading

August 24 Esight, 2008

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet without your Father’s knowledge not one of them can fall to the ground.” (Matthew 10:29 REB)I would like to contrast the above words of Jesus with the words of demonically inspired … Continue reading

August 17 Esight, 2008

“This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth.” Jesus—John 18:37 AMP Truth is more than that which stimulates the intellect and it’s more than mere doctrinal apologetics. … Continue reading

August 10 Esight, 2008

A Message from GOD of-the-Angel-Armies: “Don’t listen to the sermons of the prophets. It’s all hot air. Lies, lies, and more lies. They make it all up. Not a word they speak comes from me. They preach their ‘Everything Will … Continue reading

August 3 Esight, 2008

What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4, emphasis … Continue reading

July 29 Esight, 2008

In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, ‘He saved others; He cannot save Himself. Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so … Continue reading

July 21 Esight, 2008

For the grace of God which carries with it salvation for all men has appeared.” (Titus 2:11 DBY)Recently, we received a very good question here at Renewed Heart Ministries. I have noticed throughout the years that this question is usually … Continue reading

July 13 Esight, 2008

“For I have a strong desire to see you, and to give you some grace of the spirit, so that you may be made strong.”— Romans 1:11 BBEGrace doesn’t make us soft. It doesn’t make us weak. It makes us … Continue reading

July 9 Esight, 2008

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.”—Hebrews 5:12Recently, I … Continue reading

June 29 Esight, 2008

“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” —Psalm 119:32 NIVWhat does it mean to run? What does it meant to have had your heart set free? The answer to these questions lies … Continue reading

June 22 Esight, 2008

“Love is patient, love is kind . . . it does not seek its own.” —1 Corinthians 13:4-5I would like to ask you a very serious question this week and I would like you to ponder it honestly. If there … Continue reading

June 15 Esight, 2008

This is what the Lord says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.”—Jeremiah 31:15I would like to ask you to pray … Continue reading

June 9 Esight, 2008

“For you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14I received an email recently from a friend of mine in Australia. He was excited about a study that he … Continue reading

June 1 Esight, 2008

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.— Psalm 51:12There are three words that I would like you to ponder this week: Restoration, Joy and Salvation. The word Restore is defined as “to bring something back to an earlier and … Continue reading

May 25 Esight, 2008

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, invited to be an apostle . . . among whom you also are invited . . . to all who are loved of God in Rome, you are invited into the other-centeredness of love: … Continue reading

May 18 Esight, 2008

“For the love of Christ compels us, having concluded this, that one died for all, then all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for … Continue reading

May 11 Esight, 2008

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever “— … Continue reading

May 4 Esight, 2008

“…Jesus Christ, through whom we have caught grace and apostleship ushering us into obedience to faith in the midst of all the Gentiles for His name’s sake.” (Romans 1:4,5; personal translation)There are three things I would like to point out … Continue reading

April 27 Esight, 2008

In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.—Psalm 16:11With so many demands on our busy schedules today, it is extremely easy for our time with God to become just another item on our … Continue reading

April 20 Esight, 2008

And the Word was God…—John 1:1The church that I belong to provides a Bible study guideline for the study time that takes place during their weekly service. It seems as though the subject of last week’s lesson was the Divinity … Continue reading

April 12 Esight, 2008

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no changing or shadow of turning.—James 1:17Do you know what one of my favorite things about God is? … Continue reading

April 1 Esight, 2008

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.—1 John 2:28Thank you, most sincerely, for your patience over the last two weeks. We … Continue reading

March 17 Esight, 2008

noneThere will be no weekly E-sight this week due to filming.

March 10 Esight, 2008

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.—Matthew 6:10The Bible clearly states that God is an omnipotent1 and sovereign2 Creator who is confidently guiding the world toward his desired end. Yet, because of this … Continue reading

March 7 Esight, 2008

“Whom God set forth to be a reconciliation through faith in His blood . . .” (Romans 3:25, Geneva).Please forgive my tardiness with delivering this week’s e-sight devotional. I was on my way out of town for two weeks, and … Continue reading

February 27 Esight, 2008

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was … Continue reading

February 18 Esight, 2008

“…Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day…”—Colossians 2:13-23Let the full impact of the following statement rest upon your … Continue reading

February 11 Esight, 2008

“And I said, ‘I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it . . . also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other … Continue reading

February 3 Esight, 2008

For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. — 1 Corinthians 4:9In the above, Paul chose to … Continue reading

January 30 Esight, 2008

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.—Revelation 14:1Do you long to know God more … Continue reading

January 20 Esight, 2008

“For Christ’s love compels us . . .”—2 Corinthians 5:14″It is no part of Christ’s mission to compel men to receive Him. It is Satan and men actuated by his spirit that seek to compel the conscience. Under a pretense … Continue reading

January 13 Esight, 2008

“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’”— … Continue reading

January 7 Esight, 2008

“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes” (John 5:21).The tense of the Greek word for “raises,” in the above verse, is present active! It … Continue reading

December 30 Esight, 2007

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”—Psalms 27:8Every person “moved to seek the Savior” does so only because “Christ is drawing the soul by His love” first (Christ Object … Continue reading

December 23 Esight, 2007

“. . . To the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”—Luke 2:35Christmas is just around the corner! This week will be filled with distant family, old friends, wanted and unwanted gifts as well as holiday foods and … Continue reading

December 17 Esight, 2007


December 9 Esight, 2007

Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body, they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of the dawn, and the earth shall cast out her dead—Isaiah 26:19.This past … Continue reading

December 2 Esight, 2007

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.—Isaiah 9:6 This holiday season, I find that I truly resonate with the words in the verse above as never before. Yet this week I’d like you to … Continue reading

November 25 Esight, 2007

Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years. —Genesis 5:21-22Last Monday at 1:00 p.m. (give or take a few minutes), my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby son, Christian … Continue reading

November 18 Esight, 2007

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. —Matthew 5:48. Thank you so much for your patience this past week. We have received so many emails wondering where their daily and weekly emails were, … Continue reading

November 4 Esight, 2007

May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, ‘THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.’—Romans 3:4 As I travel this … Continue reading

October 28 Esight, 2007

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.—Galatians 5:6Oftentimes, in religious circles, there are two ideas hotly debated by separate groups. Are we saved by faith or by works as well? Some focus … Continue reading

October 21 Esight, 2007

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”—Genesis 1:26What is God like and what does it mean to have been made originally in His image? Godliness is God-like-ness but what is God like? In short, … Continue reading

October 14 Esight, 2007

“So through one righteous act, acquittal and life came to all.” (Romans 5:18, New American Bible)This week is Part 2 of our two-part devotional. I’d like you to first get a grasp on some very specific words Paul uses in … Continue reading

October 7 Esight, 2007

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men—Romans 5:12.Or as Paul states a few verses later, “So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to … Continue reading

September 30 Esight, 2007

In the next few weeks I will be conducting once again our Life Unlimited series which is a gospel centered evangelistic series offered by RHM. I would like to share with you this week some thoughts that are currently on … Continue reading

September 16 Esight, 2007

Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation through faith in His blood.—Romans 3:24-25The term “propitiation” has caused much consternation throughout the years of Christian … Continue reading

September 2 Esight, 2007

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. — Ephesians 4:32Recently, I met a dear soul struggling to forgive someone who had wronged them. They were quite bothered, feeling quite … Continue reading

August 26 Esight, 2007

You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD Your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but … Continue reading

August 19 Esight, 2007

By the opening of your hand, every living thing has its desire in full measure.—Psalms 145:16C.S. Lewis is reported to have said, “If I find in myself longings and desire for which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only … Continue reading

August 5 Esight, 2007

. . . where sin abounds, Grace much more abounds.—Romans 5:20Jesus stated that when He, the Comforter, would come, the first thing He would do is convict the world of sin (John 16:8). I don’t know whether this has ever … Continue reading

July 29 Esight, 2007

“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”—Matthew 11:30Last week I had the privilege of speaking each evening at the Redwood Campmeeting in the Northern California Conference. Each night we pursued a deeply intimate encounter with God and … Continue reading

July 8 Esight, 2007

The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah; but the earth hath he given to the children of men.—Psalm 115:16 This past week, as our country celebrated our freedoms, I was contemplating what freedom really is and how we believe as … Continue reading

July 1 Esight, 2007

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” —Isaiah 43:2, … Continue reading

July 1 Esight, 2007

Herb MontgomeryWhat’s in a word? The specific word I’m referring to is the tiny three-letter word “let.” Moses records this word as being the very first word God spoke in this earth’s history. “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; … Continue reading

July 1 Esight, 2007

E.J. Waggoner. . . All this deliverance is “according to the will of our God and Father.” The will of God is our sanctification (1Thess.4:3). He willeth that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of the … Continue reading

July 1 Esight, 2007

Ellen G. White At the first advent of Christ, darkness, covered the earth, and gross darkness the people. Light and truth seemed to have departed from among men, and Satan appeared to reign in undisputed power. Rival sects existed, and … Continue reading

June 24 Esight, 2007

For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.—Romans 10:10Here at Renewed Heart Ministries we have recently received many inquiries concerning Faith. “What is it?” “How do I exercise it?” … Continue reading

June 1 Esight, 2007

A.T. Jones”I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me … Continue reading

May 31 Esight, 2007

A.T. Jones”Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Eph. 4:7. The measure of the gift of Christ is “all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” This is true whether viewed … Continue reading

May 31 Esight, 2007

Herb Montgomery     Have you ever tried to define for someone what a paradigm is? Our paradigms are not the world around us, but the way we see the world.  They are our personal maps of our life surroundings.  When … Continue reading

May 27 Esight, 2007

“For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” John 17:19 The Greek word for “sanctify” here is hagiazo. It means, “To set apart for a holy purpose.” Did you catch that? It says … Continue reading

May 20 Esight, 2007

Therefore, Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also … Continue reading

May 13 Esight, 2007

“As I passed by again, I saw that the time had come for you to fall in love. I promised to love you. Yes, I made a marriage covenant with you, and you became mine.” This is what the Sovereign … Continue reading

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