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The Concrete Liberation Narratives of Advent (Part 3)

Herb Montgomery | December 24, 2020 “So many are suffering hardship right now in the U.S. These stories of the birth of Jesus aren’t distractions from that suffering. They don’t turn our focus to postmortem bliss or internalized private and … Continue reading

The Concrete Liberation Narratives of Advent (Part 2 of 3)

Herb Montgomery | December 18, 2020 “Notice that, for their first audiences, the stories of Jesus were not Christian stories about getting to heaven. These were stories deeply rooted in the concrete liberation hopes and realities people were facing . … Continue reading

The Concrete Liberation Narratives of Advent (Part 1 of 3)

Herb Montgomery | December 11, 2020 “This Christmas story, far from being about how Jesus would make a way to the afterlife and leave the oppressive systems and structures of this world passively untouched, speaks to its audience of liberation … 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

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

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

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

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