Viewing Topic: Sayings Gospel Q

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

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