Viewing Topic: Social Gospel

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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