RHM Update: April 18, 2022


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Last Week’s Social Jesus Posts

Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/



Easter and the Myth of Redemptive Suffering (Part 1 of 3)

One thing that is common to all the gospel narratives is the presence of women at the tomb of Jesus.



Easter and the Myth of Redemptive Suffering (Part 2 of 3)

“These are valid questions. How can we reconcile seeing the cross event as a salvific divine act without unintentionally inferring a willingness to humiliate, physically denigrate, and violate someone’ body to save others?”



Easter and the Myth of Redemptive Suffering (Part 3 of 3)

“This is a story of how life conquers death, love conquers hate, sharing conquers greed, and life giving power conquers death dealing.”




A Different Vision for Memorializing the Last Supper  (Part 1 of 3)

This time of year always amplifies several passages from the passion liturgy that are important for those who care about justice to interpret in life-giving ways.



A Different Vision for Memorializing the Last Supper (Part 2 of 3)

This tradition has led quite a few modern Christians to reinterpret how they memorialize Jesus’ last supper, especially at this time of year when our attention is drawn to it once again.



A Different Vision for Memorializing the Last Supper (Part 3 of 3)

How we celebrate rituals determines the kind of humans those rituals shape us into being. We don’t have to remember the last supper in a way that glorifies death.




Recommended Reading for April

Spirit and Resistance: Political Theology and American Indian Liberation

by George E. Tinker

Writing from a Native American perspective, theologian George Tinker probes American Indian culture, its vast religious and cultural legacy, and its ambiguous relationship to the tradition-historic Christianity-that colonized and converted it.

After five hundred years of conquest and social destruction, he says, any useful reflection must come to terms with the political state of Indian affairs and the political hopes and visions for recovering the health and well-being of Indian communities. Does Christian theology have a positive role to play?Tinker’s work offers an overview of contemporary native American culture and its perilous state. Critical of recent liberal and New Age co-opting of Native spiritual practices, Tinker also offers a critical corrective to liberation theology. He shows how Native insights into the Sacred Other and sacred space helpfully reconfigure traditional ideas of God, Jesus’ notion of the reign of God, and our relation to the earth. From this basis he offers novel proposals about cultural survival and identity, sustainability, and the endangered health of Native Americans.

Understanding and Sharing a Theology of the Cross with Children: Beyond Substitutionary Atonement

Here’s a conversation on talking to children about the violence of the cross during this holiday weekend that was recorded this spring. Grateful to my friends author and pastor Traci Smith of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church and author Daneen Akers of Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints for this conversation.

Listen at:

Understanding and Sharing a Theology of the Cross with Children: Beyond Substitutionary Atonement



Upcoming Events

April 30, 2022
Good News Fellowship
(Via Zoom)
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Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights

“I’ve experienced paradigm shifts in my thinking that are transforming my spiritual journey.”

That’s what one participant recently wrote. Each Wednesday evening, Glendale City Church will be hosting a Zoom-HeartGroup led by Herb Montgomery.  Our discussion each week will focus on the content in Renewed Heart Ministries’ weekly eSight articles and the Jesus For Everyone podcast published each Friday.  The time of each Zoom session will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.

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