RHM Update: April 4, 2022

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.

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Mary’s Perfume and No More Poverty (Part 1 of 3)

Mary’s act is one of gratitude . . . The story is not primarily that someone died, but that that the state’s murder of someone who was calling for social change was overturned, undone, and reversed.



Mary’s Perfume and No More Poverty (Part 2 of 3)

But this interpretation benefits those who are enriched by the status quo and don’t want to see structural change.



Mary’s Perfume and No More Poverty (Part 3 of 3)

I don’t believe Jesus’ words in John about poor people should be interpreted as establishing as an existential reality that poverty is an eternal, unchangeable given for our world.



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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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