RHM Update: December 12, 2022

 

It’s Finally Here!

Herb’s new book is now available through Renewed Heart Ministries just in time for the holidays!

Finding Jesus: A story of a Fundamentalist preacher who unexpectedly discovered the social, political, and economic teachings of the Gospels
by Herb Montgomery

Here is what people are saying:

“Herb has spent the last decade reading scripture closely. He also reads the world around us, thinks carefully with theologians and sociologists, and wonders how the most meaningful stories of his faith can inspire us to live with more heart, attention, and care for others in our time. For those who’ve ever felt alone in the process of applying the wisdom of Jesus to the world in which we live, Herb offers signposts for the journey and the reminder that this is not a journey we take alone. Read Finding Jesus with others, and be transformed together.” Dr. Keisha Mckenzie, Auburn Theological Seminary

“In Finding Jesus, Herb Montgomery unleashes the revolutionary Jesus and his kin-dom manifesto from the shackles of the domesticated religion of empire. Within these pages we discover that rather than being a fire insurance policy to keep good boys and girls out of hell, Jesus often becomes the fiery enemy of good boys and girls who refuse to bring economic justice to the poor, quality healthcare to the underserved, and equal employment to people of color or same-sex orientation. Because what the biblical narratives of Jesus reveal is that any future human society—heavenly or otherwise—will only be as good as the one that we’re making right here and now. There is no future tranquil city with streets of gold when there is suffering on the asphalt right outside our front door today. Finding Jesus invites us to pray ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ on our feet as we follow our this liberator into the magnificent struggle of bringing the love and justice of God to all—right here, right now.”—Todd Leonard, pastor of Glendale City Church, Glendale CA.

“Herb Montgomery’s teachings have been deeply influential to me. This book shares the story of how he came to view the teachings of Jesus through the lens of nonviolence, liberation for all, and a call to a shared table. It’s an important read, especially for those of us who come from backgrounds where the myth of redemptive violence and individual (rather than collective) salvation was the focus.” – Daneen Akers, author of Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints and co-director/producer of Seventh-Gay Adventists: A Film about Faith, Identity & Belonging

“So often Christians think about Jesus through the lens of Paul’s theology and don’t focus on the actual person and teachings of Jesus. This book is different. Here you find a challenging present-day application of Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the Gospel. Rediscover why this Rabbi incited fear in the hearts of religious and political leaders two millennia ago. Herb’s book calls forth a moral vision based on the principles of Jesus’ vision of liberation. Finding Jesus helps us see that these teachings are just as disruptive today as they were when Jesus first articulated them.” Alicia Johnston, author of The Bible & LGBTQ Adventists.

“Herb Montgomery is a pastor for pastors, a teacher for teachers and a scholar for scholars. Part memoir and part theological reflection, Finding Jesus is a helpful and hope-filled guide to a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and who he can be. Herb’s tone is accessible and welcoming, while also challenging and fresh. This book is helpful for anyone who wants a new and fresh perspective on following Jesus.”— Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families

Pages: 210
Price: $14.95

Get your copy today!

To purchase click here.

 


Matching Donations for December!

As 2022 is coming to a close, we are deeply humbled and thankful for each of you who reads, listens to, and shares RHMs work.  We are grateful for the actions you continue to take to make our world a safer, compassionate, just home for all. Thank you for being such an important part of our community, and for your continued support.

Thanks to a kind donor we are able to match every donation this month as the year closes.  All donation during these last two months will be matched, dollar for dollar, making your support of Renewed Heart Ministries, and the work we do, go twice as far.

Help us meet our year-end budget and be able to plan for 2023.

Your support enables RHM to continue providing much needed resources to help Jesus-followers find the intersection between their faith and labors of love, compassion, and justice in our world today.

As 2022 ends, we invite you to make a donation to Renewed Heart Ministries to make the most of this offer.

You can donate online by going to renewedheartministries.com and clicking “Donate.”

Or you can make a donation by mail at:

Renewed Heart Ministries
PO Box 1211
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

In this coming year, together, we will continue being a voice for change.

 


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A Shared Table 2022

During the months of November and December, become one of our monthly sustaining partners and receive a handmade Renewed Heart Ministries Shared-Table Pottery Bowl made by Crystal and Herb as a thank you gift for your support.

To become a monthly sustaining partner, go to renewedheartministries.com/donate and sign up for an automated recurring monthly donation of any amount by clicking the “Check this box to make it a monthly recurring donation” option. Or if you are using Paypal, select “Make this a monthly donation.”

In January 2023 we will be starting out the new year by sending out these lovely bowls as our gift to you to thank you for your support.

In the gospels, Jesus teaches a gospel of loving our neighbors, being committed to caring for one another, a gospel of a shared table of inclusion, especially of the marginalized. Jesus modeled this gospel by a life spent healing hurts in our world, and challenging the systems responsible for that harm.

Jesus’ gospel of a shared table is what this pottery bowl represents.

Our prayer is that each time one of our bowls is used you will be reminded of Jesus’ gospel of love, caring and sharing. They also make a great gift or an excellent conversation starter, as well.

Thank you for partnering with us to further the work of love, compassion, justice, and taking care of one another. Together we are working toward a safer, more compassionate, and just world both for today and for eternity.

If you are already one of our sustaining partners making a monthly automated donation each month, we want to honor your existing continued support of Renewed Heart Ministries, too. You’ll receive one of our Shared Table Pottery Bowls as a thank you, also, for your continued support.

From each of us here at RHM, thank you for your support of our work.

We wish you joy, peace, happiness, and blessings as we enter this year’s holiday season. Your support sustains our ongoing work in the coming year.

Both within our society as well as our various faith communities, together we will continue being a voice for love and inclusion.

 

 


 


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Last Week’s Social Jesus Posts

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

 

 

The Love and Justice of Advent (Part 1 of 3)

“Love is a traditional theme during Advent. In the gospels, love holds the most concrete meaning for me when spoken of in the context of justice.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2022/12/love-justice-advent-part1/

 

The Love and Justice of Advent (Part 2 of 3)

“We can acknowledge how the ableism in our gospels stories has born harmful fruit, and in the spirit of our Jesus story, do better.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2022/12/love-justice-advent-part2/

 

The Love and Justice of Advent (Part 3 of 3)

“This concern for some people’s material needs can evolve to include people to whom expressions of Christianity have struggled to apply this concern.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2022/12/love-justice-advent-part3/

 

 


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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 24, 2022

Good News Fellowship
(via Zoom)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
304.520.0030

(Contact us Renewed Heart Ministries for Zoom link.)

 


 

 

Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights

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.

For more information and for the link to participate each week, contact RHM here.

 


Help Us Reach our Year End Goals

Consider making a one-time donation to support our work, inspiring hope and faith-filled action toward making our world a safe, compassionate, just home for all.

Donate to RHM online or by mail at

RHM, PO Box 1211, Lewisburg, WV 24901