RHM Update: July 21, 2021


Renewed Heart Ministries is a nonprofit organization working for a world of love and justice.

We need your support to offer the kind of resources RHM provides.

Helping people find the intersection between their faith, compassion, and justice is work that continues to prove deeply needed.

Please consider making a donation to support Renewed Heart Ministries’ work, today.

You can donate online by clicking here.

Or you can make a donation by mail at:

Renewed Heart Ministries
PO Box 1211
Lewisburg, WV 24901

And to those of you out there who already are supporting this ministry, we want to say thank you.  We could not continue being a voice for change without you.


Recommended Reading for July

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

book coverby Nora Krug

* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award * Silver Medal Society of Illustrators *

* Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal

This “ingenious reckoning with the past” (The New York Times), by award-winning artist Nora Krug investigates the hidden truths of her family’s wartime history in Nazi Germany.

Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow over her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. Yet she knew little about her own family’s involvement; though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.

After twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to as a child. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier. In this extraordinary quest, “Krug erases the boundaries between comics, scrapbooking, and collage as she endeavors to make sense of 20th-century history, the Holocaust, her German heritage, and her family’s place in it all” (The Boston Globe). A highly inventive, “thoughtful, engrossing” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) graphic memoir, Belonging “packs the power of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and David Small’s Stitches” (NPR.org).


Last Months Events

Last month, I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church.  You can access this presentation on Edgewood’s Facebook page, available for public viewing, at https://www.facebook.com/EdgewoodPresbyterianChurch/videos/418528402552827

The title of the presentation I gave was A Preferential Option. 

Thank you so much for your support that makes opportunities like this possible.

With much love and gratitude,

Herb Montgomery

Director | Renewed Heart Ministries


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Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos

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


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Speaking Truth to Those in Power (Part 1 of 3)

This story is an example of a familiar theme in the Hebrew prophets.


Speaking Truth to Those in Power (Part 2 of 3)

The phrase “Speak Truth to Power” has its origins in the American Friends Service Committee in 1955. Yet the idea is ancient. Here are a few examples.


Speaking Truth to Those in Power (Part 3 of 3)

Truth telling will always carry consequences, some beneficial and others difficult to bear.



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Ticket to Heaven or Concrete, Earthly Liberation (Part 1 of 3)

“The itinerant liberator image of Jesus that we encounter in Mark raises a question of contrast between many preachers today and the Jesus they claim to be worshiping.”


Ticket to Heaven or Concrete, Earthly Liberation (Part 2 of 3)

This scene is not about heaven or later, but about what people are experiencing here on earth right now, of an earthly, liberation-centered gospel.


Ticket to Heaven or Concrete, Earthly Liberation (Part 3 of 3)

Whether we call it the reign of God or God’s just future or simply a world that is a safe, compassionate, and just home for everyone, working for it is the work Jesus-followers are to be about.





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.





Renewed Heart Ministries needs your support to continue impacting lives and working for change.

Intersections between faith,
love, compassion, and justice are needed today more than ever.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Renewed Heart Ministries today.

To do so online click “Donate.” Or if you prefer to make a donation by mail,
our address is:

Renewed Heart Ministries
PO Box 1211
Lewisburg, WV 24901

And to those of you out there who are already supporting this ministry, I want to say thank you. We could not continue being a voice for change without your support.



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