More Effective Ways To Care (Part 1 of 3)
What does it look like for Jesus followers to create ways of organizing communities that display a way of human organizing where we don’t seek to dominate but do protect and care for one another? What Jesus was doing for his early Jewish followers was commissioning them to display what a community could look like if full of humble egalitarian relationships rather than hierarchical ones.
Begin reading this series at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2020/07/more-effective-ways-care-part1/
Mislabelling Social Justice as Foolishness (Part 1 of 3)
So the passage in Matthew isn’t about using the term “fool,” but about mislabelling as fools those who call for justice, inclusion, and systemic change as Jesus and Jesus’ followers did within their own society.
Begin reading this series at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2020/07/mislabelling-social-justice-foolishness-part1/
Systems of Sacrifice (Part 1 of 3)
In these gospels, salvation is not about Jesus making a sacrifice that allows a cosmic Being to let us off the hook. Rather, it’s about healing. The Jesus of the canonical gospels brought personal healing, and he also called for societal and systemic healing: a society that included and prioritized the excluded and marginalized.
Begin reading this series at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2020/07/systems-sacrifice-part1/
Written in the context of Travon Martin’s murder, this volume is just as relevant in the context of the calls for systemic racial justice in the U.S., presently. This book is an attempt to take seriously the social and theological questions raised within Black communities, “Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?” We cannot recommend this book highly enough for those seeking a greater understanding of present calls for systemic racial as well as immigration justice.
Remember, you don’t have to order this book through amazon.com, but if you do, please consider using Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and selecting Renewed Heart Ministries as your designated charity for a portion of your purchase to be donated to RHM at no additional cost to you.
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, follow Pastor Todd Leonard’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/toddjleonard
A Special Message to Our HeartGroups
We are continuing to ask all HeartGroups not to meet together physically at this time. Please stay virtually connected and to practice physical distancing. You can still be there for each other to help ease anxiety and fears. When you do go out, please maintain a six-foot distance with others, continue to wear a mask, and wash your hands often to keep the spread of the virus at bay.
This is also a time where we can practice the resource-sharing and mutual aid found in the gospels. Make sure the others in your group have what they need. We are more interconnected than we realize, as this has proven. And we need each other during this time.
How many ways can you take care of others while we are physically apart?