RHM Update: June 1, 2021

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Recommended Reading for June

Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation

by Dale B. Martin

book coverProbing into numerous questions about gender and sexuality, Dale Martin delves into the biblical texts anew and unearths surprising findings. Avoiding preconceptions about ancient sexuality, he explores the ethics of desire and marriage and pays careful attention to the original meanings of words, especially those used as evidence of Paul’s opposition to homosexuality. For example, after a remarkably faithful reading of the scriptural texts, Martin concludes that our contemporary obsession with marriage–and the whole search for the “right” sexual relationships–is antithetical to the message of the gospel. In all of these essays, however, Martin argues for engaging Scripture in a way that goes beyond the standard historical-critical questions and the assumptions of textual agency in order to find a faith that has no foundations other than Jesus Christ.

 


Last Month’s Events

Last month I had the privilege of sharing with several congregations, two via Zoom and one in person.

The two Zoom gatherings I was invited to speak at were Good News Fellowship in Toronto, Canada and Tacoma Spanish Adventist Church where my presentation was translated by Pastor Art Geronimo.  The service I was invited to speak at in person was here in Lewisburg at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church for Pentecost Sunday on what it looks like in our societal context today to be people under the outpouring of the Spirit.

I want to thank all three congregations for inviting speak last month with you.  Participating in each event was a genuine blessing.

Sincerely,

Herb Montgomery

Director | Renewed Heart Ministries

 


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Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos

 

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Spirit of Advocacy (Part 1 of 3)

“Given how Christians have treated our Jewish siblings throughout Christianity’s history, we must be extremely careful with the gospel of John, and not perpetuate stereotypes or actions that have harmed or even proven lethal to Jewish people.”

 https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/spirit-advocacy-part1

Spirit of Advocacy (Part 2 of 3)

“If we would be humble enough to learn from our Jewish siblings, remembering Jesus himself was a Jew long before the Christian religion ever existed, we would learn how to effectively engage systemic injustice in our world.”

 https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/spirit-advocacy-part2

Spirit of Advocacy (Part 3 of 3)

“The Jesus of John calls us to not let go of life but to take hold of it, to stand up for that which is life-giving, and to stand alongside the oppressed in our fight against injustice and death in all its expressions.”

 https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/spirit-advocacy-part3

 

A Better Way to Tell Our Stories (Part 1 of 3)

“We encounter the fruit of this today whenever Christians speak negatively of social justice and related movements for a more equitable society.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/better-way-tell-stories-part1/

A Better Way to Tell Our Stories (Part 2 of 3)

Classifying our flesh, bodies, and material world or nature as, at best, unimportant or disposable and, at worst, evil or something to be saved from has yielded deeply harmful, destructive fruit throughout Christian history.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/better-way-tell-stories-part2/

A Better Way to Tell Our Stories (Part 3 of 3)

Do we find teachings lifted up in the Jesus story that aid our work of healing our world’s pain today? If we do, then it is in this healing that our passage rings true.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/05/better-way-tell-stories-part3/

 

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

 


 

 


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.

 

 


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