RHM Update: June 15, 2021


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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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Binding the Strong Man (Part 1 of 3)

“Outgrowing these values is often part of the work we must do to participate in making our world a safe and equitable home for everyone. We must build on the good we gained from our families and also be willing to evolve beyond the harmful. Speaking out when one’s extended family is aligned with the opposition is difficult. I know this personally.”


Binding the Strong Man (Part 2 of 3)

“These are not just stories of mythical demons and exorcisms. That shallow understanding misses the broader point. These stories are political.”


Binding the Strong Man (Part 3 of 3)

“Today our strong man could be capitalism, White supremacy, Christian nationalism, cisheterosexism, and more. All of these working separately and together comprise the strong men that we must bind in our time.”



Misclassifying As Weeds (Part 1 of 3)

“This week’s reading is asking us to check our assumptions about what we have classified as weeds. What if we’ve made a mistake? What if we’ve judged something to be a harmful weed, but that judgment is quite incorrect?”


Misclassifying As Weeds (Part 2 of 3)

“Similarly, the call to affirm, embrace, and include LGBTQ Christians in the church is not a call to affirm things that are intrinsically harmful but a call to help us recognize that the LGBTQ community should not be on the ‘harmful’ list in the first place.”


Misclassifying As Weeds (Part 3 of 3)

I have a hunch that some translators may be trying to avoid the misogyny in the original text. Yet these translations produce demonstrable bodily harm to a group of human beings, and that fruit should warn us about their roots.



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.




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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