RHM Update: March 16, 2021

Recent Events

A Better Way to Tell the Easter Story

with Daneen Akers, Traci Smith and Herb Montgomery

Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with Daneen Akers and Traci Smith on Instagram live. This discussion was hosted on the Holy Troublemakers Instagram page. And the topic was nonviolent, non substitutionary ways to interpret and talk about the Easter story, especially with children. If you weren’t able to catch it live, the recordings are up on Instagram’s IGTV on the Holy Troublemakers page. The discussion was recorded in two parts as Instagram would not let us all three be on at once.  Both of these women are brilliant, and I feel privileged to have been able to discuss this topic alongside them. To watch the recording of the discussion go to https://www.instagram.com/holytroublebook/channel/.


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Jesus and Protest (Part 1)

In one sense, it was a religious act for those who considered faithfulness to the Jubilee [debt cancellation] of the Torah to be faithfulness to the God of the Torah. But it was also an economic and political act too. Read more

Jesus and Protest (Part 2)

Mark’s version of the story is not speaking about Jesus’ own death and resurrection as in John. It is speaking about how exploitative systems are not sustainable and will eventually crumble under the weight of their own injustice. Read more

Jesus and Protest (Part 3)

Change for those being harmed never happens fast enough. But in each of our circles of influence we have today and all the potential for change today brings. Read more


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Transparency and the Vilification of Darkness (Part 1)

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” Read more

Transparency and the Vilification of Darkness (Part 2)

It’s about them coopting the darkness, which is not inherently evil, and using the darkness not for the life giving purposes of which it is intended, but to hide so they can continue doing harm. Read more

Transparency and the Vilification of Darkness (Part 3)

When public consciousness is raised, change isn’t very far behind, and change is what those benefiting from the status quo most desperately want to stop. Read more


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


Recommended Reading for March

book coverWhite Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus: Feminist Christology and  Womanist Response

by Jacquelyn Grant

Christology is especially problematic for feminists. Because Jesus was undeniably male and because the Christian church claims him as the unique God-bearer, feminist christology confronts the dual tasks of explaining the significance of a male God-bearer for women and creating a christological model adequate to feminist experience. Jacquelyn Grant rehearses the development and challenges of feminist christology and argues that, because it has reflected the experience of White women predominantly, it fails to speak to the concerns of non-white and non-western women. In response to this failure, Grant proposes a womanist theology and christology that emerge from and are adequate to the reality of contemporary Black women.





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.



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?



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