Available December 1, 2022
It’s finally here! Herb’s new book will be available at renewedheartministries.com December 1st.
Here is just a taste of what people are saying:
“Herb has spent the last decade reading scripture closely. He also reads the world around us, thinks carefully with theologians and sociologists, and wonders how the most meaningful stories of his faith can inspire us to live with more heart, attention, and care for others in our time. For those who’ve ever felt alone in the process of applying the wisdom of Jesus to the world in which we live, Herb offers signposts for the journey and the reminder that this is not a journey we take alone. Read Finding Jesus with others, and be transformed together.” Dr. Keisha Mckenzie, Auburn Seminary
“In Finding Jesus, Herb Montgomery unleashes the revolutionary Jesus and his kin-dom manifesto from the shackles of the domesticated religion of empire. Within these pages we discover that rather than being a fire insurance policy to keep good boys and girls out of hell, Jesus often becomes the fiery enemy of good boys and girls who refuse to bring economic justice to the poor, quality healthcare to the underserved, and equal employment to people of color or same-sex orientation. Because what the biblical narratives of Jesus reveal is that any future human society—heavenly or otherwise—will only be as good as the one that we’re making right here and now. There is no future tranquil city with streets of gold when there is suffering on the asphalt right outside our front door today. Finding Jesus invites us to pray ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ on our feet as we follow our this liberator into the magnificent struggle of bringing the love and justice of God to all—right here, right now.”—Todd Leonard, pastor of Glendale City Church, Glendale CA.
“Herb Montgomery’s teachings have been deeply influential to me. This book shares the story of how he came to view the teachings of Jesus through the lens of nonviolence, liberation for all, and a call to a shared table. It’s an important read, especially for those of us who come from backgrounds where the myth of redemptive violence and individual (rather than collective) salvation was the focus.” – Daneen Akers, author of Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints and co-director/producer of Seventh-Gay Adventists: A Film about Faith, Identity & Belonging
“So often Christians think about Jesus through the lens of Paul’s theology and don’t focus on the actual person and teachings of Jesus. This book is different. Here you find a challenging present-day application of Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the Gospel. Rediscover why this Rabbi incited fear in the hearts of religious and political leaders two millennia ago. Herb’s book calls forth a moral vision based on the principles of Jesus’ vision of liberation. Finding Jesus helps us see that these teachings are just as disruptive today as they were when Jesus first articulated them.” Alicia Johnston, author of The Bible & LGBTQ Adventists.
“Herb Montgomery is a pastor for pastors, a teacher for teachers and a scholar for scholars. Part memoir and part theological reflection, Finding Jesus is a helpful and hope-filled guide to a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and who he can be. Herb’s tone is accessible and welcoming, while also challenging and fresh. This book is helpful for anyone who wants a new and fresh perspective on following Jesus.”— Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families
Available December 1 at renewedheartministries.com
Matching Donations for November and December!
As 2022 is coming to a close, we are deeply humbled and thankful for each of you who reads, listens to, and shares RHM’s work. We are also grateful for the actions you continue to take to make our world a safer, compassionate, just home for all. Thank you for being such an important part of our community, and for your continued support.
Thanks to a kind donor we are able to match every donation for the months of November and December. All donation during these last two months will be matched, dollar for dollar, making your support of Renewed Heart Ministries, and the work we do, go twice as far.
Your support enables RHM to continue providing much needed resources to help Jesus-followers find the intersection between their faith and labors of love, compassion, and justice in our world today.
As 2022 ends, we invite you to make a donation to Renewed Heart Ministries to make the most of this very kind offer.
Or you can make a donation by mail at:
Renewed Heart Ministries
PO Box 1211
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
This coming year, together, we will continue being a voice for change.
A Shared Table 2022
During the months of November and December, become one of our monthly sustaining partners and receive a handmade Renewed Heart Ministries Shared-Table Pottery Bowl made by Crystal and Herb as a thank you gift for your support.
To become a monthly sustaining partner, go to renewedheartministries.com/donate and sign up for an automated recurring monthly donation of any amount by clicking the “Check this box to make it a monthly recurring donation” option. Or if you are using Paypal, select “Make this a monthly donation.”
In January 2023 we will be starting out the new year by sending out these lovely bowls as our gift to you to thank you for your support.
In the gospels, Jesus teaches a gospel of loving our neighbors, being committed to caring for one another, a gospel of a shared table of inclusion, especially of the marginalized. Jesus modeled this gospel by a life spent healing hurts in our world, and challenging the systems responsible for that harm.
Jesus’ gospel of a shared table is what this pottery bowl represents.
Our prayer is that each time one of our bowls is used you will be reminded of Jesus’ gospel of love, caring and sharing. They also make a great gift or an excellent conversation starter, as well.
Thank you for partnering with us to further the work of love, compassion, justice, and taking care of one another. Together we are working toward a safer, more compassionate, and just world both for today and for eternity.
If you are already one of our sustaining partners making a monthly automated donation each month, we want to honor your existing continued support of Renewed Heart Ministries, too. You’ll receive one of our Shared Table Pottery Bowls as a thank you, also, for your continued support.
From each of us here at RHM, thank you for your support of our work.
We wish you joy, peace, happiness, and blessings as we enter this year’s holiday season. Your support sustains our ongoing work in the coming year.
Both within our society as well as our various faith communities, together we will continue being a voice for love and inclusion.
November’s Recommended Reading
Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation
by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation seeks to interrupt the rhetorics and politics of meaning that, in the past decade, have compelled the proliferation of popular and scholarly books and articles about the historical Jesus, and that have turned Jesus into a commodity of neocapitalist western culture.
In this spirited book, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza continues her argument begun in Jesus: Miram’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet (Continuum, 1995), now with a focus on the politics of Jesus scholarship. It is no accident, she maintains, that scholars in the U.S. and Europe have rediscovered the historical Jesus at a time when feminist scholarship, critical theory, inter-religious dialogue, postcolonial criticism, and liberation theologies have pointed to the interconnections between knowledge and power at work in positivistic scientific circles.
It is also no accident that such an explosion of Jesus books has taken place at a time when the media have discovered the “angry white male syndrome” that fuels neo-fascist movements in Europe and the U.S. The answer to this commodification of “Jesus” is not a rejection of critical scholarship and Jesus research but a call for their investigation in terms of ideology critique and ethics. By claiming to produce knowledge about the “real” Jesus, Schüssler Fiorenza points out, mainstream as well as feminist scholars refuse to stand accountable for their reconstructive cultural models and theological interests. Hence, she calls for an ethics of interpretation that can explore such a scholarly politics of meaning, rather than the ideological discourses on “Jesus and Women” that are fraught with both anti-Judaism and anti-feminism.
It’s an excellent read!
Last Week’s Social Jesus Posts
Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
Practicing Honesty Regarding Harmful Forms of Christianity (Part 1 of 3)
“Through these stories, anti-Jewishness could grow into these passages and interpretations of these passages that have been deeply destructive to our Jewish neighbors and friends.”
Practicing Honesty Regarding Harmful Forms of Christianity (Part 2 of 3)
“This passage in the lectionary gives us the opportunity to talk about the harm that some interpretations of Christianity’s sacred texts have led to.”
Practicing Honesty Regarding Harmful Forms of Christianity (Part 3 of 3)
We need to be honest about the harm we have done in the past, and we also need to do the hard work of practicing more life-giving ways to follow Jesus today.
November 26, 2022
Good News Fellowship
Toronto, Ontario Canada
(Contact us Renewed Heart Ministries for Zoom link.)
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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