RHM Update: May 4, 2021

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Recommended Reading for May

Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers
by Miguel A. De La Torre

“How curiously different is this white God from the one preached by Jesus who understood faithfulness by how we treat the hungry and thirsty, the naked and alien, the incarcerated and infirm. This white God of empire may be appropriate for global conquerors who benefit from all that has been stolen and through the labor of all those defined as inferior; but such a deity can never be the God of the conquered.”

Echoing James Cone’s 1970 assertion that white Christianity is a satanic heresy, Miguel De La Torre argues that whiteness has desecrated the message of Jesus. 

In a scathing indictment, he describes how white American Christians have aligned themselves with the oppressors who subjugate the “least of these”—those who have been systemically marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status—and, in overwhelming numbers, elected and supported an antichrist as president who has brought the bigotry ingrained in American society out into the open.

With this follow-up to his earlier Burying White Privilege, De La Torre prophetically outlines how we need to decolonize Christianity and reclaim its revolutionary, badass message. Timid white liberalism is not the answer for De La Torre—only another form of complicity. Working from the parable of the sheep and the goats in the Gospel of Matthew, he calls for unapologetic solidarity with the sheep and an unequivocal rejection of the false, idolatrous Christianity of whiteness.

 

 


 

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Recent Posts

 

Branches Grafted to a Poisonous Vine (Part 1)

“After almost two centuries of Christian patriarchy gendering God as exclusively male, we must recognize women bear the image of the Divine, too.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/04/branches-grafted-poisonous-vine-part1/

Branches Grafted to a Poisonous Vine (Part 2)

“Although the passage we began with focuses on bearing fruit rather than being a dead or withered branch that bears nothing, we see that the kind of fruit one bears matters too. What does it mean for American Christians to live as Jesus did?”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/04/branches-grafted-poisonous-vine-part2/

Branches Grafted to a Poisonous Vine (Part 3)

“I’m concerned about the type of fruit so many White, straight, cisgender Christians are producing. Is this fruit life-giving or is it poisonous? Does our fruit look like the fruit of the original vine, and if not, what vine have we allowed ourselves to be grafted into instead?”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/04/branches-grafted-poisonous-vine-part3/

 

Imagery of a Good Shepherd (Part 1)

“Even today when you do a simple image search for Jesus, you’ll get ten or more images of a Jesus on a cross for every single image of a shepherd. Early Jesus followers had a very different focus.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/04/imagery-good-shepherd-part1/

Imagery of a Good Shepherd (Part 2)

This story that so many White Christians hold dear puts God on the side of these lost Black lives. And where we stand, whether in solidarity, neutrality, devil’s advocacy, indifference, or even opposition, reveals where we stand in relation to the God of the Jesus story. We are only with this God when we are with them.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/04/imagery-good-shepherd-part2/

Imagery of a Good Shepherd (Part 3)

When we choose to make justice ultimately win, not just in isolated occurrences but systemically, we are determining whether our ancient, cherished stories of justice overcoming ring true or are merely desperate, wishful fairytales.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/04/imagery-good-shepherd-part3/

 

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

 


 

 

Last Week’s eSight and JFE Podcast Episode

Branches Grafted to a Poisonous Vine

“Although the passage we began with focuses on bearing fruit rather than being a dead or withered branch that bears nothing, we see that the kind of fruit one bears matters too. What does it mean for American Christians to live as Jesus did?”

https://renewedheartministries.com/Esights/04-30-2021

 

Episode 369: Branches Grafted to a Poisonous Vine

“Although the passage we began with focuses on bearing fruit rather than being a dead or withered branch that bears nothing, we see that the kind of fruit one bears matters too. What does it mean for American Christians to live as Jesus did?”

Listen at: https://renewedheartministries.com/podcasts/369PoisonousVine.mp3

 

 


 

 

 


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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