RHM’s Weekly News Update: August 20, 2019

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Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts


Jesus and Marginalized Communities

The Jesus we meet in the Jesus story resonated with the marginalized and oppressed of the 1st Century. It makes perfect sense that those who share that experience today will see within the Jesus story things that others in a more dominant social position will initially miss. Read more


Responding to Rejection

I can’t help but notice that history is cyclical. We in our society today may be being faced with similar choices between what we have now and a path of nonviolence and resource-sharing. Read more


Reading Jesus from the Margins

For many, only when they discover for themselves the Jesus in the story from the perspective of their own social location do they realize there is an alternative, story-Jesus that’s radically different than the Jesus they encountered in the religion that formed around him. Read more


Responses of Passive Apathy

Change doesn’t have to come through such violent upheaval. It could start today. Here. Now. With you and with me, if we will choose it. Read more


Things Only Seen by Those on the Margins

It doesn’t matter the reason for subjugation or marginalization in domination systems. It’s not the reason for the exclusion that Jesus rejects, but the exclusion itself! Read more


Listening to Those on the Margins and the Gendering of God

We can listen to the most vulnerable. We can hear from their experiences whether or not our “revelations” or interpretations of sacred texts produce good fruit, whether interpretations are life-giving or oppressive to those on the margins. Read more


New Book Update: Finding Jesus


We have great news about Herb’s upcoming book!  We’ve received the edits back and we are working with graphic designers on layout and design, cover design and possible Kickstarter for this project this December.

That means we will go to print in January and are hoping for this new volume to go on sale in February 2020.

We are beyond excited, and everyone who has read the drafts up till this point is excited, too!

We’ll keep you posted as we progress.  We finally have a concrete availability date:

Finding Jesus
by Herb Montgomery

Available February 2020!

Book of the Month for August 2019

The Heart of Christianity
by Marcus J. Borg

Borg’s The Heart of Christianity is divided into two parts.  The second part I wish every Christian would read.  The first part I don’t believe is for everyone. Part 1 is for those for whom the kind of Christianity they grew up with, no longer works.  If you need a new way to practice your faith, If you love Jesus but struggle with where Christianity is today, this book is for you.

In The Heart of Christianity, world-renowned Jesus scholar and author of the bestseller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time argues that the essential ingredients of a Christian life—faith, being born again, the kingdom of God, the gospel of love—are as vitally important today as they have always been, even during this time of conflict and change in the church.

Borg wants to show us, as today’s thinking Christians, how to discover a life of faith by reconceptualizing familiar beliefs. Being born again, for example, has nothing to do with fundamentalism, but is a call to radical personal transformation. Talking about the kingdom of God does not mean that you are fighting against secularism, but that you have committed your life to the divine values of justice and love. And living the true Christian way is essentially about opening one’s heart—to God, and to others. Above all else, Borg believes with passion and conviction that living the Christian life still makes sense.

[You don’t have to order this book through amazon.com, but if you do, please consider using Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and selecting Renewed Heart Ministries as your designated charity for a portion of your purchase to be donated to RHM at no additional cost to you.]

August’s Featured Presentation

The Lord's Prayer album cover. Person praying.This month, we are in the middle of our online eSight/podcast series titled A Primer on Self-Affirming Nonviolence. We thought what better presentation to go along with this online series than this presentation from our Audio series on the Lord’s prayer on nonviolence, as well.  It is our hope that your heart will be renewed and your feet set in motion to follow Jesus more deeply as you listen to this month’s presentation:

A Path Toward Compassion and Justice by Herb Montgomery