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A podcast where we talk about the intersection of faith and social justice, and what a first-century, Jewish, prophet of the poor from Galilee offers us today in our work of love, compassion and justice.

The Social Jesus Podcast Herb Montgomery

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A podcast where we talk about the intersection of faith and social justice, and what a first-century, Jewish, prophet of the poor from Galilee offers us today in our work of love, compassion and justice.

    Pentecost as Connectedness and Distributive Justice

    Pentecost as Connectedness and Distributive Justice

    John 15:26-27; 16:4-15; Acts 2:1-4

    “In the synoptic Gospels and the book of Acts, we see a fruit of the Spirit included the restoration of social justice. In these stories, whether the Spirit is poured out on Jesus or his followers, it is evident in their profound concern for the suffering caused by societal structures.”

    • 18 min
    Sent to be Socially Life-Giving

    Sent to be Socially Life-Giving

    John 17:6-19

    “Although we may be different, we belong to each other. What affects one affects us all. We either thrive together or decline and wither together. Humanity is far from homogeneous, but we are all still part of each other. Like it or not, our shared humanity connects us all.”

    • 15 min
    Loving One Another and Social Justice

    Loving One Another and Social Justice

    John 15:9-17

    “Whatever we say about love, the Jesus of the gospels, and the Divine, these beliefs about love must transform us into more loving human beings. We can teach, preach, and believe in love, and still not let those beliefs become anything more than mental assent to ideas. We must choose to apply our beliefs about love not just to how we imagine God relates to us, but also to how we relate to one another! And we can’t love one another and not care about the things each of us suffers as a result of the way our society is shaped.”

    • 14 min
    Different Kinds of Christianity Produce Different Kinds of Fruit

    Different Kinds of Christianity Produce Different Kinds of Fruit

    John 15:1-8

    “Today, it is no secret that many kinds of Christianity are failing to produce the kind of fruit that makes this world a better place. We can, if we choose, be a part of shaping a world that is just and safe for everyone. It will require change for some types of Christianity. And this change, difficult as it may be, in the end, will be worth all the effort it takes.”

    • 16 min
    The Good Shepherd and a Socially Just World

    The Good Shepherd and a Socially Just World

    John 10:11-18

    “The Shepherd imagery is used to convey the ethics of a distributive justice for a society where the threat of violence, injustice, and oppression are no more and there is enough for everyone to thrive. This image is used to portray our world as a safe, compassionate, just home for everyone. The point of all these stories is that we learn again from “the Shepherd” how to relate to one another in the way of love and justice. Before Jesus was the Crucified in Christian theology he was the Shepherd. And this imagery calls to us to follow the wisdom and teachings of this Shepherd in how we relate to each other.”

    • 16 min
    Resurrection as Injustice Undone

    Resurrection as Injustice Undone

    Luke 24:36-48

    Whatever we make of the resurrection stories today, reading them through much more scientific lenses, we cannot ignore the fact that nowhere in these passages is Jesus’ death lifted up. The good news is that Jesus’ death had been undone! Whatever else we make of these stories today, their truth is that oppression and power don’t have to have the last words in our stories either. We can choose to keep going. The opposition doesn’t have to have the last word. Love can conquer injustice. Our stories aren’t over yet.

    • 18 min

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