Revolution Church


This Seems Like Nonsense

Still coming to grips with the passing of our friend Caleb, Jay gives a talk that isn’t really anything new. The talk is more of an echo of a lot of other talks he’s given. At Revolution we want to not only disagree well but listen well too. So, if we listen better than we can disagree better. What if we stripped Christianity down to its core, to its basics? What if we took the idolatry out of Christianity? Christianity has been reshaped. It’s almost unrecognizable. It has gone from a religion of love back to a religion of law–and this legalism is causing strife and grief and it’s causing us to other the others in our lives. Have we gotten to a place where we care more about being right than we care about others? Do we need to stop and reevaluate? Let’s look inward. What are the doubts we have that we never share with people? What are the quiet questions we ask ourselves at night? How can we get back to love? How can we bring Christianity back into a practice of love? Right now, we’re not known for our love, as Jesus said we would be. Instead, we’re known for who we don’t love. We need to fix this. We need to ask the hard questions. We need to dive deep. And we need to find the narrow road. It's not easy but it’s worth it.This talk was given on September 25, 2022 in Seattle,

Jesus, Paul, & Swamp Thing

Outrage culture, humanity, and division. Do these things go together? Today’s speaker, Joshua Murray, tries to pull the threads to see if they connect. In talking about humanity, Josh knew he had to go to the source–he had to go to the best place he could think of to discuss this topic, so he picked up his tablet that has his study bible with its notations and footnotes….and ignored that and instead used his tablet to reread some issues of Swamp Thing. More specifically Alan Moore’s run of Swamp Thing. What can we learn from this ‘monster’ when it comes to humanity? What can he teach us about how we see each other and ourselves? What makes us human? It’s hard to summarize all the nuance and complications of Swamp Thing, but we try! Can this comic book tie into the teachings of Jesus, or how about Paul? What’s it mean to be a servant of all? Why is Paul building tents to make money and survive when he doesn’t need to? What’s it mean to become all things to all people? And why is Jesus talking about circumcision during a festival? And most importantly what are the steps we need to take in ourselves to rise past outrage culture? What are the steps we need to take in ourselves to bridge the divisions in us? If you were standing by the Ark of the Covenant and it started to fall would you try to catch it?This talk was given on September 11, 2022 on Long Island, New

Our God is Politics

Today we’re gonna talk about what we always talk about. As usual, we’re gonna beat a dead horse. But it’s a message that bears repeating. A message of love, a message of showing grace. A message of not scapegoating. But it’s getting harder and harder to live this as times get more and more troubling. Is there a guide in our faith to navigate these current times and the binary way of thinking that is thrust on us? Life is full of nuances, why aren’t we allowed to see them anymore? It seems that in the U.S. politics have completely taken priority over our faith and religion these days. Where we aren’t divided by theological differences or biblical scholarship, but rather it’s all about if we’re progressive or conservative. It seems like we are being influenced to be afraid of each other. We keep creating enemies that divide us and keep us divided. Is Christianity a failed religion? It used to be something that kicked against the pricks. Are we recognized by our love? Christianity doesn’t seem to be about faith anymore, or about loving people. But more so it’s about whose side you are on. We have to remember that Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend. It’s not about politics, it’s not about theology. It’s about Love.This talk was given on September 04, 2022 in Seattle,

What About Me?

The original plan was to have another talk with Peter Rollins, but it didn’t quite pan out. So, Jay is back in Seattle and hits us with a really great talk. This talk centers around ideas that are not foreign to Revolution: showing grace, having good conversation, not scapegoating. Jay dives into the Gospel of Luke to focus on three of Jesus’s parables–The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Prodigal Son. How can we apply the principles of these stories into our lives? To do so so that we have life before death. To figure out how to reclaim Christianity. To be followers of Christ. Jay talks about how Jesus was always seen as hanging out with the wrong crowd, but where else should He be? Shouldn’t we be with the wrong crowd? Shouldn’t we be building bridges? We live in an unfair world, and forgiveness often seems unfair when grace is involved. But sadly, Christians don’t seem to be known for their grace or their love or their compassion anymore. The things Jesus teaches in these parables, and Paul later expands on–they are all wasted if we don’t care for the lost sheep, if we don’t search for that one coin. Can we be the father, the prodigal son, and the brother all at the same time? Have we ever felt like each one of these characters at some point? Jesus tried to share these lessons with the religious people of the time, to teach them the importance of love. Let’s learn these lessons. Let’s be known for our grace and our love again. Let’s stop focusing on looking like we are in God’s favor and let’s actually be in Their favor by living what we were taught.This talk was given on August 28, 2022 in Seattle,

Time to Add A Little Chaos

Jay had a different talk planned for this one…but then he went into Starbucks and saw a sign that had to explain to the patrons a code of conduct that is expected of their customers. This sign struck Jay in such a way that it derailed his original train of thought and inspired something new. Mostly reformation. How reform can bring about divisiveness, and it can even bring about some chaos. Can we reform without scapegoating? Can we die to ourselves and continue to move forward? We’re called to give answers, but to be humble when we do so. When it comes to Revolution–it’s message, it’s community, it’s desire for reform–we have to remember that if we really do take it seriously then we want serious answers. Navigating this is tricky because reformation also brings out a lot of insecurities. But let’s confront the insecurities and see the good news! Let’s know our enemy and also love our enemy. Let’s make room for nuance, let’s allow for nuance. Legalism doesn’t allow for it, but we can. No one is beyond grace!...except maybe our enemies. But that is where each other comes into play. Let’s try to love each other’s enemies and help each other get to a place where they can love them too. Let’s be the change we want to see. Let’s live in a world where we love each other so much that we don’t even see our theology. Instead we see our love and we see our grace.This talk was given on August 7, 2022 in Seattle,

The Kingdom Divided

Jay is back home and doing his best the fight the heat out in Washington. Why are A/Cs so loud? This week Jay wanted to pick up where last week left off. To continue the themes that him and Peter Rollins touched on last week–the importance of listening well. Willing to go into places that have conflict. Often we’re not willing to listen to ‘the other’ or try to understand why we disagree. Hearing others in that way is a lot different than being yelled at and screamed at. So how do we sit down with our ‘enemies’ and listen? What are the snares of counterfeit love? Jay feels that having these conversations is the road less traveled. That the easiest road is just finding the snarkiest meme and snappiest comeback and throwing it in each others faces. So the importance is to listen well. It is also the way that leads to disagreeing well. So what are the enemies of listening? To discover that Jay dives into some of Paul’s writings and some of Peter’s writings. As a society we have forgotten, it seems, how to even agree to disagree, let alone to disagree well. Are we mixing up hating what is evil and hating people? Are we called to hate people? Are we called to fight with love, compassion and purpose? What does that look like? What was Jesus’s response and reaction to John the Baptists death? Did he hate? Did he love? Did he fight? What Did Jesus Do?This talk was given on July 31, 2022 in Seattle,