"I Like A Little Chaos"
Due to living life on life’s terms Jay had to pre-record todays talk. After receiving some pushback over posting an archived talk a few weeks back, followed up by some challenging responses to a tongue-in-cheek tweet he posted, Jay addresses the deeper issues behind these interactions. He talks about how phrases we use pretty regularly, like “A Higher Calling” can really do damage if they are used without thought. He discusses how a higher calling should be treated as a reality and not just an expectation of the phrase. Playing off of this idea, Jay dives into how leaders are held to a different standard that is not a human standard. And at the core of all of this discussion is Jay’s belief that Revolution Gathering can lead the way to reformation and make a more human church. To get rid of the hierarchy of a community in order for there to be a reformation. Often, we feel like pastors believe on our behalf if we are struggling – but what if our pastors need us to believe on their behalf when they are struggling? We have to ask ourselves what we really want in a community and a church. Do we want transparency or just comfort? Do we want a motivational clubhouse, or do we want to life in its rawest form?This talk was given on November 21, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
"Exclamation Point, Exclamation Point, Question Mark"
Jay gives a raw and heartfelt talk, truly emphasizing just how literal Revolution is when they say “Come as you are!” – no false airs, just truth and honesty. Jay has been going through a tough time and he shares that with us, he explains how depression and trauma go hand in hand. He shares how pain is a part of life, so we need to live life on life’s terms, and just how important it is to recognize the humanity in each other. He shares the struggle of trying to love the impossible people and how sometimes it makes us feel broken. Plain and simple. Revolution is a group of broke people sharing our brokenness with each other. Coming as we are. Jay discusses mourning the living and the blessing and curse that it is. Also we hear that famous ‘love scripture’ from Corinthians like we’ve never heard it before.This talk was given on November 14, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
Legalism: Gossip about God
Unlocked! Dug out from deep within the Revolution Archives, we unearthed a talk back from 2009, back from the days of Revolution New York – In this talk Jay draws inspiration from a quote he heard in the movie “Doubt” which compares gossip to feathers scattered in the wind and how it is impossible to clean up the effects of it. Jay looks a bit into where our anger comes from when we talk about legalism and the church and discusses that maybe it’s not the people that make us angry, but more the idea behind it all. We take a look at some verses from Matthew to learn what Jesus had to say about legalism and the dangers of imposing impossible standards on people, even if it is done with seemingly good intentions. This talk was given on February 09, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
"Don't Kill Them With Kindness..."
Jay is back! He's returned from Belfast and is ready to talk grace and reformation. In this weeks talk Jay dives into Luther, Galatians and the Gospel of Luke to discuss and unpack what it means to deny ourselves and take up our cross. Are we taking up our cross or are we asking other people to take up our crosses for us? Jay discusses our institutions aren’t the only thing in need of reformation but how we need a reformation in our own mind. How do we love our enemies? How do we communicate with people that don’t love us? As Jay puts it: “Grace can’t be taught enough!” This talk was given on Oct 31, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
How Can There Be Any Sin in Sincere?
This week guest speaker Joshua Murray gives a talk that started out as three unrelated ideas that he couldn’t shake from his mind: 1.) The importance of sincerity. 2.) The value and intimacy of small groups rather than large gatherings. And 3.) A drive to figure out why learning more about Buddhism has been at the forefront of his mind – Is there any connection between these three ideas? Is there value in a slow burn rather than instant gratification? And what was Jesus up to in those missing years of his life? Did he wander around like in the TV show Kung Fu and walk the Earth collecting wisdom? Is that too far fetched of an idea? And why does Paul seem to understand aspects of Jesus’ teaching more than the people that were actually physically with him? Also, did Josh really find a spiritual connection to the movie Hellraiser? Well, I suppose it is the week before Halloween, so why not? This talk was given on Oct 24, 2021 in Long Island, New York.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
A Community of Outcasts
This week Jay gives his talk from Belfast, Northern Ireland. While spending time there, Jay reflects on experiences he’s gathered while talking with friends about the political history in Ireland and the parallels Jay is seeing in America and in the Church. He discusses the dangerous trap we often fall in when we get too tied up and blinded by our own causes that we scapegoat the other. How this could lead us to being incapable of having conversations, especially if they question our causes. The Church is not a building or a place, but a gathering and collection of people, but being part of a community is always messy. Are we willing to “put our identity to death” if it starts to block the growth of our community? Can we look past our own pain so we can see the pain in each other? Jay uses Jesus’ disciples as an example of how we are called to love our enemies and work with them in order to see past our own issues and ideologies. We see this theme echoed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians. And in a running theme of Revolution, Jay discusses living in the lack and the importance of being able to see opposites views and how they can often come together to move to a Truth that is above truth. This talk was given on Oct 17, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
A Prayer of Doubt and Forsakenness
“There is Nothing Good in Me.” Paul says this in the Book of Romans. On Mental Health Awareness Day, Jay gives one of his most raw and passionate and personal talks about mental health. He opens up about his mental health, and touches on some topics that are universal to everyone struggling with mental health – which shows us we are not alone. He tells us how failing at suicide was the best thing to ever happen to him and he discusses therapy and studying and everything he has done to find the better way to live life on life’s terms. “Depression and mental illness lie to us…we all have those struggles.” Jay also shares how he learned to love the humanity of Jesus and how he never felt closer to Christ, or understood him more, than when he studied Jesus in the garden, and Jesus feeling abandoned on the cross. This illuminating and uplifting talk covers a lot of topics, some light and some heavy, but it leaves us with the most important truth there is – a promise that it gets better. A promise that it is worth it. It’s worth staying alive.This talk was given on Oct 10, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
The Christie Gee Podcast - Jay Bakker on 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' movie
In late September of 2021 Jay had a great talk with good pal and podcaster Christie Gee to talk about The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Christie was nice enough to share the interview with us so we could post this special cross-over episode! Enjoy and please be sure to listen, follow and subscribe to Christie too, because she's the best!!The Christie Gee Podcast: "In this Episode I welcome back my friend Jay Bakker for the third time!We talk about the movie made about his family called 'The Eyes Of Tammy Faye' starring Jessica Chastain (who also produces the film) and Andrew Garfield! How wild would that be to have a major motion picture made about YOUR family?! I can't even imagine! Well...we dig into what that’s like for Jay, his thoughts on the film, personal stories about his momma, the influence his mother had on him in, how she felt when he made the decision to become a gay affirming pastor, how therapy has helped him during this timewith the movie out in the world and more! I had a lot of fun talking to Jay as always! This movie gave me so many feels and I highly suggest y'all check it out! In theaters nation wide!" - Christie Geehttps://open.spotify.com/show/4jvRKDN6BUj5VZzy53NStP?si=S_HHDYw5SvewAjvajnzL9Q&dl_branch=1www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94
You Have Heard It Said
In this week’s talk Jay takes us on a bit of a deep dive into the nuances and complex layers of ‘The Church.’ He discusses the problem with living in a culture with such a long tradition of legalism and how that tends makes the Bible into a law book that we often give too much authority. This isn’t a destruction of the church or it’s ideals but an actual deconstruction, one done with love and understanding and a heart for reform and rebuilding – because Christianity as a formula doesn’t work, there is too much nuance to it all. Critical thinking isn’t always bad, critics also love things! We have to live well…because our time is so short. If your enemy died would you weep for them or rejoice? What responsibility do we need to take in our issues with The Church? Does the real world contain movie villains? What does suffering for Jesus really mean? This talk was given on Sept 26, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.www.facebook.com/revolutionchurchmnwww.revolutionchurch.com/donatewww.youtube.com/revolutionbroadcasting@jaybakker@revolution1994@revolution94