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The Funny Thing About Grace

Every year Jay likes to revisit some old talks to see how they stand up with his current growth and knowledge and studies. This week he looks back to one of his earliest talks and reworks it. But as always, a central theme even back then, is that of grace. Jay looks at the Gospel of Mark and examines Jesus’s behavior and how it effected his reputation. How Jesus showing love and grace to people who were seen as ‘scum’ made people view him as a drunkard and scum Himself. Jay talks about how not much has changed in this regard and how this is still a problem we have in society as a whole, not just in the church. Jay implores us to not be like the ones who have hurt us, and warns us that any system that excludes people because of their beliefs or religion, or behavior, or friends is a broken system and a mess. We can’t allow ourselves to fall into the same traps that we see the church falling into. We have to remember that Jesus had a diverse group of thinkers as disciples. People who hated each other but learned about love and grace and who recognized the humanity in each other. Jay warns us of the dangers of magical thinking and to be careful of what we look to to fill ‘the lack’ within.


This talk was given on November 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.


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