Revolution Church


Where is There?

Jay starts this talk off by sharing memories of our friend Frank who passed away unexpectedly. He was greatly loved, greatly appreciated, and will be greatly missed. Then Jay does the unthinkable…he dives into a scripture he’s been avoiding, seemingly, for his whole career. What is this elusive scripture? Matthew 21. In this chapter, Jesus talks to leaders that are doubting his authority. This is done for a number of reasons, a main one seeming to be the company Jesus kept. In this interaction Jesus poses questions and parables, but also he makes sure to mention the love and kindness his company gives. He states how the tax collectors and sex workers of the time are more primed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven before the religious leaders. It bares to mention that Jesus don’t imply that the religious leaders won’t have access to the Kingdom, just that they seem to be trailing behind when it comes to love and grace, deeds and actions. Because, as Jay teaches in this talk, love trumps everything else. And he truly believes it–and it's a hill worth dying on. We are called to love and to be gentle with each other. To be patient. Can we imagine the impact on the world if we all just took extra steps to be gentle with each other! How does this chapter translate today? Who are our religious leaders that need this message? One of love and grace? Of gentleness and patience? Is it our politicians? Is it comedians? Is it us? At Revolution we love the hope of grace!

This talk was given on December 11, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.




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This Should Be On My Gravestone

We’re at the end of Galatians, and now we’re sad. But next week the discussion of Grace continues with Paul Tillich’s talk “You Are Accepted.” But before we get to that, let’s finish up Galatians. A lot of this talk is about trying to find a safe space for unsafe conversations. Jay makes reference to two Jon Stewart interviews that he feels encompasses a cross-section of society today. And like many other interviews or news reports, these cross-sections fit right into what Paul is talking about in his letter to the Galatians. It’s interesting how timeless this letter is…but also very frustrating with how little things seemed to have changed since this was written. Galatians really deals with the fact that we’re all human–and all humans are nuanced beings. So why are we not acting that way? Why do we insist on legalism and binary thinking? Paul tells us to restore people with a spirit of gentleness. Why then do we tend to act more like an army that shoots it’s hurt and wounded? We need to find a place where we can share our burdens with each other but at the same time not give these burdens and struggles to others. We need to focus on our own burdens, and love everyone else. Otherwise nothing grows. Worse than that, nothing grows because the ground is so toxic. So how can we navigate this? What is this other way? A third way? A way of nuance and grace. That is what we’re discussing today. And how we need to do our best to never tire of taking the high ground, never tire of showing grace. It’s very very hard. But in walking this path we know we’re doing the right thing. We know we are loving others the best we can.Here is a link to Paul Tillich’s “You Are Accepted”. Revolution is sticking around and there are some great things to come. talk was given on March 5, 2023 from Seattle,

I Can Ruin It For You

Whoa nelly, we’ve got a long one today! The talk wasn’t supposed to be that long, but sometimes things just get away from you. And when Josh starts talking about the Bible and God…and Star Wars…and wrestling…and cats…and music, well these things just happen. Today’s talk is about trying to find the magic in the Bible. Especially after years of deconstructing, does that kill the magic of it all? The wonder of it all? Is there a difference between deconstruction and destruction? Today’s talk is also about choosing friends and loved ones even if you have different beliefs. To focus on the importance of each other, rather than then throwing it all away because you start to disagree with each other. The talk also dives into the question of if something can be true even if it’s not literal. Does truth equal literal? Can something be a metaphor but still be completely true? Can something have inconsistencies and contradictions and still be true? If we learn to loosen our grip and allow for humanity, are those contradictions as strong as they once were? What changes? If something happened that proved the Bible to just be a book, a run of the mill book, do the insides of it change? Does the wisdom, poetry, insight…does that just fade away into nothing like it never existed? Is the Bible bigger than just three stories from the first book? As you can see there is a lot to talk about and dive into and wrestle with, so why are you still reading this? Let’s fire this episode up and see what conclusions we can come up with and what magic we can find.This talk was given on February 19, 2023 from Long Island, New