Revolution Church


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.




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“I guess today what I wanted to do is come to you and say: ‘These are the things I’m thinking about.’” – Today’s talk is a bit different from Jay’s other talks in many ways, more abstract, but as always it is filled with grace and love and honesty. Jay approaches this talk acknowledging that we are all working with different traumas in our lives that lead us each to learning different lessons, so there is an amount of absurdity in the thought that we should all be on the same page. We don’t have to agree with the other perspective, but the idea is that we get a fuller picture of reality when we come together and learn, even in our disagreements. Jay shares some raw and heartfelt thoughts with us, and lays his own sufferings on the table because there is no hierarchy of pain and suffering – we’re all in this together. And being honest and finding ways to help ourselves also helps others. Helping others is what makes us a church/gathering. Jay reminds us that Revolution Gathering does not take place in the hour that he is giving his talk, but in the 6 days and 23 hours in-between talks. Suffering and hardships make us into people we never thought we could be – but if you’re listening to this talk and reading this description then you’ve already survived everything so far! Keep going. There isn’t always a magical Bible verse to help get us through – but that is why we have each other.This talk was given on December 12, 2021 in Seattle,