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Topic: Anyone hear of Jay Bakker--a really different approach than his parents

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Subject: Anyone hear of Jay Bakker--a really different approach than his parents
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 10:09 PM ET
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I am not one for organized religion of any type, but I like to see how others are reaching out.  And, I applaud when someone tries a different way to spread tolerance and love in this world.

I was reading something on Mother Jones about Jay Bakker.  He's the son of the duo Jim & Tammy Faye.  I didn't even know they had a son!

He's got quite an interesting story.  He got pretty mixed up in drugs and alcohol.  Left religion bitterly behind.  Then he came back to it but in a completely different way than his parents.  He doesn't have a megachurch or preach intolerance.  He meets in a store front and has maybe 30 people at a time.  His parishioners are mostly people who mainstream church as left behind.  He preaches tolerance and acceptance.  No one is excluded.

It's really interesting what he's doing.  Here's his website: http://www.revolutionnyc.com/  Click on Jay.  You see a photo and hear about how he came to where he is today.  This quote comes from his bio:

"His goal is to return to the grassroots of Christianity founded on inclusion, love and grace; his heart is helping people realize that God loves them no matter what."

If you click on history you can read more about the Revolution Church, it's punk/skateboarder beginnings, and Jay's approach.

I thought this was so interesting.  It's fascinating to see people from the evangelical movement of the 80s and 90s who are reaching out in a more tolerant way.

Here's the Mother Jones article which I thought was interesting: http://www.motherjones.com/interview/2006/12/jaybakker.html


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Date Posted: 3/30/2008 10:27 PM ET
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Good for him.  :o)

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 1:13 AM ET
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I've seen him a number of times, throughout his life.  He had a rough time of it.  I had heard he was still facing some battles, but I have nothing to back that up, just remember "hearing" it.  Nice to see him doing something positive.

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Bravo did a miniseries on him last year, "One Punk Under God".  Worth watching in my opinion.