Jay Bakker is an author and speaker at Revolution Church. If his name looks familiar, it’s because he is the son of famed televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Today, Jay shares about growing up as his parents rose to fame and fell, how he ignored God for a season, and discovering the radical nature of grace. He describes getting sober and why he things of theology as art. Jay’s story reminds us that God accepts us as we are because he loves us.
Listen to Jay’s story now!
Stories Jay shared:
- Growing up as a televangelist kid
- How his parent’s scandal affected him
- Realizing that his parents really believed what they preached
- Going to the alter a thousand times as a child
- Ignoring God in order to live
- Beginning to understand grace through Bible study
- Joining a 12 step program to get sober
- Starting Revolution in Atlanta
- Getting dialectic behavior therapy
- Struggling through doubt
- Accepting others to accept himself
- Thinking of theology as art
- Where he thinks the church is headed
Great quotes from Jay:
So much of what I’d been taught, and the culture I grew up in was only part of the story.
Grace is anarchy. You don’t get an asterisk.
I’m not going to let someone’s political views make me hate them.
Resources we mentioned:
- The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning
- Peter Rollins