We need your help!

August 14, 2009

Hello all,

I am writing you this letter with a heavy heart. As you know, RevolutionNYC has been struggling financially for the last year. I know these are difficult times and we appreciate all those that have helped keep us afloat.

As of late, our situation has reached a critical level. I want to be honest with you about where we are.

1. We did not make payroll this pay period.

2. We are sending this email using our old server which runs out this month. We do not have the money to purchase a mailing list plan for the next newsletter.

3. At the rate we are going, we will not have enough fund to pay our internet server. If this happens we will not be able to continue the weekly podcasts that many of you enjoy.

These financial constraints have severely limited our ministry. It seems that our staff time is dedicated solely to keeping our basic operations going. We continue to minister to people both on line and here in Brooklyn, but we could do so much more if we didn’t have to worry about meeting our monthly bills. Most of our staff is volunteer, and Pastor Vince and I have salaries that are well below an average church salary. All of this, in one of the most expensive cities to live in. We run a bare bones operation. No health insurance. No office space. No expense accounts. Your donations go directly to the ministry of grace. Hanging out with people. Listening. Helping with their struggles. Communicating the message of God’s unconditional love.

I am convinced that in times like these, a ministry like ours is so sorely needed. Please help us continue to exist.

You can donate with a credit card or debit card by clicking here, and you can donate through PayPal by going to our homepage (http://revolutionnyc.com) and using the link on the left side of the page.

You can also mail in checks to 190 Bedford Ave. #211 Brooklyn NY 11211.

Humbly in Grace,

Jay Bakker

Pastor, Revolution NYC



Perfectly Unbalanced.

July 19, 2009

Message by Pastor Jay Bakker.  For Sunday, July 19th, 2009.  From Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York.

Right click here to download to desktop.

Study Resources:

Grace Amazing by Steve McVey

Ephesians 2:8,9

Galatians 2:19

James 2:10

And for you online folk who would like to see the tattoo Jay talks about in the sermon…

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And as a bonus, another comic in our little disGRACE’d series by Jamie Buckner.

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What Would Judas Do?

June 14, 2009

Sermon by Reverend Vince Anderson of Revolution Church New York City.  For Sunday, June 14th, 2009.

Study Resources:

The Fidelity of Betrayal by Peter Rollins

In His Steps by Charles Sheldon

Mark 14:10, 14:41

Acts 1:15

John 6:70

Matt. 26:38

Mark 14:3

Matt. 26:24


It’s 2009. Do You Know Where Your Soul Is?

April 18, 2009

The meaning of the Easter season as told by Bono in an Op-Ed for the New York Times.


A thought for the day.

April 6, 2009

Even the sin of unfaithfulness was covered by Christ on the cross.  So go forth, and struggle with your faith, and have your doubts.  And do it all without shame, and without guilt; because these things too were atoned for at Calvary.  That’s all.


Wrestling with Faith.

February 12, 2009

(DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS MY PERSONAL STRUGGLE.  I WANTED TO SHARE IT BECAUSE I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE HONEST ABOUT DOUBT, AND HAVE THE FREEDOM AND SECURITY TO QUESTION FAITH OPENLY.  IT SHOULD BE A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION.  WITHOUT QUESTIONING WHAT WE BELIEVE, HOW CAN WE TRULY BELIEVE IT? THESE VIEWS ARE MY OWN AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF OTHER REVOLUTION STAFFERS.  I HOPE TO EXPLORE MORE ON THIS IN THE FUTURE.  -BEN)

Wrestling with Faith

Losing it, or at least doubting and questioning it, is a hard thing to do.  I’m not sure how to deal with it.   I want to explore it, but the more I do, the more frustrated I get.  I want to try and write about it, but I think I am nervous about doing that too.  What if I have been wrong all this time and there’s nothing to believe in?

It is all in our own power as people to be strong.  I love the social responsibility of the liberal church, but I think to myself, why do I have to give credit to God or Jesus for this inspiration?  Why can’t it just be me seeing what needs to be done and doing my best to make sure it gets done?  Why do I have to say, “Oh I’m worthless without God,” rather than embracing that fact that I did something good?

I don’t think I buy into the concept of original sin either.  Come on, we are all shitty people and can’t do anything on our own worthwhile, because we are flawed?  We are being punished because a couple (whose origins are sketchy at best) desired to know more and made a mistake? Since when is curiosity a punishable offense?  So bad of an offense in fact, that all of mankind for eternity should pay the price for it?  Come on.  If this God is real and all that we say He is, why would He create a being that couldn’t be with Him with out a buffer to cover the door fee, if the entire purpose of creation was to relieve his loneliness?  It seems like an all powerful Omnipotent being could do a little better.

I know the argument: “God gives us free will so that we have the choice, and choosing is what makes it ultimately an act of love to follow God.”

Bullshit.

I think that maybe we use the excuse of freewill to explain why we have impulses that seem to go against our perception of “God’s will”. We use it as a scapegoat.  I do things that are good or not good because I have an idea of how my actions affect the world around me, not because God is “convicting my heart.”

The Bible is the cornerstone of the Christian faith.  Without it, there is no Christianity, like it or not.  You can argue that it is not important to you and that you (despite being a Christian) don’t worry too much about the Bible.  But the fact remains: no Bible, no Christian faith.  Without it there would be no record of the faith outside of stories passed orally down through time, which is what they were for a few hundred years until they were written down.  Christ’s life, death and resurrection were all accounted for in the bible.

But how can we trust the Bible?  As mentioned above, it is a written form of an oral tradition.  That’s real reliable, especially if you want to base a dogma of moral correctness on it.  Hell, less then 50 years after the death of the King of Rock and Roll (Elvis), first person accounts (the cooks) can’t agree on the recipe for the royal fried chicken.  How can we trust stories passed down over hundreds of years to be fact, without any hyperbole?  It just doesn’t jive.

Have you ever doubted your faith? do you have no faith in religion? why not? why do you?  i’m intrested to hear what other people think about this.  please comment and lets have us a discussion.