Archives for January 2011

A Lesson in Receiving Grace

Quite frankly I was very skeptical reading this book at first. I mean, really, what can Jay Bakker, a onetime drunk and drug user, who also happens to be the son of Jimmy and Tammy Faye Bakker tell me about grace, let alone the Bible, theology, and contemporary Church culture? I was surprised. [Read more…]

Jay Bakker, The Grace Junkie

You would think someone who has experienced so much would walk away from anything that looks remotely like the very place he came from. But there is hope. Jay is an ardent grace-junkie. He drinks it. Shoots it up. Sniffs it. Loves it. And he encourages everyone to do the same. [Read more…]

Jay Bakker’s Hidden Victory

There is a lot of talk about Jay’s book. On a personal note there is something that many will pass over that I want to thank my brother Jay for. This book is a hidden victory. Jay goes public on what many of us work our whole lives to hide in the shadow of the shame that we were schooled in daily from the time the bell went for our first class. [Read more…]

The Important Thing to Know About Jay Bakker is that He Has a Tattoo of Luther’s Seal

I’m tempted to give people Jay’s book when they want to know what distinguishes a Lutheran theological position from that of other forms of Christianity. The difference of course is that we are all about grace. And not a dry dusty doctrine of grace. Big wet juicy grace. The kind that runs down your chin like a peach you have to eat over the kitchen sink. [Read more…]

Recovering “Grace”

What I love most about Jay and his new book is that he recovers the word “grace” for those of us who heartily believe that the church is and should be open to all. He doesn’t do this by tap dancing around the Bible, nor does he do theological gymnastics to avoid the ugliness in our sacred text. Jay goes head first into the Bible, wrestles it with Jacobian tenacity, and comes out with a message about grace that stands as a challenge to both liberal and conservative Christians. [Read more…]

Thoughts on Grace

What is your experience of grace? That’s the question we’ll be considering over the next two weeks here at the Patheos Book Club blog. In his new book, Fall To Grace, author Jay Bakker, son of once popular televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, explores the true nature of grace and what it means in everyday life (and how it changed his spiritual life). For the next couple of weeks here at the Book Club blog, we’ll host a conversation on grace with some of Jay’s friends and followers. Stay tuned for posts by Tony Jones, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tripp Fuller, George Elerick and Jarrod McKenna. We’ll also be posting an interview with Bakker by Managing Editor Tim Dalrymple early next week. You’re invited to share your own stories of grace after each post; we hope you’ll join our discussion on “revolutionizing grace!” [Read more…]

So Many Questions in the After Shocks

When our faith is rocked, we don’t need answers. We need friends. In Kent Annan I have found a kindred spirit. After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken describes in poignant detail Annan’s struggle to make sense of his faith in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake of 2010. [Read more…]