Jay Bakker Counterculture Evangelicalism ~ Praxis Habitus - On Race Religion & Culture

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jay Bakker Counterculture Evangelicalism

Yesterday, I wrote about pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Seattle as an example of contemporary evangelicalism.

Today, I'm drawing attention to a brief post describing another aspect of contemporary evangelicalism, the ministry of Jay Bakker of Revolution Church in New York. Jay and I will both be speaking at the Earl Lecture's conference at the Pacific School of Religion.

The Tattooed Generation

Evangelicalism comes in many flavors, and today I offer you a glimpse at pastor Jay Bakker's church Revolution Ministries.

Jay Bakker is the son of the fallen late-80s televangelists Tammy-Faye and Jim Bakker of The PTL Club. Like Mark Driscoll, Bakker was also profiled by the New York Times -- back in January 2005.

One post at GetReligion.org called him the preacher for "the Tattooed Generation."

Describing Revolution, New York

A more recent post from Courtney Crowder provides a description of the church,
Revolution Ministries' indie-rock flavored service started in 1998 in Atlanta and has since spread to Charlotte, N.C., and New York City. (Today we're in Pete's Candy Store, in the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg.)

The service's popularity is an indicator of a growing trend in evangelical Christian worship: hipsters in bohemian fashions worshiping at clubs or bars, proudly breaking with their parents' traditional practices.

Revolution's website gives a flavor of the church. For example, a note on the church's website reads:

As Christians
For being self-righteous
judgmental bastards


A church for people
who have given up on church

Another simply reads:


Church services are available for free download.

The Backstory Available

Jay wrote the bestselling book published in 2001:

Son of a Preacher Man:
My Search for Grace in the Shadows

If you will be around Berkeley, California, January 27-29, you can catch Jay at the Pacific School of Religion.

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