You should be the change you wish to see in the world. — Mohandas Gandhi

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution — attributed to Emma Goldman

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Jason Barr is an independent recording artist, freelance writer, and perpetual student from Evansville, Indiana. He has a BA from the University of Evansville in the areas of music and Biblical studies, and will enter his first year of studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana this fall. Jason is a recovering right-wing fundamentalist-cum-Christ-archist, and describes himself as a “liturgical Anabaptist”, a “practicing deconstructionist”, and a “free church catholic”. He is especially interested in exploring the pacifist and proto-anarchist roots of the Stone/Campbell Restoration Movement, the tradition in which he was raised. Jason Barr is – but is he outside the text?


13 Responses

  1. Hey Bro;

    We’re busy putting into practice in as many ways as we can figure out a lively Christian practice as we have acertained from God’s Word in a community setting in the far reaches of the universe known as Montana. Check out our place on the web. Thank you for your site…good stuff. Life is for the Living. Let the dead bury their dead.


  2. Hey Jason,

    Are you making plans to visit Montana this summer. Just a note to say hi and if you haven’t listened to any of our sermons on-line I would recommend the new series on God’s Garden. ( http://www.truthinliving.org/index.php?pr=SerGRD ) I think you will be blessed. Let us hear any comments you might have…we desire to see the Word lived out in the real world.


  3. Hi,
    I found you through Jesus Radicals. I have just published a book tracing the roots of pacifism in the Old Testament.

    It’s at http://www.lulu.com/roberg

    It’s called Jihad, According to Abraham and the Prophets


    Robert Roberg
    Gainesville , FL

  4. Jason,

    My name is Jarrod Cochran. I am a minister, speaker, writer, and activist within the Progressive Christian Movement. I read that you are searching for a 24-7 Community of Jesus Followers. I would like to invite you to join in the Progressive Christian Movement of America (PCMA). We’re not a denomination; we seek to build bridges rather than create divisions. We will start ordaining clergy to speak and share the Gospel wherever they are to whomever they come into contact with. Sharing the radical, controversial, status-quo-shattering life and example of Jesus is the way of life for this movement.

    If this is something you would like to be a part of, please shoot me an e-mail.

    Peace and blessings, my friend.

  5. how do you reconcile your anti-consumerism while working at starbucks? it seems a bit difficult. i do understand that money has to come from somewhere but starbucks seems like a difficult place for an anarchist to work.
    i know i am posting this about a year after you wrote this post so maybe you can update me on what you are doing now if it has changed.

  6. Anthony,

    Hey, I’m glad you caught that – in December it will be a year since I’ve actually worked there. I hated it for probably the same reasons you could guess – I hated being a contributor, an enabler to the consumerist impulses of our culture. Of course, it’s a trade-off as some of the money I have acquired that helped me to leave Starbucks is through the financial aid at my university, but I had a better conscience about taking that than about working at Starbucks.

    Thanks for the comment, I hope you enjoy the blog. 🙂


  7. Thanks for comment on “Church Involvement in Homicide” post on JesusRadicals.com. I emailed you the handout “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”.

    Elbon Kilpatrick
    Jackson, Tennessee

  8. I’ve been struggling with my faith lately. Ive been thinking endlessy about Christianity and anarchy and if it was possible for me to be a “christian anarchist.” So, I googled it and found your wordpress. I looked around a bit and ended up in this section. I then saw that you enjoy Middleton. J. Richard Middleton is the reason I’m in this situation! He was my Christian Worldview professor at Roberts Wesleyan College last spring. I was already playing around with anarchy and post-modernism but it was his class that lead me down the rabbit hole…literally. Curiosity and the rabbit hole was one of his first lectures.

    So yes, I geuss I just wanted to say thanks for your posts. I like knowing that there are other people out there who believe in the same things that I do. It’s been confusing!

  9. Jason, I’m a new co-member of the Jesus Manifesto collaborative blog. I found your blog through a trackback listed on the JM dashboard. I live in Ames, Iowa now but I went to U of E to get my nursing degree 30 years ago. My oldest son was born in Evansville and my mom still lives across the Wabash in Illinois. I’ve been to the Starbucks where you used to work.

    I’m a Christian recovering from Modernism and evangelical gnosticism, so despite the age difference, we have a lot in common.

    I have a daughter your age, by the way.

    I look forward to getting to know you through the Jesus Manifesto group. Maybe we can get together the next time I’m in Evansville.

  10. wow, Ive fell in love!!!. hahahahaha, just joking man, but you have a nice profile.


  11. Hey Jase

    Been loving your comments and articles, both here and on Jesus Manifesto.

    Being recently separated from the body of God, I’m strongly exploring why I felt the need to separate and if there is any reason to go back. Your writings and comments, although expressing a strongly minority viewpoint, lend me encouragement on this journey of vindication or recovery.


    Jordan Peacock

  12. Jason,
    I just stumbled on your site in the early morning. I am very interested in the Grand Old Co-Opry. My wife and I have been part of intentional(unintentional, more out of convenience) community before being christaian, but have yet to find anyone in this area with the same thoughts.

    You can email me at chuckscot@gmail.com

    Chuck Scott

  13. I love your links and perspectives Jason.
    Warm wishes from an Emma Goldman-loving unschooling mom who lives in Alabama and teaches her kids the Bible according to Jacques Ellul

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