When the Red Letter Christian movement got underway, there was a sense that the Evangelical community, in general, had become overly focused on the theological issues raised in the Pauline Epistles. Without any desire to diminish the significance of theology, we recognized that the time had come to create some balance to this overemphasis on theology by taking more seriously the things that were written in the Gospels—especially in those red letters which emphasize the words of Jesus. There was a growing awareness that Evangelicals, with the exception of people like many in the Anabaptist tradition, had sought to escape those hard sayings of Christ in respect to lifestyles.
Examples of this are easy to find. There has been a minimizing of the Beatitudes which call upon us to be merciful. A survey of Evangelicals suggests that the majority of them believe in capital punishment, and if a capital crime is committed they advocate capital punishment. This, to many of us, seemed to be a violation of Jesus’ saying, “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” Continue reading “Tony Campolo – Is Evangelicalism Headed for a Split?”
This was, in my opinion, the most powerful prophetic message at Christ at the Checkpoint Conference. A must see.
Tony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops schools and social programs in various Third World countries and in cities across North America. He is the author of 35 books, his latest three being, “Letters to a Young Evangelical,” “The God of Intimacy and Action” and, most recently, “Red Letter Christians: A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics.”
Tony Campolo of Eastern University talks about his experience at the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in 2010 and why he thinks it such a gathering is important for the church today.
His message at the conference, that I hope will be uploaded soon, was one of the best, a real prophetic call for the Church to address in a Biblical Christlike way the Palestinian problem.
The ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ Conference organised by Bethlehem Bible College started today at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Beginning tomorrow, you may watch online HERE the the keynote addresses, Do not miss tomorrow at 9-10.15am (GMT+2) Stephen Sizer’s presentation titled ‘The Bible, Israel and the Church. Challenging Zionism, Anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology’. Continue reading “Christ at the Checkpoint”