9: Coffee with Tony Campolo Part 1

Tony, as he will quickly request you call him, is a founder of the Red Letter Christian movement (RedLetterChristians.org), author of more than 35 books and professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University. I was honored to recently sit with Dr. Campolo and his wife Peggy during the closing worship at the Wild Goose Festival in July 2015. I was also honored to sit with everyone who attended the festival, yet it was the first time I was able to spend a little time with a man known to be iconic to evangelical Christians, often invoked with his similarly well known preacher Billy Graham.

Dr. Campolo capitalizes on the interview opportunity to let us know thoroughly what he thinks and what he sees going on within Christianity and in the broader landscape.

What does Tony Campolo think about “Christian radio” and Obamacare?  What three things would drive Bart, his adult son, away from Christianity? Can Christ operate outside the church? Can you demonstrate both Power and Love at the same time? Can God? What is the Red Letter Christian movement? When will Tony’s book, coauthored with Bart Campolo, A Difficult Dialogue: A Discussion Between an Evangelical Father and His Agnostic Son be published? It’s all in this podcast!

At the Wild Goose Festival Tony shared the main stage with Brian McLaren for a short discussion about Tony’s recent public letter changing Tony’s position to one that advocates for the full inclusion of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities into the full life of the Church (see corrective note below). Tony spoke very openly and honestly about the friends and organizations that have disassociated with him and canceled him from leading at their events.

God created us in His image and we decided to return the favor.(George Bernard Shaw)


Wild Goose Festival

Why I Left Why I Stayed by Bart & Tony Campolo (2017)

Documentary about Tony and Bart: In Whom I Am Well Pleased (2017)

Download Tony’s July 8, 2015 Statement about Homosexuality

Red Letter Christian Movement

Red Letter Christian book by Tony Campolo

Jay Interview with Tony’s son Bart Campolo

Jay’s Interview with Tony’s colleague Shane Claiborne

Eastern University’s Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Evangelical National University in the Dominican Republic

Haiti Partners

Urban Promise

Mission Year

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald J. Sider

Jim Wallis at Sojourners

God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It by Jim Wallis

Frank Schaeffer’s website

Adventures in Missing the Point by Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo

Note: The following was asked to be included as a correction to the above synopsis of Tony’s position:

“I did not include bi sexual and transgender brothers and sisters in my statement, simply because I don’t know enough about them, and if I get asked questions about them, I am not competent to answer. I want all persons who want Christ to hear the Gospel in the church, but please note that there are limitations to what I know – hence I did not reference transgender and bi sexual Christians in my statement. This by no means is to suggest that I want them excluded.”

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