I cannot remember meeting anyone Jewish or Muslim growing up, and distinctly remember (much to my chagrin) being swayed from dating a lovely Catholic girl because she prayed to Mary. I was surrounded by people who stretched my vision of what it means to be Christian.In one of the evening sociology classes (which, as usual, flowed over until nearly midnight), I can remember hearing Tony say, "Being a Christian is about choosing Jesus and doing something incredibly daring with your life." Since then the Christian adventure has taken me to the extremes of wealth and poverty, from a ten-week stint in Calcutta working alongside Mother Teresa to a year spent in the verdant Chicago suburbs at the evangelical mega-church, Willow Creek.Tony Campolo is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Shane Claiborne is a founder of the Simple Way Community in Philadelphia and a prominent Christian activist.
And it's being broadcast that way by Al Jazeera and media networks in other parts of the world. TC: We don't have to give up trying to convert each other. And to speak to each other with a sense that even if people don't convert, they are God's people, God loves them, and we do not make the judgment of who is going to heaven and who is going to hell.
That's why I am saying that evangelicalism has to be challenged. I think that what we all have to do is leave judgment up to God.
Many of us are refusing to allow the media and twisted images of our faith to define us.
And though words like "evangelical" are up for grabs, we still consider it an important adjective to reclaim and an important community to restructure.
Tony tackles many of these issues in more detail in his newest book Before we get started it seems critical to note that the word "evangelion" from which we derive our words "evangelical" and "evangelism" are ancient words that predated Jesus.
They were words Jesus takes from the imperial lexicon and spins on their head. the birthday of the god Augustus has been for the whole world the beginning of the gospel" ("evangelion").
And the third thingwe believe that salvation comes by being personally involved with a living resurrected Jesus. There is a doctrinal statement, so that there is some content to what we believe. They find themselves outside the narrow issues that define conservatives and estranged from the shallow spirituality that marks liberals.
Many seem to be thirsty for TC: As we think about all of this we have to be aware of what has happened in this last election.
Evangelicalism getting wedded to the any political party is like ice cream mixing with horse manure. the republican party, and I would say the Democrat Party is also horse manure so don't get the wrong idea), but it sure will mess up the ice cream.