There was a time when mainline denominations shied away from conducting what might be called those “old fashioned revival meetings.” In efforts to portray themselves as thoughtful Christians, not carried away by emotional manipulations from the pulpit, mainline church leaders reacted negatively to what they often saw in wild-eye preachers who often came across as demigods.
The good news is that most mainline church leaders have grown beyond those negative stereotypes of revivalist preachers and now make room for what is often referred to as “traditional evangelism.”
Such is the case for Jessica Winderweedle, the pastor of the Kingston United Methodist Church, (located just a few miles north of Princeton, NJ). Jessica is having me speak to her people at 7:00 PM on the evenings of Sunday, October 1st, Monday, October 2nd, and Tuesday, October 3rd. One of the members of her small Methodist congregation and a driving force behind this evangelistic effort is Professor Kenda Dean, a professor at the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary. These meetings are a daring effort for Jessica and Kenda to attempt at a time when such meetings are generally not the norm for mainline denominational churches, and usually not attempted by a small congregation. What they are doing deserves our support.
Needless to say, I am thrilled to be the preacher for these meetings, and I hope and pray that some really good things come out of this special evangelistic effort.
I know many people in the Princeton area and I hope that many of them will show up to support these meetings. I, personally, need your support. The Kingston United Methodist Church needs your support. If what happens there in early October proves effective, efforts like this one are likely to be replicated in other small but dedicated churches. Pray about this and attend the meetings if you can.
31 Jul 2013
A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD & GLOBAL CALL TO END CORRUPTION!
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16 Jun 2013
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30 May 2013
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29 Apr 2013
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Tony is featured on CNN in an article about 9/11 memorial services. He spoke at Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Click here to read “With 9/11 Anniversary on a Sunday, Pastors Prepare their Sermons” on CNN’s Religion Blog.
15 Oct 2006
(This article originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on October 10, 2006.)
His act? A zing and a prayer. But seriously, folks. A funny thing happened to evangelist Tony Campolo: He’s fired up about politics and materialism.
Mark I. Pinsky, Sentinel Staff Writer
October 15, 2006
LAKE WALES — -Tony Campolo works a room a lot like a veteran Borscht Belt comic, his timing perfect, his punch lines practiced zingers.
Still, the house he is playing this morning — the Lake Wales Church of God, on the campus of Warner Southern College — could be a tough crowd for the fast-talking, left-leaning evangelist.
The conservative Christian school is about as distant from the Catskills as one could imagine, politically, culturally and geographically. Undaunted, the old master has hundreds of students and faculty in the modern sanctuary eating out of his hand within seconds.
Campolo describes himself as a Baptist — “but not a Southern Baptist.” He is definitely not a Pentecostal, he says, although he admits he is sometimes mistaken for one. “I talk so fast they think I’m talking in tongues,” he says, to gales of laughter.
Campolo, the son of a union organizer, talks about how materialism has corrupted Christianity, asking the crowd what Jesus would think about BMWs in church parking lots, in a world of want. “Can you imagine God wanting a status symbol?” he says, his voice thick with sarcasm.