08 Aug 2013
August 8, 2013; Creation Festivals, Enumclaw, WA
1. Begins by asking his listeners if anyone has any questions. A woman asked what he would recommend to the kids there that really want to know Jesus deeply.
2. He answered that they should prayerfully read a small portion of the Bible (especially the words of Jesus himself) and let the Holy Spirit teach them.
3. Should also choose two or three other people to be their friends and encourage one another; have a support group like Jesus did.
4. Pray not only talking to God, but also allowing God to speak to you. Quotes Mother Theresa.
5. There is something about the name of Jesus. Says it over and over again in the morning and feels the presence of Christ.
6. The prayer of examine: Go through the day and name all of the good things that you have done. Then you go through the day and name all of the things that you did wrong. But don’t go over every failure of your life. Affirm yourself first and then ask for forgiveness.
7. Einstein says that time is relative to motion. If you could travel at the speed of light, all of time would be compressed into one eternal now – that’s God time.
8. “Jesus on the cross, because he is God, is able to connect with you right here and now in this place.”
9. You need more than forgiveness, you need to be cleansed.
10. Jesus will reach across time and space and like a sponge he will absorb into this body all of the things that are in your life. Quotes the Orthodox literacy: “On the cross he becomes everything that we are, so that we might become everything that he is.”
11. “Your body is the temple of the Lord and the Lord does not dwell in dirty temples.”
12. Story about when he was traveling and stuck in a middle seat between two fat guys. Could tell that the one guy was tense, he just leaned on him and “bombarded” him with the Holy Spirit. When the plane landed, the guy turned to him and said that he was in trouble and needed God.
13. Why did Jesus come into the world? In the gospels it says “I have come to declare that the kingdom of God is at hand.” He came to change the world from what it is into the kind of world he wants it to be.
14. “The kingdom of God can easily be defined: its transformed people living in a transformed world. That’s why we’re here.”
15. Story about a school teacher who didn’t like one of her students and the transformation that took place in her and her classroom. She was a “kingdom builder” and that’s what we should be.
16. “The church has done a lousy job of bragging about itself.” Mentions examples of the work many missionaries have done in the world.
17. “Why won’t you join the movement? Why won’t you become an instrument of God that is eliminating poverty among the children of the earth?”
18. Story about how 30 years ago a man who planned to build houses for those in poverty. Now Habitat for Humanity has built 350,000 houses.
19. The difference between us and the rest of the world is that we know that we’re hypocrites and we constantly strive for change.
20. Talks about a graduate program at Eastern University that started cottage industries in impoverished nations.
21. “There is no greater success story than what the church of Jesus Christ is doing in the world today.”
22. “The church is a whore, but she is my mother.” It has been an unfaithful bride, but we wouldn’t have the Bible or know about Jesus without the church – it’s our mother.
23. Story about boy in Honolulu who was in a bad car accident and lost an arm and went on to win the state championship. “What he thought was a weakness ended up being a strength.”
24. Talks about working as a counselor at a junior high camp. They were all mean to one kid. He said “Jesus loves me and I love Jesus” and it sparked a revival.
25. Red Letter Christians: Students who have decided to take Jesus’ words seriously. God calls you to say here I am, Lord, take me and use me for your kingdom.
26. Story about when all of the homeless in Philadelphia were going to be arrested and a group of students gave them all shirts that said “Jesus was homeless”. They stayed with them and were arrested with them. The case was dismissed.
27. Story about a group that went to Baghdad and worked in the hospitals during the American bombings.
28. Or do you just want to be church people?
29. Story about a movie back in the 1950s that centers around a chess game being played by a medieval knight and the prince of darkness. At the end the prince of darkness says “checkmate” and the curtain comes down. “But the knight can still win; the king has one more move – that’s the message of the Gospel.”
30. “I’m not asking you if you believe in Jesus. I’m asking you if you’re willing to become a sold-out disciple of Jesus.”
23 May 2012
May 23, 2012; The Richard Mauthe Center for Faith, Spirituality, and Social Justice in Green Bay, WI
1. Joke: Do you remember me?
2. Is the ecumenical conversation still relevant? The answer is Yes, more than ever
3. Story about the last time Tony went to jail and the original welfare bill.
4. The Mauthe Center is about the relationship between spirituality and social justice
5. Story about how Tony got into St. Ignatius and the emphasis on spirituality
6. How do Baptists pray? We read off a list of non-negotiable demands
7. For Tony, prayer used to be about petitioning
8. Story about the interviewer that asked Mother Teresa what she says to God when she prays, and what God says to her.
9. Prayer is a time for stillness and quietude, and infilling time when the Holy Spirit saturates one’s being
10. “You have to drive back the animals” C.S. Lewis
11. The animals are all of the things that try to grab at your attention
12. Isaiah 40
13. You have to wait on the Lord
14. Story about the time when Tony flew to Chicago and the fat guys that sat on both side of him and the guy Tony just leaned on
15. Romans 8
16. First mark of spirituality: Your heart is broken by the things that break the heart of Jesus
17. You begin to relate to people that hurt and you sense something
18. Story about the schizophrenic guy in Philadelphia and the cup of coffee that he shared with Tony
19. Matthew 25 – In as much as you do to the least of these you do unto Jesus
20. What Baptists believe in terms of communion
21. Those who are poor and oppressed are those that are sacramental in the Catholic and in as far as we relate to them, we relate to Jesus
22. If we are going to be “pro-life” we have to go all the way
23. The word “evangelical” is now too politically loaded
24. The churches are drinking a type of decaffeinated Christianity. It tastes alright, but it won’t keep you awake at night
25. We don’t take Jesus seriously
26. Mark 10
27. Psalm 148
28. Nature was created to declare the glory of God
29. St. Francis of Assisi was into the environmental movement
30. Commitment to the poor
31. There are 2000 verses that call us to respond to the needs of the poor
32. We don’t need so type of organizational unity to have an ecumenical movement. When we start talking about Jesus, we come together
33. Richard Rohr’s theory on Protestants and Catholics. Protestants see Jesus through the eyes of Pauline theology, Catholics see Paul through the eyes of Jesus
34. We are to be agents of change, to change the world from what it is to what it ought to be
35. Jesus came to declare that the Kingdom of God is at hand
36. Jesus never said “love the sinner and hate the sin” He said love the sinner and hate your own sin, and after you deal with your own sin, then you can deal with you neighbor’s.
37. The Bible says very specific things about welcoming in a stranger.
38. You were once an immigrant
39. Oh how we forget justice and love
40. Story about the Red Letter Christians that went over to Afghanistan when the war first started and took care of the wounded citizens and soldiers
41. Young people all over are saying “We are tired of the teachings of Jesus being watered down to American Middle Class morality”
11 Dec 2011
December 1, 2011; Garden Grove, CA
Two thousand years ago, Jesus was born. You know that. Two thousand years ago, God broke into history and He lived among us. And we beheld His glory.
At Eastern University, where I teach, I often ask my students, “Can you explain why Jesus came?” I get a multiplicity of good answers. One that comes up first and foremost is that He came to reconcile us to God, to go to Calvary’s cross and take upon Himself the punishment for all the sins that we committed. He came to give us salvation, even though we don’t deserve it.
09 Oct 2011
October 9, 2011; PM Service at Southport Church of Christ – Queensland, Australia
- Matthew 22:35
- What is the greatest commandment?
- “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
- Story about Fred Craddock and Ben Hooper, the governor of Tennessee, also known as “Ben the Bastard Boy”
- Story- “You were once a sperm…” You are a winner, don’t ever say you are a loser!
- When you begin to see your specialness through the eyes of Jesus, things begin to change
- “If you were the only person to ever live, God would have sent His only Son into the world just for you.” –St. Augustine
- Jesus can forgive you and cleanse you and make you into a new creation
- There is a difference between love and romance. Romance is an emotional turn-on.
- Tony sings “Be careful little hands what you do…”
- All that a wedding really does is create the possibility for a marriage. Marriage is what you create after the wedding is over.
- The greatest lovers in History weren’t married; St. Francis, Mother Teresa, Jesus, were never married
- If you are going to love, you need Christ. God is love and if He is in you, he will transform you into someone who knows how to love
- Story about the “Duck Lady” at the University of Pennsylvania in University City, Philadelphia.
- Martin Buber and the “I, thou” encounter
- ‘The God you meet in secret will reward you openly”
- Go pray in a place where there are no distractions
- When Christ is in you, your capacity to love is explosive
- Story about the crazy, Schizophrenic, homeless man on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who offered Tony some of his coffee
- Story about the deacon that didn’t “deac”
- 2000 years ago, Christ took on a human body and we call His name Jesus. Utilizing that body, He was able to love people.
- John 14:12
- The works Jesus talks about aren’t miracles.
- Jesus says “by your FRUITS you shall be known” , not your gifts
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-13:2
- You are called to be Christ for people
- Romans 8
- Tony talks about Compassion International Australia
- The same Christ that lived out love in the body of Jesus wants to live out love in you
- 1 John 3:17-18
- Jesus never said go into all the world and make believers, He said “go into the world and make disciples”
- The Kingdom of God will change the world, but it is going to do it from the bottom-up, not the top-down
- Story about Tony’s black church in West Philadelphia and the preach-off
- “It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin’!”
14 Sep 2011
September 14, 2011; Mary Hardin-Baylor University, Belton, TX
- Richard Rohr said that Protestants get steeped in the epistles then get around to the gospels. It’s a different emphasis when you read Jesus in the eyes of Paul and Paul through the eyes of Jesus and seeing
- Story about when Tony’s son took a group of inner-city youth on a retreat and the religious statement with no theological content
- When you come to Jesus you get a lifestyle
- The Sermon on the Mount- “The greatest sermon ever preached”
- We don’t take the Sermon on the Mount seriously
- Joke- You know your old when your wife says “lets go upstairs and have sex” and you say “I can’t do both”
- When Jesus says love your neighbor, he probably meant don’t kill them
- Mark 10- Sell what you have, give to the poor, take up your cross and follow Jesus
- If Jesus lived in our society, would he buy a BMW?
- When Jesus calls you to be a disciple, what does he expect from you?
- What does it mean to follow Jesus if we took Jesus seriously?
- Story about the gay kid Roger that Tony went to high school with.
- What does it mean to be an imitator of Jesus?
- We have constructed Jesus in our own image
- George Bernard Shaw said that “God made us in His image and we decided to repay the favor”
- Story about the three Haitians prostitutes and the Disney party
- Tony talks about Compassion International
- Tony talks about Bryan Stevenson a graduate from Eastern University and Harvard Law School who defends criminals on death row in Montgomery, AL.
- If you really want to love Jesus, you have to encounter Him in the poor and oppressed
- Story about the bum on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who offer Tony some of his coffee and wanted a hug in return
- Story about teacher, Jean Thompson, and her student Teddy Stallard
- Story about Tony’s student that he one took with him to Haiti. The student pledged then to become a doctor to help the Haitians, but instead became a cosmetic surgeon
- Story about the father of one of Tony’s students that said “I don’t mind being Christian up to a point.”
- Story about Tony’s black church and the “preach-off”
- It’s Friday, Sunday’s Comin’
07 Sep 2011
September 7, 2011; Hawkins Centennial Chapel, Bourbonnais, IL
- You were born for such a time as this
- You have been called as agents in this world to transform this world into what it ought to be
- Joke: You don’t have to be Baptist to go to Heaven… But why take a chance
- Joke: You know your old when your wife says lets go upstairs and have sex and you say, “I can’t do both.”
- The purpose of Jesus coming into the world was not to get us ready for the next world, but to equip us to do His work and His will in this world
- Isaiah 65:17
- You can be theologically orthodox and not be a disciple. Jesus never said go into all the world and make believers out of people, he said go into all the world and make disciples.
- A disciple committed themselves to living out the ways the master prescribed
- You are not to settle for what the system has told you and even for what your parents have told you
- The real purpose of an education is to equip you to serve other people in the name of Jesus Christ
- Story about Brian Stevenson, an Eastern University graduate and student of Tony’s who later graduated from Harvard Law School and moved to Montgomery Alabama to defend convicts on death row
- Story about Jean Thompson and her student Teddy Stallard
- Story about Tony’s student who was excited that she got a prestigious job as a teacher in the Abington School District in Pennsylvania
- Story about when Tony took some of his students to Haiti and Charlie who became a plastic surgeon rather than the doctor he said he would become to serve the poor kids in Haiti
- There is only one way to end poverty and that is to create jobs
- Tony talks about the creation of World Vision and Opportunity International
- Story about an Eastern student who started a business in Santo Domingo that made shoes out of old worn out automobile tires
- Story about the creation of “The Simple Way” organization
- Story about the father of one of Tony’s students who said “I don’t mind being Christian up to a point”
- When are we going to face up to the fact that we know what Jesus taught
- Gandhi said, “Everybody knows what Jesus expects of people except for Christians.”
- If you read the Bible you are confident that the world can be changed
- The world will end by the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our God, and He shall reign forever and ever
- Story about Tony’s black church and the preach-off
May 18, 2011; Asheboro, NC
- Story about Tony’s mother and Tony’s “call” to the ministry
- “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”
- Story about Tony’s experience in a Pentecostal church and the desire for being filled with the Holy Spirit
- St. Ignatius and his book “The Spiritual Exercises”
- Joke: You don’t have to be Baptist to go to heaven, but why take a chance
- God knows what you need before you even ask
- God knows what you need even better than you know what you need
- Romans 8- The Holy Spirit makes intercession for the Saints
- Centering Prayer- Driving everything out of the mind and centering on Christ
- Isaiah 40- That that wait on the Lord will renew their strength
- Is Christ in you? Do you sense Him in you? Do you feel Him in you?
- Story about Tony leaning on the fat guy on the plane to Chicago
- The gospel of Christ is more than a theology, it’s the power of God
- Romans 8- The same power that was in Christ Jesus will be in your mortal bodies
- Story about the two students Tony taught at University of Pennsylvania one Christian and one agnostic who went to Cornell University
- Story about Pascal- “Fire, fire, fire! Joy, joy, joy!”
- Do you radiate the joy of God?
- Story about the boy on the elevator that had no joy
- Book-“A Haven in a Heartless World”
- Galatians 5- Love is at the top of the Fruit of the Spirit
- Romance doesn’t last
- Love is far deeper than romance
- There is a difference between looking at a person and looking onto a person
- Looking into a person is looking beyond the person’s eyes and down into the depths of their being
- When Jesus looked into people, they were touched
- You don’t have to be married to love in depth
- Story about the “duck lady” at the University of Pennsylvania
- Story about the homeless man on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia and the cup of coffee
- Story about Gordon the pastor and Hassim the owner of a diner in Manhattan, NY
- You can’t carry out the Great Commission until you first carry out the great commandment
- Story about Brian Stevenson the Eastern graduate who went to Harvard Law School and went to Montgomery, AL to defend people on Death Row
- It’s time to take Jesus seriously and start praying for your enemies
- Story about Claire the Presbyterian minister in California and the bag lady in Nordstrom’s
- You are called to change the world in the name of Jesus
- There is a difference between a disciple and a believer
- A believe allows the Spirit to saturate and invade you
- Don’t just be a believe in Jesus, but surrender to Him
May 16, 2011; Independent Presbyterian Church – Birmingham, AL
- Historical background on biblical criticism, Fundamentalism, Evangelicalism, and Red Letter Christianity
- Story about the lady who asked Tony “do you remember me?”
- Joke: You know your old when your wife says “lets go upstairs and have sex” and you say “I can’t do both”
- Tony explains Einstein’s theories and the string theory
- We are moving into a post modern world
- Mention of Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne
- Plug for redletterchristian.org
- Red Letter Christianity takes the words of Jesus seriously
- There is a difference between seeing Paul through the eyes of Jesus and seeing Jesus through the eyes of Paul
- Story about when Shane Claiborne spoke at the National Youth Workers Convention and the Sermon on the Mount
- Story about Brian Stevenson the graduate of Eastern University and Harvard Law School who defends the poor on death row in Montgomery, AL
- Story from Fred Craddock and the greyhound dog that stopped chasing the rabbit that wasn’t real
- How seriously are you going to take the words of Jesus
- Story about the Eastern Students that went into Philadelphia to sleep on the streets with the homeless and get arrested with them
- Story about the man that said “I don’t mind being Christian up to a point”
- George Bernard Shaw said “God created you in His image and you decided to return the favor”
- Romans 1:23-25- “and they end up worshiping the creature rather than the creator”
- Story about Tony’s experience with Coagua
- What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus
- Story about the homeless man Tony met on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia and the coffee he shared
- Jesus calls us to surrender all that we have and all that we are
- “While you were sleeping last night 45,000 kids died of starvation and malnutrition, and what’s worse is that you don’t give a shit! And what worse is that you are more concerned that I said shit than the 45,000 kids that died last night!”
- Story about Tony’s black church and Student Recognition Day
- Titles vs. Testimonies
- Q: Do you really think that we are in for a better time nationally?
- A: I don’t know. I know that there is a large group of kids who have Franciscan ideology. We have to raise our sights beyond national interests. Young people are very interested in politics and social justice.
May 15, 2011; Independent Presbyterian Church – Birmingham, AL
- Joke: You don’t have to be Baptist to go to Heaven… But why take a chance
- There is a Heaven and eternal life to those in Christ Jesus
- Joke: I’ve reached the age where when I go to a wedding, the bride’s grandmother looks better to me than the bride
- Without Jesus you can do nothing
- God wants to create a people with through whom he can change the world that is into the world that ought to be
- In prayer, the Spirit makes intercession for the saints
- Story about when Tony’s son was 7 and praying
- If you really want to pray, go into a closet and shut the door and the God that you seek privately will reward you openly
- Story about Blaise Pascal and his search for an experience with God
- Story about the boy on the elevator who had no joy
- The Spirit of God is not just a theological concept
- Centering Prayer- Surrendering and yielding to God to take possession of you
- Galatians 5- The fruit of the Spirit
- Love is the first of the fruit of the Spirit
- The difference between love and romance
- Love is something that comes of God
- Story about a teacher Jean Thompson and her student Teddy Stallard
- Love when translated into social policies is justice
- Story about the chaplain at Eastern University, the young woman who had been outted at school and had to tell her father that she was gay
- Christ loved the marginal people
- If you do not love the marginal you can’t call yourself Christian
- The world will not be impressed by miracles they will be impressed by our love
- Story about Metropolitan Curel and the Nazi movement in Bulgaria
- Live out the red letters of the Bible, live out the words of Christ
- What you do with you money as a Christian has to be taken into consideration, what do you do with the other nine-tenths?
- Illustration of the Prodigal Son
- The Kingdom of God is the old and the new together
- We need to take seriously what Jesus says about living out love
- Story about Tony’s black church in Philadelphia and the “preach off”
- It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
25 Feb 2011
February 25, 2011; Maitland, FL
- Tony tells story about a woman’s scarf getting caught in his fly zipper
- Story about the man and the ants
- Story about Blodin a tightrope walker who crossed the Niagara Falls on a tightrope with Harry Caldwell on his shoulders
- When Jesus preached, he called people to be his disciples
- There is a big difference between being a believer and a disciple
- Believers have it in their head, disciples say “I’m going to live out this life”; calling people to really come to know Jesus
- This is the generation that has to do it
- The Bible says that you are supposed to become disciples of Christ. This means that through you, He is not only supposed to change America but the world into the kind of world that it is supposed to be
- Story about Bryan Stevenson who defends people on death row
- Story about the homeless man on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who gave Tony some of his coffee
- Matthew 25- I was hungry, did you feed me? I was naked, did you clothe me? I was sick, did you care for me? [I was that bum on Chestnut Street, did you hug me?]
- If Christ is really in you, you become sensitive that every hurting person is somehow an incarnation of Jesus
- Story about Roger, a kid who was bullied at Tony’s high school
- Story about the 17 Haitian kids that died over night from the flu and malnutrition
- There is only one way to end poverty and that is to create jobs
- Isaiah 65- The Kingdom of God
- Story about the start of Habitat for Humanity
- Story about a teacher, Jean Thompson and her student Teddy Stoddard
- The Kingdom of God is wherever God’s will is done on Earth as it is in Heaven
- Story about Charlie the plastic surgeon and sellout
- If you are a Christian you get a good education to equip yourself to make your life count even more for Christ and the kingdom
- Story about Tony’s church in West Philadelphia and the “preach off”
- “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming”
22 Feb 2011
February 22, 2011; Jefferson City, TN
- Joke about the woman who asked Tony “do you remember me?”
- Jesus came to declare that the Kingdom of God is at hand
- Isaiah 65:17- The Kingdom is described- children will not die in infancy
- Story about when Tony visited a Zimbabwe where kids died overnight on the street
- Joke: You know you’re old when your wife says “lets go upstairs and have sex” and you say “I can’t do both”
- The Kingdom starts within you
- Joke: You don’t have to be Baptist to go to Heaven… but why take a chance
- Christ came into the world to create a people whom he could work through to change the world that is into the world that ought to be
- Story that Fred Craddock tells about the greyhound dog that stopped racing because he realized that the rabbit he was chasing wasn’t real
- Tony talks about his book “20 Hot Potatoes Christians are Afraid to Touch” and the chapter on if Christians can have a BMW
- Story about Tony’s Pentecostal high school girlfriend and the time Tony visited a Pentecostal church
- Other ways of praying- Centering Prayer
- God knows what you have need of before you even ask
- Story about when Tony pastored a church, prayed aloud, and his street language from Philadelphia surfaced in the prayer
- Centering Prayer: Being still surrendering to the Spirit
- Isaiah 40- “That that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength”
- Story about the plane ride to Chicago where Tony leaned on the guy next to him to let the power of the Spirit flow into the guy
- Romans 8- “The same power that was in Christ Jesus and raised him from the dead, that same power shall be in your mortal bodies”
- Story about the time Tony through a birthday party for Agnes a prostitute at three in the morning
- Are you going to chase a rabbit that isn’t real or are you ready to respond to Paul who said “I beseech you therefore brethren to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable which is your reasonable service…”
- There is a difference between a believer and a disciple
- Story about Blondin the tightrope walker who carried Harry Caldwell on his shoulders on a tightrope across Niagara Falls
- Story about the 3 malnourished Haitian kids
- Tony talks about Mission Year and Compassion International
- Story about Student Recognition Day at Tony’s black church
- Titles vs. Testimonies
November 1, 2010; Austin, TX
- Joke- When I go to a wedding, the brides grand mother looks better to me than the bride
- Joke- You don’t have to be Baptist to get to Heaven right? But why take a chance!
- If you were to ask Jesus why he came and what he wanted to achieve, he would say “I have come to declare that the Kingdom of God is at hand”
- Ephesians 1 makes it clear that God is at work in the world
- God will bring into subjection to himself all thrones and social institutions through the church
- Saint Augustine said, “The church is a whore, but she is my mother”
- The Kingdom of God begins within us
- Story about a Pentecostal girlfriend Tony had in high school
- Centering prayer: driving everything out of the mind and totally focus on Jesus
- Story about Tony’s son when he was 7 years old and prayer
- We sometimes treat God like a transcendental Santa Clause who delivers what we want f we just ask nicely
- Prayer is more than asking, its surrendering to a presence, and surrendering to an infilling of the Spirit
- When the Holy Spirit fills you, it is hard to look into the eyes of people without the eerie feeling that Jesus is staring back at you
- Story about the homeless man on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who shared his coffee with Tony
- What you do to the least of these you do to Jesus
- St Francis of Assisi said that “the poor and the needy are sacramental”
- The same Christ chooses to confront us to those who are in need
- So much service dehumanizes people
- Jesus empowers people, he doesn’t do for people what they should do for themselves
- Our responsibility is empower people, not do for them what they can do for themselves
- When we render service we need to be careful what kind of service are we rendering
- Story about the MBA program at Eastern University
- There is only one way to end poverty, that is to create jobs
- Opportunity International has created over 3 million jobs in third world countries
- For a long time, the American Welfare system destroyed people’s dignity. It was not benefiting people. People lost their sense of self and wellbeing
- Story about teaching impoverished youth in Camden, NJ in the basement of a church
- We [The Church] are good at pulling people out of the river when they are drowning, but at some point we need to ask who upstream are pushing them into the river.
- It’s tough teaching in the inner-city, but Jesus calls us to go where it is tough, to go into all of the world and bring His gospel of hope and His gospel of love
- Max Weber wrote a book called The Theory of Social and Economic Organization where he classifies the difference between power and authority
- Power is very different than authority
- Power is the ability to coerce. Authority comes through loving sacrifice.
- Policemen have power, it’s called a gun. He has coercive ability.
- Tony’s mother has authority that she gained over years of loving sacrifice
- Jesus had the greatest authority in time and history. Christ died for you while you were yet still in your sins, that’s loving sacrifice
- Philippians 2
- You can not express love and power at the same time. That is a principle of least interest discovered by Willard Waller
- A person who loves the most has the least power, whoever exercises the most power expresses the most love
- Servant leadership is by definition, powerless. It comes with something better than power, that is authority
- Story about the Norristown, PA state hospital and Mother Teresa
- Mother Teresa spoke as one having authority
- The world today needs to be challenged to bring justice to the poor and oppresses, but they need a church to speak to them with authority. We don’t have that authority because we don’t practice sacrificial love
- Story about “being Christian up to a point”
- The only description Jesus gives of Judgment Day is how we respond to the poor and the oppressed
- Story about the guy who sent Tony keys to a BMW
- “Lay not up for yourselves treasure on Earth where moth and rust do corrupt.”
- “Take no thought for tomorrow what you shall eat and what you shall drink and what you shall wear”
- Story about Fred Craddock and the greyhound dog
- God is at work to change the world from what it is to what it ought to be
- Story about the preach-off at Tony’s church
- It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming
- When we understand that we must follow Christ sacrificially in love, we must go to people in need and empower them, not do for them what they can do for themselves, not dehumanizing them… When we become these radical Red Letter Christians, the world will change and get the good news. The good news is that “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!”
Question: What can I do to change the church?
Answer: Read through the Sermon on the Mount and ask, “How seriously do we take Jesus?” What does it mean to seriously live out the words of Jesus? You can’t have a Kingdom without Kingdom people.
Question: Once people have lost that dignity, what can be done to pick them back up and to start taking initiative again?
Answer: Turn them into people who are serving other people. You have to call them participate with God in what God is trying to do in the world. The more they become participants in changing their community; the more they themselves will be transformed.
Question: How do you feel about the idea of psychic numbing?
Answer: I’m more concerned about what we do as individuals, not the rich or the government. Don’t underestimate what a small group of ordinary people can do. It begins on the micro level moves up to the macro level.
Story about the Aluminum Company and a small group of Eastern University Students
October 22, 2010; Shady Maple Banquet – East Earl, PA
- Story about a lady who asked Tony “Do you remember me?”
- Story about the Mennonite Church Tony spoke at once
- Galatians 6:1-10
- We all have disabilities; some are more obvious than others, most of us conceal our disabilities. In most cases, our disabilities are our assets.
- Story about Tony’s pastor friend in Hawaii and the young man who lost his left arm and took Judo lessons.
- Jesus says “In your weakness is my strength”
- We have to recognize that our disabilities can be our assets if we turn them over to the Lord.
- God has a very special place in his heart for both the lost and the least.
- Story about a pastor and the woman in California who had Cerebral Palsy
- We are supposed to bear one another’s burdens
- Story about the disabled person who worked in the library at Eastern University shelving books and David Black the university president who gave the young man back pay for all of his hard work.
- We have to recognize that we have certain obligations and on of those is to be Jesus to other people
- Story about the Deacon that didn’t “deac.”
- Story about the woman in the airport who didn’t smile and Tony and some others at the airport made her laugh. She told Tony that that was the first time she laughed since her husband of 64 years had died 2 years before.
- We must be Jesus for people, but we must also see Jesus in people.
- St. Francis of Assisi said that other people, particularly the poor and oppressed and disabled are sacramental
- Story about a homeless man Tony met on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who offered Tony some of his coffee. The homeless man told Tony that “the coffee today was especially delicious and I figure if God gives you something good, you ought to share it with people.” All the man asked for in return was a hug.
- Story about Henry Nouwen
- Story about Mother Theresa who pleaded for the city of Norristown, PA to build a halfway house and for the people in the town to make room for these people. She spoke with authority. Her authority was living out loving sacrifice in the name of Jesus.
- Tony Prays
17 Oct 2010
October 17, 2010; First Baptist Church/First United Methodist Church – Jefferson City, MO
- Scripture Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
- You came in as believers, but you need to leave out as disciples
- You don’t earn your way into heaven or into eternal life. You’re saved by grace not by works lest any person should boast.
- Story about explain grace, justice, and mercy to a group of junior high kids
- Grace is getting what you don’t deserve
- Story about Tony’s son taking Philadelphia kids up to the Pocono Mountains and the boy that got saved because the kid figured if Tony’s son could be a Christian, anyone could be a Christian
- Don’t trust in your own good works, trust in what Christ did on Calvary’s cross
- Story about Blondin the tightrope walker who walked across a tightrope from the US side of Niagara falls to the Canadian side with a man on his shoulders
- You have to be people who develop depth. How do you do this? Prayer.
- Centering Prayer. Before you go out to carry out the mission of God, You’d better spend some time surrendering to God.
- “Be still and know that I am God”
- Isaiah 40- They that WAIT on the Lord…
- Be still and wait for the Spirit of God to flow into you
- Lectio Divina- Go to the Red Letters of the Bible (the words of Jesus) read four or five verses and ask God what it is that He wants to teach you through those verses
- John 14 say The Spirit will teach you and lead you in all truth
- Story about Fred Craddock and the greyhound dog that quit racing because one day he realized that the rabbit he was chasing wasn’t real
- How many young people end up chasing a rabbit that isn’t real?
- John Wesley said “Every Christian should work as hard as he can, spend as little as he can, save as much as he can, in order to give away all that he can.”
- Tony talks about Compassion International.
- God has destined you to do a good work.
- You are here by divine appointment, because God created you for a mission
- Story about Tony’s visit to Honolulu and Agnes the prostitute’s birthday at the diner.
- If any person is in Christ they can become brand new
- God has called us to be a people to reach out to where we are, to the people around us.
- You don’t have to go to Calcutta to work with Mother Theresa, Everyone has their own Calcutta.
- Story about Student Recognition Day at Tony’s Church in Philadelphia
- Tony’s pastor told the students “When you were born, everyone was happy and you were crying, when you die is everyone going to cry and you are the only one happy? It’s not about titles, it’s about testimonies.
- Tony Prays
October 13, 2010; Russellville, AR
- A democracy is not where the majority rules, a democracy is where it is safe to be in the minority.
- More than 60% of all poor people in this country live in rural areas
- 53% of all house foreclosures in this country are foreclosures on people who had to give up their homes because of hospital bills that they could not pay.
- We are the only industrialized nation in the world that does not provide universal healthcare
- We need to take care of the sick
- Teen Challenge has been the most successful drug rehabilitation program in the Philadelphia area
- If we did away with cigarette smoking, we would have enough for healthcare
- 450,000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking
- Your body is the temple of the Lord
- Whatsoever a man doeth in word and in deed you are supposed to do as unto the Lord. Can you say Lord in your name, I produce cigarettes? If you can’t you need to get out of the business.
- Jesus is neither a democrat nor a republican. Jesus refuses to be put into our little boxes
- Liberals destroy the lines that should have never existed, Conservatives maintain the lines that should never be crossed
- Jesus wants to change this world into his Kingdom. He came to declare the Kingdom of God. “On Earth as it is in Heaven.”
May 16, 2010; Frazer Mennonite Church – Frazer, PA
- Tony Speaks: There are two issues that define Evangelical Christianity, neither are theological; homosexual relationships and abortion
- There are more distinct issues such as divorce and remarriage
- The church has laid a heavy burden on our homosexual brothers and sisters
- The church has been manipulated by politicians on this issue
- Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican
- There is no conclusive evidence as to what cause this orientation. There is no study that would validate one position over the other
- The ability to move a person out of a homosexual orientation is close to nil
- To be Evangelical is to hold to the doctrines of the Apostles Creed
- Romans 1
- When Jesus came on the scene, he sets aside the purity codes. The old purity codes are no longer applicable, on the moral codes
- Tony’s argument in favor of a conservative position on the issue rides on the passage from Romans 1.
- John Wesley points out that there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration. Must ask, what did the scripture mean to those whom it was addressed? What does this literally say in a reasonable sense? What does the community of faith say about the scripture?
- Peggy speaks: Scripture must be read in the context of history for what it meant when it was written
- Paul wrote Romans in Corinth where the prevailing religion was the worship of Aphrodite.
- In the worship of Aphrodite, people played roles of the opposite gender and engaged in orgies that included everything from promiscuous sexual intercourse with same sex prostitutes in the temple to self castration
- Romans 1:22-23
- There is an obvious connection between idolatry and homosexual practices in Romans 1. What Paul says here cannot be applied to the kinds of relationships created by loving homosexual partners making a lifetime commitment to each other
- 1 Timothy 2:12
- “Traditional family couples” is a code word often used to shut gay people out
- We agree that homosexual orientation is not a choice, homosexual people should not have to be in the closet in order to be a part of the church of Christ
- We disagree on the subject of lifetime monogamous sexual relationships between people of the same gender
- Tony Speaks: These are our brothers and sisters in Christ
- Story about Roger a homosexual guy who get gay bashed by other students in high school and committed suicide
- Story about Jim Dagen and the funeral he officiated of a gay man who had died from AIDS.
- Story about a student chaplain who was outted and if her father found out that his daughter is a lesbian, he would have nothing to do with her ever again.
- Peggy Speaks: Gay people aren’t the only ones who live in the closet
- When you don’t know what the real Jesus is about, some times you think that what you have is all there really is
- Story about Peggy’s visits to old ladies and Helen Rue, who Peggy comforted as she was dying.
- Story about Peggy’s high school in Northeast Philadelphia and her friend Tom
- Story about Tony and Peggy’s trip to Province town
- There should have never been a need for these brothers and sisters to form separate churches
30 Apr 2010
April 30, 2010; Walla Walla University Church of the Seventh Day Adventist – College Place, WA
- Praise and Worship
- Media Presentation on love
- Suzie Slonaker from REACH Ministries speaks and shows media presentation
- Suszie presents Tony Campolo
- Tony Prays
- Tony speaks about supporting REACH ministries
- Talks about Max Weber’s book called The Theory of Social and Economic Organization where he delineates the difference of authority and power
- Tony obeys the cops because they have power and the ability of coercion. Cops have guns
- His mother had authority because of her many acts of love and sacrifice
- Philippians 2- He who thought it not robbery to be equal with God emptied himself and made of himself no reputation and humbled himself unto death, even death on the cross.
- God could not show his love without giving up His power. You cannot show love and power at the same time.
- Jesus said no to religious power, political power, and no to economical power. No one will enter my Kingdom because they have coerced there, but because I have lured them there. “If I be lifted up (crucified), I will draw all men and women to me.
- Tony talks about Willard Waller who was born in Walla Walla, WA. He developed the concept of least interest. Whoever in the relationship is exercising the most power in exercising the least love.
- Einstein’s theory of relativity says that time is relative to motion. The faster you travel, the more time is compressed. If we could travel at the speed of light, time would be compressed in one moment.
- From the Alpha to the Omega, time would be compressed. Jesus was a fully perfect human being and simultaneously fully God. On the cross God was reconciling the world to himself. Jesus was able to experience all of time as he was on the cross. At this very moment, Jesus from the cross has his eyes fixed you.
- At the speed of light, right now and Jesus on the cross 2000 years ago is compressed into one.
- God can only be encountered in the now.
- 1 John 1:9- Jesus will not only forgive you of your sin, but He will also cleanse you
- You must open yourself up in stillness and quietude and allow Him to absorb all that is dark and ugly in you
- Jesus didn’t just take punishment and that’s it, on the cross, the innocent one become guilty and He imputes his righteousness to us
- Even at this now moment, Jesus wants to cleanse you and absorb out of you all that is dirty, dark and ugly. He has a sacrificial love that is divine
- Story about the hospital that was to be built near Philadelphia for mentally ill people. The city council rejected to build it and Mother Theresa walks in and tells them to accept those people in the name of Jesus, because if you reject them, you reject Him. They repassed the proposal and accept it. Mother Theresa spoke as one having authority.
- Tony talks about Elias Santana, a kid who used to work for his organization and died at a young age. He worked in the Dominican Republic as a medical doctor giving away medical services and medicine to all that couldn’t afford it. He also preached the gospel in the slums and spoke as one with authority.
- Tony talks about Coagua, Japanese Christian in WWII whose children were killed by American bombs. He nevertheless reached out to the American prisoners gave them food and medical care, and he eventually contracted tuberculosis.
- Coagua never said much of anything, but “When someone is hanging on a cross, he doesn’t have to say anything.” When the church becomes sacrificial and revolutionary in its love, it doesn’t have to yap and yell so much because people will listen to a church that speaks with authority instead of playing power games like it has for the several years.
- Story about Metropolitan Cruel the leader of the Bulgaria Church. He quoted a scripture from the book of Ruth to Jews at a train station that was boarding Jews to take them off to concentration camps during the Holocaust. The S.S. Troopers ended up boarding the train themselves and never came back
- The Bulgarian church spoke with authority.
- To speak with authority is to speak with love.
- How do you express sacrificial love? Give time, if you have it, give money.
- Tony asks congregation to commit a dollar a day to help kids with AIDS
- Story about the movie The Seventh Seal, the story of a medieval knight who plays a game of chess with the prince of darkness, the prince of darkness called checkmate. Bobby Fisher who was in the audience of the movie viewing said “but why is it ending, the king has one more move!”
- The church is supposed to say to the suffering, “don’t give up, the king has one more move!”
- The praise and worship team sings.
24 Apr 2010
April 24, 2010; Yellow Creek Mennonite Church – Goshen, IN
- There is a difference between Jesus being in us and Jesus being with us. Jesus is with you whether you like it or not
- Joke: You don’t have to be Baptist to go to Heaven… Amen? … But why take a chance
- Prayer. God knows what you have need of before you even ask
- There are other ways of praying
- Story about Tony’s Pentecostal girlfriend in high school and when Tony visited her Pentecostal church
- St. Ignatius and Centering Prayer. Centering down on Jesus and driving out everything else from the mind
- Story about when Tony’s son was seven and his praying before bed
- Joke: If they have an overhead projector when I get to Heaven, I’m checking out
- Hymn- “Let the things of Earth grow strangely dim”
- 1 John 1:9
- There is a difference between being forgiven and being cleansed. You’re forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross. You are cleansed if you let Christ do something to you tonight.
- Story about when Tony was at the airport in Virginia and a man asked another man exactly when it was that he was saved. The reply was “about 2000 years ago.”
- Tony explains Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
- Joke: Don’t let anyone ever say you’re fat, just say, “I’m moving too fast.”
- When Jesus hung on the cross he was not only the perfect man, but also simultaneously God.
- If you will confess your sins you can be cleansed
- Satan believes in Jesus. He is theologically orthodox. But he has never surrendered to Christ
- There is no one so wicked, so sinful, so dirty that He can’t cleanse
- Story about when someone asked Mother Teresa what God says when she prays to Him
- The Holy Spirit is already in you. Scripture says “You didn’t chose me, I chose you…”
- It was God’s Spirit moving in you that motivated you to believe. You can suppress the Spirit and don’t have to go along with the Spirit, but the Spirit is in you.
- Your temple is dirty and needs to be cleansed
- Story about the time Tony leaned on the guy sitting next to him on the plane to Chicago and led him to a personal relationship with Christ
- The same power that was in Christ Jesus shall be in your mortal bodies
- When you are cleansed the Fruit of the Spirit become evident in your life
- Story about the boy in the elevator that had no joy
- When you are cleansed the Holy Spirit radiates through your being
- Romans 8
- The first of the Fruit of the Spirit is love
- Romance is not love
- Story about the Vacation Bible School song “Be careful little hands what you do…” and how it ruined Tony’s dating life
- Story about the “duck lady” in University City, Philadelphia
- Tony talks about Martin Buber and the “I, thou” encounter
- 1 Corinthians 13
- Story about the time Tony prayed aloud and the lady that confronted him about the grammatical errors in his prayer
- Isaiah 40:31
- Story about Blaise Pascal who sat in stillness and quietude. He wrote in his diary “fire, fire, fire, joy, joy, joy!”
- The Spirit blows where it listeth. You cannot package the Holy Spirit.
- You can have all the gifts, but if you don’t have love it profits nothing
- Allow Christ to cleanse you and fill you with the Spirit.
- Tony plugs Compassion International
- 1 John 3:17
- We are all willing to be Christian up to a point and now is the time to move beyond that point
28 Feb 2010
February 28, 2010; Emmanuel Presbyterian Church – Thousand Oaks, CA
- Lectio Divina: silent meditation, asking the Holy Spirit to teach him or her the meaning of the verses they just read
- Development in Haiti is not the development of programs, but the development of people so that the Haitians can do for themselves what we have been doing for then for way too long
- The church is the body of Christ
- Jesus was the physical body of the eternal Christ
- John 14
- There is a big difference of Christ with you and Christ being in you.
- Christ is with you whether you like it or not, but he is in you, only if your receive him. *Refer to John 1:12
- God knows what you have need of before you even ask
- If you really want to pray, go into a closet and shut the door, and the God you meet in secret will reward you publically
- The same Christ that was in Jesus will be in you. *Refer to Romans 8
- Story about the deacon that didn’t “deac”
- To be Christian is to invite the same Jesus that was in Christ that was alive in Jesus to be alive in you that through you, you can be Christ to others
- Story about Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine
- Jesus didn’t come into the world to just do the miracle thing, he came into the world to do something more important… there was something more important than the miracles, it was the love expressed through those miracles. He came to live out that love in the world and to save the world not through miracles but through sacrificial love on the cross of Calvary
- Story about Tony at a New Mexico airport and the lady he tried to get to smile.
- Story about the bag lady at Nordstrom’s in Bel-Air
- Love translated into social policy is justice
- You can’t bring about justice without changing the socio-political order in which we live
- President Clinton said, “Conservatives maintain the lines that should never be crossed and the liberals destroy the lines that should have never existed.”
- Matthew 25- He will judge the nations
- “We are all willing to be Christians up to a point… Could that point be the cross?
- Story about Student recognition day at Tony’s Church in Philadelphia
- When you were born, you were the only one crying and everyone else was happy. When you die will you be the only one happy while everyone else is crying?
- If you have to choose between titles and testimonies, chose testimonies.
January 30, 2010; Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church – Roanoke, VA
- Hebrews 6:5
- Question to Tony: “What about the “New Years resolution people”?”
- Answer: There are always going to be people who come in just for a little inspiration. Jesus spent three years just to create disciples and to send them out to create more disciples. There are people who read one chapter of the Bible just for inspiration with the mindset of “A chapter a day to keep the devil away.” We have to motivate those types of people into action.
- “You can’t carry out the Great commission until you first carry out the Great commandment.”
- You must first communicate to the people in the neighborhood that you really care about them.
- Evangelism is recruiting people for a movement, inviting people to become participants with the other people of God in changing the world into what it ought to be.
- Jesus didn’t come with a message saying “I have come to get you into heaven when you die” but to declare that the Kingdom of God is at hand”
- The church should be interested in winning people to Jesus and facilitating social justice
- Mentions Charles Finney a Presbyterian and his passion to serve and work for the anti-slave movement and the women’s suffrage movement, the problems of his day.
- Matthew 25- On the Day of Judgment, Jesus will ask; “when I was hungry did you feed me, I was naked did you clothe me, I was sick did you care for me, I was sick did you care for me, I was cast out did you take me in? What you do for others you do for me,”
- Story about the homeless man in Philadelphia who offered Tony, a stranger, a sip of his coffee because when God gives you something good you should share it with people, and only asked for a hug in return.
- The Bible says that if any man says that he loves God and doesn’t love his neighbor, he doesn’t really love God
- Real spirituality is that which bears fruit for the Kingdom of God.
- The world should look like what is said in Isaiah 65:17-25. We all should have the same vision for the Kingdom.
- Talks about “Ignatian spirituality,” centering prayer, and stillness.
- Talks about the second kind of prayer in Ignatian spirituality, the prayer of examen. Examine yourself, how God has used you during the day and where you have fallen short during the day and give it to God.
- Ephesians 4 says “Whatsoever things you have done that are good, whatsoever things you have done that are profitable, whatsoever things you have done that are excellent, Whatsoever things you have done of good report, think on these things and then continue to do them”
- Paul says to forget those things which are behind and press on to the mark of the high calling
- Third kind of prayer, Lectio Divina, to read scripture in a group, sit, close eyes, and wait for the Holy Spirit to explain the meaning of that scripture to you, and shares with the group what they believe the Holy Spirit has revealed to them in the scriptures.
- Tony prays, end of session
Session 2 ends at 2:50:54
December 5, 2009; Christian Assembly – Sunday Morning Session
Sermon Outline (click to download):
1. Story about Mother Theresa. – “When you pray what do you say to God? Nothing. Well what does God say to you? Nothing.”
2. Story about Pascal and his waiting in a lone dark room for the Holy Spirit to infill him. He wrote in his diary the next day “fire, fire, fire, joy, joy, joy!” That was how the infill of the Spirit felt.
3. Story about Tony praying at a church where he was saying a pastoral prayer and his street language form Philadelphia would surface.
4. Isaiah 41- They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…
5. When was the last time you sat in stillness and quietness and waited for the infill of the Holy Spirit?
6. You dare not sin that grace may abound.
7. Martin Luther said “Each of us carries the nails in our pockets” Every time you screw around, every time you mess up, you are driving a nail into Him and He feels the pain. In that eternal now He is absorbing your sin in the very moment that you are committing it.
8. Christ always was. There was never a time where He was not. He is from everlasting to everlasting
9. John 14- Jesus tell his disciples “Let not your heart be troubled nor be afraid, I will come again and when I come again, I will be in you”
10. There is a difference between Christ being with us and Christ being in us. He is with you whether you like it or not. He is in you as so far as you open up and invite him to saturate your livelihood.
11. John 14:12- Jesus says “because I’m in you, the work that I do you shall do and greater works than these shall you do because I go unto my Father.”
12. Jesus was not talking about miracles
13. The world is looking for people, not to do miracles, but to love them. If you don’t have love it profits nothing.
14. Tells the story of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana and telling people not to tell who had done it. Jesus performed miracles and said all the time not to tell anyone
15. When Christ was incarnated in Jesus, he could only face to face, person to person connect in love with one person at a time. That same Christ who was incarnated in Jesus is incarnated in all of us and connects with many in love.
16. Paul says in Corinthians “you are the body of Christ”
17. Don’t be Christian, be Christ-like. Surrender and allow the Spirit to invade you and live out love through you. This begins with random acts of love and kindness.
18. Story about Tony going on a trip from Mexico to Denver, CO. A lady sitting in the airport looked really mean and Tony got her to laugh. She hadn’t laughed in two years since her husband of 62 years died, and that day was the first time she laughed since then.
19. Story about the duck lady who was schizophrenic and quacked all of the time. Tony didn’t just look at her, he looked inside of her. He looked through her eyes and down into the depth of her spirit. She stopped quacking for the first time anyone could remember.
20. There is still a balm in Gilead.
21. Story about the bag lady at Nordstrom’s department store during the Christmas season. The sales lady didn’t kick her out, but lived out the love of Christ towards her.
22. Tony talks about Mission Year and how the people in Mission Year go out into the surrounding neighborhood and pray over the households and pray with the families.
23. Tony quotes St Francis of Assisi – “The poor and the needy are sacramental.”
24. They are still poor and oppressed, they are not godly people, but the same Christ who went to the cross for you, chooses to present himself to you through those who are poor, those who are in need, and those who suffer.
25. The welfare programs developed over the years may give people what they need, but they take people’s dignity away, they diminish their humanity.
26. If you are alive in the Holy Spirit, when you look at that needy person, you will not see a needy person; you will see Jesus waiting to be loved, waiting to be serves, waiting to be embraced. You will not ask “am I noble enough to help?” you will ask, “am I worthy?”
27. Matthew 25:40- Jesus says “For in as much as you do to the least of these, you do it to me.”
28. Story about the children over in Africa being picked up off of the streets dead of AIDS
29. Story about the old folk’s home Tony lives in.
30. Tony talks about Opportunity Int’l that starts small business in 3rd World countries to provide jobs for the residents and escape poverty with their dignity in tact.
31. Story about a father of one of Tony’s students who came up to his office yelling because after all of his schooling, his son has decided to live on the streets of Philadelphia and taking care of pimps and whores. The father said “Don’t get me wrong Campolo, I don’t mind being Christian up to a point.” The son said “Dad, could that point be the cross?”
32. The time has come not to be a believer anymore, but t be a disciple
33. A believer is someone who accepts theological postulates. A disciple is fully committed and says “here I am Lord, take me, use me.”
34. Story about the man who had a seizure at an airport. The man and his friend were vets in Vietnam. The man had saved his friend from death in the war and got him home alive.
Note: Track ends in the middle of the story of the story
23 Aug 2009
August 23, 2009; First Baptist Church – Cape Girardeau, MO
- Tony is introduced:19:00
- Tony introduces
- Mary Oliver (works in Philadelphia running a city school)
- Russell Grammar (is starting a new school in children-at-risk neighborhoods)
- Sociologist Max Waper: Authority vs. Power
- Power- obedience because of coercion
- Authority- obedience because you feel you owe it to the person because she performed sacrificial acts of love
- Jesus: Greatest authority in history.
- Emptied himself to the world
- Gave up his power to express love
- You can’t express power and love at the same time. In order to love, we must become vulnerable
- Story of halfway houses and Mother Theresa
- 5 new halfway houses are opposed by people in Norristown
- Mother Theresa pleads the council to overturn decision
- Decision was overturned, no opposition: Theresa had authority
- Story on Elias Santana
- Work for poor in Dominical Republic
- Preached at the end of his work day. Many came to listen to him.
- Socrates: “Elias has earned his right to be heard”
- Japanese Christian in WWII: his children killed by American bombs
- He nevertheless reached out to the American prisoners, contracted tuberculosis
- “When someone is hanging on a cross, he doesn’t have to say anything”
- Church’s power games
- Through votes we can impose our values in the rest of society
- We can’t change the world that way, we must do it through loving sacrifice
- Church: Gay and Lesbian
- Raised $ against gays and lesbians and won proposition
- Only filled gays and lesbian with hate toward Church and Bible
- We can’t change world through power, but through loving sacrifice
- Power: wrong method
- Satan offered political, miracle and economic power to Jesus in the desert, but he chose loving sacrifice
- Jesus does not save us to prepare us for the next world, but to make us into people who will change this world into the one He wants
- Jesus does not force us into his Kingdom
- We don’t need powerful churches, we need sacrificial loving churches
- Story of Hitler: stopped through Love
- Hitler sent the Nazis and rounded the Jews
- Around 300 Church men joined the Jews
- “Whither so ever thou go I will go. Your people will be my people. Your God will be my God.” –Bulgaria was saved
- Sermon in the Mount: not for some future time, but for today
- Are we ready to become lovingly sacrificial?
- Are we ready to give our lives? Our time?
- Is the Church ready to live for the benefit of its nonmembers?
- Tony talks about Black preaching…
- Will we leave behind titles in our tombs? Or Testimonies?
- Tony Prays:
- Tony brought his friend, who is starting a Christian school for poor kids
- Give me your name and address in the way out
- Give a dollar a day to keep these kids in school
- With the first $30 you send in, he will let me know I will send you whatever is my latest book signed by me
07 Jun 2009
June 7, 2009; Crystal Cathedral – Garden Grove, CA
- Hebrews 11:1
- Access hope through prayer
- Prayer is not just demands of God
- Tony’s centering prayer, Bart’s childhood prayer
- Mother Theresa praying
- Revelations 3:20
- Baptists don’t read their prayers
- Story—grammatical errors in prayer
- Story—home-schooling in Philadelphia and Miss Jones
- Story—three Haitian girls, ice cream, and Disney
- Story—Farmington, NM lady laughing on the plane
- Do what you can and leave the results in the hands of Jesus
- Tony’s church vs. Crystal Cathedral
- Story—preach-off with Friday but Sunday’s coming!
- John 14:12
May 27, 2009; Philadelphia, PA
- Introduction and welcome/thank you
- Update on the work of The Chosen 300 and affiliated ministries
- Tony’s introduction/opening comments – what is ‘church’?
- Believers vs. disciples – story about when we were saved
- What it means to believe in Christ – story about famous tight-roper
- Trusting in God – story of Peter denying Christ
- Being a missionary
- God is and was – His presence in our lives today, not just in the past
- We must be cleansed by the Holy Spirit to serve Him
- Story about high school track – our lack of will and ability to do God’s will
- Coming into His presence and embracing the Spirit in different ways
- You can fake it but it isn’t real
- Story—not falling down in a charismatic church
- Tony’s morning prayer—centering prayer
- Experience the Spirit in different ways
- Tony’s flight to Chicago—the Spirit’s power flowing
- Romans 8—we are given the power of the Spirit
- Jesus is with us always—it’s our decision if He is in us
- Meet Christ in secret
- Christ in you
- Not about performing miracles, it’s about love
- 1 Corinthians 13
- Move from being believers to being disciples
- If Christ is in you, you cannot look into the eyes of needy people without seeing Jesus looking back at you
- Story—Tony in Philadelphia, cup of McDonald’s coffee and a hug
- Am I worthy to help?
- Charity can diminish the dignity of the recipient
- Story—Eastern students and homeless in Catholic church in Philadelphia
- Story—father and son—“I don’t mind being Christian up to a point”
- When Jesus calls us, he bids us come and die—Bonhoeffer
- Story—1958 The Seventh Seal—“the king has one more move!”
19 Jan 2009
January 19, 2009; Trinity Western University Chapel – Langley BC, Canada
- There are over 2000 verses of scripture that call upon us to respond to the needs of the poor and oppressed
- How do we change the world?
- There is a difference between power and authority
- Power is the ability to coerce
- Story about when Tony blocked traffic on Cityline Ave in Philadelphia
- Jesus came not to change the world with power, but through sacrificial love
- Philippians 2
- Loving sacrifice earns authority
- Story about Mother Teresa and the state hospital in Norristown, PA
- Story about Elias Santana who gave out medicine and medical services to the poor in the Dominican Republic
- When Jesus spoke, he spoke as one having authority
- You are called by God to speak with authority
- Story about Proposition 8 in California
- We don’t win by playing power games, we win by living out sacrificial love
- Story about The Simple Way
- Story about being Christian “up to a point”
- “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on Earth…”
- Plug for World Vision
- Story about when Tony was in Zimbabwe visiting an AIDS clinic and the girls who would prostitute to feed her siblings
- There is a difference between being a believer and being a disciple
- Jesus said “take up your cross and follow me”
- Tony prays
January 4, 2009; Franklin, TN
- Introduction of Tony Campolo
- Story about Tony’s home church as a kid and the book of Revelation
- The book of Revelation is a directive as to how Christians should live in the midst of a contemporary world
- The Christians back in the days had a code word for the Roman Empire; that code word was Babylon.
- Babylon connoted the dominant socioeconomic system, the culture in which they were living
- In today’s world, your Babylon is the socioeconomic system in which you live. If you are from the United States, your Babylon is the United States of America
- Revelation 18-19- we read some discouraging and interesting things about Babylon
- Revelations 18- Babylon will fall.
- The only kingdom that last forever is the Kingdom of God
- Revelation 18:11- The people of Babylon has lived beyond their means
- Babylon will fall. All Babylons fall for the same reason, simply because people live beyond their means, they become exhausted economically, they get into debt so far that they cannot get out of it
- There are two reaction to the fall of Babylon
- a) The reaction of the merchants- the merchants are weeping
- b) The multitude- they shout “hallelujah, hallelujah”
- We have been seduced into the Babylon of our day
- Joke: “You know you’re old when you wife says, “lets go upstairs and have sex” and you say, “I can’t do both”
- “Take no thought for tomorrow what you shall eat, what you shall drink…”
- “Lay not up for yourself treasures on Earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, but lay up for yourselves treasures in the heavenly Kingdom…”
- “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”
- Romans 12:1-2 “Be not conformed to this world”
- “I understand now that the poor and needy of the world are sacramental”- St. Francis of Assisi
- Story about the bum on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who shared his coffee
- The purpose of an education is to equip you to serve the needs of others in the name of Christ
- Being saved is not determined on how biblically you live, but what Jesus did for you on the cross 2000 years ago
- He cleanses us as he reaches out from Calvary to all who will allow him to touch them
- St Ignatius’ way of praying- Saying the name Jesus over and over again
- There are 2000 verses of scripture that call on us that call on us to invest in the poor and oppressed
- You cant have a personal relationship with Jesus unless you have a relationship with the poor and the oppressed
- The Christian life is spread out by Jesus and the red letters
- Joke: “I go to weddings and the grandmother looks better to me than the bride”
- Hebrews 11
- God is calling you out of Babylon with a vision
31 Jan 2008
January 31, 2008; New Baptist Covenant – Atlanta, GA
- We are supposed to preach Jesus Christ, there is no question about that, but the question is “Which Jesus should we preach?”
- 2 Corinthians- “Beware of those who come and preach another Christ other than the one that has been preached to you.”
- People have created a Christ other than the one in the Bible
- “God created us in His image and we decided to return the favor” ~George Bernard Shaw
- The Jesus of scripture challenges us to take on a new image
- The Jesus of scripture challenges us to live radical lives and not to conform to this to the consumerist values of our culture and the society in which we live
- “If you get a good education you can get a good job, if you have a good job you can make a lot of money and if you have a lot of money, you can buy a lot of stuff.”
- We just came through Christmas; your problem was not “where do I get the money to buy presents for the people I love?” Your problem was “what do I buy for people who have everything?”
- Story about Tony’s colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania asking his wife what she does for a living
- Story about Bryan Stevenson who went from Eastern to Harvard Law School and defends people on death row.
- Story about Tony’s student who once went with him to Haiti and said he would become a doctor to help the Haitians, but instead became a cosmetic surgeon.
- 1 John 3:17-18
- Story about the business Eastern’s Grad school students started in Santo Domingo that made shoes out of worn out automobile tires
- Do you really believe what Jesus said or do you think he was just kidding?
- To be a follower of Jesus is to question every expenditure of your life
- The purpose of an education is not to have the credentials to climb the ladder of success, the purpose of an education is to become equipped to radically serve others in the name of Jesus Christ
- We cant call individuals to a sacrificial lifestyle until we first call churches to a sacrificial lifestyle
- We need a sacrificial church that recruits people to save them from poverty and sin and declares “the Kingdom of God is at hand”
- Isaiah 65:17-20
- Illustration of the children of Darfur who die of malnutrition every night
- Story about the bum on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia who offered Tony a sip of his coffee and wanted a hug in return
- The same Christ that died on Calvary to deliver us from our sins is the same Christ that waits to be encountered in those who are poor, desperate and in need
- We have to be a people who are the body of Christ
- When Christ was incarnate in Jesus he could only reach one person at a time. Incarnate in all of us He can reach so many more at one time
- Rise up and go do the work of Jesus
- We must also bring the message of salvation
- Tony talks about his black church and his friend Clarence’s funeral
01 Dec 2006
December 1, 2006; National Youth Workers Convention – Charlotte, NC
- Name “Red-Letter Christians” given by a secular Jewish country and western disc jockey
- An Evangelical believes in the Apostle’s Creed, believe that the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, Spirit needs to invade your being
- Difference between Protestants and Catholics: Protestants read the Gospels through a grid of Pauline theology, Catholics read Paul through the eyes of Jesus
- Shift taking place in Evangelical community—older Evangelicals focused on abortion and homosexuality, and only those two—younger Evangelicals are interested in more issues, such as race, environment, war, women
- Poverty dominates younger generation
- Story—homeless in Philadelphia cathedral, students from Eastern went to be with them
- Being with poor people changes you
- Will my kid be safe? Are they safe living in the insulated, seductive, affluent society?
- Christians cannot be politically indifferent anymore
- Jesus Christ must be with us as we try to alter the political and economic structures of our day
- Politics of polarization—youth are sick of this
- Abortion—common among lower income people because they don’t believe that there are many alternatives. Do we need to change the system, then?
- Youth understand that it is not as one-sided as it appeared
- We want a politic that transcends political parties, a church that says we are neither Democrat or Republican
- Security more dependent on the friends you make than the army you deploy
- Make more sense to overcome evil with good than spend money on violence?
- Story—children living on the streets, the dead bodies are thrown onto the truck
- Story—“I’m ok with being Christian up to a point…”
- What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus
- Difference between believer and disciple
- Story—West Chester State University—“tell them what it costs to be a Christian
01 Feb 2006
February 1, 2006; Eastern University – St. Davids, PA
- Democrat or Republican?
- Christianity makes it difficult to become partisan in politics
- We are Red-Letter Christians
- Follow teachings of Jesus in red letters
- What does it mean to be a Red-Letter Christian?
- Doctrines of Apostle’s Creed
- Infallibility of Scripture
- Salvation comes by trusting in Jesus Christ
- Story—flight across US, many ways to get to Philadelphia
- Jesus is the Way, Truth, and Life
- As we sin, since time in simultaneous for Christ, Jesus is absorbing it
- Jesus becomes sin, he is suffering in our sin
- Must not sin so that grace may abound
- Bono—all other religions teach karma, only Jesus offers grace
- Must surrender life to Christ so that he may enter you in order to be saved
- Eastern is great—examples of graduates
- Perth Amboy development
- Pittsburgh Project
- The Simple Way
- Catcher in the Rye—be a change
- Do what God is calling you to do
- Story—Mueller and Adolf Hitler nightmare
- Primary responsibility is to tell people about Jesus and what He did on the Cross
- Do Mission Year, Urban Promise, SPEAK
- Racism has not been abolished
- Need to stand up against discrimination and stand for red letters
- Struggle for justice goes on
- Go where you are needed—Captain Kirk
- School of Red-Letter Christians who continue to ask what Jesus is about and what they can do
- Story—The Seventh Seal—the king has one more move!
12 Oct 2005
October 12, 2005; Eastern University – St. Davids, PA
- Politics have changed
- Frightening when people go to war in the name of God
- Confrontation between Islam and Christianity
- Islam has ritual of praying
- Ritual creates solidarity—transcends differences
- Christian leaders saying evil things against Islam—broadcast around the world
- Certain goodness in Islam
- The God who loves the Jews loves the Palestinians just as much
- How do we confront Islam?
- Do not compromise what we believe—Jesus is the only way
- i. Story—red-eye flight from CA—going to heaven is like going to Philadelphia
- ii. Bono—only Jesus offers grace
- iii. Preach forgiveness—difference between Islam and Christianity
- i. Modesty
- ii. Materialism
- iii. Lack of prayer
- i. Behave like Christians—lifestyle
- ii. Ron Sider—Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger—when we earn money, what do we do with it? Evaluate everything in your life—meet needs of poor, needy, and oppressed
- Listen to criticisms
- Become what we say we are
- Story—greyhound who stopped racing because rabbit he was chasing wasn’t real
- Salvation is inward
- What are vocational goals?
- Have you set aside materialism?
- To become spiritual is to be saturated with Jesus
- Consider volunteering summer or year of life
- If you are going to testify about love, you’ve got to be love
- The Seventh Seal—The King has one more move!