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Overview Named by "Christianity Today" as one of the 25 most influential preachers of the last 50 years, Campolo offers guidance not only for young evangelicals, but for seekers of all ages and faiths.
Publishers Description Named by "Christianity Today" as one of the most influential preachers of the last fifty years, best-selling author Tony Campolo has spent decades calling on readers and audiences around the world to live their faith through committed activism. In "Letters to a Young Evangelical," Campolo enjoins evangelicals young and old to resist the intimidating rhetoric of the Religious Right and think for themselves. With his trademark candor and wit, he offers sage advice to seekers who are trying to live their faith in a modern world that is politically polarized and predominantly secular. He is unafraid to touch on hot-button topics including abortion, gay marriage, the war in Iraq, women in the ministry, and relations between Christianity and Islam. An activist, a visionary, and a man of deep faith, Tony Campolo offers guidance not only for young evangelicals, but also for seekers of all ages and faiths.
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More About Tony Campolo
is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has written more than 35 books. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly at his website, RedLetterChristians.org, and can also be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Campolo and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.
In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Worker’s Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.”
Tony Campolo currently resides in St Davids, in the state of Pennsylvania.
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Should be read by old Evangelicals too! Feb 24, 2008
Excellent book hitting on many important points of Evangelicalism that are both changing and staying the same. It's good for a young Evangelical to hear these thoughts from a older, established and respected, Evangelical so we know that what is natural for us to question and rethink are areas that truly do need to be rethought and not gross deviations from the Truth.
Too negative Jan 26, 2008
Tony Campolo's writing is directed toward a fictional couple here,but is basically just a smoke screen for a diatribe against conservatives and people that don't think like he does.The division he creates by labeling and re-labeling believers into groups and subgroups becomes tiring over the course of this writing.The us against them mentality and Campolo's smugness is pervasive from the first page to the last and I had a hard time with much of Campolo's stereotyping of the labeled groups. Some of his criticism concerning doctrinal error of Fundamentalists and Evangelicals is well deserved and on the mark, but often it misses. Many of the points he makes are a stretch at best as he goes "around his elbow to get to his thumb" to try to get there-It shouldn't be that hard.In my opinion some of Campolo's scripture interpretation is loose and a product of controversy for controversies sake. I get the impression that Campolo is not one to shy away from a controversy, but actually relishes the idea of being a pot stirrer. My biggest problem with this product was the negativity, finger pointing and what not to believe thoughtlines and not enough scriptural and Godly instruction.
Breath of fresh air Nov 8, 2007
I love how Campolo's somewhat liberal social leanings coexist with his belief in the Bible's truth. If you've ever wondered how this is possible or why it's important, this is the book for you.
Some of my favorite parts were a chapter on history/comparison/contrast of evangelicalism vs. fundamentalism., his discussion of the Just War theory (he's a pacifist) and the current Iraq situation, and his practical advice on choosing a job: - Will it enable me to serve others as Christ would have me do? - Will it enable me to use the talents & creativity God gave me? - Will it provide me with emotional gratification, without which I will lack energy to love others? - Is it environmentally responsible? - Will it allow me to build community and will the workplace foster love and justice?
This is a must-read for any socially responsible person interested in Christianity but wondering if those beliefs can coexist, as well as any Christian looking to challenge his/her actions and be a better disciple. If you're a Fundamentalist Christian, expect a real challenge, but please use the brain that God gave you and think through what Campolo has to say.
Campolo is right on! Oct 25, 2007
I purchased this book after I heard Dr. Campolo speak at a local university. This is the most influential book I've read since graduate school. Campolo does a superb job of pointing out how the world views evangelicals and all the baggage that comes with the term. He proposes to the reader to replace the term evangelical with the term "red-letter Christian" as a way to help Christians define themselves instead of being at the mercy of the media and the general consensus of the public. Campolo tackles hot-button issues with much precision and thoughtfulness. He is truly a prophetic voice in our world today. I've given away several copies already!
Hot topic facing young evangelicals today Mar 21, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (2/07)
Just as Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy to guide and educate him, Tony Campolo is motivated to write to Christians today. "Paul wanted to keep Timothy from being swept up in movements within the church that distorted the Gospel and justified destructive behavior."
Much of the successful growth of Evangelicalism over the last half-century was in part determined by the preaching crusades of Bill Graham. "His message was a rather simple explanation of what a person must believe and do in order to be `born again.'" Billy Graham showed the world that the best of the Evangelical movement is one of intensive zeal for winning people to Christ. "The zeal and urgency Graham brought to the Evangelical movement transformed the movement from within."
"Evangelicals are distinct from other Christians in several important ways. To be Evangelical is to believe in the Apostles' Creed. The Apostles' Creed is a statement of beliefs that has been recited in churches for many years." Evangelicals believe the scriptures are divinely inspired. They also believe in a personal, intimate and transforming relationship with the living Christ.
"There are 3 essential means by which an Evangelical will develop into a mature Christian," Prayer, Scripture, a Support Group. Prayer is more than a wish list for God. Prayer is spending time with God without the distractions that surround us. We should meditate on the scriptures, read and contemplate the words. We need a support group that will hold us accountable." Without these three essential keys you will not be able to grow spiritually.
It is essential that we be witnesses and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. However, it takes more than just being a living witness. We should use every opportunity presented to us to testify. But we do not want to alienate ourselves from others either. We must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in witnessing.
Many young Evangelicals are "leery of the church as an institution." We need to recognize the importance of ritual and remember where we first learned about Jesus Christ. Usually Sunday School is the first place where we are taught about the life of Jesus and how he was resurrected.
Tony Campolo shines light on issues that are facing young Evangelicals today. Abortion, Gay Marriage, the War in Iraq, and women in the pulpit are some of the topics he addresses.
Tony Campolo is a seasoned author that once again serves Jesus Christ the living Lord, by presenting readers with a book where the guidance and education is laid before them in terms that are easy to understand and that inspire. His views recognize the equality of all people in Jesus Christ. I enjoyed reading this book and found myself pondering the hot topics. Writing letters to young Evangelicals is a very effective style of sharing. Mr. Campolo offers hope. His words are even-tempered and comforting. It is with great honor that I highly recommend "Letters to a Young Evangelical" to all readers.