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Speaking My Mind: The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians Are Afraid to Face [Paperback]

By Tony Campolo (Author)
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Dubbed by "Christianity Today" as "the positive prophet" and "a ferocious critic of Christians left and right," Campolo lives up to his reputation in this latest book by examining some of today's toughest questions and issues.

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Fifteen years ago, Tony Campolo's 20 Hot Potatoes That Christians Are Afraid to Touch pushed, pulled, and prodded Christians into serious consideration of controversial but critical issues related to the Christian life. Campolo challenged his more than 150,000 readers to re-think their convictions (and prejudices) and to do something about them

Dubbed by Christianity Today as "the positive prophet" and "a ferocious critic of Christians left and right," Campolo lives up to his reputation in this latest book examining some of today's toughest questions and issues: Is evangelical Christianity anti-feminist? Is our affluent lifestyle at odds with our faith? Is America really in moral decline? Is Islam really an evil religion? Should Christian parents pull their kids out of public schools? Was the war with Iraq a "just" war?

Speaking My Mind...Tony Campolo at his best.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 6.62" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  084990823X  
ISBN13  9780849908231  

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More About Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo 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,, 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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Watched you twice on Hour of Power  Sep 27, 2009
I am a 74 year old Man, and have been Christian for about35 years. For some reason after my coversion I wanted to be in Church on Sunday Morning.. I thoght I may have a touch of swine flue this morning and Ithought it would be unfair to pass this on to our congregation.. I appreciate your ministry so much. I hope some time I will be able to see you in person.. If your ever in th little village of Lakeville Corner New Brunswick, Canada Looke me up..
Words From a Wise Man  Mar 18, 2007
In this book Dr. Tony Campolo presents his thoughts and opinions on some of the issues of today: the war in Iraq, Islam, homosexual marriage, sexism, racism, etc... In the pages of this book, his thoughts are clearly presented.

Tony Campolo is a great preacher. In 45 minutes he can present God's message crystal clear stripped of all politics and other outside influences. If you're on an life issue, listening to him preach will clear it up. Is it ok for a Christian to drive a BMW? What should I do with my life? Is God a compassionate loving God of the New Testament or a righteous discilinary God of the Old Testament? Listen to Tony preach, and formerly unclear, muddy issues are clear.

He has 71 years of life experience most as a Christian. He has been a pastor, a professor, a manager, a father, and a missionary. Sitting at his feet and listening to what he says is well worth the time.

He makes some very telling observations. With respect to homosexuality, he notes that many who fight against homosexual marriages don't object to divorce and remarriage even though Jesus said that is adultery. With respect to Iraq, he pondered what would have been the result if we as a Christian nation followed the Biblical principle of loving (and feeding) thy enemy rather than over a decade of economic sanctions and no fly zones.

There are some very interesting original comments in this book. THIS IS NOT THE SAME OLD SAME OLD!

At the same time I must say that he is NOT a theologian. With respect to wives submitting to their husbands, he uses Ephesians 5:21-25. 5:22 says "Wives submit yourselves to your husbands" but 5:21 says "submit yourselves one to another". Tony claims that 5:21 Paul is speaking specifically to married couples and therefore he interprets the passage not as wives submit to your husbands but as submit yourselves one to another. He neglects to point out that Colossians 3:18 and 1 Peter 3, the same wives submit to your husbands command is given WITHOUT the "submit yourselves one to another" qualifier. He also neglects to point out 1 Cor. 11 that says that the head of the woman is man. Did Tony ignore this? Or was he ignorant of it? Either way is concerning. It is one thing to interpret the Bible in light of the culture at the time and conclude that maybe the literal application is not right for today's society. It is another thing to intentionally twist scripture so that it fits what you want to believe.

In the subject of whether there is a second chance for those who die without Christ, Tony is also kind of fast and loose with scripture.

But nevertheless, he has a lot to say, and a lot of what he says is very meaningful and well worth reading.
Three Quarters of a Loaf Is Better Than None  Mar 6, 2007
Tony Campolo seems to relish his position as a gadfly in the evangelical Christian movement, being the born-again Christian who is mostly orthodox, but flirts a bit with liberalism. Whether this is sincere or a ploy to help sell his books (or maybe both), he is always worth reading, if only because he does raise some questions that need raising. Thus, as in many of his previous books, much of what is here is good, thoughtful, substantial stuff, while some of it makes the reader think that Campolo is doing a shout-out to the liberal friends he's made over the years. For every two or three paragraphs that made me say "Good point, man!" there was another that led to eye-rolling and "Oh, please..."

Some specifics: Chapter 7, Are Evangelicals Afraid of Science? is superb, a case of a well-read man with a decent understanding of science making the valid point that what we know of physics today ought to make religion and science see each other as partners, not enemies. Without making the reader's eyes glaze over, Campolo explains some basic Einsteinian theories and applies them to questions like "Does a Christian go immediately to heaven after death, or wait for the Second Coming?" Chapter 6 deals rather sensitively with that age-old question, "How can a loving God allow people to burn in hell?" Campolo points out--correctly, I think--that evangelicals often pay lip service to hell but question it privately. So does he, but I won't spoil it for you by telling his final position on that belief.

He goes astray in Chapter 9, where he asks "Is Islam an evil religion?" He acknowledges that Islamic radicals are a real threat today (well, duh) but goes back to the Koran and makes the point that Islam really is a religion of peace, as George W. famously said. This requires him to pretty much ignore more than a thousand years of intense violence, Muslim vs Muslim, and Muslim vs Christian. I think he also goes astray in claiming that evangelicals are too militaristic. Campolo is a Christian pacifist, a position I can respect even if I don't agree with. Having moved for years in evangelical circles (including publishing houses and colleges), I just don't find that many evangelicals being pro-war. I also find very few that adhere to the dispensational theology that he claims is such a threat to world peace. In the later chapters of the book, he comes across sounding not like a Christian scolding fellow Christians, but a hardline secularist who is in a tizzy, fearing those Horrible Radical Christians will lead the world to destruction. Funny, but I just haven't met any Christians like that. Campolo seems to think Muslims are more peace-loving than evangelicals--a truly doubtful proposition. He also contradicts himself in places: saying that evangelicals have become more "worldly" in the good sense of caring for the poor, yet elsewhere in the book says they ignore the poor. So which is it?

He can seem naive at times. In one section he talks about how he is tired of the religious Right's handwringing over the decline of sexual morals, and he cites "statistics" to prove that, quite the contrary, Americans are becoming more monogamous and faithful in their marriages. Oh, please. Has he not watched TV in the past ten years?

One disappointment: in this in-depth "warts and all" look at evangelicalism, he didn't address the serious issue of the many evangelicals who pay lip service to Christian ethics while going on their merry way. Hypocrisy is present in all religions, of course, but those of us who spend our working lives in the evangelical movement are painfully aware that the megachurches that preach conservative sexual morals and "family values" are home to lots of couples living together without marrying, engaging in gay relations, or just plain sleeping around.

All in all, there is more good here than bad. This is the kind of book you read to stimulate thought, not to find pat answers.
A breath of fresh air!  Oct 24, 2006
This book is intelligent and honest. I appreciate his candor and his ability to communicate an idea with appropriate conviction. Sometimes bold and in your face, but softer when appropriate.

I agree with about 80% of his theology. I strongly disagree with his Universalist views regarding salvation, but he offers intelligent, respectable explainations for his beliefs.

We need more books like this to shake Evangelicals up a bit and remind us of who we serve, how we serve and why.
When Campolo speaks his mind, Christians should listen  Jul 1, 2006
I recommend Speaking My Mind for all evangelicals. It is evident that this book is labor of love about things that are on Tony Campolo's heart. Each chapter title (except the last) asks a question, and in each chapter Campolo takes us through his process of attempting to answer the question. In many cases, it is evident that he is still wrestling with the issue at hand.

Without delving into my own personal opinions on the various issues the book addresses (I agree wholeheartedly with some of Campolo's views, and vehemently disagree with others), it is sufficient to say that in most instances Campolo deals with the issues fairly and biblically. Each topic is discussed thoroughly and with ample Scriptural analysis. There are a few notable instances in which he seems to uncritically accept underlying premises that subsequently affect his conclusions. However in most cases his reasoning is extremely sound and theologically insightful. Campolo maintains a humble attitude throughout, knowing that his opinions are that of a man and not an authoritative word from God.

Because of Campolo's reputation as being left-of-center, many evangelicals will likely avoid this book, or worse, criticize without reading themselves. If so, that would be very unfortunate, as they would be missing out a challenging and important read, dealing with some unavoidable issues.

Regardless of their own theological or political ideology, all evangelicals would benefit from reading this book, and from using it as a jumping off point in their own attempts to wrestle with the questions raised here.
Campolo delivers  Jun 28, 2006
Tony does it again! In ths book he has succeeded in inspiring, offending and educating. If you are a die hard evangelical you should read 1 Tony Campolo book a year just to give you some balance from the ultra right wing Christian media you normally subscribe to. Toney is a prophetic voice in a very sterile Christian community

I loved this book, It was well thought and bold. His chapter on universalism was the only chapter where I felt he rambled and made no sense. He basically laid out the cause for universalism and thin in 1 paragraph said he doesn't believe in it. Besides one weak chapter I would recomend this book.

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