I don't know how your theology works, but if Jesus has a choice between stained glass windows and feeding starving kids in Haiti, I have a feeling he'd choose the starving kids in Haiti.

— Tony Campolo

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Jesus never says to the poor: ‘come find the church’, but he says to those of us in the church: ‘go into the world and find the poor, hungry, homeless, imprisoned.


One of the most startling discoveries of my life was the realization that the Jesus that I love, the Jesus who died for me on Calvary, that Jesus, is waiting, mystically and wonderfully, in every person I meet. I find Jesus everywhere.


The gospel is not about... pie-in-the-sky when they die. ... It is imperative that the up and coming generation recognize that the biblical Jesus was committed to the realization of a new social order in this world.... Becoming a Christian, therefore, is a call to social action.


When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy.

The only question that matters is this - when you die, will you be happy when everybody else is crying?


Because I am not yet living up to what Jesus expects me to be in those red letters in the Bible, I always define myself as somebody who is saved by God's grace and is on his way to becoming a Christian. (...) Being saved is trusting in what Christ did for us, but being Christian is dependent on the way we respond to what he did for us.


If we were to set out to establish a religion in polar opposition to the Beatitudes Jesus taught, it would look strikingly similar to the pop Christianity that has taken over the airwaves of North America.


Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your kids.


Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future.


But I think it's up to a local congregation to determine whether or not a marriage should be blessed of God. And it shouldn't be up to the government.


I am saying that there is no salvation apart from Jesus;

that’s my evangelical mindset. However, I am not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians


Even if there were no heaven and there were no hell, would you still follow Jesus? Would you follow him for the life, joy and fulfilment he gives you right now?


It is hard to say what the future holds, but this is probable - it won't be just like the past.


About Tony Campolo

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Birthday October 16

Rise up, you suckers, and go out and do the work of Jesus!


I think it goes back to the fact that the evangelical community often does not have a biblical vision of God.


When in fact we live in a society that makes life hell for gays and lesbians, this community has got to stand up and say, ‘We’re on your side as you struggle for dignity,’ and, ‘Yes, we will defy anybody who says otherwise, even if we have to go to Disneyland to prove it.’


Most Evangelicals claim to be politically non-partisan, and say they only identify with the Republican Party because the Republicans are committed to 'family values.


Most of us are tiptoeing through life so we can reach death safely.

We should be praying, "If I should wake before I die. . . ." Life can get away from you.


Perhaps because our culture and politics have gone so off course, with values so contrary to those of Jesus, more and more people intuitively recognize that His vision of God's kingdom-a new world of compassion, justice, integrity and peace- is the Good News they've been searching and waiting for.


Our call is to be God's agents, to rescue not only the human race but the whole of creation.


But isn't it time for Christians to admit that we should reject bargains if they are gained by the exploitation of the poorest of the poor in developing countries?


A strong case can be made for religious leaders to speak out on political issues.


The real problem that I think those of us who are evangelicals and Democrats have to face up to is that the political right controls the religious media.


Rituals keep us from forgetting what must not be forgotten and keep us rooted in a past from which we must not be disconnected.


I don't know what to make of the Muslim mystics, especially those who have come to be known as the Sufis. What do they experience in their mystic experiences? Could they have encountered the same God we do in our Christian mysticism?


That a new humanity will be brought forth from this Christ consciousness in each person.


When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy.

The only question that matters is this: When you die, will YOU be happy when everybody else is crying?


Anyone who resists the notion of women preachers is functioning as a tool of the devil.


I'm not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians.


He saved us in order that He might begin to transform His world into the kind of world that He willed for it to be when He created it. … When Jesus saved us, He saved us to be agents of a great revolution, the end of which will come when the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our God


If fulfillment is gained through giving ourselves through intimate relationships, then allowing ourselves to be consumed with the cares of things, instead of the care of persons, is foolish.


There are 2,000 verses of Scripture that tell us we must be committed to protecting the poor and the oppressed... There is no concern of Scripture that is addressed so often and so powerfully as reaching out to the poor.


Artists are the best theologians. They feel things that are true before theologians can jargonize them into obscurity.


Beyond these models of reconciliation, a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God, which seem at odds with their own spiritual traditions but have much in common with each other.


The kingdom of God is a glorious and gigantic party!


Don't be satisfied with just pumping blood.


There's nothing wrong with making a lot of money, there's something wrong with keeping it.


One of the problems with evangelicalism is that it has allowed itself to be married to the Republican party... Jesus is not a Republican. Nor is he a Democrat.


I’ve got to push everything out of mind save the name of Jesus.

I say His name over and over again, for as long as fifteen minutes, until I find my soul suspended in what the ancient Celtic Christians called a “thin place”–a state where the boundary between heaven and earth, divine and human, dissolves. You could say that I use the name of Jesus as my koan.


Like most Christians, I believe the Genesis account of creation is a description of six different stages of creation, each of which may have taken eons of time.


It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.


It has been said that people never do evil with more enthusiasm than when they do it in the name of God.


What I am trying to say is that Jesus who incarnated God 2,000 years ago is mystically present and waiting to be discovered in EVERY person you and I encounter


Evangelicals need to take a good look at what their issues are.

Are they really being faithful to Jesus? Are they being faithful to the Bible?


I do not mean that others represent Jesus for us.

I mean that Jesus actually is present in each other person


If being human requires freedom, then enslavement to the cares of this world is dehumanizing.


Furthermore, consider that as one of its most important purposes, stewardship of creation should sustain nature's worshiping capacity. The more I reflect on Scriptures and the more I sense how God thrills to the adoration He receives from all that He has created, the more I realize He has given us the awesome responsibility of caring for His creation so that it can go on praising Him until the end of time.


So I really would like to see both parties respond to the poor with greater commitment. But I've got to tell you, the Democrats, I feel, are doing a better job in that respect than Republicans are.


I've got some repenting to do. I doubt, however, that those who have wedded Christianity with laissez-faire capitalism will see things this way. I can just hear them saying, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”


We must not be so concerned with the unborn that we fail to pay attention to the born.