Have you ever heard Tony Campolo preach? If not, then I think you need to put it on your list of things you ‘must do.’ I’ve heard him a few times now, and I must admit, though I’ve heard some of the stories he tells more than once, I’d be happy to listen again.
Why? And who is he?
Tony is an American Sociology Lecturer. He’s loud and big. He was, and probably still is, a Pastor – of a Black Pentecostal Church. A church where he was the only white guy. But an Italian white guy. A proud Italian.
And when he speaks, he is all those things, and one of the many things he does well is to take the mickey out of himself, and the people he is speaking to.
Add to that that he has a passion for the poor, and has been the inspiring hand behind a few creative and effective initiatives to address injustice – he’s not afraid of engaging in social action – and you may begin to see why.
If you’ve been involved in the Stop the Traffick campaign, you will have noticed him.
He tells great stories. He has found himself in strange places where God has been busy. He is never a hero in his stories, but almost the accidental agent of God.
It’s not his anniversary or anything – I was just remembering him fondly, and invite you to meet him.
He will teach you to see yourself differently.
Find him, and let me know what you think.