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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, 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.

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A Small Step Towards Peace from Red Letter Christians

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 1:02 AM

Jesus once said that if we are faithful in little things, He would make us the ruler over great things (Matthew 25:21). To that end, we Red Letter Christians want to offer a proposal of one small step towards resolving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Holy Land. It's a little...

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Steve Chalke Drops the Bomb in Support of Committed, Faithful, Same-Sex Relationships

(240) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 8:32 AM

If you haven't already picked up the news via the internet, let me tell you that Steve Chalke, one of the most prominent preachers in the United Kingdom, and an icon among Evangelicals, has published a definitive statement in support of committed, faithful, same-sex relationships. It is published...

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The Surprising Evangelical Support for Newt Gingrich

(60) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 11:05 AM

The need for Red Letter Christians to no longer be labeled "evangelicals" became abundantly clear this past Saturday following the South Carolina Republican Primary. 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."...

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The Growing Impossibility of Interfaith Dialogue

(24) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 11:57 AM

I just returned from the 2011 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. It is an amazing gathering that brings together heads of state, some of the richest people in the world, people in the field of entertainment and the arts, along with the movers and shakers in the world of...

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Betrayal On Capitol Hill

(14) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 10:14 AM

As Congress struggles to create a budget, I have a need to cite an instance where both the Democrats and the Republicans betray their constituents.

The Democrats have claimed to be the party that stands up for the poor and the oppressed, but as discussions on the new budget...

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The Making of a Better President

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Because of the increase in life longevity, America can now assume that at any given time three, and perhaps four, former presidents will still be alive, even when the current president is occupying the White House. What if Barack Obama established a Presidential Advisory Committee that would meet once every...

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Why Throw Stones at the Crystal Cathedral?

(15) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 10:19 PM

As the news of the financial woes of the Crystal Cathedral is heralded across the country and around the world, a host of critical voices have been raised, at times condemning the cost of building the Crystal Cathedral and even raising serious concerns over the message of its former pastor,...

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A Possible Compromise on the Gay Marriage Controversy

(144) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 12:53 PM

President Bush once said that marriage is a sacred institution and should be reserved for the union of one man and one woman. If this is the case -- and most Americans would agree with him on this -- then I have to ask: Why is the government at all...

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Why the Religious Right Will Dominate

(6) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:07 PM

There are reasons why Religious Right Evangelicals will continue to dominate religious discourse, not only in their own sector of the Christian community, but also in what transpires in mainline denominations. Moderate voices, for the most part, are being sidelined and those with liberal views will find fewer and fewer...

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Making Matters Worse in Haiti

(92) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 3:57 PM

At last count there were 9,943 faith-based organizations with ministries in Haiti. For years, with good intentions and with great dedication, they have tried to give economic assistance and spiritual help to the Haitian people. This does not take into account the thousands of church groups that have taken "mission...

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I'm the Older Brother

(10) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 12:33 PM

When it comes to President Obama's stimulus package and its provisions to help those Americans who are having great difficulty paying their home mortgages, I have come to realize that I'm like the older brother in the story of the Prodigal Son.

As you probably recall, Jesus tells about a...

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Will Faith-Based Programs Go Sour on Obama?

(77) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 6:01 PM

From the beginning, there have been some religious leaders who greeted the funding of faith-based social services by government with ambivalence. On the one hand, they believed that these religiously grounded programs needed extra funding and were pleased that the White House wanted to help. On the other hand, they...

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Questions in a Time of Crisis

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2008 | 5:58 PM

Last year, America spent $700 billion on oil imported from the Middle East. That figure is familiar because that is almost the exact amount of money that the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, requested from Congress to buy up securities and bank notes from our leading financial institutions which...

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A Race Full of Ironies

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 2:02 PM

There are all kinds of ironies in this election, especially concerning Sarah Palin's nomination as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

On the one hand, those ardent feminists on the political left who have strongly denounced any suggestion that women should be a full-time mothers at the...

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Gains for the Democrats Among Evangelicals

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2008 | 12:59 AM

In the past, the Republican Party has depended on unified support at election time from Evangelical Christians. But times are changing! There is evidence of a significant division emerging in the Evangelical ranks as the 2008 election approaches. Young Evangelicals, especially, are breaking ranks with older Evangelicals (over 40) and...

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Who Are Red Letter Christians?

(201) Comments | Posted February 15, 2008 | 2:45 PM

Religion, for better or for worse, has been politicized in blatant ways that have seldom been equaled in American elections. Evangelical Christians, who once were a ridiculed irrelevant sectarian movement, have, over just three decades, become a powerful voting bloc that can no longer be ignored. It is a tribute...

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The Changing Politics of Evangelicals

(56) Comments | Posted December 13, 2007 | 4:36 PM

It is increasingly obvious that the unified front that the Religious Right once presented to the world is fractured and has fallen into a variety of pieces. Chuck Colson, one of the most intelligent and effective spokespersons for that powerful bloc of Evangelical voters that so faithfully delivered elections into...

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Using the Church for Partisan Politics

(25) Comments | Posted May 9, 2007 | 5:07 PM

Those on the political left have been appalled as the Christian Coalition passed out, in Evangelical churches, millions of voter guides that lent obvious endorsements to candidates of the Republican Party. During this last election, there was further outrage among liberal Democrats when members of the Evangelical clergy organized to...

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Religion After Freud

(77) Comments | Posted January 31, 2007 | 9:21 AM

Sigmund Freud was the apostle of disbelief. He was the one who made psychoanalysis a part of our culture, and in so doing he kicked out a flying buttress that had been essential for holding up our cathedral of faith. There is no doubt that religion had already waned under...

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Questions from Red Letter Christians

(51) Comments | Posted January 6, 2007 | 10:33 AM

The Religious Right is being challenged by a new Evangelical movement that is called The Red Letter Christians. Unlike the Religious Right, we are not allied with any political party, because we believe that Jesus is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Instead, we are going to ask the questions...

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