taking the words of Jesus seriously

Red Letter Christianity is a way of the future. The 20th century was marked by expounding the theology of the Apostle Paul as found in the Epistles. Such theology’s primary focus was on the individual. Pauline thinking around issues such as justification is egocentric and required an inward and personal journey. There is no question that the 21st Century is a rediscovery of the importance of the teachings of Jesus as found in the Red Letters. These teachings speak in “Kingdom” language and promote community and social action.

There was a recent article in Christianity Today entitled “Jesus vs. Paul” by Scot McKnight. You’ll find that one of the things it says is that currently there is a shift within Christian thinking that places a higher level of commitment on imitating Jesus as the essence of Christianity. No more do churches only preach the letters of Paul and his approach to the “Christian Life.” Instead the focus is shifting to action. When Christ spoke he inspired action and this action is the direction the church is now inspiring individuals to move towards. Pauline thinking and Jesus’ “Kingdom” language are coming together at long last!

I encourage you to read “Jesus vs. Paul” and to take note of the shift in Christianity in the world today. Furthermore, be part of the shift! Let’s get involved in the action and make a difference for the Kingdom today!

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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