A Prostitutes Birthday Party…

Love this story from Tony Campolo! I read about this in his book The Kingdom of God Is A Party: God’s Radical Plan For His Family…

One of the most intriguing stories I have heard in a long time!

Watch the video and then comment on the questions below…

What kind of church do you go to?

What kind of church do you want to go to?

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9 thoughts on “A Prostitutes Birthday Party…

  1. That video was very moving. That is the kind of person and the kind of church I want to be a part of. I pray that God helps me to be that kind of person and open my heart to people that have never had hearts opened to them before. That was great Tony!

  2. If you visit my church on Sunday morning it looks like the upper echelon of the community. Clean cut businessmen wearing golf shirts that they bought at the Master’s last year. Starbucks coffee is served and everybody on stage looks like they were hired from a modeling agency. That’s why I feel like I really fit in. (joke) BUT, if you stick around and look closer you would hear about what goes on the rest of the week. Like the two buildings the church owns in the worst neighborhood in the city, where they provide free medical care and counseling to the poorest in the community. Or the doctor who walked away from his private practice to run it. Hundreds have volunteered to help refurbish and restore that community. My pastor says he dreams of a church where people can just be real and not wear the “perfect masks” that people wear to church. Here’s the paradox: When you visit my church, everybody looks so perfect!! It’s only when you join the small groups that you learn that behind the Master’s shirt and Rolex is a man struggling with a porn addiction who wants help. You won’t see that on Sunday morning.
    So here’s the follow up question: How do you have a church where people feel welcome and accepted without turning it into an AA meeting where everybody stands up and says: Hi, my name is… and here are my issues?

    1. What the end of the video reveals to us… the guy at the diner is just verbalizing what most in the world thinks of the church. We are judgmental and hypocritical to a fault and not worthy of their time and energy… When the prostitute/homeless guy walk in the room we all stare, whisper, and sneer at the life of someone far from God! Sometimes this is their excuse and other times I think they have a legitimate beef.

      To address your question… I think its up to the leadership to keep everyone “honest”. If we lead with our honesty, others will follow. I don’t believe Sunday Morning is the place to air out all of our dirty laundry, but the question remains… how welcome does the prostitute or others far from God feel in your church and would she ever join a smaller group to air out her dirty laundry? Or are the small groups really for the upper echelon with the Master’s polo on?

      To me the Sunday morning experience is a means to an end or a means to the ultimate goal of community… We can serve all the Starbucks coffee we want, cloth our stage with the best sound, lighting, and models from our area… if we fail to welcome the sinner and draw them to Christ in such a way that they enter the “AA meeting” type of small group or enter into the smaller church community somewhere, its all smoke and mirrors! The gospel is only the good news when freedom abounds for the captive!

      1. on the subject of small groups. They can work in both directions. Church members can use them to build stronger relationships and deal with specific issues. Or, they can be used for evangelism. You can invite your co-worker to a men’s breakfast in a non-threataning, non-judgmental environment where he can build relationships. Then he forms an opinion of your “church” from the 5 guys he knows in the small group. Same with the prostitutes and cook. They only know Tony C. Their opinion of his “church” is based on one thing: How he lived his life. So the answer is: Your church’s true reputation will be built on how it’s members live their life Mon-Sat. True life story: When I visited your church (Tony S) many years ago it was my first experience with a “non-Baptist” church (if you know what I mean). My thought process was this: I think all of you are crazy, but I know Tony, and he is solid. People can make judgements about the stage, music, coffee, etc… but at the end of the day it’s about how the church members treat people (all people) 7 days a week.

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