I have had the pleasure of hearing him speak two different times. One was sometime around 1996 or so when he was at a conference in Boise, Idaho.
The second time was last November when Paul and I traveled to Denver and attended the "Simply Jesus" gathering.
Campolo started the "Red Letter Christians", a movement that focuses on living our lives the way Jesus says in the red letters of the Bible.
One of the famous sermons that Tony Campolo is well known for is called "It's Friday but Sunday's Coming." If you want to listen to the whole sermon, you can listen to it here.
This message is Tony’s trademark. He endeavors to show how surrendering to Christ enables individuals to have their personal, spiritual and psychological needs met. It goes on to point out that being yielded to Christ is to be part of a movement to change the world into the world that ought to be. This sermon picks up on the personal and social dimensions of the gospel.
This sermon is quite timely for today. Here is a part of it toward the end.
Remember, “It’s only Friday… but Sunday is coming!”
“It’s Friday… Jesus was nailed dead on a cross.
But it’s only Friday; Sunday is coming!
It’s Friday… Mary’s crying her eyes out ‘cause her Jesus is dead.
It’s Friday… The disciples are running around like sheep without a shepherd.
It’s Friday… Pilate’s strutting around washing his hands ‘cause he thinks he’s got all the power and victory.
It’s Friday… People are saying “as things have been so they shall be – you can’t change anything in this world.”
It’s Friday… Satan’s doing a jig saying, “I control the whole world.”
It’s Friday… The temple veil ripped from top to bottom -the earth shook- the rocks split and tombs opened. The centurion screamed in fear, “Truly, He is the Son of God!”
It’s Sunday- “The angel, like dazzling lightening, rolled the stone away exclaiming, “He is not here! He is risen!
It’s Sunday! It’s Sunday! It is Sunday!” - Dr. Anthony Campolo