Saturday, April 04, 2009

Baptist Border Crossing Event

I had a very enjoyable time these past 3 days participating in the Baptist Border Crossing Summit at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, MO. The church was an outstanding host for the event and extended wonderful hospitality and assistance. The messages from the keynote speakers were all outstanding. The messages were live videostreamed as they occurred and at some future point are to be available in the archives on the website. I enjoyed each of the sessions, but the highlight for me was hearing Tony Campolo this morning. He definitely fits the role of prophetic preacher when it comes to denouncing systemic sin. The stories of the radical engagement of his students in ministry to the poor and oppressed as well as their work in the Dominican Republic are inspiring and challenging. I'll probably provide a link to this video when it's available as it's definitely worth listening to.

5 comments:

Jennifer H said...

You should check out the books his student Shane Claiborne has written -- starting with "The Irresistible Revolution." It includes a lot of the stories Tony told (the story of the church trying to evict the homeless, the "Jesus was Homeless" shirts, etc.) It is certainly challenging, but is a nice creative look at living out radical faith.

Gary Snowden said...

Jennifer,

I had heard some of these stories before, but I appreciate the title of the Claiborne book so I can follow up on it. I'm hoping that the videos will be available soon on the archives as well to share with other folks.

Jennifer H said...

Are they not up yet? Guess the "tomorrow" was postponed ;0)

Gary Snowden said...

Jennifer,

My bad. I just checked back and they are up now. Thanks for the prompting to look again.

Jennifer H said...

Ooh, good to hear!