September 17, 2009
Dr. Tony Campolo opens the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar's Lecture Series at Lees-McRae September 28

Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, will open the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar's Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College on Monday, September 28 in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.

The first lecture in a series of three, Campolo will present "Creating Community" on Monday, September 28 from 2:00-3:30pm in Evans Auditorium. His second lecture, "Caring for God's World," will be on Monday, September 28 from 7:00-8:30pm in Hayes Auditorium. Last but not least, his third lecture, "Making Faithful Choices," will be on Tuesday, September 29 from 10:00-11:30am in Evans Auditorium.

"Lees-McRae College is fortunate to welcome Dr. Anthony Campolo to campus to present three lectures. Campolo is well known all over the country as an important voice of evangelical Christianity and as a writer and speaker. A theological conservative as well as a committed social activist, Campolo has challenged countless students to live out the gospel in their everyday lives. All of us at Lees-McRae are grateful to the Staley family for the generosity that has made the Staley Christian Scholar's Lecture Series possible," said Lees-McRae College President, Scott Colley.

Campolo is an internationally known speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist, and passionate follower of Jesus. Over his many years of Christian service, Campolo has boldly challenged millions of people all over the world to respond to God's boundless love by combining personal discipleship, evangelism, and social justice.

Through the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Dr. Campolo has developed and nurtured elementary and secondary schools, universities, adult and child literacy centers, tutoring programs, orphanages, AIDS hospices, urban youth ministries, summer camps, and long-term Christian service programs in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Africa, Canada and throughout the USA.

He is the author of thirty-five books, has recorded many video studies based on his writings, and has made countless media appearances worldwide.

His books include: Red Letter Christians, The God of Intimacy and Action, Letters to a Young Evangelical (The Art of Mentoring), 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to Touch, Adventures in Missing the Point: How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel, Carpe Diem, Everything You've Heard is Wrong, Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God, How to Rescue the Earth Without Worshiping Nature, The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus, and many more.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series is designed to provide scholarly evangelical speakers for religious emphasis programs at small Christian colleges. The founder, Thomas F. Staley, strongly felt that young Americans should have the opportunity of hearing the faith defended by evangelicals who were also well-trained scholars. His endowment to Lees-McRae College provides the funding for bringing Dr. Anthony Campolo and Dr. Marcus Borg to this campus during the 2009-10 academic year. These lectures are free and open to the public.

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