Some of you are familiar with Will Davis Campbell, the Baptist minister and award winning author who died recently at age 88. One of the last surviving icons of the civil rights movement, Campbell’s prophetic ministry earned him death threats and opposition — while helping others gain insight into what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus.
Campbell once preached a sermon critiquing the “invitation” as it is given in many Baptist denominations and other evangelical churches where altar calls are an integral part of the service. He said, “Those of us who are acquainted with such invitations know that at the end of a sermon, the preacher invites people who want to commit their lives to Christ to come down the aisle to indicate that desire.” And then he said, “I hope that someday there will be an evangelistic service in which, when the preacher gives the invitation and people start coming down the aisle, he yells back at them, ‘Don’t come…
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