I came across the below video last night and instantly recalled that I heard this story at a conference in college 23 years ago.

It’s a sign of a good story when you can still remember the story years later and don’t mind listening to it again.

The storyteller is Tony Campolo, who today is a retired sociology professor and an associate pastor at a Baptist church in Philadelphia.

It’s a story about an evening he spent in a diner surrounded by prostitutes.

If you’d prefer reading it, a NPR storyteller posted the story here.

At the 7:00 mark he slips into Baptist preacher mode for the final minute. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard that type of preaching, so I didn’t mind and he managed to pack a lot into that one minute.

I couldn’t help but wonder, though, if Agnes came back to the restaurant with her cake. I hope she did.


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