Dr. King writes to the church today

I have made some pretty awful attempts today at writing about Martin Luther King, Jr. I annually reflect on Letters from a Birmingham Jail on this weekend. I have a really long post I pounded out as I reflected not only on Dr. King’s words but the events of this week concerning immigration. That didn’t go well. 

Remembering Dr. King

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained. Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist,Continue reading “Remembering Dr. King”

MLK — Lukewarm acceptance vs. outright rejection

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’sContinue reading “MLK — Lukewarm acceptance vs. outright rejection”

Martin Luther King, Jr. the Prophet

“Unfortunately, King is known more today as a poetic patron saint of racial harmony than a provocative prophet of social justice, someone who by the end of his life had managed to get on just about everyone’s last nerve.” (Edward Gilbreath, Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church)

The narrowness of my evangelicalism

The story is from Birmingham Revolution, but it could be my story. It took place in 1968, but for me it could have been 1988. Edward Gilbreath relates the story of Glen Kehrein, who founded Circle Urban Ministries in Chicago. When he was a student at Moody Bible Institute in 1968, a group of students wereContinue reading “The narrowness of my evangelicalism”

Book Review — Birmingham Revolution

The year 2013 brings us to significant moments in our nation’s history. Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. This week is a somber revisit to the assassination of JFK 50 years ago. Birmingham Revolution by Edward Gilbreath reminds us of another significant movement 50 years ago. Martin Luther King, Jr., satContinue reading “Book Review — Birmingham Revolution”