King Came Preaching: The Pulpit Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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InterVarsity Press, May 21, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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We know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a social activist who changed America. But King's beginnings were as a preacher, and he preached with power throughout his life. In light of this, it is all the more remarkable that few have focused on his "pulpit power," which reflected his religious commitments and shaped the civil rights movement that he led. Dr. Mervyn A. Warren offers us a journey into King's preaching in this homiletical biography exploring his sermons, use of language, delivery and more. In these pages we have a remarkable opportunity to gain new insight into all of King's life and work, includiing access to four of Dr. King's previously unpublished sermons. Now in paper, this book will be an invaluable resource to students and pastors alike who wish to emulate the power of King's preaching and the dedication of his faith. "A tremendous contribution to the growing body of King scholarship." Dr. Lewis Baldwin, professor of religious studies, Vanderbilt University

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This hagiographic biography was initiated as a PhD disertation by it's author. There are factual errors and the editor did not earn his wages as the grammatical and spelling errors are piled on. The ... Read full review

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Dr. Mervyn A. Warren is provost and senior vice president at Oakwood University. A graduate of Oakwood, he attended the seminary of Andrews University (M.A. and M.Div.). His Ph.D. is from Michigan State University, and he also has a D.Min. from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Dr. Warren is also the author of God Made Known and Black Preaching, Truth and Soul.

Gardner Calvin Taylor was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 18, 1918. He received a divinity degree from Oberlin College in 1940. Before becoming the senior pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1948, he was a pastor at churches in Ohio, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. He was the pastor there until his retirement in 1990. He gained national prominence in 1961 when he, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other black clergy members left the National Baptist Convention over its tepid support of civil rights and founded the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which was committed to social justice, desegregation, and affirmative action. In New York, Taylor organized civil rights marches and was arrested three times during protests in the 1960s. In 2000, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He wrote several books during his lifetime including How Shall They Preach, The Scarlet Thread, Chariots Aflame, We Have This Ministry, and Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for Life. He died from a heart attack on April 5, 2015 at the age of 96.

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