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Standing on the Shoulders of Unnamed Heroes
Standing on the Shoulders of Unnamed Heroes

By: Colin Harris
For Martin Luther King Jr., the heroes of the civil rights movement were the unnamed thousands who endured taunts and threats as they called us to live out our creed. This holiday is a tribute to them too.

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Dr. King's Influence on Theological Education
Dr. King's Influence on Theological Education

By: Emmanuel McCall
In a culture that valued both the importance of emotion and pulpit oratory, Martin Luther King Jr. brought theological reflection and the ability to show how the gospel related to social action and justice issues.

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Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church
Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church

By: Jim Hill
I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.

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What King Taught Us About How To See One Another
What King Taught Us About How To See One Another

By: Alan Cross
As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember that King did not just call us to come together. Rather, he challenged the reasons why we were apart in the first place.

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Prophetic Priests and Priestly Prophets
Prophetic Priests and Priestly Prophets

By: Guy Sayles
While the priest's work is primarily within the church and the prophet's focus is most often beyond it, we're living in times when these distinctions are breaking down.

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Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation
Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation

By: Charles Cheek
Not long ago, neighbors gathered on front porches to freely exchange ideas to bring about change. We've lost sight of that in our isolated society. But we can gather again on the "front porch" for justice.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resources
This free resource sheet provides resources to congregations and goodwill people of faith for observing the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and for reflecting on his life and legacy.
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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.

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What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?
What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?

By: Robert Parham
Martin Luther King Jr.'s moral vision would encompass freedom for modern-day sex slaves and care for the undocumented.

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From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible
From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible

By: Robert Parham
Let's refocus our applied Christianity to the theological conviction that we're all the same beneath the skin by observing Martin Luther King Day.

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From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible
From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible

By: Robert Parham
Let's refocus our applied Christianity to the theological conviction that we're all the same beneath the skin by observing Martin Luther King Day.

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Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School
Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School

By: Ed Hogan
Public education is a necessary component of a healthy and vibrant country. That's why it's important for goodwill people of faith to help engage our public schools.

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Martin Luther King: Extremists for Hate or for Love?
Martin Luther King: Extremists for Hate or for Love?

By: Thomas Kidd
In "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. was at first disappointed but then satisfied to be labeled an extremist. The question is what kind of extremist will you be?

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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Theologian with Passion for Reconciliation
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Theologian with Passion for Reconciliation

By: Noel Erskine (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
The center of Martin Luther King Jr.'s understanding of community was God becoming human in Jesus Christ in order that we may learn how to be human together.

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Like King, Heroes are Ordinary Folks Who Rise Above
Like King, Heroes are Ordinary Folks Who Rise Above

By: Matt Sapp
Heroes are ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, who find the momentary and sustained courage to rise above their limitations. Like them, we can be heroes, too.

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Letter from a Birmingham Jail

By: Martin Luther King Jr.
My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely."

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King's Insights Can Help Christians Confront Injustice
King's Insights Can Help Christians Confront Injustice

By: Ferrell Foster
Martin Luther King Jr. understood the relationship between love and justice. Today, we can build on the same practical and theological foundations upon which he built his life.

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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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6 Ways to Recognize Today's Prophets
6 Ways to Recognize Today's Prophets

By: Stuart Blythe
When we think about prophets, our thoughts turn to Old Testament figures. But prophets have been with us through the ages and are alive and well today. Here are six ways to recognize them.

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Resurrecting Martin Luther King's Message of Love
Resurrecting Martin Luther King's Message of Love

By: Terrell Carter
Before Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, it seemed like the majority of the world had turned against him. His message of love was falling on deaf ears. Can we resurrect it?

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion
Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King's explicit references to religious liberty are few, but this conviction is found in a general emphasis on individual freedom and an assumed need for church-state separation.

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King Urged Us to Stand Against Tidal Wave of Public Opinion
King Urged Us to Stand Against Tidal Wave of Public Opinion

By: Joe LaGuardia
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we should model his ability to stand up against the tidal wave of public opinion in order to uphold his values and convictions.

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King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
By: Preston Clegg
Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee cared passionately for their causes. However, one sought to bring about change through proclamation and the other sought to prevent change through force. 
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God Picks First

God has made you for a reason and if you are available, God will make your life count. Imagine that, God picks you! You are gifted for some key place in life that will advance God's life in the world. What will you say to that?

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Will Racism Always Be an Elephant in the Room?
Will Racism Always Be an Elephant in the Room?

By: Colin Harris
Some say racism is no more, but it still has an irrational hold on our collective thinking. The more we deny this, the less likely we can be helped. So here's how to deal with the elephant in the room.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Leroy Seat
"Places in the Heart" closes with a powerful depiction of reconciliation between people of different races and classes - a scene that Martin Luther King Jr., born 85 years ago today, would have favored.

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Others Still Continue to Resist King's Dream
Others Still Continue to Resist King's Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.'s words still reverberate around the world today, challenging racism and discrimination wherever it is found. Despite the progress, others continue to resist the Dream.

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Racial Equality: A Choice Between Chaos and Community
Racial Equality: A Choice Between Chaos and Community

Some believe the answer to racial equality is to be tolerant, but this is too shortsighted. The gospel calls us to move beyond mere tolerance to full and vulnerable embrace.

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The American Dream – Which One Will We Choose?
The American Dream – Which One Will We Choose?
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech ranks among the top speeches that have defined our highest ideals. A half century later, two visions of that dream compete to guide our lives.
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50 Years Later, King's Jail Letter Still Hits Home
50 Years Later, King's Jail Letter Still Hits Home

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" 50 years ago today, addressing the need for nonviolent action to overcome the nation's deeply rooted racism.

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King's Dream - Still Possible, Still Lives On
King's Dream - Still Possible, Still Lives On

Many times those who dream possible dreams, like Martin Luther King Jr., pay for their dreaming with their lives. Dreams can be forgotten or ignored but never killed.

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New Video Features Memory of King at Southern Seminary in 1961
New Video Features Memory of King at Southern Seminary in 1961

A new EthicsDaily.com video features memories of Martin Luther King Jr.'s appearance at a white Baptist seminary in the early 1960s, a controversial decision at the time. (PhotoBucket)

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Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inconvenient Hero
Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inconvenient Hero

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out in opposition to the Vietnam War, seeing it as an extension of the same type of injustice and violence being done to African-Americans in the U.S.

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Martin Luther King's Prophetic Words Still True
Martin Luther King's Prophetic Words Still True

In a speech given 45 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. called the U.S. to account for its military adventurism, materialism and racism. We have a long way to go, but his words are still true.

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King's Words of Truth Continue to Set Us Free
King's Words of Truth Continue to Set Us Free

Unlearning fear and prejudice - rooting bias and hatred out of one's heart - requires a lifetime of work. It takes discipline to make room for people against whom we have been taught to slam the door.

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King's Early Impression of Nixon Reveal Discernment
King's Early Impression of Nixon Reveal Discernment

Martin Luther King Jr. is known for his personal charisma, eloquent speech and ability to inspire. But a letter by King, then 29, about Richard Nixon revealed his perceptive mind and discernment.

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Beloved Hymns Carried King Through Troubled Times

(RNS) At 87, the Rev. C.T. Vivian can still recall the moment, decades after the height of the civil rights movement.

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How Each of Us Can Discover Our Inner Prophet
How Each of Us Can Discover Our Inner Prophet

Some may ask why God no longer calls prophets in our day and age. But perhaps each of us discovers our inner prophet when we take a stand against injustice in our everyday circumstances.

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Poor People's Campaign Needed More Than Ever
Poor People's Campaign Needed More Than Ever

The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 has largely been forgotten. Yet as the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to widen, the need for a push for economic justice is greater than ever.

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Religious Leaders Laud King in Memorial Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and civil rights veterans said King's legacy is unshakable.

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Civil Rights Veterans Say MLK Monument Long Overdue

WASHINGTON (RNS) At age 93, the Rev. Gardner Taylor never thought he'd live to see the day when his friend would be honored with a national memorial.

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King's Daughter Leaves Ga. Church After Scandal

(RNS) The Rev. Bernice King announced that she is leaving an Atlanta-area megachurch whose leader has been embroiled in scandal.

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The Parts of King's Dream Our Nation Forgets
The Parts of King's Dream Our Nation Forgets

Some important elements of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy have been conveniently or deliberately forgotten over the years, including the opening of his "I Have a Dream" speech and his opposition to the Vietnam War.

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MLK and the Missional Church
MLK and the Missional Church

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, what would he say to the growing missional church movement?

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Racial Reconciliation Is Not a Past Event

I often have college students do an essay on race relations and the Christian heritage in light of reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Most students express an appreciation of King's life and work but many add: "We are glad that the issue of race relations is over. We are glad that we don't have to work on that problem anymore."

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Letter from the Birmingham Jail

April 16, 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely."

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Ethics Pioneer Henlee Barnette Dies

Henlee Barnette, a pioneer in teaching and living Christian ethics who influenced generations of Baptist ministers and professors, died Wednesday at his home in Louisville, Ky.

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The Faith-Based Initiative of Martin Luther King

President Bush announced last week a dramatic expansion of his "faith-based initiatives" plan. These initiatives, which have been the centerpiece of Mr. Bush's domestic social agenda, are aimed at channeling tax dollars to faith groups who provide certain social services. Speaking from the pulpit of the Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, the president tried to create a link between his initiatives idea and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. The president said, "Dr. King understood that faith is a power greater than all others."

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The Spiritual Discipline of Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been over a decade now, but I still vividly remember the strong visceral reactions that mention of the name of Martin Luther King Jr. produced at a rural white Southern Baptist church.

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King: Commercializing or Communicating?

Martin Luther King Jr. is center stage again, this time in a commercial for a communications network company.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 15, 2001, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday.

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