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"The Bigness of God"

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Boston University)

Date: January 1, 1951 to December 31, 1955?

Location: Boston, Mass.?

Genre: Sermon

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Int—The great danger facing religion is not disbelief in God, but a too narrow estimate of the God believed in.

  1. Conflict over dogmas
  2. White man lyching negroes
  3. Deuto-Isaiah Israel’s early tribal God and its implications Deutero Isaiah’s answer and text of the sermon
  4. God greatness in nature
  5. The bigness of his purpose which includes all mankind.
    1. Not a denominational God
    2. Not a racial God
    3. Might even reveal himself in other religion. “I have other sheep that are not of this fold.1
    4. Step out in the bigness of God. Out of your narrowness to his bigness. You will begin to see life in a new light.

1. King refers to John 10:16: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

Source: MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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