The following sermon outlines were found among the hundreds of notecards King prepared for his courses at Boston. In the sermons King argues that God’s love is universal and inclusive of all faiths and races.
No more delightful moments can be spent than those spent reading the book of Jonah. It is one of the greatest books of the Old Testament. Its themes is both arresting and electrifying. Its unknown author appears to have possessed the vision of a Saint Paul, the satiric power of a George Bernard Shaw, and the delicious humor of a G. K. Chesterton. This book does not represent an actual occurrance any more than the parable of the prodigal son. But who can doubt the accuracy of either as portraits of
of multitude of human hearts. To often have we spent our time arguing over the historicity of Biblical stories, while failing to grasp the underlying truths.
Let us look at this story for a moment and see what it has to offer us. Recall the story
1. The poem from John Donne favored by King was “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee” (“Devotions upon Emergent Occasions,” in John Donne, Selected Prose, comp. Evelyn Simpson and ed. Helen Gardner and Timothy Healy [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967], p. 101). See, for example, King, “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” 3 December 1956, MLKP-MBU.
CSKC, INP, Coretta Scott King Collection, In Private Hands