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Preaching Problems That I Have Encountered

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr.

Date: November 29, 1949 to February 15, 1950?

Location: Chester, Pa.?

Genre: Essay

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


King probably prepared this brief handwritten document while enrolled in Keighton’s course Preaching Problems.

  1. Difficulty in preaching on special days that appear in the Christian year.1
  2. Difficulty in applying the Old Testament to modern life.
  3. I often get criticisms from laymen and unlettered ministers for using a modern translation of the Bible as a source of preaching

Christmas is an Incarnation. It is the meeting of two worlds

Outline of a Christmas sermon.

1. For examples of sermons that King drafted for holidays, see King, After Christmas, What? 28 December 1952; “Crisis in the Modern Family,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 8 May 1955; and Questions That Easter Answers, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 21 April 1957, pp. 128-129, 209-213, and 283-293 in this volume, respectively.

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

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