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

By Mervyn A. Warren (Author)
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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 the preaching of King, a homiletical biography exploring King's sermons, his use of language, his delivery and more. In this book we have a remarkable opportunity to gain new insight into all of King's life and work. Originally written as a dissertation and presented to Mrs. Coretta King by the author in 1988, this remarkable work has been uncovered, fully revised and updated, and is available for the first time to the general public.

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830826580  
ISBN13  9780830826582  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Warren is professor of preaching in the department of religion at Oakwood College where he has also served as chair of the department and vice president for academic affairs.

Mervyn A. Warren was born in 1933.

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Practical and Theoretical Power!  Apr 21, 2006
As an admirer of great Black preaching, I cannot thank Dr. Warren enough for penning this essential window into the mind of a figure often trivialized and simplified into an all-purpose, harmless icon. Dr. King really did come preaching. This book puts him in the proper perspective as part of a long line of intellectual and oratorical tradition, while pointing out the uniqueness of his gifts.

Before you pick up "King Came Preaching", remember that it seems more of a study of responsible ministry than a recruiting tract pamphlet. Because of this fact, Dr. Warren makes the benefits of his scholarship accessible to others than just Evangelical Christians. Dr. Gardner Taylor, Dr. James Cone, Dr. William Jones, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Minister Louis Farrakhan and others are proof that there's more than one way to skin the devil!

Ministers, Professors, lay persons and the just-plain curious would all do well to share in this intimate but intelligent look at one of history's most misunderstood figures.
Came Preaching Social Justice  Feb 12, 2006
I read this book because I wanted to gain insight to what type of theologian Dr. Martin Luther King was. After reading this book, I came away with the impression that the author of this work, Dr. Mervyn A. Warren is not one should learn theology from. He may be a professor of Hermeneutics, but his application of scripture are aimed toward improving society at the expense of ones life after death. His theme of this book is that King preached for social justice. This is not a surprise to anyone. It is only a problem when the gospel of Jesus Christ is excluded. No where in this book are arguments how Dr. King Jr. handled topics such as every man's need for repentance, and the acceptance of Jesus as Savior. Never is it stated that Dr. King never preached on this topic or other topics based on other theology, but he does state the pulpit should be used to mobilize social change. Dr. Mervyn A. Warren argues that Dr. King Jr. and Walter Raushenbush would agree on this statement:
"If a minister uses great teaching method of the pulpit sanely and wisely to open the moral importance of the social questions, he may be the utmost usefulness."

"utmost usefulness" to what is the question I ask myself. The upmost usefulness to bring on social change. yeah, I agree the pulpit should bring new direction to an individuals life. Christians being a creation should seek to do good. But if he is arguing the "utmost usefulness" for the pulpit is to bring social justice or to organize the congregation to better this world I disagree. Dr. A. Warren strongly argues for the pulpit to be used to mobilize its listeners for social involvement. The author belittles sin and the need for men to repent to their creator. He speaks of a black theology and mocks a black Pastor who disagrees with him on this topic.
The power of King the preacher  Mar 1, 2002
A lot has been said and written about Dr. Martin Luther King's contributions to and leadership in the Civil Rights movement; but many times we have failed to take a closer look at the source of his genious. How and where did it all begin?
Dr. Warren's research and examination of King the student, preacher, and pastor is not only timely, but also presents an often ignored aspect of the magnificent aura that enveloped King's persona. This book is not a presentation of King's speeches, but it is a well developed analysis of Dr. King, the preacher. It traces how King was influenced by and in turn influenced black preaching in America. This work is unequaled in that Warren painstackingly details aspects of King's academic and ministerial life, unknown to many.
If you want to know Dr. King, and the true essence of his to date unequaled leadership, the majesty of his speeches, and the power behind his awesome personality, READ: KING CAME PREACHING!

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