From time to time prophetic Christian voices rise to challenge our nation's "original sin." In the twentieth century, compelled by the Spirit of God and a yearning for freedom, the African American church took the lead in heralding the effort....
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From time to time prophetic Christian voices rise to challenge our nation's "original sin." In the twentieth century, compelled by the Spirit of God and a yearning for freedom, the African American church took the lead in heralding the effort. Like almost no other movement before or since, Christian people gave force to a social mission. And, remarkably, they did it largely through nonviolent actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words and historic efforts as the Moses of this civil rights movement stand out as perhaps the most significant instance of a modern Christian leader acting in a prophetic role to instigate political change. In many ways "The Letter from Birmingham Jail" stands at the center of that movement. In this book African American journalist Edward Gilbreath explores the place of that letter in the life and work of Dr. King. Birmingham Revolution is not simply a work of historical reflection. Gilbreath encourages us to reflect on the relevance of King's work for the church and culture of our day. Whether it's in debates about immigration, economic redistribution or presidential birth certificates, race continues to play a role in shaping society. What part will the church play in the ongoing struggle?
Edward Gilbreath is director of editorial for Urban Ministries, Inc., and an editor at large for Christianity Today. Previously, he was editor of Today's Christian and New Man, the official magazine of the Promise Keepers men's ministry. He is also coauthor of Gospel Trailblazer the story of the first black evangelist on Billy Graham's crusade team, and Reconciliation Blues. Ed and his wife, Dana, have two kids.
- From Time To Time Prophetic Christian Voices Rise To Challenge Our Nation's "original Sin." In The Twentieth Century, Compelled By The Spirit Of God And A Yearning For Freedom, The African American Church Took The Lead In Heralding The Effort. Like Almost No Other Movement Before Or Since, Christian People Gave Force To A Social Mission. And, Remarkably, They Did It Largely Through Nonviolent Actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Words And Historic Efforts As The Moses Of This Civil Rights Movement Stand Out As Perhaps The Most Significant Instance Of A Modern Christian Leader Acting In A Prophetic Role To Instigate Political Change. In Many Ways "the Letter From Birmingham Jail" Stands At The Center Of That Movement. In This Book African American Journalist Edward Gilbreath Explores The Place Of That Letter In The Life And Work Of Dr. King. <em>birmingham Revolution</em> Is Not Simply A Work Of Historical Reflection. Gilbreath Encourages Us To Reflect On The Relevance Of King's Work For The Church And Culture Of Our Day. Whether It's In Debates About Immigration, Economic Redistribution Or Presidential Birth Certificates, Race Continues To Play A Role In Shaping Society. What Part Will The Church Play In The Ongoing Struggle?
- 1 Birmingham Begins
- 2 The Making Of Martin
- 3 Montgomery Miracle
- 4 The Road To Revolution
- 5 As Birmingham Goes
- 6 Eight White Preachers, Or With Friends Like These
- 7 An Angry Dr. King
- 8 The Jailhouse Manifesto
- 9 “my Dear Fellow Clergymen”
- 10 Taking It To The Streets
- 11 Dreams And Nightmares
- 12 After The Revolution
- 13 King Among The Evangelicals
- Epilogue: King’s Epistle For Today
- Recommended Reading On Race, Mlk And The Civil Rights Movement
- About The Author