Reflection 8.22.18

08/22/2018

In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill, three men were crucified. We must not forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thusly fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. So, maybe the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

~Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)


Reflection 8.13.18

08/13/2018

In deep disappointment, I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church; I love her sacred walls. How could I do otherwise? I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great-grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and fear of being nonconformists.


~Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)


Reflection 7.27.18

07/27/2018

Time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

~Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)


Reflection 6.22.18

06/22/2018

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of those willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard word time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.


~Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)


Reflection 5.21.18

05/21/2018

We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Reflection 5.7.18

05/07/2018

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.

~Martin Luther King Jr.


Reflection 4.17.18

04/17/2018