Things I Think…

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  1. bob1 says:

    From a CT article today:

    “King was not an evangelical. Evangelicals have traditionally seen the answer to the problem of sin primarily in individual conversion.”

    Good. He wasn’t “evangelical.”

    So I’ll pay closer attention to him and his theology.

  2. bob1 says:

    The author continues by defining evangelicalism as that branch of Xnity
    that stresses personal conversion and revival.

    Well, guess what? There are plenty of other branches of the Faith other than ones with those characteristics that are just as legit, if not more so, than that. You can be fully orthodox and not fit into his definition. I’m more
    interested in that, in what the church has believed historically. If that
    doesn’t fit into modern definitions of “evangelical”, too bad.

  3. Michael says:


    Much of his doctrine I find problematic.
    I find how he lived it in the public square exemplary.

    He wasn’t close to being evangelical…but neither was Bonhoeffer or C.S. Lewis…who I have much in common with…

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    Amen to all. Thank you Michael.

  5. Michael says:

    Thanks, Dan!

  6. bob1 says:

    Yeah, he was complicated.

    I do find it interesting that King has at least one encounter with God that shook him to the core. Didn’t see that mentioned in the article.

    Guess I’m tired of members of the evangelical-indystrial complex telling everyone who’s toeing their line and who isn’t. That got old a really long time ago.

  7. bob1 says:

    had at least

  8. Michael says:

    King denied the deity of Christ and the resurrection.
    That puts him outside any version of orthodoxy.

    My guess is that he now knows he was wrong and is quite happy about that…

  9. pslady says:

    Another “Things I Think” that hits straight to the heart. Blessings Michael.

  10. Michael says:


    Thank you…to you as well…

  11. filistine says:

    MLK continues to be one of the undervalued heroes of American history.

    Regarding #4, I’m reading Eugene Peterson’s book of that title…powerful stuff.

  12. bob1 says:

    A fantastic and recent bio of King is “King,” by Jonathan Eig. Includes a bunch of new research.

  13. Michael says:


    When I wrote that sentence I was like “damn that’s familiar”…couldn’t remember why.

    yes, it’s a great book…like all of his writings.

  14. Michael says:


    Thanks for the heads up…I’ll get that…

  15. Michael says:


    I saw that same author wrote the Ali bio, which was great.
    Then I saw he wrote a bio of Lou Gehrig as well.

    Now, I have no Amazon gift cards left… 🙂

  16. bob1 says:


    I know well that feeling/reality!

  17. Linn says:

    “King In the Wilderness” is a film about the last week of his life. He seemed to sense that he didn’t have long to live.

    As a child, from 1966 to 1975, I lived in a neighborhood where blacks were about 50% of the residents. King was a big deal, too. I learned to appreciate him and his teachings, although I also know he had his shortcomings.

  18. Joel Brown says:

    Pretty much yes to all of this, in idea and experience.

  19. Michael says:

    Thank you, Joel…may God bless the work of your hands…

  20. jtk says:

    “To be “successful” in the kingdom of God you have to be as invested in your sanctification as you are in succeeding…“

    whoaaaaa Solid You are getting wiser and holier in your old age….

  21. jtk says:

    I did not know MLK denied Christ’s deity and the resurrection. Where could I find such info?

  22. Michael says:


    Most any real bio that discusses his theology…he was very steeped in liberation theology and turn of the 20th century higher criticism…

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