The Simple Disciplines

On February 28th 1954, Martin Luther King delivered a sermon – the earliest sermon for which we have an audio recording – to a large Baptist church in Detroit, just a few weeks before Boston University approved his dissertation outline.

King began with the biblical story of Joseph and Mary who set out for Nazareth only to realize that they had left Jesus behind in Jerusalem. He then describes those core values, or “simple disciplines”, that we need to rediscover before we will be able to move forward.

Always best to listen to MLK, though we follow the audio link with an abbreviated transcript, with congregation interpellations in italics.










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