I Have a Dream for Amos 5:24

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”  During the middle of the civil rights movement, this speech emphasized the optimism and hope that many activists held for the future.  There is, however, one exception.  King quoted Amos 5:24 in this context:

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.’

Now most of us probably think King means something like this: “We cannot be satisfied until there is fairness for the negro, and all in the nation behave rightly towards their neighbors, independent of prejudice against color.”  This is what we think based on the context of the speech.  Now I mean no disrespect to Dr. King and the great good done by his actions and this speech, but unfortunately, that’s not what the verse means, because the verse has to be interpreted in the context of its chapter. Continue reading “I Have a Dream for Amos 5:24”

I Have a Dream for Amos 5:24

Why Should I Read a Biography?

The majority of my readers will think that they are busy.  That’s the world we live in these days; everyone keeps themselves very busy, moving constantly from activity to activity.  In all this craziness, then, when I or someone else recommends a book to you about a person who died several hundred years ago that you’ve never heard of before or haven’t really thought about ever, you ask, “Why should I take the time to read this book?  Why should I read a biography?”  Today I’m going to try to answer that question!  Biographies, particularly Christian ones, benefit you by providing examples, challenging your life, honoring those to whom honor is due, and illustrating the gospel. Continue reading “Why Should I Read a Biography?”

Why Should I Read a Biography?