For my historical theology class last semester I had to make a personal timeline of important events from the time of the reformation to the present that directly influenced my spiritual history. (To see it click the link above.) Let me recount the story told by that timeline. I ask you to forgive the melodramatic effects created by any narrative that begins with “In 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 these to a church door in Wittenberg” and ends with “In 2016 Grant Gates started classes at The Master’s Seminary.”
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”
Shockingly, other kids used to make fun of me. Who would have thought a kid who could recite all the monarchs of England from 1066 to the present and who learned Riemann integration before how to throw a football would draw so much ire? Doesn’t everyone use a straightedge to aim their putts in minigolf? In high school I frequently used expressions no one else does, e.g., “What in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s name is going on?” This would prompt the question, “Who’s Bonnie Prince Charlie?” I shall now tell you. Continue reading “All Glory Be to Christ”
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I want to learn from the pattern of Hebrews 11 and the logical flow into the next two verses. Continue reading “As Saints of Old Still Line the Way”