This chapter explores King's ministry and theological development before he became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. It observes that by the time King preached his first sermon at Dexter, he had already crafted a socially engaged understanding of Christianity that would form the heart of the social gospel he would preach throughout his public ministry. The chapter notes that King's earliest religious writings demonstrate that he had worked hard to prepare for this opportunity, crafting a language, a ministry philosophy, and a persona that could inspire thoughtful and purposeful engagement and the transformation of culture. It further notes that years before King arrived in Montgomery, he believed in the revolutionary and redemptive power of love.
Keywords: King's ministry; Dexter Avenue; Christianity; ministry philosophy; redemptive power
Chapter. 6841 words.
Subjects: History of the Americas
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