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Dear Dr. King, Thank You for Your Ministry

Four preachers share what they've learned from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Dr. King, Thank You for Your Ministry

"Dear Dr. King." Thus begins four letters of appreciation for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from four contemporary pastors—Crawford Loritts, Matt Chandler, Soong Chan-Rah, and John Piper. On April 16, 1963, as Dr. King waited his release from an unjust imprisonment in a Birmingham jail cell, Dr. King used the margins of a smuggled newspaper to write one of the greatest essays of the 20th century. Today we call the essay the Letter from a Birmingham Jail. In this moving letter, Dr. King argued his case for why we can't wait for an end to racial injustice. But the letter also contains a passionate plea that the church also faces one of two stark options: pursue and fulfill your Christ-given mission, or become an irrelevant social club. These letters from four contemporary pastors originally appeared in Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Pastor Bryan Loritts and published by Moody Press.

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