Monthly Archives: January 2014

What’s in a name? A brief reflection on MLK

I was just remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I was struck by how admirable and appropriate each part of his name is.

Reverend – He was a man of God, pursuing Jesus’ call to love Him and all of our neighbors equally and sacrificially, who sought to minister not only to souls but also to suffering.  

Doctor – He was a man of learning, who succeeded in cultivating his mind despite significant, racist barriers to fair education.

Martin Luther – He was a reformer who worked to free the oppressed from the corruption of his time.  

King – He was a born leader with eloquence, regality, and courage.  

Junior – He was a son, not only born to an earthly father but also reborn to an eternal One.

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