Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Filling the brief - part 3

In the debrief after sermon delivery (see this link) I realized that I had been quite silly.

Sometimes in life you recognize how mightily thick-headed you are.  Time for some reflection...


At the service where I presented the 2 Kings 7 sermon I used words of a Martin Luther King Jnr speech.  It used the words in this linked slide.  The speech was titled “The Truth is Marching On”.  As I read that speech, and as I watched a Youtube recording of Martin Luther king Jnr delivering the speech, it occurred to me how lyrical the words were. 

Anyway, the service is held and the service leader chooses a hymn to follow the message.  That hymn was “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”.  It is a hymn that is also known as “Mine eyes have seen the glory” or “The battle hymn of the republic”. 

The hymn is of course the one that Martin Luther King Jnr used in preparing his speech.  Martin Luther King Jnr took the first and second verse and read them without the intervening chorus.  He then added the chorus at the end. 

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Image credit: The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Good Old Songs We Used to Sing, '61 to '65, by Osbourne H. Oldroyd -, Public Domain,

So thick-head me celebrates words of Martin Luther King Jnr when in reality they were words of a popular hymn.  You live and learn!

Now, that does not detract from how Martin Luther King Jnr delivered a great speech or from the message that God marches on before us.  However, it does require that I revise my speaker notes to the presentation slide.


To which, it is necessary that I set out to change a slide of the sermon.  A revised slide is depicted at this linked post.



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