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Letter from a Jerusalem Jail Acts 5:27-32

Letter from a Jerusalem Jail

The path to the kingdom of God often passes straight through the local jailhouse.

At a Glance

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail." It became an important document in the history of the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s, and remains a cogent discussion of the duty of every citizen to resist unjust laws, for an "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This then leads us to the biblical text where we wind up, not in a Birmingham jail, but a Jerusalem jail. Peter has something to say, as did MLK, about where and when it is okay to disobey man's laws.

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Homiletics has treated today's gospel text 14 times. If you'd prefer to preach from the gospel reading, consider "Fleas of Faith," April 18, 1993. Go to and use the Scripture search box or Date search box.

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