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Volume VI: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948 - March 1963, Contents

Introduction
Chronology and Sermon List
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DateTitle

I: Crozer Years

14 Sept - 24 Nov 1948 “Preaching Ministry”
“The Weaknesses of Liberal Theology”
1948 “The Weaknesses of Liberal Theology” I
1948 “The Weaknesses of Liberal Theology” II
Sermon Sketches
30 Nov 1948 - 16 Feb 1949 Sermon Sketches I
30 Nov 1948 - 16 Feb 1949 Sermon Sketches II
30 Nov 1948 - 16 Feb 1949 Sermon Introductions
30 Nov 1948 - 16 Feb 1949 Sermon Conclusions
1949 “Civilization’s Great Need”
3 Mar 1949 “Facing Life’s Inescapables”
22 May 1949 "A Way Out"
5 June 1949 “Mastering Our Evil Selves”/ “Mastering Ourselves”
24 July 1949 “Splinters and Planks”
Four Papers on Preaching Issues
14 Sept 1948 - 15 Feb 1950 “Karl Barth”
14 Sept 1948 - 15 Feb 1950 “The Limitation of Experience”
14 Sept 1948 - 15 Feb 1950 “Will Capitalism Survive?”
14 Sept 1948 - 15 Feb 1950 “Is the Church the Hope of the World?”
29 Nov 1949 - 15 Feb 1950 Preaching Problems That I Have Encountered
28 May 1950 Three Levels of Fellowship
Three Essays on Religion
Sept 1948 - May 1951 “Science and Religion”
Sept 1948 - May 1951 “The Purpose of Religion”
Sept 1948 - May 1951 “The Philosophy of Life Undergirding Christianity and the Christian Ministry”
20 Feb - 4 May 1951 “Science Surpasses the Social Order”
20 Feb - 4 May 1951 Index of Sermon Topics
Sincerity Is Not Enough
3 June 1951 Sincerity Is Not Enough,  Sermon outline
3 June 1951 Sincerity Is Not Enough

II: Boston Years

18 July 1952 To Coretta Scott
31 Aug 1952 “Loving Your Enemies”
28 Dec 1952 After Christmas, What?
False Gods We Worship
5 July 1953 “The False God of Science”
12 July 1953 “The False God of Nationalism”
19 July 1953 “The False God of Money”
26 July - 6 Sept 1953 “Radio Sermons”
5 July - 6 Sept 1953 “Prayers”
26 July 1953 “Accepting Responsibility for Your Actions”
2 Aug 1953 “First Things First”
9 Aug 1953 “Communism’s Challenge to Christianity”
24 Jan 1954 “The Dimensions of a Complete Life,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

III: Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

4 Apr 1954 “Going Forward by Going Backward,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
2 May 1954 Acceptance Address at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
May 1954 “Mental and Spiritual Slavery,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
4 July 1954 “A Religion of Doing,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
11 July 1954 “What Is Man?” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
5 Sept 1954 “God’s Love,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
9 Sept 1954 “The Vision of a World Made New”
12 Sept 1954 “Propagandizing Christianity,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
26 Sept 1954 “Creating the Abundant Life,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
17 Oct 1954 “New Wine in New Bottles,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Nov 1954 “Transformed Nonconformist”
Nov 1954 “Beyond Condemnation,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
1953 - 1955
“Christ, The Center of Our Faith”
On Worshiping False Gods
Jan 1955 On Worshiping False Gods
Jan 1955 The False God of Pleasure
Jan 1955 “Opportunity, Fidelity, and Reward,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
8 May 1955 “The Crisis in the Modern Family,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
15 May 1955 “Other Mountains,” Baccalaureate Sermon at Alabama State College
19 June 1955 “The Peril of Superficial Optimism in the Area of Race Relations”
“Discerning the Signs of History”
26 June 1955 “Discerning the Signs of History," Sermon notes
26 June 1955 “Discerning the Signs of History,” Sermon outline
26 June 1955 “Discerning the Signs of History”
28 June - 3 July 1955 “The Task of Christian Leadership Training for Education in the Local Community”
7 Aug 1955 “Worship,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
18 Sept 1955 “Looking Beyond Your Circumstances,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
25 Sept 1955 “Pride Versus Humility: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
2 Oct 1955 “The Impassable Gulf (The Parable of Dives and Lazarus),” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
20 Nov 1955 “The One Sided Approach of the Good Samaritan”
4 Dec 1955 “Why Does God Hide Himself”
1 Jan 1956 “Our God Is Able”
15 Jan 1956 “How Believe in a Good God in the Midst of Glaring Evil”
22 Jan 1956 “Redirecting Our Missionary Zeal”
5 Feb 1956 “It’s Hard to Be a Christian”
“Faith in Man”
26 Feb 1956 “Faith in Man” I
26 Feb 1956 “Faith in Man” II
18 Mar 1956 “When Peace Becomes Obnoxious”
“Fleeing from God”
29 Apr 1956 “Fleeing from God”
29 Apr 1956 “Fleeing from God," Sermon outline
Sept 1956 “Living Under the Tensions of Modern Life,” Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Oct 1956 The Prodigal Son
Oct 1956 “The Fellow Who Stayed at Home”
14 Apr 1957 Garden of Gethsemane, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
21 Apr 1957 Questions That Easter Answers, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
28 Apr 1957 The Rewards of Worship, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
5 June 1957 “The Most Durable Power,” Excerpt from Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church on 6 November 1956
14 July 1957 “Overcoming an Inferiority Complex,” Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
The Mastery of Fear
21 July 1957 The Mastery of Fear, Sermon notes
21 July 1957 "The Mastery of Fear," Sermon outline
21 July 1957 "Mastering Our Fears"
4 Dec 1957 The Christian Way of Life in Human Relations, Address Delivered at the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches
12 Mar 1958 “The Christian Doctrine of Man,” Sermon Delivered at the Detroit Council of Churches’ Noon Lenten Services
3 June 1958 Paul’s Letter to American Christians, Sermon Delivered to the Commission on Ecumenical Missions and Relations, United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
14 Sept 1958 “A Knock at Midnight”
14 Dec 1958 “Worship at Its Best,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
21 Dec 1958 “Christ Our Starting Point,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
1959 When Your A String Breaks
1959 I’m Going To: Procrastination
Unfulfilled Hopes
5 Apr 1959 Unfulfilled Hopes, Sermon outline
5 Apr 1959 Unfulfilled Hopes, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
7 Aug 1959 My Call to the Ministry
9 Aug 1959 “Divine and Human Mutuality”/ “Man’s Helplessness Without God”
16 Aug 1959 “The Conflict in Human Nature,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
30 Aug 1959 “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart”
20 Oct 1959 To William E. Newgent
27 Nov 1959 To Samuel McCrea Cavert
1954 - 1960 Man's Sin and God's Grace

IV: Ebenezer Baptist Church

28 Feb 1960 “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” Sermon Delivered at Friendship Baptist Church
3 Apr 1960 “Love in Action” I
2 Oct 1960 “The Seeking God”
Jan 1961 “What Happened to Hell?”
6 Mar 1961 The Man Who Was a Fool, Sermon Delivered at the Detroit Council of Churches’ Noon Lenten Services
7 Mar 1961 Loving Your Enemies, Sermon Delivered at the Detroit Council of Churches’ Noon Lenten Services
Sermons on Secrets
19 Nov 1961 “Secrets of Married Happiness”
19 Nov 1961 “What Then Are Some of the Secrets of Happy Marriage”
2 Dec 1961 “The Secret of Adjustment”
1962 “Without a Preacher”
16 Sept 1962  “Levels of Love,” Sermon Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church
30 Sept 1962 “Can a Christian Be a Communist?” Sermon Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church

V: Strength to Love, Drafts

Editorial Note
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter I, “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter II, “Transformed Nonconformist”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter III, “On Being a Good Neighbor”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter IV, “Love in Action”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter VI, “A Knock at Midnight”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter VIII, “The Death of Evil Upon the Seashore”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter X, “Shattered Dreams”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter XIII, “Our God Is Able”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter XIV, “The Mastery of Fear or Antidotes for Fear”
July 1962-March 1963 Draft of Chapter XV, “The Answer to a Perplexing Question”

VI: Undated Homiletic Material

Note on Dating
1950 - 1954 Sermon Notes and Outlines I
1953 - 1954 Sermon Notes and Outlines II
Wedding Prayer and Marriage Ceremony
1948 - 1954 “Wedding Prayer”
1948 - 1954 Marriage Ceremony
1948 - 1954 “God’s Relation to the World”
1948 - 1954 “All That We Are, We Owe”
1948 - 1954 “God the Inescapable”
1948 - 1954 “Getting Caught in the Negative”/ “The Peril of Emphasizing a Negative” /“Accentuating the Positive”
1948 - 1954 “The Law of Spiritual Accumulation”
1948 - 1954 “The Distinctions in God’s Creation”
1948 - 1954 “The Meaning of Forgveness”
1948 - 1954 “I Sat Where They Sat”
1948 - 1954 “Cooperative Competition” / “Noble Competition”
1948 - 1954 “The Danger of Mis Guided Goodness”
1948 - 1954 “The Unknown Great”
1948 - 1954 “Human Freedom & Divine Grace”
1948 - 1954 “The Human Tension”
1948 - 1954 “The Misuse of Prayer"
1948 - 1954 “What Shall We Do to Be Saved?”
1951 - 1954 “O That I Knew Where I Might Find Him!”
1955 - 1960 “The Peril of the Sword"
1959 - 1968 God in History: Four Proverbs

Addendum

Messages Following the Stabbing
20 Sept 1958 From Ruth H. and Ralph J. Bunche
22 Sept 1958 From Richard M. Nixon
23 Sept 1958 From John Steinbeck
29 Sept 1958 From Harry Belafonte

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