I think that preaching should grow out of the experiences of the people.

Therefore, I, as a minister, must know the problems of the people that I am pastoring. Too often do educated ministers leave the people lost in the fog of theological abstraction, rather than presenting that theology in the light of the people’s experiences. It is my conviction that the minister must somehow take profound theological and philosophical views and place them in a concrete framework. I must forever make the complex the simple.

— The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson

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