Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was one of the finest thinkers and most influential preachers of his era. Yet Thurman’s importance goes well beyond his influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the freedom struggle. His spiritual gifts and dreams, as well as his unique response to his troubled times, were as extraordinarily creative as they were vast and far-reaching.
This collection of fifteen of Thurman’s unpublished sermons on the parables of Jesus captures the power of the parables to challenge, transform, and inspire us to declare or reaffirm our commitment to the reign of God and the human community proclaimed by Jesus .
David B. Gowler holds a chair in religion at Emory University. His books include The Parables after Jesus (Baker) and What Are They Saying about the Parables? (Paulist Press).
Kipton E. Jensen is associate professor of philosophy at Morehouse College.