Amos Humphries: A Lament for American Slavery

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Amos Humphries: A Lament for American Slavery (Daniel 9)

Amos Humphries, pastor of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, tells a story about his family connection to plantation life during the Civil War era. His great-grandfather owned a plantation in Mississippi and fought for the Mississippi state militia at Vicksburg after his plantation was burned down. Humphries ties his family history, including growing up in Detroit, to his relationship to Black History Month. The transcript of this sermon is available here.

The first half of the sermon is a personal account providing an example of lament, which is the subject of the second half of the sermon as Humphries examines Daniel 9. One of the most significant aspects of Daniel’s lament is his taking on himself personal responsibility for sins he didn’t commit.

This sermon was delivered on Feb. 3, 2019 during the morning worship service at Park Lake Drive Baptist Church in Waco.


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