Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman at the Longest Running MLK Celebration in Evansville, Indiana, Helps New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Members Make Sense Out of Suffering

Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman at the Longest Running MLK Celebration

Sunday evening at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in the Center City, Rev. Dr. Tellis J. Chapman began his keynote sermon barely above a whisper before reading the story of Lazarus’ resurrection from the Gospel of John.

“So tonight if you’re wondering why black people have to suffer,” said Chapman, a Detroit pastor, his voice now shouting louder than the choir that sang before him. “If you want to know how to put pain in perspective and make sense out of suffering and get some reasoning and some rational as to why we have it rough, the way we have it rough, brother Lazarus helps us out.”

Lazarus, Chapman said, was a man loved by God, but didn’t realize God’s love. Lazarus, who four days after his death, was resurrected by Jesus, so that the crowd nearby that day may see the glory of God, he said.

God gives by taking away, he said, and struggles people face happen for “the glory of God.”

Chapman was the guest speaker for the Baptist Ministers and Deacons Alliance of Evansville and Vicinity’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration Sunday evening. It is reportedly the city’s first and oldest continuous MLK celebration. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 20.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, who was in attendance Sunday, signed a proclamation recognizing the long-running celebration,

David Smith, superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp., spoke before Chapmen urging the congregation to spread the word about the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center, which has a class size 200 below capacity.

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Source: Courier Press