This week in Christian history: Revival in Sri Lanka, Leo X elected pope, S.M. Lockridge born

S.M. Lockridge born – March 7, 1913

Shadrach Meshach Lockridge (1913-2000), a prominent African American preacher best know for his famous sermon "That's My King." | Screengrab: YouTube/David Shook

This week marks the anniversary of when Shadrach Meshach Lockridge, an African American preacher best known for a famous sermon titled “That’s my King,” was born in Robertson County, Texas.

The son of a Baptist minister, Lockridge became the pastor of the prominent African American congregation Calvary Baptist Church of San Diego, California, and preached at several revival events.

Lockridge is probably best known for a sermon he gave in the 1970s titled “That’s my King,” which included a six-and-a-half-minute-long description of Jesus Christ where Lockridge often repeated the question “Do you know Him?”

“He’s the Wellspring of wisdom. He’s the Doorway of deliverance. He's the Pathway of peace. He's the Roadway of righteousness. He's the Highway of holiness. He's the Gateway of glory. He’s the Master of the mighty. He’s the Captain of the conquerors. He’s the Head of the heroes. He’s the Leader of the legislators. He’s the Overseer of the overcomers. He’s the Governor of governors. He’s the Prince of princes. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords,” preached Lockridge, in part.

Versions of “That’s my King” have been uploaded to YouTube on multiple occasions, including one video from 2008 that as of this publication has more than 8.7 million views.

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