Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
We begin by looking at some letters that open a window into history -- not necessarily world-changing history, but history nonetheless. Then we move to the apostle Paul's letter in which he clarifies what it means to live by faith. This is a letter that makes a world of difference!
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Titanic Possessions," June 21, 1998, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Once upon a time, people wrote letters. Not text messages, tweets or e-mails, but true epistles. Pens were actually put to paper. And these letters changed history, in ways both big and small.
First, the small changes.
A letter killed Charlotte Braun. Charlotte who? Charlotte Braun was a pushy version of Charlie Brown, the classic Peanuts character created by Charles Schulz. According to mental_floss magazine (October 2012), Charlotte Braun was introduced to the comic strip in November 1954, prompting a fan to write a letter to Schulz complaining about the obnoxious...