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It is a well-established fact that letter writing is a dying custom. The only things we might put in the mail today are greeting cards and payments -- and we can do both online. In the past, however, the writing of letters was an important exercise. Here, we take a look at some of the most important letters ever written, and then reflect on what the apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "That Should Work," May 20, 2012, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Ask a group of older Christians to open their Bibles to the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, and you might get the question, "What's an epistle?"
Quite simply, it's a letter -- especially a formal one.
Ask a group of younger Christians to open their Bibles to the letter of Paul to the Ephesians, and you might get the question, "What's a letter?"
Recently, letter-writing has been largely replaced by email, texts and Facebook messages. But epistles are powerful ...