Letters to the Corinthians

saint-paulToo many irons in the fire, so to speak. I have a whole folder of work-in-progress articles, posts, studies, musings, and a “digital attic” of things in the folder “Interesting ideas.” One of the items in the attic was an introduction to St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians – or rather his on-going somewhat rocky relationship with the community at Corinth.

With the exception of The Letter to the Galatians and The Letter to the Romans, St. Paul’s epistles are pastoral letters, most often responding to some problem in the community – that is not to say they do not carry/imply a consistent theological unpinning – but the letters are pastoral in nature and most often corrective and encouraging. But we are not always sure of the problem that is being addressed. Continue reading

National Doughnut Day

Did you know that today is National Doughnut Day – or Donuts if your prefer. I pretty sure that we all now how to celebrate the day, but did you know the history behind the celebration? We have the Salvation Army (SA) to thank for this holiday. During World War I, the SA sent teams of volunteers to support the troops by meeting some of their needs: baked goods, writing supplies and stamps, and a clothes-mending service. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two SA volunteers came up with the idea of providing doughnuts – which were instantly popular.

In 1938 the Chicago area SA wanted to do a fund raiser for the poor of the Great Depression and also to honor the SA volunteers from WWI – the rest is history