​Open Up Your Gift!

A talent is a lot of money.


The parable of the talents is one Bible story that never sat right with me. The punishment didn’t seem to fit the crime. I wasn’t even sure there was a crime: Matthew 25:14-30 tells of three servants who received talents from their master. The first two received 10 and five talents, respectively. Because the third servant was given only one talent, I assumed that his share was pretty worthless. Who wants one of something when others have been given many? Can you really blame him for hiding it in the ground?

The master, however, condemned the third servant and cast him out into utter …

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