When Christians want to know what the Bible says about money and stewardship and investments, we typically look to the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. I cannot tell you how often I have heard this parable used to explain to me how God is displeased when we do not save and invest our money to multiply it. And I have always been troubled by that line of thinking for two reasons: There are so many other passages in the Bible that teach us differently. For example, Luke 18 says: Sell everything......
On Sunday, I encouraged you to reflect on the characters in the Parables of the Bridesmaids and the Talents. They are real life, real world characters. They all have flaws. None are perfect. There is some right and wrong in each of them. And because the characters in these parables are real life characters, they offer us an opportunity to see ourselves in them. That is, you and I have sometimes struggled with the things they struggle with in these stories. We have faced similar situations, decisions and consequences. So, as a......