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Sermon: Pentecost 23a – November 16, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

It’s all about money.  It’s all about money and nothing is clear.

A rich man called his 3 slaves around him.  They were probably close confidants, people bought and chosen to protect the man’s property.  He gave one of them 5 talents and one 2 talents and one 1 talent.  There is a wide variety of thinking about what a talent was.  But most often you read that a talent was worth about 15 years wages.  So he gave one, what: at least $2,000,000?  Ten million dollars?  More?  Even the one he gave the least had a lot of money to handle, maybe $600,000.  Not probable to us.  But Jesus’s listeners would have understood. (more…)