a bit of a problem with your analogy.” He announced the moment I emerged from
the kitchen with a half-empty bottle of water in hand.
In as much as I
love getting questions when it comes to the faith I have in Jesus the Son of
God, I know my friend is quite smart. He can pick an argument the size of an
elephant apart with a pin. Going for the jugular of an argument is his thing.
Quickly, I swallowed what I had in my mouth, and then I went to sit across from
him. With my countenance … Read the rest
Of course, he’s no fool. He’s
careful about what he eats and the places he goes. He researches the
recommendations he gets before he adopts them with as much passion as he looks
into the opportunities that opened up to him before he invests in them –
thoroughly. He accepts that a lot is beyond him but he wouldn’t deny that he’s
“Isn’t that the
way life is?” he asked me. “You can readily afford some things. But you have to
save up for others. And even if you’re the richest alive or that’s ever lived,
you still wouldn’t … Read the rest
One of the reasons this parable is
popular is also the reason for the prevailing lack of understanding of what
Jesus is saying in it. What we make talent
to mean keeps us from seeing what the parable is actually showing us.
To us, a talent is something
someone is especially good at doing. It’s a sort of natural or psychological
endowment that sets one apart from others.
However, these meanings are wrong
both in the historical sense of the word and the context of what Jesus is
telling us in this parable. As a matter of course, it means … Read the rest