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The parable of the talents is one of those scriptural passages that is so familiar -- particularly given that the lectionary has placed it during the time when many congregations are conducting their stewardship campaigns -- that it's often difficult to keep it fresh for our worshipers. Yet in the economic circumstances of the moment, it's striking just how much it speaks to the condition many of our people are experiencing.
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