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“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48b NRSV

“He sat [Jesus] down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’” (Mark 12:41-44 NRSV)

“He [Jesus] said to them, ‘Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” (Luke 20:25 NRSV)

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Therefore: Taxation and Justice
What in the world do taxes have to do with faith? Examining tax policy through the lens of scripture may strike some people as strange, and many Americans contend that taxation has nothing to do with faith. In fact, while most people in the United States claim to be religious and to identify with various Christian traditions, many of these religious Americans refer to taxation as an evil. Read more »

Therefore: Economic Ethics and the Ten Commandments
One of the most interesting versions of the Ten Commandments appears in Deuteronomy 5. Long before that passage was written down, Moses had led the people out of slavery. Yet many did no know how to deal with their liberation. Read more »

Therefore: The Gospel and Money
Money is a gift from God. When we are in right relationship with God, we will be in right relationship with money. God’s Spirit frees us to find contentment in what we’ve been given. When God is our source of security and worth we can receive and let go of money. Money become a servant rather than a master. Read more »

Thrift or Debt: Which is the Right Direction for Texas
From this day forward, we ask our political leaders to govern our state according to principles of living within our means, saving for the future, transparency in financial matters. and careful stewardship of our human and natural resources. Read more »

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