Christian Finance Carnival #2: Biblical Currencies Edition

by Mike on May 12, 2010

It is my pleasure to host the second edition of the Christian Finance Carnival! The Bible mentions “money” 140 times in the King James Version, and if you include other variations such as wealth, gold, silver, talents etc…you’ll notice there is a great deal of attention to finances. I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the different currencies mentioned in the Bible for this edition. These are all great articles — enjoy!


The talent was the largest unit of weight in the Bible. If in today’s money an ounce of Gold is worth $900 U.S., one talent is worth around $1,080,000 U.S. ! Talents can be found in:
Exodus 38:24-29
1Kings 9:14
Matthew 18:24, 25:15-18
Revelation 16:21

Personal Finance By the Book presents Are You an Opportunity Seizer Or an Excuse Maker
Using the parable of the wedding banquet found in Luke 14:15-24, Joe reminds us to remain consciously aware of opportunities and not fall into the habit of creating excuses.

If this story has a ring of familiarity to it, perhaps it is because you recognize this man from the parable of the wedding banquet (Luke 14:15-24). “That guy really blew it” you are thinking. You are right, of course, but the story demands introspection…is it possible that you are that man? Read more >>>

Bible Money Matters presents: Financial Stewardship, the Forgotten Component
Financial stewardship often revolves around earning and managing. This article reminds us of a 3rd and perhaps the most important component.

Chuck tells us the often lost component of financial stewardship is fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. Read More >>>

Gather Little By Little presents: Can I Trust My Church with My Money?
This is part 1 of a 2 part series presenting questions you should ask when considering membership at a church and thereby supporting the ministry financially.

Today, I want to list several characteristics of a church that is worth your financial support. Read More >>>

One Money Design presents: You Can’t Take Money to Eternity
This is a sobering reminder that our material possessions will be left behind when we leave this Earth. So how much value should we really place on them?

We have to remember we can’t take money with us to eternity. We’ll leave it behind when we move on someday. For me, this is reason enough to try and not place money first in my life and use it for my desires or purposes. Rather, it should be a tool to fulfill God’s purposes. Read more >>>

Mite: Used as a measure of money in the New Testament. The word translated mite in Luke’s account of a poor widow giving two mites to the temple comes from the Greek word lepton. This Greek word means the smallest bronze of copper coin used. Luke 12:59, 21:2

Tithing

Tithing is always a hot topic when discussing finances from a Biblical perspective. Here are the contributions that addressed the act of tithing:

Money Crashers presents: Should You Tithe While Paying off Debt?
This addresses a popular question and defines the tithe.

In Christianity, the tithe is 10% of your wages/earnings that is donated to your home church. Read More >>>

Provident Plan presents: Did Jesus Tithe? What Did Jesus Say About Giving?
A list of scriptures given where Jesus talks about tithing vs giving. There is very little commentary, just scripture.

I thought it would be helpful to look at Jesus’ teaching. I’m going to divide this into two sections. First, we’ll look at what Jesus taught about tithing. Then, we’ll look at his other teaching on giving in general. This will be the verses only – no commentary. Read More >>>

Redeeming Riches presents: Tithing: How Much Should a Christian Give part 2
Warning: This article is going to force you to do a heart check! It’s bold, and also why it is the editor’s choice!

Why is it that Christians get so worked up about the concept of giving and tithing?
I think the answer lies in the reason why Jesus spoke so much about money and possessions – because money has a way of subtly blinding us to what’s really important! Read More >>>

Personal Finance Journey (that’s me!) presents: Should I Tithe Off My Income Tax Return?
Another popular question is dissected. The answer really depends on if you tithe off your gross or net income, which is also explored.

Whatever model you choose, remember that giving is an act of worship, so honor God with your giving.
God loves a cheerful giver! Read More >>>

Omer: Used as a dry measure. The word omer is sometimes translated as sheaf — specifically, an amount of grain large enough to require bundling. An omer of barley was a traditional offering on the second day of Passover during the period of Temple sacrifice. (Exodus 16:22, 32-33, 36)

Advice

Money Help for Christians presents: What To Do When God Gives Bad Financial Advice
The title completely caught me off guard! However, this article offers a reflection on finances from a Biblical perspective stacked against our own preconceived notions of what stewardship is.

To fully understand what God teaches about money, I think we need a fresh look, a deeper understanding, and (most importantly) the humility to say I might be wrong about what I assumed about money. Read More >>>

Debt Free Adventure presents: Save Money or Get Out of Debt?
Practical advice is shared with a DFA reader with a common problem. Aside from practical advice, scriptural encouragement is given to help with this stressful situation.

Since we have advance knowledge that we may end up in a financial train wreck, how should we best prepare? Read More >>>

Thanks to everyone who participated in this carnival. The next carnival will be hosted by Provident Planning. To view the schedule, sign up to host, or submit an article visit Money Help for Christian’s Christian Finance Carnival submission page.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Craig Ford May 14, 2010 at 12:39 am

Lakita,
Sorry it took so long to stop by. Thanks for putting together a fantastic carnival.
.-= Craig Ford´s last blog ..Cut Cable TV and Still Watch TV On the Cheap =-.

2 Paul Williams May 12, 2010 at 11:49 am

Thanks for hosting the carnival, Lakita! You picked an interesting theme.
.-= Paul Williams´s last blog ..Guest Post on Budgeting at Out of Your Rut =-.

3 PF Journey May 12, 2010 at 11:52 am

Thanks Paul! And one day when my world stops spinning (moving, filing claims, upcoming ministry assignments, physical therapy, car shopping etc)….I want to pick up where we left off!

4 Jason @ Redeeming Riches May 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

Kita, thanks so much for hosting and for the editor’s choice – Wow!! I’m humbled. There’s something pretty cool about having a “Warning” prefacing my posts – never thought I’d see the day! 😉 Great job!!
.-= Jason @ Redeeming Riches´s last blog ..5 Dumb Mistakes College Grads Make With Their Money =-.

5 PF Journey May 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

Every once in a while you’ll read an article that will make you sit back and truly reflect! That was one of them!

6 Peter May 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

Great job on the Carnival – I actually learned something today! Who knew just how much a talent was, adding the context to the measures actually makes the stories pop a bit more!
.-= Peter´s last blog ..Should I Have Bought An Extended Warranty? =-.

7 PF Journey May 12, 2010 at 8:28 am

Thanks Pete!

I should point out that a talent is a weight measurement…not the actual currency.

You could have a talent of gold as in the example
or a talent of silver….which wouldn’t be worth quite as much…but still valuable
a talent of copper, bronze, etc….

I’m sure in the parable of the talents however, that whatever precious metal was distributed was very valuable!

8 Joe Plemon May 12, 2010 at 7:51 am

Lakita,
Thanks for the great hosting job. I enjoyed the theme and had no idea that a talent of gold was worth more than a million dollars!

Thanks too for including my post. Greatly appreciated.

9 PF Journey May 12, 2010 at 7:58 am

Yeah, a talent is no small piece of change! I did some research on this when writing about the parable of the talents. I think our first thought is to sympathize with the servant that was given 1 talent as opposed to 5….but he had something significant to work with!

BTW, I really enjoyed how you expounded on the parable of the wedding feast…I never thought of it like that!

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