To avoid offending the Pharisees, Jesus pays the temple tax (with a coin from a fish’s mouth) but offers a subtle lesson in hypocrisy (Matthew 17:24 – 17:27).

After Jesus and the disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax went to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter went into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of

Conservative Christian groups say IRS targeted them in effort to punish for political and moral beliefs

Several Christian groups have come forward this week claiming that the IRS unfairly targeted them.  This lends credence to other accusations that the IRS targeted more than just conservative political organizations in their most recent scandal. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, said his relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association were