A Satisfied Life

Tucked away near the end of Paul’s first letter to Timothy is a little statement that packs a big punch, Paul states very clearly that if he had food and clothing, he would be content (1 Tim 6/8) and that’s it.To be content is to be satisfied, fulfilled, gratified and happy. Paul if he has food to eat and clothes to wear is happy. I genuinely think I’d struggle with that because my life and my house are quite full of stuff. Could I really be happy without music, games,…

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Wikipedia explains

A day rarely goes by where I don’t find myself on Wikipedia for some reason or other and it occurred to me that I’d never read the article on consumerism and then one thing of course leads to another and you’re reading an article on Simple Living. From there you journey to Affluenza and I love the definitions here…although it makes me realise how many people are infected. My last stop before I had to get on do other things was Frugality which sounds terrible but isn’t as bad as…

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Energy plan set to back nuclear

So I was doing my regular news review (can’t start the day with poring over the BBC news site) and this was the lead story –BBC NEWS | Politics | Energy plan set to back nuclearWhat do you think, good or bad, green or greedy? It’s hard to say what principles you might apply from the Bible to the issue of nuclear power generation, but I guess the biggest cause for concern is the longevity of the nuclear waste and the shortness of our attention spans. Nuclear waste lasts way…

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Separating Kingdom and Culture

This past weekend I was doing some teaching on the Kingdom of God with some students and at the end of the final session we began to discuss what marks the lifestyle of a member of the kingdom of God. What was interesting was initially how hard it was to see that the lifestyle we live ‘by default’ might not actually reflect the values that Jesus taught about. Suddenly eyes began to open about generosity, hospitality, community, possessions, pace of life, forgiveness and that these are marks of the kingdom…

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Book Review: Serve God Save the Planet

Serve God Save the Planet was part of our holiday reading and both the better half and I found it refreshing to read of Americans that cared. Sleeth has done some drastic trimming of his families lifestyle (although to be fair it did sound a bit bloated), now living in a house that is smaller than his previous garage! For those new to the whole issue of changing lifestyle to care for the gift of creation this is an excellent place to start, same goes if you want a straightforward…

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Contentment is great gain

It was a real pleasure to take some time just reading the scriptures on holiday without the pressure of talks to write, simply letting different things jump off the page and start me thinking. What hit me afresh was that consistently in many different places the writers of the New Testament are utterly convinced that to be a Christian is not just to think differently, not just to believe differently but to live differently. I don’t know about anyone else but as I consider the church in the UK too…

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Just buy less

Well I’m back from holiday – just about to offset in case anyone wonders. Caught up on some reading and will post some link and mini reviews in due course. In my absence, I’ve been sent some links to some really interesting articles, first up is this one from the Guardian by Jonathan Porritt. It’s a must read.

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