Radical Generosity

A friend recently introduced me to the sermons and work of Tim Keller from New York. It’s certainly thought provoking stuff, I struggled with the first talk not really getting into it but the second really had some gems in it on Treasure v Money. If you want to think about what you do with what you have then this is well worth taking time to listen to. For a good collection of his sermons and papers go here

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Book Review: Freedom of Simplicity

Freedom of Simplicity is a classic and a must read for everyone interested in seeking out the simple life in the 21st century. Few people will have written so thoughtfully and drawn so deeply from the wells of Christian experience than Foster. He focuses as much on the inner life of simplicity as he does on its outward expression, correctly recognising that if we do not have peace and contentment on the inside then what we do on the outside will lack authenticity and integrity, it will lack the vital…

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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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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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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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