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The Curiosity Index (07.12.2017)

100 years of Finland Yesterday Finland celebrated 100 years as an independent nation, it’s a beautiful country. But 100 years isn’t all that long and reminds me that nations are not permanent. What Christians believe…in 90 Seconds! I have a very high regard for the way Glen Scrivener presents things. Lake Chad: The world’s most complex humanitarian-disaster There is a lot of tragedy around the world that most of us are completely ignorant of. The Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity December is an excellent month to try to practice this important discipline.…

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Christian Living 

Money: 4 questions, 4 principles & 5 lessons

There are few more powerful forces in the world than money, the wanting it, the having it, the losing it, the using it causes great upheaval in the hearts of men and women all over the world. As Ian Paul notes, It is Jesus who characterises Mammon as a rival to God in Matt 6.24 (‘You cannot serve both God and Mammon’) as well as Luke 16.9, 11 and 13. It is the ‘deceitfulness of wealth’ which is one of the three causes of the unfruitfulness of the seed in…

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Christian Living 

Overflowing Abundance

Abundance is a word that perhaps sits a little uneasily for a network devoted to simplicity – in fact abundance is part of the problem in a consumer society isn’t it? An abundance of choice, gadgets, food, credit and appetite for shopping has done significant damage to the fabric of communities, our moral vision and notion of what is valuable. As Jenny Flanagan said, “Everything is available to me right now if I have the money, but I don’t think it makes life better.” Too many of us have had…

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Christian Living 

10 myths about simple living

Jeremy at Make Wealth History has a great post about ten myths about simple living which you should read. His ten myths are: Simple living is about retreat, and withdrawing from the world Simple living is about self denial Simple living is about rural pastoralism Simple living sentimentalises poverty Simple living is opposed to progress and technology Simple living is hypocritical Simple living is anti-capitalist and anti-wealth Simple living is only for westerners Simple living is a passing fad Simple living is environmentally futile Stand out line: “I want to live…

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Christmas, consumers, gifts and gratitude

For a blog that is supposed to have a focus on consumerism and generosity it’s been a while since I posted on the subject. However, I have been stacking up a substantial backlog of posts that I’ve noticed but not quite managed to write about it. This post both clears the decks and gives plenty of food for thought. If you hadn’t noticed it’s nearly Christmas, that time of year where we go slightly loco with money and stuff, and it’s a unique event. Rampant consumerism and the celebration of…

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Pay in a megachurch: Can this be right?

Take a look at the following infographic about mega-churches in America. It’s all quite interesting about membership and size and so on. What really grabbed my attention was the box at the bottom right about staff pay. Have a look and digest those figures for the moment. I’ll make some comment below. So, what did you think? About right, too little, too much? Let me make a few observations, and this is from the perspective of someone who has only ever been the leader of a church of less than…

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John Stott: The Simple Pastor

I know I’m slightly slow in paying my tributes to the late John Stott who died not so long ago but I felt I wanted to do so anyway. At the end of this post will be a collection of links to some others doing the same. When I first started blogging I called it ‘the simple pastor’ for a few reasons, one that’s all I am – it was a reminder to myself that that’s all I was. Secondly it was because I was stirred by the theme of…

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