vol. 11, num. 2 :: 2012.01.20 — 2012.02.02
Throughout much of the world, winter strips away many signs of life and calls us to remember that summer’s abundance does not exist all the time, everywhere, for all people. By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round. What does simplicity look like in your life?
The confession of a modest hoarder.
Taking a simple lifestyle for granted -- and occasionally, as an idol.
On making changes to live closer to our place on a smaller version of “enough.”
Confessions about the difficulty of living on less.
A call to creativity, grace and the correspondence of action and belief.
An invitation to downsize in the new year.
Jesus offers an example for all classes.
A morning ritual offers lessons in complex simplicity.
Lessons from a history of accidentally going without.
Examining the source and nature of one’s treasure.
The Jones family can haunt us even in a well-intentioned quest to live simply.
Ideas for celebrating the beauty of nature by creating simple, found-object gifts.
On cultivating a new attitude toward the busier-than-thou game.
On the complexity of simplicity and giving up the closet.
An interview with Jim Merkel, the $5,000 man.
Aiden Enns proposes a 12-fold rule of life for the twenty-first century.
Worship is a world-making endeavor. By singing songs of praise to God, we proclaim the source of ultimate sovereignty in the world. By singing the poem of Colossians 1:15-20, the early church subversively announced that Christ, not Caesar, is Lord. By singing that song today, we proclaim that Christ – not the global market, not he president of the United States, not Microsoft, not military might – is the Lord of our lives. In the face of empire, “what is needed is imaginative, liturgic world-making that enacts a world more credible than the world of empire.”* By reciting these stories to each other in worship, we shape our imaginations in a way that engenders an alternative praxis, a character shaped in the image of God.
Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
* - Walter Brueggemann
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