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.
If our contemporary culture does not readily acknowledge how perpetual motion can dumb down our souls, we do maintain at least the memory that a faithful journey will always lead us back to where we started from, opening our eyes to the potential of a place that we were not able to see before we left it. It takes a trip to Oz for Dorothy to say and say again, “There’s no place like home.” Even when it is reduced to sentimental nostalgia, the sentiment has power because our longings point us homeward…. Christian wisdom about stability points us toward the true peace that is possible when our spirits are stilled and our feet are planted in a place we know to be holy ground. When we get this stability of heart deep down inside of us, real growth begins to happen.
The Wisdom of Stability
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