The Good Life?

Christianity

31
Jul

Live Free Tip: No-Go or Borrow

As children it is drummed into us to share. But as adults we seem to be less open to the idea of sharing. Or rather, we’re less open to the idea of asking if someone will share what they have with us. Not only does this lead to the accumulation of more stuff in our lives, but it contributes to the lack of community and connection we feel…

24
Jul

Live Free Tip: The Invitation

Loneliness has been revealed to be just as damaging to our health as smoking. As a community of Christians, we may think we are exempt from this reality, but truth be told, loneliness can creep in even when we’re standing in a crowded room. That’s because Loneliness is not about the quantity of people in our lives but more about the quality of people in our lives. We yearn for deep connection, to be truly known and truly seen…

29
May

Live Free Tip: Screen Time

In 2012 Robert and Edward Skidelsky published a book called “How much is enough? Money and the good life.” They ask why people in the Western world work such long hours and have lives that revolve around money. The Skidelskys quote renowned economist John Maynard Keynes, who in 1930, said that by 2015 we’d only be working 5 to 10 hours per week. Keynes believed that capitalism would have improved life to such an extent that we’d hardly have to work at all…

14
May

Empowerment Over Exploitation

Baptist World Aid started assessing companies on the systems they had in place to protect workers and ensure their clothes are being ethically made. Since the first Report came out in 2014, our research has grown significantly, reflecting the increased consumer interest in ‘ethical fashion’. We have grown from assessing 41 companies to 130 companies in our most recent 2019 Report. This represents millions of workers whose lives have been improved!

08
May

Little By Little.

If this is at the heart of God’s purposes, then we need to ask in what ways our own choices, our systems and our priorities get in the way of God’s purposes. Specifically, in what ways does our relentless pursuit to consume stuff and experiences get in the way of our relationships, of love?

07
May

You can’t love nothing.

If this is at the heart of God’s purposes, then we need to ask in what ways our own choices, our systems and our priorities get in the way of God’s purposes. Specifically, in what ways does our relentless pursuit to consume stuff and experiences get in the way of our relationships, of love?

07
May

Are Australian’s living the good life?

But here’s the tragic thing, advertisers, multinationals, pop-culture, politics and unwittingly our friends, peers and neighbours have convinced us that the good life is found in the accumulation of stuff and experiences. It’s the vision of the good life given to us by ‘consumerism’. On this measure, if any nation has mastered the good-life, it should be us. Yet the evidence suggests that if this is the good-life than something has gone deeply awry…