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I used to love Christmas
04
Dec

I Used To Love Christmas.

So here I find myself at Christmas 2019 and in a bit of pickle.

I don’t want my choices at Christmas to mean I keep people in modern-day slavery.

I don’t want my choices at Christmas to mean I’m sending the environment on a crash course with disaster.

But I also choose to not disappoint my nieces and nephews.

I fell out of love with Christmas when I saw how my choices were not truly aligned with the meaning of Christmas. If Christmas is about Jesus, then what does Jesus want Christmas to look like?

18
Nov

Which Came First, Christmas or Consumerism?

Flanders challenges the notion that the Christmas customs of the past were primarily religious. She does not deny their spiritual significance for the believer, but she does contest the idea “that Christmas was once religious, and only in our debased, commercial age has been reduced to its current shabby, market-driven modern form.” In other words, she disputes the presumption that the holiday was in the beginning primarily or even exclusively observed by devout Christians and that only in the last 200 years has its “real” significance been displaced by the forces of secularism and consumerism….

11
Nov

Consumer Culture: The Day Your Baby’s Wardrobe Became Better Than Yours

Shopping is also an opportunity to exercise God’s call to steward the Earth and to love my neighbour. Scientists tell us that the sheer scale of consumption has set us on a path of unsustainable use of the Earth’s resources. Species are disappearing at a frightening rate, the oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing and dead zones are appearing in our rivers and seas. Every time I enter a shopping mall I hear the seductive voice of consumerism promising me that I can have everything I desire; but concealing the terrible consequences of that promise….

16
Oct

The Restorative Economy

“Renew Our World is a global movement of Christians who long to see God’s world renewed. We believe we need to shift our thinking, our behaviour and our policies to build a restorative economy–an economy based on Biblical principles, principles that are just and sustainable. Where all people can make a living and have what they need without wrecking the planet. This is what the Restorative Economy is all about – where God’s intended order is built back into our social and economic systems.”

01
Oct

Live Free Tip: 14:30

Proverbs 14 vs 30 says:

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

This month’s Live Free Tip is about slowing down and re-focussing….

05
Sep

Consumed Research Project

McCrindle partnered with Consumed to prepare the Consumed report in April 2019. The report explores Consumerism in Australia and its implications for society. The purpose of this research is to understand attitudes, beliefs and behaviours towards consumerism and its impacts on individuals and society.

06
Aug

Why We Need a Theology Of Shopping

Shopping is also an opportunity to exercise God’s call to steward the Earth and to love my neighbour. Scientists tell us that the sheer scale of consumption has set us on a path of unsustainable use of the Earth’s resources. Species are disappearing at a frightening rate, the oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing and dead zones are appearing in our rivers and seas. Every time I enter a shopping mall I hear the seductive voice of consumerism promising me that I can have everything I desire; but concealing the terrible consequences of that promise….

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…