The Good Life?

Consumerism

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…

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…

11
Jun

Australian Spending Habits

As a Gen Y-er growing up in the post my-order-to-me-now-while-I-eat-some-smashed-avo age, I’m bombarded with constant messaging on financial freedom. There’s online businesses to start, click funnels to create, social media followings to grow, passive income to generate, all the while maintaining my day job and somehow saving for a shoebox house in Sydney and praying hard that my Super will see me through my old age.