The Good Life?



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.”


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….


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….


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…


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…


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…


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!


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?