The abbot Theodore of Pherme had three fine codices. And he came to the abbot Macarius and said to him. “I have three codices, and I profit by the reading of them. And the brethren also come seeking to read them, and they themselves profit. Tell me, therefore, what I ought to do?” And the … Continue reading The minimalism of the desert monks
Christianity Today has published a fantastic article on AA and transformative small groups. There is so much thought provoking content here. Here are just a few quotes I am taking away from it. “AA has what the contemporary church, or at least a large portion of the contemporary evangelical church, seems to lack: a clear … Continue reading Gathering the AA Way
Christian ethics is as simple as this: love God, love others. Everything else is commentary. Love Others Physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, verbal and mental abuse, these are all spoken against by Jesus and the prophets as they violate the command to love others. This command is pretty open ended too, extending even to … Continue reading Christian ethics isn’t complicated
An essential aspect of a sent Christian lifestyle, in my experience, is worshipping as you go. If you’re going to be connecting with God in the world, if you’re going to be modelling church amongst the unchurched, it's important to develop the discipline of worshipping God, wherever you are, with whatever you’ve got. Even if … Continue reading Worshipping As You Go
I'm seeking to declutter my life at the moment. Experiencing the joy of downsizing.
When prayer seems impossible, simple prayers can be the best. Do any of you struggle with depression? What prayers do you find helpful?
I am thinking about simple living today. In an earlier thread I asked, "How much of the need for [home] protection is a reflection of socio-economic disparities?" I suggested, "Another way to protect our homes is through modest living." Then, as providence would have it, I came across some new research from George Barna that suggested … Continue reading Simple Living
Lord, help me now to unclutter my life, to organise myself in the direction of simplicity. Lord, teach me to listen to my heart; teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it. Lord, I give You these stirrings inside me, I give You my discontent, I give You my restlessness, I give You my … Continue reading Prayer for Simplicity