Adventures in Simplicity

simplifyAs my husband and I have been on this journey of trying to think more critically about our stuff, one of the voices I have appreciated is Tsh Oxenrider. If you haven’t checked out her blog “the Art of Simple” it’s worth a skim. Most lifestyle blogs have you getting to the end of a post and thinking, “I need this, oh gosh, and I need that. Aw, and why don’t I have this other thing, too?” Whereas with the Art of Simple, you finish and think, “How can I simplify and embrace contentment where I am?” Continue reading

What worked for me in 2016

class 1991.jpgThere’s this thing that a lot of bloggers (also ) I follow do at the end of the year– reflect on “what worked” and what didn’t. It’s a great tool to reflect over the past year and integrate new things into the year ahead. Since things have been pretty serious around the blog the past few months, I’m going to be sprinkling in some more stories on our experiments with minimalism starting with my variation of the 2016 “what worked for me”: the things we did without in 2016… Continue reading

Common Good

What we see in Acts and the writings of Paul is that our material possessions are a barometer of our hearts:

“What we do or do not do with our material possessions is an indicator of the Spirit’s presence of absence”.

There is not a confiscation of private property. There is also not a command on how much everyone should give to the poor (there’s no commands to give 10% in the New Testament). But there is an understanding that those who have more will give more, and that  “with a mindset of unity we will view our economic resources as available to meet others’ needs”.

Private possessions are not a problem. The problem is possessiveness.

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Neither Poverty nor Riches (book Summary)

hunger for justiceIn part one, I gave a picture of how stuff is distributed in our world. I wanted to do that because after reading this book, the biggest take away is as people who follow Jesus we should be very concerned about economic inequality. In the book (aptly titled Neither Poverty Nor Riches, by Craig Blomberg ) the author is attempting to create a textbook that is a Biblical theology of possessions. Biblical Theology is a big word, but what it basically means is he’s going through the whole Bible, taking every mention of possessions, money, wealth, etc. and figuring out what those passages are saying. Basically he’s trying to answer the question: What is the Biblical view of stuff? Continue reading

Stuff Wars: Tidying Up

The Stuff Series: Since being in America, I’ve been thinking a lot more about possessions and the amount of stuff I own, and how I interact with this stuff. Here’s the first bit.

I finally read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. This is coupled with a new obsession about tiny houses (aka emailing David every other day with a new link to some cool design). This has led to purging stuff. My sister, who is also currently “tidying up”, has run into a similar problem that I’ve been facing in all this purging, “What is a responsible way of getting rid of this stuff? I don’t want to just dump it all at Goodwill.” Continue reading