Conversations about God, money, and trust.
“Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” Mark 4:18-19 NIV
Christian Simplicity offers knowledge, ideas, and inspiration to those of us sown among the thorns of life — an approach to money and financial peace that is genuinely rooted in the gospel of the kingdom. Subscribe to our website or follow us on any one of our social media channels. Spread the word and share the message!
There are no formulas for a life of joyful trust, but there are some ways of thinking and practice that others have found helpful in their experience. We’re working on several guides that share these ideas and practices.
Conversations are dynamic and flowing. For a summarization of the water under the bridge view the conversation aggregation pages.
In God We Trust. It’s on our money, but what about our hearts?
How do we receive everything as a gift that is cared for by God? How do we make what we have received available to others, when it is right and good? How do we live in joyous trust whether the economy is good or bad and whether our wallets are full or empty? By becoming Jesus’ apprentices in kingdom living.
Join us as we learn to follow Jesus into a life of joyous trust! Here are some of the books we are reading and discussing — hope you’ll be part of the conversation.
- The Allure of Gentleness – A discussion about Dallas Willard’s recently released book on why Christian living makes sense, and how to talk about it the way Jesus would.
- Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Join in an online community of practice, using the book by Mark Williams and Danny Penman as a guide.
- FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most – follow along as Kevin Tupper shares openly from his own journey while leading a local group through this book, written by Mark and Lisa Scandrette.
Recent Blog Posts
Most of us have the idea that God is all good and all loving, but we don’t always believe it. For example, we might think that God is good, but live in fear of being punished. We might think that God is love, but spend our energy trying to earn God’s approval. If we believe, deep down, that God isn’t fair, or doesn’t love us, or is waiting for us to make a wrong move, we demonstrate that in what we do, and especially in how we think about others.read more
Ever wonder why you act against your own best interest? Succumb to the pressures of consumerism? Resist spending quality time with God?
Blame the serpent.
It wasn’t willful disobedience that brought down Eden, but instead false beliefs about God. God created us to be in relationship with him, enjoying his presence as he enjoys ours. Our false ideas about God destroy that joyful intimacy.read more
At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know him.
But later on, when I recognized God, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed God was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.read more
Misconceptions abound about the simple life. We can clarify simplicity as much by explaining what it isn’t as by delineating what it is.
Easy — Many equate “simple” with “easy” and become disillusioned with simple living when they find out how hard it can be. To bake your own bread or cut your own wood is not always the easiest way to accomplish chores. But doing them yourself allows for an invaluable independence.read more
Simplicity in its essence demands neither a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading. As an ethic of self-conscious material moderation, it can be practiced in cities and suburbs, townhouses and condominiums. It requires neither a log cabin nor a hairshirt but a deliberate ordering of priorities so as to distinguish between the necessary and superfluous, useful and wasteful, beautiful and vulgar.
— David Shi, Historian and Simplicity Scholar
It is impossible to miss God on the mount of transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36) and too easy to miss him as I go about my day. Is every bush really afire with God? Perhaps not. Maybe sometimes a bush is just a bush. But there is no bush absent from his presence. As David wrote, “if I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Ps 139:7-12)read more