Original Sin and Throw Pillows: On the Ethics of Stuff

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In May, I published an essay for OnFaith about finally realizing, after years of guilt, that wanting and having a comfortable, attractive home is not necessarily un-Christian. The essay, later published in the print edition of the Washington Post, got lots of responses from readers thanking me for tackling a question that many Christians, particularly [Read More...]

Does God Hate Clutter? I Used to Think So, But Now I’m Not So Sure

All of our stuff can distract and overwhelm us, but it can also provide context. Our clutter can remind us that matter matters, that the bodies we inhabit and tend, the food we make and eat, the clothes and toys and mementos made or given or used with love can bind us to each other, and to those who came before and come after. [Read more...]

Living Well with More: Learning to Love (or at Least Accept) My Kids’ Stuff

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Graham Hill’s op ed about living well with less in last Sunday’s New York Times started like this: I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people [Read More...]

“You Made Me Happy, Mom”: Christmas 2012

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I take Christmas gifts for my children very seriously, keeping a running list on my iPhone of gift ideas (some of their choosing, some my own brainstorm) and then sitting down in November to chart exactly what each child will receive, factoring in fairness and wants and needs and budget. I aim for each child [Read More...]

That Darn Camel: Raising Conscientious Kids in a Stuff-Oriented Culture

by Jennifer Grant This is the fourth of a series of five posts exploring money and faith. The series title comes from this scripture verse: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read More...]


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