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Winter 2018 | Volume 36, Issue 4

Minimalism

Minimalism is making its mark on society, one tiny succulent at a time. What does that mean for Christians? The North American church surely does overconsume. Perhaps embracing simplicity could be countercultural and lead us toward certain kinds of holiness and obedience that we’re lacking. Yet things are still at the centre of this new movement that is purportedly anti-consumerist, and might hospitality suffer when we decide that having “extra” is uniformly bad? Among the faith-motivated and others, some adopt minimalism to be on trend, but still others are embracing some really beautiful practices for beautiful reasons, even godly ones.

14 Articles In this Issue
02
Editorial: Consumption Pharisees? On the New Minimalism by Sarah Hamersma

Is there room for others in our tiny homes?

06
World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world.

11
Headquarters: Work & Economics by Brian Dijkema

Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.

12
Minimalism and Monasticism by Heidi Deddens

Doing with less should help us find more.

19
A Regimen of Grace by David Henreckson

Embracing the austerity of Protestantism

26
Minimalism for the Sake of the World by Doug Sikkema

Minimalism Symposium: Stories of more and less

28
Building a Better Broadway by Sara Joy Proppe

Can we design a city for contentment?

36
Minimalism by Design by Bob Hamersma

Minimalism Symposium: Stories of more and less

38
Getting Simple Right by Milton Friesen

The art of organizational vitality.

46
Sabbath Simplicity by Norman Wirzba

Minimalism Symposium: Stories of more and less

48
Holy Clutter by Matt Miller

Our stuff isn’t just for private joy; we have things to share.

53
Liturgies of Less...and More by Tish Harrison Warren, Sarah Hamersma

Sometimes quiet, ordinary rituals are the most difficult.

61
Why Not to Be a Minimalist by Christine Jeske

Minimalism Symposium: Stories of more and less

64
The Commons: Editing as Asceticism by Jeffé Reimer

Graceful expression takes fewer words than you think.

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