Two days ago I had the incredible opportunity to have a conversation with the always-inspiring Tom Sine for Episode 14 of the RePLACING CHURCH PODCAST. Tom is an octogenarian futurist, author and consultant. We covered so much ground in our conversation — Tom’s forthcoming book Live Like You Give a Damn: Join the Changemaking Celebration, his come-to-Jesus moments, turning 80, stories of how churches are engaging their neighborhoods, ageism, creative housing alternatives, Babette’s feast, contextual forecasting, and viewing following Jesus as a design opportunity.

I’ve been thinking about a lot of these things since our conversation, but mostly the question he posed, “What is the good life?” Tom isn’t the first to ask this question — Aristotle asked it over 2000 years ago. But Tom says this is the most critical question that the church needs to be asking as we consider what it means to follow Jesus in the world today:

“The idea of biblically redefining what is the ‘good life’ is the first step in discovering all of life as a design opportunity, and it’s out of that that we can design new forms of hospitality, new forms of housing, new forms of interior design, new ways to raise kids for servanthood instead of economic success, new ways to party, and new ways to give life to what we claim so strongly in our theology is most important to us.”

What do you think? What is the ‘good life’ that you are longing for more of?