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What Is the Good Life?

Do you ever feel behind in life? In a culture that endlessly calls us to hustle, climb, and improve, we’re bound to feel guilty for settling with “ordinary.” But is the good life built from all that striving? In this episode of White Horse Inn, Eric Landry, Justin Holcomb, and Bob Hiller consider what kind of lives we should expect according to Scripture. How is our experience of the good life shaped by our own experiences as sinful humans who now live under God’s benediction in Christ? They examine goodness as something received from God, how the good life can be the given life, and how this all relates to loving God and our neighbors.


“What’s good is what God says is good. So, the good life—the good of this creation—is something that’s given. It’s a gift. . . . When we talk that way, we begin to recognize that the goodness of creation is something objective that comes to us from God—it’s delivered to us; it’s received. The conversation in our day says that the good life is something that you pursue or achieve—it’s a subjective feeling. We all have the right to the pursuit of happiness. Everyone has the right to have a happy feeling in their heart and that’s kind of how the good life is defined. But I think, biblically speaking, we need to recognize that the good life is given by God as a gift.”

Bob Hiller

On This Episode:

  • Eric Landry is the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas and Chief Content Officer for Sola Media.
  • Justin Holcomb is a Senior Fellow with Sola Media’s Theo Global. He also serves as a professor and Episcopal priest. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books.
  • Bob Hiller is the Senior Pastor of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido, California. He is also the author of Finding Christ in the Straw.

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