The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

Ever wonder where your t-shirt came from? If anyone was hurt in the making of it? If it contributed to the injustice in the world? These are pertinent questions as we think through what it means to be committed to justice in a broken world. Pietra … [Read more...]

What Does it Mean to be Human?

By Andy Patton [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] The phrase "human nature" has negative connotations. When someone says "that's just human nature" they are … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry: Community Brings Flourishing

Wendell Berry writes in "Men and Women in Search of Common Ground" of how community can bring trials and suffering, but it is in those very trials that our good hope lies. His says that binding ourselves with the closest relational ties in life … [Read more...]

International Day of Prayer for Creation

Prayer doesn't bring revival. It is revival. To that end Renewal, a student-led sister organization, is sponsoring an international day of prayer for creation on February 2, 2011. This year's theme is "Prayer for Environmental Justice." Get … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Urban Trees

The US Forest Service completed a massive study of the monetary and environmental benefits of trees in cities. Other than reducing pollution in the form of carbon emissions trees also raise land value, reduce electricity bills, decrease the time it … [Read more...]

Which to Save: Earth or Souls?

There is a false dichotomy stuck in the mind of modern Christianity that saving the planet and saving the souls that fill it are two different enterprises. From the Christopher James' blog: "There's a debate in Christian circles which goes like … [Read more...]

A Texas Family Connects With the Outdoors… Through Squirrel Hunting.

Royce Johnson, 65-year-old farmer, says in an article in Texas Monthly, "I've got nothing against computers, but I find them so boring. I can sit on a stump just about anywhere in the woods and be fascinated for hours." Is he talking about … [Read more...]

Free Composting Webinar Hosted by Renewal

Pound for pound composting is one of the simplest and most helpful things an individual can do to start taking care of creation right away. Turning your food waste is as simple as piling it up outside and letting the natural processes of the earth … [Read more...]

Snow and the Gifts of the Lord

By Andy Patton [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] It snowed on Christmas in my part of the world, big, slow flakes that blanketed the ground in white and the … [Read more...]

Four Nature Theologians

Dean Ohlman at Wonder of Creation features four prominent theologians of nature in four successive posts. In each Ohlman provides a short introduction and then excerpts a sample out of one of their major works. The posts are a good introduction and … [Read more...]

Dan Barber on Eco-Aquaculture

New York chef, Dan Barber, practices what he preaches, and his sermons are food. He eats, cooks, and talks about food that is good from start to finish, from soil to plate, or, in this case, from sea to plate. In this TED talk Barber talks about … [Read more...]

Creation Care: God is the Reason

There are lots of reasons to care for the Earth. Here are some. Here are some. Here are some others. But Tom Rowley, writing at A Rocha, says at the end of the day for Christians one reason should be primary: God. "For Christians, the primary … [Read more...]

Kids and Nature-Deficit Disorder

You can't love something if you don't know it - this is especially true of the Earth. However, we live in an increasingly technological world where time spent outdoors is being replaced by time spent in front of screens. The move indoors presents … [Read more...]

One Woman Turns Trash Into Art… and a Business

According to the EPA the average American produces about 4.4 pounds of trash a day, 29 pounds per week, 1,600 pounds a year. There are lots of ways  to reduce that number that we've talked about at Flourish before such as composting, recycling, … [Read more...]