Sprouts: Creation Care Community News

Jerry Lawson

Five Questions For: Jerry Lawson Jerry Lawson (quoted in this issue’s Flourishing Church article) is a Christian serving in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency that ensures the protection of human health and … [Read more...]

Change and a Chance in El Campo


By Kendra Langdon Juskus and Jennifer Ruppelt Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 It’s the golden time of day. We’ve had lunch, and while we ate a brief rain shower dappled the countryside—el campo here in Nicaragua. Now, as we drive … [Read more...]

Wasting Nothing: A Baptist Church Finds a Winning Solution to High Energy Costs

By Kendra Langdon Juskus Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 Energy was not a particularly important concern when a congregation of 18 people founded First Baptist Church (FBC) Orlando in 1871. But since then, the church has expanded … [Read more...]

Tending the Flock: Soil, Soul, and the Ministry of HOPE CSA

Zachary Hawkins's head shot.

By Zachary Hawkins Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 Pastors in the Pasture The day begins, like every day on the farm, with morning chores.  My father—farmer, minister—emerges from the old brick farmhouse wearing soil-stained work … [Read more...]

Coping with Plenty

Jan Johnson

By Jan Johnson Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being … [Read more...]

A Flourish Interview with Nathan Foster


In 1978, Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline, an exploration of the classical spiritual disciplines, which changed the lives of millions of Christians seeking greater spiritual growth. In 2010, Nathan Foster, Richard’s son, wrote Wisdom … [Read more...]

Inside Flourish Magazine, Spring 2011

By Kendra Langdon Juskus, managing editor Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   What do we miss when creation goes missing? As wealthy (on a global scale) moderns in a frenetic, violent world, we have been taught, implicitly and … [Read more...]

The Gift of Good Land


By Wendell Berry Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   “Dream not of other Worlds …” Paradise Lost VIII, 175 We asked Christian leaders to offer fresh reactions to Mr. Berry's essay. We got quite a response. My purpose here is … [Read more...]

Of Faith and Feathers

By Lindsey Howald Patton Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 One I made friends easily when I lived in Korea; there were so few of us English-speakers around. We were sitting, four of us, on some white rocks, eating peanuts and tossing the … [Read more...]

Book Review | The Environmental Visions of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien


By Monika Hilder Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 J.R.R. Tolkien was most unhappy to realize that The Lord of the Rings had achieved cult-like status among American hippies and the drug culture. Would he be equally unhappy, or at least … [Read more...]

Book | The Family Dinner


Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, by Laurie David, with recipes by Kirstin Uhrenholdt Hachette Book Group, 2010, 256 pages You may … [Read more...]

Book | Mere Environmentalism


Reviewed by Jim Jewell Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 Mere Environmentalism: A Biblical Perspective on Humans and the Natural World by Steven F. Hayward AEI Press, 2010, 100 pages During the Christmas holiday, my family spent a lot of … [Read more...]

“A Thrilling Encounter with God”: How to Start a Church Prayer Garden

Prayer garden at Fuller Theological Seminary

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] “The more a truly reverent person knows about a flower or an insect or God, the more overwhelmed he is…truths give to … [Read more...]



Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 Five Questions For: Andy Patton We started the New Year by welcoming a new member to the Flourish team. Andy Patton, who has written for Flourish magazine in the past, became the Flourish managing editor of … [Read more...]