A Biblical Basis for Parks and Recreation

Micheal Hickerson at Think Christian asks the question: "During an economic downturn, why should the county spend tax dollars on an apparently non-essential service like public parks?" He writes: While this must be answered according to the context … [Read more...]

The Wilderness is Not a Commodity

The extent to which we care for creation flows from our posture toward the earth and how we answer the question, "What is this creation for?" As we work to find an answer to that question, we have to be careful not to detach creation from the … [Read more...]

The God of Fertility

Recently I was staying at a friends house in the suburbs and it was a slow morning and it felt great outside so I went out on the porch and spent some time just staring. It is a new suburb, one that is built where the developers think the town will … [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...]

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...]

Get Outdoors this Christmas!

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The holidays can mean lots of eating, lounging around, and whining "I'm bored." What a waste! Christmas break, … [Read more...]

Ditch the Stores and Get Outdoors!

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by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Winter may be around the corner, but there’s no need to hibernate. Fall and winter landscapes have … [Read more...]

What do YOU see in the full moon?

The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (1 Co 15:41 NIV) by Rusty Pritchard Full moon tonight. What do you see when you look up at the moon? Do you see the … [Read more...]

Why your child needs a knife

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By Rusty Pritchard Kids need knives. I still get a laugh when my family goes to a sit-down restaurant, to see servers putting out silverware and carefully making sure that the table knives don’t go anywhere near my kids. This at ages up to … [Read more...]