New Urbanism’s new way

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By Kendra Langdon Juskus Sometimes we can get stuck. We can get stuck in radical (though often justified) positions on crucial issues, to the point where compromise is inconceivable, potential allies retreat, opposing viewpoints dig their heels … [Read more...]

New landscapes for pastor’s preaching

Rev. James Merritt

On the final day of last month's Flourish Conference, Rev. James Merritt, pastor of the conference's host Cross Pointe Church, and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, took a bold step in his ministry by preaching his first sermon on … [Read more...]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Conference

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By Rusty Pritchard I suppose I knew it would happen. I had a pretty good talk prepared to open the Flourish conference. Then I saw who was there, and I rewrote it on the spot. Well, re-scribbled it, anyway. I think I kept most of the jokes. But I … [Read more...]

Getting Technology Right

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"What WALL-E Got Right." That was the title of a talk Andy Crouch gave at the 2009 Flourish Conference, and if you've seen the charming, intelligent Pixar film about a robot who is much more than metal and electrical pathways, you undoubtedly … [Read more...]

Emerging from Flourish 2009

After a short sabbath from the good (but exhausting) activity of last week's Flourish Conference, we're ready to re-surface and take a look at what emerged from these three days of worship, conversation, and inspiration: … [Read more...]

Flourish 2009, almost here!

The Flourish 2009 Church Leaders Conference on Creation Care, the FIRST conference of its kind, will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday May 13, at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Georgia, at 1:30pm. … [Read more...]

Lisa Graham McMinn: earth and us

Lisa Graham McMinn has a nice piece over at Her.meneutics, Christianity Today's blog for women, about Disneynature's movie, earth, and its reminder that while all of creation is interdependent on its parts for survival, we, as humans, don't give … [Read more...]

David Neff: Can We Separate Creation Care from Political Action?

David Neff, Editor in Chief at Christianity Today, highlights the unique nature of the upcoming Flourish 2009 Conference and probes the question, "Can We Separate Creation Care from Political Action?" in his post at the CT liveblog. He'll be headed … [Read more...]

Glenn Lucke of Common Grounds interviews Flourish’s Rusty Pritchard

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This interview with Flourish's co-founder and president, Rusty Pritchard, was conducted by Glenn Lucke and appears on Common Grounds Online. ---------------- GL: What is Flourish? RP: Flourish is a new collaborative ministry that helps … [Read more...]

Plant with Purpose

by Rusty Pritchard One of the priorities for social justice advocates in the church is going to be harnessing the new attention to environmental issues that so many Christians are expressing. Anytime a new conversation starts there are … [Read more...]