Denise Giardina: Fighting for the Mountains in God’s Country

By Jason Howard and Silas House Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Denise Giardina is a radical. Perched on the worn couch in her cozy home in Charleston, West Virginia, Giardina doesn’t shy away from this term, a death knell in … [Read more...]

Christ vs. Consumerism: Choosing Contentment in a Commercialized World

by Matthew Sleeth Flourish Magazine, Spring 2010   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and … [Read more...]

Inside Flourish

From Kendra Langdon Juskus, Managing Editor Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   There’s been an interesting theme in the news of late—have you noticed it? It’s an emphasis on happiness: what truly makes us happy, how to be happier, and … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Eat What’s in Season; Eat What’s Delicious

By Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Though January is often the time for making resolutions, when it comes to the practice of seasonal eating, the spring and summer months are, for many folks, the best time to start. It’s a … [Read more...]

I See You: Reflections on “Avatar” and the Importance of People and Place

by Steven Garber Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Putting on 3-D glasses so that I could “see” the story of Avatar that James Cameron has brought to the screen, twice I joined the millions who made the film millions. For people who … [Read more...]

Two Poems for Spring by Debra Rienstra

by Debra Rienstra Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Peonies Even to think of them makes her cry, she told me.  Her great-grandfather, a man of tenderness, grew them well and gave them away by the armful. Such gentle surfeit: silken … [Read more...]

What is an Environmental Missionary?

by Lowell Bliss Flourish magazine, Spring 2010 At first, the question remained the same, but my answer would change. People asked me, “Lowell, why are you a missionary?” Before I left for India in 1993, I’d tell them my conviction … [Read more...]

Book | The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

Reviewed by Kendra Langdon Juskus Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   On the final night of a visit to India last summer, all five of my senses were treated to the sort of vibrant experience only India can offer, though the experience came in … [Read more...]

The Flourishing Church: Transforming a Church Yard, One Blade of Grass at a Time

by Scot F. Martin Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   “Anti-Christ Turf Monster!” That’s what we’ve dubbed our seven-plus acres of turf grass on the property of Trinity Covenant Church in Livonia, a suburb of Detroit.  (Full … [Read more...]

Sprouts: Items of interest springing up in the creation care community

Flourish magazine, Spring 2010 Five Questions For: Jonathan Merritt Jonathan Merritt’s first book, Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet, is the result of one man’s journey into deeper faith through the revelation of … [Read more...]

Book | Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Reviewed by Ben DeVries of Not One Sparrow Flourish Magazine, Spring 2010   What would make Jonathan Safran Foer, a talented and successful young novelist (Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), decide to spend … [Read more...]