Spring 2010

Spring 2010

Here you’ll find the full versions of articles from the Spring 2010 issue of Flourish. Sign up for fresh Flourish content by email or RSS.

Inside Flourish
by Kendra Langdon Juskus, Managing Editor | Thoughts on this issue.

Features


Christ vs. Consumerism: Choosing Contentment in a Commercialized World

by Matthew Sleeth
| “Our lives may be largely defined by what we keep and what we discard. Christ was abandoned on the cross, despised and rejected. Yet just because something is thrown away doesn’t mean that it wasn’t worth saving.”
Skeptics, Cynics, and New York Times Bestsellers
by Jonathan Merritt | Combating “faction” about environmental stewardship with the truth of God’s Word. [We’re sorry, but this content is no longer available.]

Departments

Where We Live:
Mountaintop Removal Mining: Fighting for the Mountains in God’s Country
by Jason Howard | Coal mine disasters, species destruction, illness from polluted water … These things happen in our own country, but they don’t have to.
The Flourishing Church:
Transforming a Church Yard, One Blade of Grass at a Time
by Scot F. Martin Trinity Covenant Church, in Livonia, Michigan, defeats its “evil turf-monster.”
Global Community:
What is an Environmental Missionary?
by Lowell Bliss | “Environment is nothing more than ‘that which surrounds the people we love, the people for whom Christ died.'”
Sprouts
Items of interest springing up around the creation care community.
Toolshed: Eating in Season
How do I know when it’s OK to eat strawberries? How do I cook a kohlrabi? Answers to these and other questions you thought you’d never ask in this issue’s Toolshed.

Reviews

Book | The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky | Culinary revelations from Depression-era America provide recipes for squirrel stew and some insight into the eating habits of today. — reviewed by Kendra Langdon Juskus
Book | Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer | Uncomfortable truths served medium-rare; side of humor. — reviewed by Ben DeVries

Poetry

Peonies and Resilience by Debra Rienstra

The Last Page

I See You: Reflections on Avatar and the Importance of People and Place
by Steven Garber | “If we casually walk away from people and place, we lose something crucial to our humanity—so be careful about that.”

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