News: Pope Francis, Life and Creation

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Flourish Magazine, Summer 2013 There are many unexpected things about the ascension of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy: his election (unpredicted), his chosen name of Francis (the First), his country of origin (not European), and his … [Read more...]

Connecting Kids to Creation: Everything is Interesting

by Rusty Pritchard The wiring is already there. The mental infrastructure is in place. It's up to us to provide the raw materials.  I'm not a romantic. Don't accuse me of putting the "noble savage" on a pedestal. I'm part scientist, part … [Read more...]

58: The Film premieres in theaters nationwide (get free tickets)

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One of the great misunderstandings about the care of creation, perpetuated by many environmentalists, is that the main beneficiary of environmental action is...the environment. Don't get me wrong--a Christian worldview clearly recognizes the … [Read more...]

For the Bible Tells Us So: A church’s biblically conservative approach to creation care

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By Susan Drake Emmerich Flourish, Fall 2011 Moraine Valley Church lies at the heart of an intersection with a Walgreens on one corner, a gas station on another, and strip malls lining the others. It is a church of 700 people located in … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Famine to Feast: The Story of Anathoth Community Garden

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by Fred Bahnson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010 The story of Anathoth Community Garden really begins with a murder. On a June afternoon in 2004, Bill King was closing up his shop on the corner of Mill Creek and Carr Store roads when someone … [Read more...]

Where is There Hope? Christian Faith at Home on Earth

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By Steven Bouma-Prediger Flourish Magazine, Fall 2010 Homelessness. Hopelessness. Living in exile. One philosopher describes life today as “coping with the flux”—learning to get along in the concrete details of life without the … [Read more...]

Tending to Eden: The rural poor are tangled in the roots of creation’s groaning

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By Scott C. Sabin Flourish Magazine, Winter 2010   Nearly one billion people make their livings as farmers at or near subsistence level. Since these men and women barely participate in the cash economy, they are overlooked by … [Read more...]

Christ vs. Consumerism: Choosing Contentment in a Commercialized World

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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 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...]

Book | The Family Dinner

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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

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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...]

An Education: A Costa Rican Community Learns What Helps and What Hurts in the Wake of Disaster

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By Tim Høiland Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   The small, quiet town of San Rafael sits amidst passing clouds on the slopes of Volcán Barva in the heart of Costa Rica. The confluence of two strong air currents—one rising from the … [Read more...]

“Greenest College Student” Saves His Trash For A Year

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In January 2010 Brennan Bird decided to reverse the paradigm of trash disposal, keeping his trash instead of throwing it away. His goal was to save (and live with) all of the trash he produced for a year. Having come to the end of the project, Bird … [Read more...]