The Art of Animals

Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek

By Ben DeVries of Not One Sparrow [Ed. note: this article is part of our weekly series of reflections called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] This summer I bumped into the work of Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek, much of which has … [Read more...]

Urbana Conference Highlights Creation Care

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Urbana is five days of inspiring speakers and extraordinary stories. It's 20,000 missions-minded brothers and sisters learning and talking and worshiping together. It's full of opportunities to discern vocations with thoughtful mentors. And this … [Read more...]

With Hope to Share

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Christmas Gifts Fit for a Kingdom By Kendra Langdon Juskus Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and … [Read more...]

Make Scottish Shortbread – to Give or Enjoy With Family

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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.] There’s some part of any baking recipe that children of any age can really get into, in addition to … [Read more...]

Gifting Well

Photography by BJWOK

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly reflections called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] Many traditional Christmas gifts begin with good intentions and end up as a pile of plastic on their way to the landfill. But … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: One Thing

Justly produced coffee packs a lot more than caffeine in its punch.

Watch the hot water swirl into your tea in a rich brown stain. Breathe its steam into your mouth, and feel a little more at peace. Wrap your fingers around the porcelain of your mug. Settle your eyes on the person across from you and really hear what … [Read more...]

Deep Down Things: There is a balm in Gilead

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Marilynne Robinson's novel Gilead has been around for a few years, but I only recently read it. I'm glad I'm finished with it now, not because it wasn't good, or even transcendent. It's both. But upon finishing it, I felt like Moses on Mount Sinai, … [Read more...]

Deep Down Things: Down-Home Environmentalism

By Kendra Langdon Juskus This is the first year I won't be traveling to upstate New York to my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. My grandmother passed away last year, and as I reflect on her life this holiday season, I'm re-posting these … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: Curing the Black Friday Blues

Nov. 27: Buy Nothing Day

Thanksgiving has a relatively simple premise. It’s a holiday known for family time, rest, and warm, hearty (and largely local) food. It’s also refreshingly unmarketable. Although you can now send Thanksgiving cards and place giant inflatable … [Read more...]

Ecotourism guide: Creation care on the road

Have you ever vacationed on an idyllic Caribbean island and discovered that behind its beautiful beaches was a local population suffering from hunger, poverty, and disease? Or have you labored for a week of building churches and running VBS in a … [Read more...]

Weekly Family Activity: Drops of Water

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by Kendra Juskus How great is God—beyond our understanding! 
The number of his years is past finding out. He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on … [Read more...]

Weekly Church Activity: Giving thanks for all creation

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Earth Day, April 22, has turned into a modern secular holiday, but it is often ignored by churches. However, Thanksgiving is a more natural time for Christians to give thanks and praise to God for his creation. We thank God not just for food, family, … [Read more...]

Weekly Reflection: That Beauty May Flourish

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By Jim Jewell Last spring we planned a family trip to the Grand Canyon. I had been to the Canyon once before and had slept under the vivid starry skies of the northern Arizona high desert so I could see the rising sun begin lacing early ribbons of … [Read more...]

Weekly Family Activity: Saving the colors of the season

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” - Ecclesiastes 3:1 If you live in a place where the seasons change, you get to witness the shift in God’s rich palette of colors every few months. And right … [Read more...]