Redemption by the Side of the Road


By Andy Patton Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, sits just off of a high-speed, four-lane highway lined with fast-food chains, a Wal-Mart Supercenter, and a cluster of modular, low-rent … [Read more...]

Save on Gas and Grow in Fellowship: Three Steps to Carpooling to Church

Carpool street sign.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] If you read the comics in your local paper, you’re probably familiar with the antics and mishaps of the … [Read more...]

Tim Keller: Can Faith Be Green?

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks the question, "Can faith be green?" Keller gives an overview of the history of the creation care dialogue as he works toward an answer to the question: What is the … [Read more...]

Beyond the “Green” Commandments


By Dave Timmer Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 Recently I watched a news clip of a woman plugging her new book on “green” living from a faith perspective. Like so many others, her book gives ideas for living a “green” … [Read more...]

Is Life Too Fast? Try Making Some Yogurt.

Sometimes it is everything we can do to slow down. The speedy pace of life can feel like a fast-moving current that will pick us up and carry us with it if we are not careful. The consensus around us is not not one of rest and Sabbath-taking, but one … [Read more...]

The Eden Project: A Work of Ecological Redemption


At first glance the Eden Project in Cornwall England looks like it would be more comfortably be at home on Mars rather than the quiet English countryside, but it is entirely earthly. The Eden Project began in 2001 in an old clay pit that looked … [Read more...]

Four Friends Start a Home-Grown Recycling Program and Inspire a Town

Whoever said one person can't make an impact for the good on the world never heard of Grace McWilliams and her three friends. Determined to clean up her town McWilliams rounded up a team of friends and started a free recycling pick up service for … [Read more...]

The Myth of Overpopulation

By Rusty Pritchard Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 There’s a perilous notion lurking in the minds of many in the environmental movement. Confronted with a burgeoning human population, and frustrated at the human impact on the world’s … [Read more...]

Caring for the Earth is Caring for the Poor

Scott Sabin, Executive Director of Plant With a Purpose, frequently gets asked the question: "How do Christians choose between caring for the poor and caring for creation?" The presupposition beneath the question is that you have to choose one or … [Read more...]

Where Did Dominion Go Wrong?

Sometimes it seems like everything shakes down out of the first three chapters of Genesis. In the book of Genesis the Bible presents the story of our first parents that is packed with meaning. In his essay, "What Happened to Dominion?" Dean Ohlman … [Read more...]

Two Poems

Head shot of poet Luci Shaw.

By Luci Shaw Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   Under the Snowing Under the snowing the leaves lie still. Brown animals sleep through the storm, unknowing, behind the bank and the frozen hill. And just as deep in the coated … [Read more...]

How to Make Sundays Screen Free

Baby or toddler watching television.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Kids ages 8-18 spend more than seven-and-a-half hours each day on electronic devices. Kids under six watch … [Read more...]

Good Comes from a Grateful Heart

Lisa Graham McMinn

By Lisa Graham McMinn Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   I used to think being a responsible shopper meant that I was frugal with our family dollars. So I clipped coupons and shopped where I could get the best deals on canned tomatoes, … [Read more...]

Tri Robinson on Creation Care in a Church Setting

At Pastor and author, Tri Robinson, writes about his, and his church's, journey to towards caring for creation: "In all my years of ministry, I never saw this coming. Caring for the environment was a value I rediscovered through a series … [Read more...]