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...]

Books | Radical Homemakers and The Missional Mom

Sara Sterley

Reviewed by Sara Sterley Flourish, Fall 2011 Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from Consumer Culture By Shannon Hayes Left to Write Press, 2010, 352 pages The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose At Home & in the World By … [Read more...]

Book | The Family Dinner

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...]

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...]

A Texas Family Connects With the Outdoors… Through Squirrel Hunting.

Royce Johnson, 65-year-old farmer, says in an article in Texas Monthly, "I've got nothing against computers, but I find them so boring. I can sit on a stump just about anywhere in the woods and be fascinated for hours." Is he talking about … [Read more...]

Get Outdoors this Christmas!

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The holidays can mean lots of eating, lounging around, and whining "I'm bored." What a waste! Christmas break, … [Read more...]

Where’s all the Family Fun?

Our regular Family Fun editor, Joanna Pritchard, is currently in Haiti, serving with the International Organization for Migration in its earthquake relief efforts. Please keep her and the community she is working with in your prayers, and see what … [Read more...]

Turn the Lights Down Low and Enjoy the Show: Watching Environmental Films in Church

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Some movies are church-audience-friendly: Fireproof; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and the Left Behind … [Read more...]

A Green Mama on Learning to Live Wisely and Well

By Tracey Bianchi Flourish Magazine, Winter 2010 Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! - Psalm 90:12 MSG Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. - Gandhi Craning my … [Read more...]

Family Fun: Three Easy Steps to Starting those Springtime Seeds

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Believe it or not, it’s time to start your garden! Kids are a lot like plant seedlings: small but fast-growing; fragile … [Read more...]

Winter Backyard Birding Part 2

Field guide & bird list

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Go deeper: identify your guests and get to know them Once you've set up some backyard birdfeeders as described in Part 1, go … [Read more...]

God Made Known in Creation

Merry Christmas from Flourish! We're taking time to celebrate the "firstborn over all creation," so in lieu of a regular "Deep Down Things" post, we invite you to enjoy this: Dr. Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist … [Read more...]

Feed the Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Seeds, berries and insects are scarce in winter. Birds flock to feeders for a welcome meal, especially … [Read more...]

Make Scottish Shortbread – to Give or Enjoy With Family

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...]