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...]

Everything is Interesting: Raising Educated People

Everything is Interesting for Children Exploring Creation

By Jerram Barrs Flourish, Spring 2012 We live in a culture filled with boredom and cynicism—even among our children. It is a tragic commentary on our culture that you can meet 16- and 17-year-old kids who are apathetic about their own … [Read more...]

Two Poems

Head shot of poet Abigail Carroll

by Abigail Carroll Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 The Honor of Animals For Ken and Sara   When we saw the red sign Watch out for cougar and bear that brisk day we trailed your homeland’s rocky coast, the bells one … [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...]

If Only I Would: 7 Creation Care Resolutions for 2011

Light bulb with the words "Resolution is in your hand."

By Jim Jewell [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] I am over 50 years old, but my environmental sensibility is young. It has only been about … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Bring the Outdoors In (Even for Christmas!)

Centerpiece of holly, cedar, and hydrangea.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] It’s easy to bring the outdoors in during the spring and summer months, when bouquets of fresh flowers adorn … [Read more...]

The Liturgy of a Garden Year

Pile of winter squash and pumpkins.

by Erin Tuttle [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] We live by mercy if we live. To that we have no fit reply But working well and giving thanks, Loving … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: John James Audubon Charges Us With Reverence

Shimmering snow falling through mountain pines.

Where is the person, I ask, who on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, … [Read more...]

Poetry by Robert Siegel

Rinsed with Gold, Endless, Walking the Fields By Robert Siegel Flourish magazine, Fall 2010   Let this day’s air praise the Lord— Rinsed with gold, endless, walking the fields, Blue and bearing the clouds like … [Read more...]

Twilight on the Prairie: Creativity

Illinois prairie with stream.

by Cindy Crosby [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery … [Read more...]

Your Soul Needs the Wild

Cascade Mountains in Oregon.

by Peter Illyn [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] This week I went on a short writing/camping retreat on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, into the … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Marilynne Robinson is Willing to See

Spiderweb in sunlight.

Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. … [Read more...]

Believing is Seeing

by Chuck Summers [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] On U2’s 2000 album All You Can’t Leave Behind, there is a song called “Walk On.” In this … [Read more...]

Hearing the Voice of God in the Music of the Spheres

Little girl with crocheted blankie.

by Margie Haack Our three-year-old granddaughter, Paige, has a habit that got me thinking. It’s pretty common among kids: She sucks the index finger of her left hand while grasping the satiny edge of her baby blanket between the thumb and … [Read more...]