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...]

The Bounty of Community Supported Agriculture

by Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Is it Christmas already?! Nope. But this is indeed a bounty of red and green gifts. They came … [Read more...]

Now Available at Your Local Famer’s Market: Apples with Character

Local apples may not always look perfect, but their "character" also means great taste!

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Tracey Bianchi Our local farmer's market opens up in just over a week. For five glorious months I will spend every … [Read more...]

Keeping up with the Joneses: Battling simplicity envy

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma I saw an advertisement on television the other day—I think it was for Wal-Mart—in … [Read more...]

Resurrection Matters: Easter’s Promise in Flesh and Blood, Soil and Water

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Kendra Langdon Juskus For several weeks leading up to Easter, my household received, through the mail, a series … [Read more...]

Lent in Haiti: A First-Hand Account of Hope after Devastation

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Joanna Pritchard is a Flourish staff writer, community health advocate and mother of three in Atlanta, … [Read more...]

Gardening with God

by Christine Sine Flourish Magazine, Winter 2010   Gardening is an important spiritual practice in my life. As part of our commitment to simplicity and sustainability, my husband and I grow as much of our own fruit and vegetables as … [Read more...]

Out of the Simplicity of Lent, Generosity of Life

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] This pre-Easter period of Lent is shaped by the comingling of contemplation, germination, and expectation in our lives and … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday: Of Earth and Heaven

by Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” - from the liturgy for Ash … [Read more...]

Front Porch Revival: The Past, Present, and Possibility of a Neighborhood Mainstay

By Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] As Black History Month, February gives us the opportunity to reflect on defining moments and … [Read more...]

Dean Ohlman on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Dean Ohlman, who manages the website Wonder of Creation for RBC Ministries. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the … [Read more...]

Christian Buckley on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Christian Buckley, author of the forthcoming book Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and … [Read more...]

Tracey Bianchi on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Tracey Bianchi, author of The Green Mama, forthcoming from Zondervan. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published 30 years ago, and we reprinted it in the Fall … [Read more...]

Tom Rowley on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Thomas Rowley, executive director of A Rocha USA, the American branch of the international Christian conservation organization A Rocha. “The Gift of Good … [Read more...]