The Gift of Good Land

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By Wendell Berry Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   “Dream not of other Worlds …” Paradise Lost VIII, 175 We asked Christian leaders to offer fresh reactions to Mr. Berry's essay. We got quite a response. My purpose here is … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from Flourish!

Christmas trees in a field with birds flying above them.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created … [Read more...]

A Prophecy for Creation Comes True

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. … [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...]

Quotable Creation Care: Richard Foster Puts First Things First

Clay flower pots in black and white.

Focus upon the kingdom produces the inward reality, and without the inward reality we will degenerate into legalistic trivia. Nothing else can be central. … [Read more...]

Sunday School: Taking it Outside

Open window with curtain.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] In many parts of the U.S., September is summer’s last gasp. (If this is not the case where you live, enjoy that … [Read more...]

The Disciplines and Discoveries of a Daniel Fast

Man studying and empty plate.

By Jim Jewell [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] During the month of June, my wife Debbie and I went through our first Daniel Fast. We’d both fasted … [Read more...]

The Global Dinner Table: How what we eat here affects lives everywhere

World population over time.

by Tim Schubert Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   As typical members of society in the United States, we think very little about the food we eat. We rarely consider the source of our food, who grew it and how it was grown, its nutritional … [Read more...]

Cultivate Community by Sharing Your Skills (and your truck, and your weed whacker…)

Give, Take, Share.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] In his article “The Neighborly Arts: How Skills Contribute to Community,” Mark T. Mitchell challenges our best … [Read more...]

A Call to Compassion, Not Complicity, for Creation’s Groaning

"Acid Rain Kills" sign.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Kendra Langdon Juskus In the 2009 film An Education, the lead character, Jenny, an intelligent—but … [Read more...]

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Creation Care

The explosion that triggered the oil spill occurred on Earth Day.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] By Russell Moore As I type this, I am looking out at the Gulf of Mexico. You could have seen a similar sight out the … [Read more...]

Who’s to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?

[image courtesy Anna Jane Joyner at Restoring Eden]

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Allen Johnson The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia’s Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the … [Read more...]

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

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[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...]

Listening With Our Eyes

Photo of Jenny Wiley State Park by Chuck Summers

by Chuck Summers “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him…?” Psalm 8:3-4 I recently read Mitch Albom’s new book, Have a … [Read more...]