The Edge of Enough: Digging Life Out of the Compost Bin

By Tom Montgomery-Fate   Flourish magazine, Summer 2010     Be content with what you have; Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. - From the … [Read more...]

Christ vs. Consumerism: Choosing Contentment in a Commercialized World

by Matthew Sleeth Flourish Magazine, Spring 2010   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and … [Read more...]

Coping with Plenty

Jan Johnson

By Jan Johnson Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being … [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...]

Quotable Creation Care: Jan Richardson on What is to Come

Silhouette of a man waiting under a tree.

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. … [Read more...]

Becoming Generous Souls: Jonathan Merritt Interviews Writer Marty Duren

Interview by Jonathan Merritt [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Marty Duren is a writer, blogger, minister, and a good friend of mine who is known for … [Read more...]

Christians and Technology: Drawing Lines in the Sand

Man asleep at the computer.

by Brian Janaszek [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] We are surrounded by technology. Some may try to avoid particular facets of technology—cell phones, … [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...]

Quotable Creation Care: David Shi Explains What Simplicity Isn’t

Simplicity in its essence demands neither a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading. … [Read more...]

Recapturing the Pioneer Spirit for Creation Care in the 21st Century

Tile depicting a covered wagon

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Tri Robinson Each morning I have the habit of rising early and feeding all of the animals while a pot of coffee brews in … [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...]

Poetry: “Requests”

[Ed. note: Our regular Friday 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 … [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...]

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...]