News: Pope Francis, Life and Creation


Flourish Magazine, Summer 2013 There are many unexpected things about the ascension of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy: his election (unpredicted), his chosen name of Francis (the First), his country of origin (not European), and his … [Read more...]

Food Freedom, not Food Rules


Guilt-free sustainable eating is possible. Review by Karen Swallow Prior Eat With Joy by Rachel Marie Stone. Intervarsity Press, $11.49 I don’t read a lot of “how-to” books. I read even fewer “foodie” books. Too formulaic, … [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...]

Inside Flourish Magazine, Spring 2012


Thank You Kendra The issue of Flourish magazine you're viewing is the fruit of many hands, evidence of the faithful work of a community. Leading that band of writers, poets, artists, thinkers, and volunteers for the last three years has been the … [Read more...]

Earth Day’s Forgotten Founder

John McConnell Earth Day Founder

The Christian roots of the original Earth Day: It wasn’t April 22, and it wasn’t a protest movement. by John A. Murdock Flourish, Spring 2012 Ninety-six-year-old John McConnell still proclaims the same message of “peace, justice, and … [Read more...]

A Call to Compassion from Our Brothers the Animals


By Kendra Langdon Juskus Flourish, Spring 2012 “Oh God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers the animals to whom Thou gavest the earth in common with us. . . . May we realize that they love the … [Read more...]



By D.S. Martin Flourish, Fall 2011 How far does it stretch the astral beam    celestial stream shimmer-trickle of light further descended than comprehended straight from the highest height? Consider    reduced to a speck in … [Read more...]

When the Goats Give Birth


By Rachel Stone Flourish, Spring 2012 Four years ago this month, on a brilliant Sunday afternoon, my husband drove our fourth-hand Volvo through the high road winding through the farmlands of Fife, in Scotland, while I alternately let out … [Read more...]

Caution: Imagination at Work

John Dyer

By John Dyer Flourish, Fall 2011 It’s commonly held that adults have lost the propensity for imaginative play. While kids have the ability to look past the world as it is and see the world as it could be, adults are only able to see the … [Read more...]

For the Bible Tells Us So: A church’s biblically conservative approach to creation care


By Susan Drake Emmerich Flourish, Fall 2011 Moraine Valley Church lies at the heart of an intersection with a Walgreens on one corner, a gas station on another, and strip malls lining the others. It is a church of 700 people located in … [Read more...]

Book | Genius of Place

Genius of Place book cover

Reviewed by Kelsey Jones-Casey Flourish, Fall 2011 Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead Justin Martin De Capo Press, 2011, 496 pages Had Frederick Law Olmsted been born in 1990 instead of 1822, he may have been diagnosed … [Read more...]

A Movement and its City Stir to Life

Logo for the Center for Environmental Leadership

By Drew Ward Flourish, Fall 2011 Having come late to the party by many accounts, it’s time that Christians train up leaders in the global effort to address our current environmental issues. That’s why the Center for Environmental … [Read more...]

Book | Year of Plenty

Writer Rachel Stone

Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish, Fall 2011 Year of Plenty By Craig Goodwin Sparkhouse Press, 2011, 224 pages By now you've likely heard of more than one year-long experiment written up on a blog or in a book, or both—Julie & … [Read more...]

Fall 2011 Letter from the Editor

By Kendra Langdon Juskus  Flourish, Fall 2011 Welcome to the new look of Flourish! If you have been part of the Flourish community for a while, we hope you enjoy exploring a more streamlined version of the website you already look to … [Read more...]