Ask the Animals, and They Will Teach You

By Karen Swallow Prior Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." -  Immanuel Kant Literature—from the … [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...]

Film Review | The Economics of Happiness


Reviewed by John Murdock Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   The Economics of Happiness The International Society for Ecology & Culture, 2011, 67 minutes “Why does Hugo Chavez want me to see this movie?” That was the … [Read more...]

Book Review | The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living


Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Spring 2011   The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living Mark Bittman Simon & Schuster, 2010, 645 pp. My family and I love meat. If the answer to … [Read more...]

Book Retrospective Review | Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology


Reviewed by Scot F. Martin Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology Elizabeth Theokritoff St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2009, 266 pages What if caring for creation was not … [Read more...]

Toolshed: Spring Clean, Green Clean


By Nancy Sleeth Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 “I love a clean house.  I just don’t like cleaning.” That’s a direct quote from our 20-year-old daughter, Emma, who recently graduated from college and is now living in her first … [Read more...]

Sprouts: Creation Care Community News

Jerry Lawson

Five Questions For: Jerry Lawson Jerry Lawson (quoted in this issue’s Flourishing Church article) is a Christian serving in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency that ensures the protection of human health and … [Read more...]

Change and a Chance in El Campo


By Kendra Langdon Juskus and Jennifer Ruppelt Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 It’s the golden time of day. We’ve had lunch, and while we ate a brief rain shower dappled the countryside—el campo here in Nicaragua. Now, as we drive … [Read more...]

Wasting Nothing: A Baptist Church Finds a Winning Solution to High Energy Costs

By Kendra Langdon Juskus Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 Energy was not a particularly important concern when a congregation of 18 people founded First Baptist Church (FBC) Orlando in 1871. But since then, the church has expanded … [Read more...]

Tending the Flock: Soil, Soul, and the Ministry of HOPE CSA

Zachary Hawkins's head shot.

By Zachary Hawkins Flourish magazine, Spring 2011 Pastors in the Pasture The day begins, like every day on the farm, with morning chores.  My father—farmer, minister—emerges from the old brick farmhouse wearing soil-stained work … [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...]

A Flourish Interview with Nathan Foster


In 1978, Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline, an exploration of the classical spiritual disciplines, which changed the lives of millions of Christians seeking greater spiritual growth. In 2010, Nathan Foster, Richard’s son, wrote Wisdom … [Read more...]