From Destruction to Creation: One Photographer’s Journey

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] When photographer Scott Myers became a Christian his art changed from darkness to light; from death to life; from decay to … [Read more...]

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Creation’s Poet

Priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884-1889) was captivated by creation and wrote his fascination with God's beauty into his poems. He wrote about the stars, the seasons, landscapes, birds and even nature's imperfections—which he found … [Read more...]

Review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

By: Lindsey Howald Patton [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] I approach most books like this with caution. Why? Because they have a mission. They’re out to … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis and the Right Relationship of Animals and Humans

In Perelandra, author and theologian C. S. Lewis tells the story of a traveler from earth who goes to an unfallen version of the planet Venus. Lewis' fictional Venus is populated with fearsome-looking creatures that the protagonist is at first afraid … [Read more...]

Seven Laws of Ecology

In his book For the Beauty of the Earth Steven Bouma-Prediger outlines seven laws of ecology that should inform our understanding of the earth as we try to think through the challenges of creation care. They are: The Law of … [Read more...]

Tim Keller: Can Faith Be Green?

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks the question, "Can faith be green?" Keller gives an overview of the history of the creation care dialogue as he works toward an answer to the question: What is the … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry: Think Little

Wendell Berry writes in his essay, Think Little, of the tendency for Americans, who have, according to him, lost their "private life" to think of change in increments of organizations, rather than actually changing the way they live their own … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Elfland


By Andy Patton [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] When I attempt to grow plants I have the nasty habit of making my plants conform to my notions of beauty by … [Read more...]

Ann Cooper: Lunch Lady on a Mission

Chef Ann Cooper is trying to change the way kids eat school lunch. If your school cafeterias were anything like mine there wasn't a whole lot of difference between getting your food from the cafeteria and getting your food from a gas station. They … [Read more...]

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

Ever wonder where your t-shirt came from? If anyone was hurt in the making of it? If it contributed to the injustice in the world? These are pertinent questions as we think through what it means to be committed to justice in a broken world. Pietra … [Read more...]

Dan Barber on Eco-Aquaculture

New York chef, Dan Barber, practices what he preaches, and his sermons are food. He eats, cooks, and talks about food that is good from start to finish, from soil to plate, or, in this case, from sea to plate. In this TED talk Barber talks about … [Read more...]

Kids at Youth Farm Learn Where Food Comes From

At Youth Farm kids "do everything from seed to harvest" and then they get to cook and eat what they have grown. Its a camp devoted to developing youth that uses food and nature as tools to teach kids life skills and give them a hands-on experience of … [Read more...]

Three Films About Food

If you've ever wondered how much mercury the tuna you are eating has in it, why farmers have to buy new seed every year, why so many things in the grocery store have corn in them, what the buzz is behind the local food movement, or any other of a … [Read more...]

Get Outdoors this Christmas!


[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The holidays can mean lots of eating, lounging around, and whining "I'm bored." What a waste! Christmas break, … [Read more...]