Book | The Family Dinner

Good food advice–for those who can afford it.

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Richard Bateman: Kids Need the “Subtle Beauty” of the Backyard

Naturalist Richard Bateman, worries that the coming generation spends too much time in front of screens and not enough time in nature, but sees hope in the “subtle beauties” of the backyard.

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Quotable Creation Care: Lyanda Lynn Haupt on Observing Nature

Lyanda Lynn Haupt reflects on what it means to be a “contemporary naturalist.”

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How to Organize a “Swap and Share” Event at Your Church

Before you buy that next season of your favorite TV show ask yourself, “Does someone in my community already have this?” Before you throw away those old things that have been sitting untouched in the storage closet for three years ask yourself, “Does someone in my community already have this?” Surprisingly often the answer to those two questions is yes.

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Five Days of Silence: An Exercise in Unplugging

Laura Truax reflects on lessons learned in five days of silence about Sabbath, unplugging and how technology-saturated our lives can become.

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Seek the Peace of Your Place: Jamison Galt’s Advice on How to “Live and Love Locally.”

Pastor Jamison Galt has advice for old-timers and newcomers to a place on how to seek the peace of their place together and overcome all the hurdles that a community can face by being faithful to the gospel, their place, and each other.

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Book | Mere Environmentalism

A thoughtful and clarifying, but incomplete, search for merely Christian differentiation in the environmental movement.

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Richard Louv Wants To Save Your Kids From The Indoors

Author Richard Louv coined the term “Nature-Deficit Disorder” and said that our kids aren’t getting enough time outside and are suffering for it. Here is an interview with Louv from NPR.

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Quotable Creation Care: John Calvin on Stewardship of the Land

500 years ago John Calvin was saying the same message that is making headlines today: we need to steward the land sustainably.

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“A Thrilling Encounter with God”: How to Start a Church Prayer Garden

Where can you experience a thrilling encounter with God? In a prayer garden. Here’s how your church can create one.

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What the Most Popular Class at Harvard Has To Do With Creation Care

A deep-rooted understand of justice is vital to be able to think well about the complex issues of creation care. Professor Michael Sandel’s class “Justice: What’s the right thing to to do?” helps provide a philosophical grounding which may be useful to that end.

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What’s In Season Where: Interactive Map

An interactive map which shows what is in season where in the US.

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Sprouts

Some “green” Oscar nominees, a call from Cape Town, and an introduction to the newest member of the Flourish staff are among our tidbits of news this issue.

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The Year Technology Replaced Talking

That technology is a powerful to no one argues, but its power can be used to promote community and real connection, or to undermine it. The task before the church is to think carefully about technology as to avoid the latter.

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