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...]

The Gift of Good Land


By Wendell Berry Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   “Dream not of other Worlds …” Paradise Lost VIII, 175 We asked Christian leaders to offer fresh reactions to Mr. Berry's essay. We got quite a response. My purpose here is … [Read more...]

The Real Earth Day

by Rusty Pritchard My friends know that I'm ambivalent about April 22. A handful of activists declared it Earth Day in 1970, and now it is one of the few "holidays" of wholly secular origin. It's a confusing day for many people, because pondering … [Read more...]

Acorns: A Harvest Discipline

Acorns scattered across grass in a forest.

by Ragan Sutterfield [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Last night I took a walk and for most of the time my footsteps were accompanied by the sound of … [Read more...]

A Rooted People: Church, Place, and Agriculture in an Urban World


by Chris Smith [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Many of humanity’s problems stem from our tendency to live in such a way that we imagine … [Read more...]

What a Flooded Pakistan Needs Most and How You Can Help

Children after flooding in Pakistan.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Pakistan had already had a difficult summer by the time record amounts of monsoon rainfall deluged its … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Sacrament and Desecration from Wendell Berry

Farmer plowing a field.

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. … [Read more...]

Ten Ways to Grow Your Own Food(shed)

Rows of plants in a farm field.

by Tom Peterson [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] You may have already connected with your area farmers by eating some of their delicious peaches or … [Read more...]

Fresh from the Farm: Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Peppers and potatoes for sale at a local farmers market.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Asparagus spears that are crisp and freshly pulled from the earth. Peaches with sweetness; blueberries with tang. Onions … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Barbara Kingsolver on genuine “food culture”

Boy eating an apple in an apple orchard.

A food culture is not something that gets sold to people. It arises out of a place, a soil, a climate, a history, a temperament, a collective sense of belonging ... At its heart, a genuine food culture is an affinity between people and the land that … [Read more...]

The Global Dinner Table: How what we eat here affects lives everywhere

World population over time.

by Tim Schubert Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   As typical members of society in the United States, we think very little about the food we eat. We rarely consider the source of our food, who grew it and how it was grown, its nutritional … [Read more...]

Book | Farming as a Spiritual Discipline by Ragan Sutterfield


Reviewed by Christiana Peterson Flourish Magazine, Winter 2010   Last week, I was listening to a scientist on public radio describe the mating calls of the amphibians she was studying. She said, only half-jokingly, that these frogs had been … [Read more...]

Film | “Food, Inc.”

Food, Inc.: A movie only for those who eat.

Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009   The old story goes that when Adam and Eve realized what they'd done, they hid from God, much as my four year-old hides when he's taking apart the computer keyboard, or when … [Read more...]

Flourish Book Review: Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg

Reviewed by Kristyn Komarnicki Flourish Magazine, Fall 2009 Like members of the early church, contemporary Christians consider God’s Word to be alive with truth and meaning, and we search the pages of our Bible for insights and guidance. But … [Read more...]