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...]

Two Poems by Hannah VanderHart

Poet Hannah Vanderhart

By Hannah VanderHart Flourish, Fall 2011 little of material objects: children, cats, snowflakes of portions of space: ‘see the lytel pearl in the oyster’s grey mouth’ … [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...]

Three Ways to Bring the Outdoors In (Even for Christmas!)

Centerpiece of holly, cedar, and hydrangea.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] It’s easy to bring the outdoors in during the spring and summer months, when bouquets of fresh flowers adorn … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: John James Audubon Charges Us With Reverence

Shimmering snow falling through mountain pines.

Where is the person, I ask, who on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: Marilynne Robinson is Willing to See

Spiderweb in sunlight.

Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. … [Read more...]

Believing is Seeing

(image courtesy Chuck Summers)

by Chuck Summers [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] On U2’s 2000 album All You Can’t Leave Behind, there is a song called “Walk On.” In this … [Read more...]

A Fecundity of Belief

Barn at sunrise

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by David Griffith For the last four mornings in a row I have found myself walking the gravel road that runs past … [Read more...]

Quotable Creation Care: John Calvin is Overwhelmed

Grand Canyon colors.

You cannot in one glance survey this most vast and beautiful system of the universe in all its wide expanse, without being completely overwhelmed by the boundless force of its brightness. - John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion … [Read more...]

Earth in Art

Jennifer Lynn Haas

Images and text by Jennifer Lynn Haas Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Tree of Life (2008) Acrylic wash, water-soluble wax pastels, charcoal, conte on paper “Tree of Life” came to me rather quickly after much internal … [Read more...]

Two Poems for Spring by Debra Rienstra


by Debra Rienstra Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   Peonies Even to think of them makes her cry, she told me.  Her great-grandfather, a man of tenderness, grew them well and gave them away by the armful. Such gentle surfeit: silken … [Read more...]

Listening With Our Eyes

Photo of Jenny Wiley State Park by Chuck Summers

by Chuck Summers “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him…?” Psalm 8:3-4 I recently read Mitch Albom’s new book, Have a … [Read more...]

We Love the Creation We Know

The author's childhood backyard in winter.

[Ed. note: this article is part of our weekly series of reflections called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Kendra Langdon Juskus I grew up in a beautiful place. Not even an hour from New York City, my parents’ house rested … [Read more...]

Cindy Crosby on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Cindy Crosby, a writer, naturalist, and Flourish contributor whose work appears in Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and Backpacker. “The Gift of Good … [Read more...]