Creation Care

The Forgotten Pollution

September 1, 2010

by Matthew Sleeth [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] As an emergency room physician, I often worked 24-hour shifts. Emergency room doctors are not alone—today nearly one-fifth of the world population works in shifts. Our regular patterns of waking and sleeping—called circadian [...]

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation.

By Christiana Peterson Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   Canning is a method of preserving food invented by a confectioner and brewer in 19th century France when the government offered money to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve large amounts of food for their armies. This method, which has remained largely unchanged since [...]

You get a new one every two years, but what good is an old cell phone in the junk yard? Here’s how your church can turn old electronics into new hope.

Author Tracey Bianchi about hugging trees AND people; a hopeful documentary about food, for once; and China’s rise to energy infamy in this issue of Sprouts from Flourish magazine.

Churches are kind of like front porches–except that hardly anyone ever bikes to them. Here’s an easy way to change that.

Like everything Houston’s Ecclesia church community pursues, environmental stewardship isn’t “going green.” It’s following God.

Nature Observation Walk

August 12, 2010

A nature observation walk with a group of friends gives us fresh air, fellowship, exercise, and a chance to sharpen our observation skills. It can deepen friendships by getting us out of our usual routines, and bring us closer to God. With this activity, you’ll look a little more closely at your surroundings and have a deeper experience of creation. It can be a short walk in a city park or an all-day event further afield.

John Calvin is overwhelmed.

“Shalom doesn’t begin once every last person is convinced they need to get on board. It begins with a few people planting gardens in a land at war. It begins with a field.”

The global food crisis is closer to home than you think.

“When we send strangers to do the work of friends, we are outsourcing camaraderie.”

Earth in Art

July 26, 2010

Artist Jennifer Lynn Haas takes the themes of resurrection, beauty, forgiveness, and nurturing from creation and paints them across her canvas.

The cloth bags your church members will be carrying around town will do more than just keep plastic bags out of sea turtles’ stomachs. They’ll also let others know about your church community and the One it serves.