All posts by Andrea Ebley

Loving Your Neighbor – The Case of The Nassau Grouper

A guest post from Bob Sluka:

We all know that as Christians we are commanded to love our neighbor. Jesus was famously asked “and who is my neighbor?” Had he been a marine biologist, Jesus might have answered with a story about Nassau grouper.

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Nassau grouper. Photo credit J.E Randall, www.fishbase.org

Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) is a species of fish that lives in the warm, sub-tropical and tropical waters of the southeastern USA, Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea. It can grow to sizes over 1m and live to age 29. Unfortunately, it is also very tasty. Nassau grouper have become commercially extinct in many areas of the Caribbean and is on the US endangered species list. Continue reading

Renewal – A Lesson From Nature

When winter turns to spring,
IMG_0211When the colors start to reappear,spring When the snow has melted and the ground can once again see the sun,IMG_0217When the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful,
IMG_0275And sunshine pours in a little earlier each day,
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I find joy in the process of renewal.
forsythia & oakThe fattening buds on the eager branches,
Finally waking from their winter nap,
Silently preparing,
To spring.

Spring is a time of restoration,
A time to renew and refresh.
And so it is in our lives,
We are called to be made new,
And we thrive through this renewal,
Shaking off the deadened pieces of our past,
And walking forward as new beings in Christ.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be renewed in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:22-24

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

And just for fun, one of my favorite springtime poems, and an inspiration for this post: “in Just-” by E.E, Cummings.

The Wisdom of the Caterpillar

Papilio machaon  Swallowtail caterpillarIn this season of renewal and resolutions, we have high hopes for the coming year, and expectations of change and growth.  In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul writes from prison, urging the church at Philippi to not become stagnant, but to continue to make progress in their faith.  He writes,

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Continue reading

Poinsettias – More Than Just a Pretty Plant?

Poinsettia_thumbnailHave you ever wondered why every year around this time, grocery stores are flooded with poinsettias?  It would be strange to see them any other time of the year, but where do they come from, and why are they associated with Christmas?

As it turns out, the plant we know today as the poinsettia has a very interesting history! Native to an area of Southern Mexico known as Taxco de Alarcón, the Aztecs used it for Continue reading

Reviving a Sense of Wonder

The first of Andrea Ebley’s monthly posts on the blog.  

IMG_3877wonder n : rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience

Children embody the definition of wonder, a sense that inspires curiosity and investigation, and fosters delight. How often do you see a child running to catch falling leaves or jumping from curb to puddle, completely absorbed in his actions and oblivious to all else? How often do you see a full-grown adult doing those same things? Continue reading