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Musings and a Blessing for Nurses

To all my friends who deal with chronic pain (from A to Z and back) through Facebook, email, my books, personal conversations, and more: Before I discontinue the Facebook posts I want to make sure that you have made the transition with me to the new blog space. Would you do me a Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Soul Care in the Wilderness: A Preacher’s Journey

When you’re ready to abandon ship There was a time I was ready to throw in the towel in ministry and with churches altogether. My frustrations with churches had grown to a dangerous level and were ready to implode in my weary soul. The voices of failure and inadequacy had taken over my Read More

• by Trent Tanaro

Discovering Jesus in Spiritual Direction

She just needed a minute. A quick question; clarification about something simple. An hour later, we were both hesitant to step away from holy ground. He wasn’t sure he was supposed to be here. He wasn’t sure he was qualified, called, or equipped for this task. And he really wasn’t sure it was Read More

• by Rhesa Higgins

A Heart Aflame: On Piety and the Glory of God

Few people enjoy being called pietistic today. The word piety has become a pejorative term today. Classifying someone as “pietistic” most often connotes excessive religiosity, self-righteousness, or a holier-than-thou attitude. The etymology of the word piety, however, is more positive. The Old Testament term for this word means “the fear of the Lord,” Read More

• by Matthew Dowling


Faithful Disappointment

For many years in my various ministry roles, I have had the unique opportunity of sitting with people in their deepest disappointments. I have known people who worked their whole lives to reach a goal—a dream job or position or opportunity—only to be utterly rejected. I recently spoke on the phone with a Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

Love Them More

Recently, a friend of a friend told me that a pastor from Jordan would be visiting my area and would have time for a small get-together and lunch. I’m a rather eclectic fellow and did not want to pass up such a wonderful opportunity to glean from the wisdom and perspective of a Read More

• by Chess Cavitt

The Devil's in the Details: The Purpose of Our Privilege

Not too long ago I was helping my son with Algebra. I discovered that he was struggling not because of a failure to grasp the concept, but due to an inattention to detail. By forgetting to change one sign that should have been changed, he ended up subtracting when he should have added. Read More

• by Justin Simmons

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today

I was blessed to have a very small role in a massive effort initiated by Mark Shipp to produce a new hymnal based on the book of Psalms. Actually, the project is far more complex and ambitious than a normal hymnal: to produce a new translation with notes and a short commentary for each of Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Not on Sunday

Sunday is a really interesting filter. As I work with guests and new members at our church, I’ve noticed a couple of Sunday/not Sunday patterns. One is that people will tell me almost anything Monday through Saturday, but probably not very much on a Sunday. I don’t think it’s all that hard to Read More

• by Amanda Box


World Convention

In Christ, all are reconciled to God and to each other, and in the Spirit, God calls us to proclaim this good news throughout the world. World Convention (Christian-Churches of Christ-Disciples of Christ) embodies and encourages fellowship, understanding, and common purpose within this global family of churches and relates them to the whole Read More

Journal of Faith and the Academy

The Journal of Faith and the Academy is a biannual publication of the Institute of Faith and the Academy at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. It is devoted to research and reflection on how the Christian faith shapes and informs the study and teaching of all academic disciplines as well as how the Read More


LEAVEN is a non-profit journal published quarterly by the Religion Division at Pepperdine University. LEAVEN exists to help fellow Christians think together about the challenges of ministry.

The Restoration Movement is a site dedicated to the history of the restoring of New Testament Christianity all around the globe over the last several hundred years. Many men and women have dedicated themselves to the preaching and teaching of the original gospel who have been all but forgotten.

Christian Studies

Austin Graduate School of Theology supports scholarship and ministry through publication of an academic journal, a blog and the Christian Studies Press.


CHARIS hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. The website is intended to support education for Christian life and community through contemporary discussions and historical sources that variously witness to the gifts (“charis”) of God among Churches of Christ, especially their plea for visible unity among Christians through ongoing renewal and restoration of Scriptural beliefs and practices among God’s people.

The CHARIS website is supported by Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX, USA), the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU. The purpose of CHARIS at ACU is to seek God’s blessings for a healthy relationship between the Christian college/university – its faculty, staff, and students – and the church heritage that gives identity and meaning to such a school. This underlying concern for Christian colleges/universities, and their relationship to the churches, is reflected in the form and content of the CHARIS website.

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