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Shadow Stalking

Irritability surged to prickle on my skin. Anger burned on my tongue. Frustration drew my shoulders closer to my ears as my arms crossed in front of my stomach. Again. Almost as if time stopped for a moment, I stepped above myself to take in the scene. My eyes were narrowed in on… Read More

• by Rhesa Higgins

Partnering with Churches and Ministers to Discern God's Call

On any given day the Siburt Institute is working with about 75 churches that are looking for a minister. That number is in addition to the congregations that use our automated MinistryLink network service. And twice a month an eight-member team meets to review requests from search committees for names and resumes. So… Read More

• by Carson E. Reed

Liking to Be Liked

Sally Fields, on receiving an Academy Award in 1985 for Places in the Heart, clasped her Oscar, crying and stating, “The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now. You like me!” Funny thing was, this wasn’t… Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

Joseph Smith and Alexander Campbell - How Alike Were They? by Doug Foster

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• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning


Sorry, Dr. Stienke

Steve sat down in my office and began to talk about his small group. He talked about the past year and shared one meeting in particular when the air was thick with tension as a result of some controversial church decisions. The tension had been building for weeks. The next meeting, he sat… Read More

• by Amanda Box

The Spiritual Gift of Grub

I want to let you in on a secret, one I haven’t shared with many people. Only those closest to me, people I can trust, are allowed in on these secret. It is slightly embarrassing, and incredibly dorky. But I am choosing to share it with you today. I love to read cookbooks.… Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

The Grape Juice Isn’t Purple???

It looked like water in the communion cup. Before raising this clear liquid to my mouth, I looked around at the others who either had just taken it or were about to partake. We silently wondered what Bible passages we were violating, but also recalled that the person who usually prepared the Lord’s… Read More

• by Shawn D. Johnson

The Things that Make for Peace: De-Triangulation

I heard a story this week about a school principal that made me smile. If I had kids, I might want to send them to his school just based on this one anecdote. As the new school year began, the principal let parents know from the outset: “If you have a conflict with someone from school this year, and if you come and talk to me (the principal) about it, I’m going to ask you one question: ‘What did that person say when you talked to them about this?’ If you haven’t talked to them yet, then I’m not going to talk to you until you do so.” Read More

• by Ben Fike

A prayer for the Gulf Coast - Psalm 69 (edited)

I offer this prayer from Psalm 69 (CEB), edited specifically for our use today.   Save me, O God,   for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire,   where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters,    and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Elders and Ministers: Working and Praying Together

Earlier this year the Barna Group published a major report on the status of ministers. [1] The report is full of great information, challenging insights, and valuable data that would help congregational leadership teams support and empower their ministers. One small section of the report focused on elder-minister relationships, and I want to highlight… Read More

• by Carson E. Reed


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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Christian Studies

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

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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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