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For those we cannot see - a prayer

Lord, we confess our tendency, to pray for our interests, our people; our tendency to wrap up our wish list, in the form of holy prayer: baptized in holy water in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but still reeking with the smell of a grave: three days old, three nights Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

The Discipline of Friendship

There’s an aspect of ministry that I never heard about until I entered its ranks. It lurks among us, picks us off one by one, and leaves us feeling vulnerable, lost, and alone. It affects almost every minister I know, and yet it was never mentioned in seminary and hardly ever among the Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

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

Preaching against the clock?

I continue to reflect on my years of preaching with the aid of Hindsight Philosophy, If I knew then what I know now, safely protected from having to act on my own advice (or maybe daring God to heal me). Either way, my place above the fray is beginning to embolden me. So Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton


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

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

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

The Things that Make for Peace

Last year, our church walked through the Gospel of Luke together. 2016 turned out to be an interesting year to hear the message of our most socially “woke” Gospel. When the U.S. election cycle was in full swing, we were all drowning in endless reports of political scandals, the corruption of power, illegal immigrants, building Read More

• by Ben Fike

Why White Christians Should Know Black History

The past few months, I have had several conversations with White Christians surrounding Black History. In these conversations, I have shared how Africa is one of the wealthiest continents in the world due to its high volume of minerals, diamonds, gold and other natural resources. I have shared some current studies of how Read More

• by Steven Brice


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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