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The Greatest Gift

As I have worked with and observed people considering ministry, I have noticed that early experiences and parental attitudes can have a positive effect. For example, a love for ministry may be sown at an early age. It could come as a result of a family being involved in a particular type of… Read More

• by Anessa Westbrook

Helping Your Prodigals to Come Home … and Stay Home

Prodigals. Every church family has them and every church wants them to come home. We preach about it, sing about it, and pray about it. We want the Christian whose life has blown apart because of sin to repent and be restored. We welcome the prodigal to sit in our office and talk… Read More

• by Steve Ridgell

It's Time to Get out of the Car

Not long ago, we were driving in our van with our family and a friend. My two-year-old was talking about all the cars he saw out the window. My friend asked, “What about this car?” My son, baffled, said, “What car?” My friend responded, “The car that we are in!” What ensued was… Read More

• by Celeste Smith

Australian Jesus and the Boomerang of Judgment

Jesus is Australian. I’m sure of it. And no, it’s not because of the many pictures or movies or artistic representations that seem to present him as a bearded first-century Hugh Jackman or Russell Crowe in an impossibly white robe with what appears to be a recently acquired baby blue beauty sash on… Read More

• by Adam Daniels


Church on the Pond

Several Sundays ago, I was invited to preach for a little church tucked away in the beautiful, mountainous, idyllic town of Greensboro, Vermont. Rarely do I find myself venturing beyond the range of cell phone service these days, and I hardly ever find myself driving extensively on dirt roads. My trek out to… Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

Healthy Small Church Looks Inward and Outward for Purpose

As you leave the Texas Panhandle and cross the state line into Oklahoma, there is a quiet and almost extinct community. As you travel down the highway, you take a turn at an old, rundown gas station, which is not open on Sundays, and travel a few miles on the county road before… Read More

• by Andrew Kelly

Thinking Globally for Renewal!

One of the most interesting and challenging books of the summer for me is Wesley Granberg-Michaelson’s Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century.[1] Although Granberg-Michaelson writes for church leaders in North America, his view is the global church. And that is where both the interest and the challenge emerge for… Read More

• by Carson E. Reed

Laws of the Land and Romans 13

That hand is not the color of yours, but if you prick it, the blood will flow, and I shall feel pain. The blood is of the same color as yours. God made me, and I am a man. –Chief Standing Bear, Ponca Tribe, 1879 – In the past year, the US government… Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

Do Not Care?

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the… Read More

• by Justin Simmons

The Importance of Prepositions

As a mother of four I am always looking for tips and tricks on parenting. I have read many books that claim to have helpful advice. Some even claim to change your kids by Friday! (I take issue with this level of optimism.) I am thankful for each nugget of wisdom gained from… Read More

• by Tara Petty


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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The CHARIS website hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. In partnership with the ACU Library and the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry at Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX), the website is supported and led by the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU. The Center’s mission is to renew Christian spirituality through engagement of Christian heritage, at Abilene Christian University and beyond. The views expressed on the CHARIS website are those of the various authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of Abilene Christian University or CHARIS at ACU. Questions or comments about the CHARIS website can be directed to charis @

2017-18 CHARIS Editorial Board:
Dr. Carisse Berryhill
Dr. Jason Fikes
Karissa Herchenroeder
Mac Ice
Chai Green
Tammy Marcelain
Molly Scherer
Dr. John Weaver

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