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Run Your Own Race

This last week I ran in the Houston Half Marathon. I was surrounded by 27,000 people with a similar goal in mind: run 13.1 (or 26.2) miles as quickly as possible. For many of these runners it was the culmination of months of training and hard work. Many had watched their calories, counted Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

My Enemies Have Stories

Enemies take on many forms, ranging in proximity to your present life, and making grand entrances and exits throughout your life story. People often become our enemies when they irreparably (and perhaps intentionally) wound us, leaving us to pick up the pieces of the fallout. There are also those enemies who cause harm Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

The Mission of Campus Ministries and Christian Universities

For more than twenty years, campus ministry groups affiliated with Churches of Christ have been making the annual trek in January to the Gulf Coast Getaway in the Florida panhandle.  I am preparing to go as I write this article.  It will be my fourth trip to Gulf Coast Getaway, but the change Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

I Hope She Stays

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” (Matt 13:33 NRSV) — She is as good as they come, but she has had about all she can stand. I sat with her the Read More

• by Eric Gentry


Everywhere a Sign

In John’s Gospel, signs are everywhere. Jesus performs seven acts, or miracles, that are classified as signs. John calls them signs because their purpose is to reveal Jesus’s identity as the Word become flesh. However, more often than not it seems they just confuse or distract those who witness them. It calls to Read More

• by Justin Simmons

Who Is God Connecting You To?

Paul in 2 Corinthians talks about our partnering in the work of reconciliation in this world. We are God’s ambassadors carrying the message of salvation to a lost world. But how exactly does that work? Are we ambassadors at large? Do we have a specific target group like Paul with the Gentiles? Or does God Read More

• by Steve Ridgell

Happiness and Sadness as Temptations to Idolatry

I have a very simple proposition: rejoicing and weeping, great joy and great sorrow, leave us in places of great temptation to idolatry. Observe the happy among us. What makes them so? Sadly, it is oftentimes the presence of some kind of physical blessing. He is happy because she kissed him. She is Read More

• by Steve Kenney

Children and Heirs of God (Galatians 4:4-7)

It’s the day after Christmas and all the torn wrapping paper has been put away. But let’s not move on too soon. It is only the second day of Christmas. In the traditional twelve days of Christmas, we’ve not even made it half way, and it seems we only just started our time of Read More

• by Matthew Dowling

Nuremberg Funnel: Reenvisioning the Work of Leadership

In a newly published book titled Teaching and Christian Imagination, the authors present a common image that satirically exposes the limitations of mechanical knowledge acquisition. [1] In Europe—particularly in Germany—the image is called the Nuremberg Funnel. Imagine a funnel stuck into someone’s head while a teacher is stuffing all manner of knowledge into Read More

• by Carson E. Reed

The Crossroads of Art and Faith: A Contemporary Christian Conversation

In this interview with Randy Harris, Dan McGregor discusses the value of art to faith in an image-based culture. He highlights how art has the potential of conveying the divine in a way that words alone cannot. Dan McGregor is an artist as well as Professor of Art and Design at Abilene Christian University. Read More

• by Siburt Institute


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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