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Righteous Anger?

Is it good or bad to be mad? It’s bad, right? Anger is bad. Always. Paul says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Eph 4:31, emphasis added). He says get rid of it all … not most of it. Not the worst… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

Alexander Campbell’s Version of the New Testament and Acts

Alexander Campbell, like all Protestants, believed the Bible was the only authority for Christian teaching and practice. Yet he also believed that the King James Version universally accepted among English speakers had lots of problems—problems that were potential obstacles to his reform. In two Charis lectures Douglas Foster, author of a forthcoming (Eerdmans… Read More

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

Preachers and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

I want to take a preaching seminar under the tutelage of Jerry Seinfeld. I’m sure that won’t fly with accreditation, and I doubt Jerry would be interested, but I’m convinced if such a seminar existed my preaching would benefit. I’ve been watching the Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and I got… Read More

• by Chess Cavitt

Called Out of Nothingness

Very few would dispute that God has a history of using the most unlikely of suspects. Perhaps that is because of the humility resulting from their respective situations. Maybe it is because by using such people God’s action is more clearly recognized as just that: God’s action. Read More

• by Justin Simmons


Five Reasons the Church Should Support Recovery Groups

On January 1, 2018, the West-Ark congregation realized a vision we had worked toward for over a decade. We began our Celebrate Recovery program that night. Eight months into the process, this program has blessed me and has been an opportunity to minister to other in Christ’s name. Charles Siburt was the first… Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

Small Churches and Abilene Christian University Summit

I first attended Abilene Christian University Lectureship when I was a freshman Bible major in February 1986. This was back in the days when they still put up the big tent on the other side of Edwards Dormitory, my home for two years. The tent was a place for seeing the booths of… Read More

• by Shawn D. Johnson

Seeing with Godly Eyes: Part 2

Three years ago, Megan and I bought a cute little house. It is three bedrooms, it’s got an open floorplan that my wife adores with a large kitchen and family area. It had a great yard for the kids, and plenty of space for our growing family. We loved the colors, the layout,… Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

Envy at Church

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. (Titus 3:3) — Paul is pointing out that to be in sin is to be enslaved. But then he narrows it down to… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

Faith and Learning

The faculty mission of ACU articulates our desire to equip students to live “integrated, Christ-centered lives of service and leadership.” The mission outlines goals of seeing that students combine Christian faith, professional commitment, and knowledge into a worldview recognizing the connection of God’s universe. The goals are based on Christian values including God,… Read More

• by Amy Boone

Walking Away from God (1 Kings 17)

She was gathering sticks at the city gate. Like most moms do when they have a minute alone, I imagine she was second-guessing her parenting from yesterday: “I wish I would have handled that one differently. I’m just not sure how to parent that child, so stubborn and strong-willed.” I can hear her… Read More

• by Kelly Edmiston


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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