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Healing the Wounds of Political War Through Advent

Many churches feel as if they have been through war. Churches like mine were victimized by a polarized society that pulled brother against brother and left most in shock over the outcome. We feel the pain of belonging to a divided country. As is the case in most wars, its participants often simplify Read More

• by Jason Locke

A Meditation on Psalm 23

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the First Colony Church of Christ. — The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still Read More

• by Kelly Edmiston

Reframing Depression

This series aims to promote awareness of the nature and reality of depression, encourage those who are battling depression, and equip those who want to help someone who is struggling. This post is part 4 in the series. Stay tuned for a new post each week, and find the rest of the series here. Read More

• by Jeremy Harrison

Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: What is “Health” Anyway?

This is part 6 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #6: Focus on SYSTEM not symptom Have you ever thought about how difficult it is to define the word health? Even if we’re just talking about physical health. Who is more healthy: a baby with a Read More

• by Ben Fike


Where's the Water?

A few years ago my wife and I decided to buy a house, and we began looking at all of our options, from buying an existing home to building one to our specifications. One afternoon we walked into this model home and instantly fell in love with the wrought iron banisters, 12-foot ceilings, Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

CHARIS: “The Story of a Critical Biography of Alexander Campbell”by Doug Foster

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

Confessions of an Exhausted Volunteer

I want to begin by saying that I have been on both sides of church volunteerism. I have been the overextended minister, desperate to find volunteers to help keep the church afloat. I have made the endless phone calls, wearing the pages of the church directory thin as I scour them for some Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

The Key to Unlocking Fear

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

Ministers and Money

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Read More

• by Eric Gentry


I just got back from a weekend away camping. It is something my family and some of our closest friends try to do regularly. It is also one way I take care of my spirit. We had perfect weather. It was warm enough during the day for the kids to play in the Read More

• by Kasey McCollum


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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