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Refining Our Approach

Living in a community with a variety of interests and backgrounds can render the task of influencing this mosaic of an audience as a challenge. For example, even during my relatively short time as a professor, we have had more than one update on generational characteristics. Communicators are familiar with methods for reaching… Read More

• by Anessa Westbrook

Hope, Despair, and the Suicide Disease

Note: This is the last day of the “subscription drive” – see below for instructions and a chance to win a copy of “A Life that is Good” (coming out in September). With a diagnosis of CRPS my best hope was physical therapy, where I would learn the true meaning of the cliché… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Humbled Himself: A Father’s Day Reflection

Let me tell you about someone really humble: me. That joke never gets old. Maybe that’s what Paul is doing in Philippians. Even while calling the Philippians to humble themselves, he can’t help but point out that he is a “Hebrew of Hebrews” (Phil 3:5). Apparently, it has always been hard to talk… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

Lessons Learned from My Dad

As I considered what I might write this month for CHARIS, especially with consideration for Father’s Day, I initially thought I might write an article about spiritual lineage. Father’s Day is one of those holidays that honestly makes me a little uneasy. The holiday presents similar challenges to that of Mother’s Day: how… Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby


How the Church Can End Eating Disorder Stigma

It’s happened so many times now, I have lost count. The faces of these clients all come to me in moments of prayer. The pervasiveness of eating disorders. The deadliness. The complexity. You would think this would be the most heartbreaking part of my job. The average recovery rate for a person struggling… Read More

• by Celeste Smith

Same Sex Intimacy in the OT - A Free Booklet

We pause chasing and being chased by zombies this week to present a one-stop compilation of the ten recent posts on Same-Sex Intimacy and the Old Testament (in PDF format below). I bless and encourage your saving of a personal copy of this booklet (electronic or paper) and sharing paper copies with friends!… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton


I went through a podcast phase about three years ago. I subscribed to anything that seemed interesting. What followed was information overload. I could not keep up, so recently I began the “great podcast purge.” The podcasts that survived fall into two categories: they are short, as in seven minutes or less; or they are the work of storytellers. Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

Finding Beauty in the Face of Death

My dad, Larry Locke, died a few weeks ago. He was 76. It’s been an emotional roller coaster, but I’m okay. I honestly thought I’d said my final farewell at least a dozen times over the past two years. His decline was shocking to all who knew him well. He had preached and… Read More

• by Jason Locke

You May Say I'm a Dreamer

“I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though… drenched with possibilities.” — Valaida Fullwood Imagine with me for a moment… One evening you walk into a gathering of people you don’t yet know. One of the first things you notice when you enter the… Read More

• by Laura Callarman

The Dog Bit My Nose

It was too cold for April. The heat had to be turned on that Monday morning and already smelled like it had been months since it had run. Wool socks and house shoes weren’t enough to entice me to want to step on the cold tile floor of the kitchen. It was still… Read More

• by Rhesa Higgins


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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