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Analysis Paralysis and Burnout: When Loving Our Neighbors is Exhausting

“Are you trying to make us depressed?!” my peer interrogated, with an exasperated tone. My fellow PhD students and I had just been informed that we would be required to complete what is called the Intercultural Development Inventory. The survey, which only takes about 45 minutes to complete, is designed by a company… Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

It Won’t Always Be This Way

Do you know why cars have two headlights? It’s pretty simple: because horse-drawn carriages had two lanterns. As gas-powered vehicles began to replace horse-powered vehicles, many of the features of the older design crept into the new one. Of course, you could just place a single light in the front of the vehicle.… Read More

• by Ben Fike

Dear Sunday School Teachers

Dear Sunday School Teachers, Leadership can be a thankless gig. But we are thankful for you. Truly. By “we,” we mean your church’s “leadership.” You know, elders and staff. But we aren’t kidding ourselves. We know that in so many ways you are the real leaders. You are the ones who often find… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

#sorrynotsorry

Confession: I find Demi Lovato’s song “Sorry Not Sorry” just as catchy as most, and if you aren’t in the category of most I forgive you. However, as a Christian I have no tolerance for any sort of #sorrynotsorry theology or doctrine. Example 1: Recently, a friend of mine was trying to coordinate… Read More

• by Chess Cavitt

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An Invitation for Children to Participate in Worship

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss John Westerhoff III, a faith development theorist, offers valuable language to redefine childhood. “Perhaps,” he argues, “it would be better if we stopped using the words children and adolescents, and talked about people and the different characteristics they share at different times in… Read More

• by Lauren Rutland Hightower

Humbling Ourselves for the One Who Humbled Himself

N. T. Wright tells a story of preparing to go on vacation. The proprietor of the camping store had set him up with the best gear for his 100-mile trek through the mountains—tent, socks, water-proof clothing, maps, cookware, food. The only problem was, Wright found the pack to be quite heavy. As he… Read More

• by Justin Simmons

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

I’ve never been bitten by anything other than a mosquito. I’ve had my close calls for sure, but managed to make it this far without being bitten by a dog, or cat, or shark, or … camel. Kent Dobson can’t say the same. The former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church (the church… Read More

• by Adam Daniels

Texting as a Spiritual Discipline

I’ve observed over the last 25 years that scapegoats are really popular. When I was growing up television was the major evil, blamed for all sorts of unhealthy human behaviors. Interestingly enough, in college, as a communication major, my research revealed that television wasn’t the first scapegoat. Movies preceded television. Radio preceded movies.… Read More

• by Amanda Box

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

On May 2014, as a recent graduate of ACU’s Master of Divinity program, I felt like a spiritual orphan without a church home. After three years of studying missional theology, my heart was broken towards the Christian church as a result of her not being all that she needed to be for God… Read More

• by Steven Brice

Proving God

If you think back to childhood, you can likely still hear those taunting words on the playground. You made a challenging statement. Perhaps you said you could beat someone in a race. Or maybe you said something that just seemed unbelievable. And the indignant reply from the other child was the ever-popular phrase “prove it!”… Read More

• by Tara Petty

Resources

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

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

TheRestorationMovement.com 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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About CHARIS

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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