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Who Will Show the Children?

As a children’s minister and a mother of four, my heart space and head space are often occupied by children. I am always looking for new ways to promote healthy development physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. I read the books and attend the conferences and have the conversations. I spend the time… Read More

• by Tara Petty

Is There Power in the Pulpit?

The very first piece of criticism I received when I began to emerge as a preacher, while a student at Lipscomb University, came from one of my peers: “Women preachers just seem power-hungry to me.” The comment seemed so strange to me at the time, but over and over again I’ve continued to… Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

Hospitality Ministry: As Old as Pentecost

Our church is launching a new hospitality initiative to better engage our guests on Sundays. So I’ve been reading the book of Acts, paying attention to what this story of the early church teaches about being a community toward which people gravitate. My approach is simple: Anytime Luke says the church grew (which… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

Litany of Hope

A Litany of Hope to balance the Litany of Pain posted earlier. (See note below.)  May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. God of all sufficient grace, please, hear me. Immanuel, God ever and always with us, please,… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton


Moralizing Food is Hurting The Church

I saw this quote on instagram the other day and it made me think about the moralizing of food within our culture, specifically within our churches. “If we categorize food as good and bad we’re easily categorizing ourselves as good or bad for eating them.” We have allowed food and food behaviors to… Read More

• by Celeste Smith

Living Creatively in a Destructive World

As 2017 turns the corner to go back into the dark alley whence it came, we all begin the process of looking toward 2018. Every new year seems to come with renewed optimism. Gyms are joined, new habits attempted, and lofty goals are articulated. There’s something quintessentially American about it all. The unabashed… Read More

• by Adam Daniels

How to Keep Your Rural Minister through the Harvest

The need of rural America for the redemptive promise and power of the gospel has never been greater. Rampant addiction, an unprecedented breakdown of the family, and rapidly aging and dwindling churches are among the greatest challenges facing this predominantly overlooked mission field. What has been affectionately described as the heartland of America,… Read More

• by Jim Weaver

The Haze of Love

Is it just me, or does thinking about this world sometimes leave you with such a feeling of deep sorrow that it depresses your soul and rapidly squeezes the air out of your lungs, leaving you gasping for a breath that never seems to come? These thoughts flood me every time I see… Read More

• by Kaitlin Shetler

A Litany for those in pain

Written with lines  from the “Litany for Humility” with help from Craig Churchill and Doug Foster. O Jesus, man of sorrows and suffering,hear me. From the desire of being known, deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being consulted,            deliver me, Jesus. From… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Living Stones: Recognizing the DNA of Your Church

When a group of church leaders gather, a debate often begins about whether a church is an organism or an organization. Is the church a living thing – full of dynamic life and rich relationships? Or is the church, especially in the 21st century, comprised of systems and programs that require strategic attention?… Read More

• by Carson E. Reed


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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