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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


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

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


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

Social Media to Sanctuary: Moving the Conversation to the Pews

Lately, social media has been the “go-to” space for hosting conversations that challenge societal constructs and offer a platform for previously silenced narratives. We’ve seen this over and over again in discussions related to race, gender, sexuality, and faith. The #metoo movement has been one such example, emerging again after 10 years in hopes of… Read More

• by Kaitlin Shetler

A “Whatever” Spirituality

One of my least favorite phrases is “the Lord’s work.” When people talk about ministry or describe the work of ministers they sometimes use this phrase: “But you are doing the Lord’s work.” And yes, that is true … God taught and ministered. God brought “theology” into being. God ministered, preached, proclaimed, prophesied,… Read More

• by Daniel McGraw

Relationships and Leadership

I recently participated in a learning workshop with faculty from a half-dozen seminaries and schools that train persons for ministerial leadership. One thing that came very clear in the reports we heard and in the conversations that followed was the vital role that relationality plays for effective leadership and care in congregations. Relationships… Read More

• by Carson E. Reed

The Way of The Cross

I confess that I cringe when when Christianity and the church is called an institution. Christianity is not an organization looking for recruits. Rather, Jesus calls us to a way of life that takes the cross as its symbol for a way of life. But what does this cross represent? What does it… Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

CHARIS: "MLK 50 Years" by Dr. Jerry Taylor and Dr. Doug Foster

This talk was originally given on September 28th, 2017. Related Posts CHARIS: Christian Faith and the Politics of Nation States: 3 Views by Vic McCracken CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster CHARIS: “Growing up in a Greek Orthodox Family: Then and Now,” by Rev.… Read More



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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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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