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One day a month, I commute between two cities that are about 300 miles apart. In order to spare myself the driving hours, I choose to fly. For each of these days, I want to lighten my carrying load and make airport security as easy as possible. So, rather than carrying a purse Read More

• by Rhesa Higgins

Instrumental Music in ACU Chapel: Evolution of a Policy (9/26/16)

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

Warnings and Prescriptions from a Christian Intellectual

In the Churches of Christ, we are often a thinking people. Rarely are we accused of being overly emotional. At least, that is the cliché. Personally, as a working minister, I sometime wish our congregations would do a bit more thinking, but here I show my bias. I often prefer the way of Read More

• by Matthew Dowling

Looking for Millennials, Part Two

Two months ago, I offered some insights from the work of William Sachs and Michael Bos [1] on the ways in which churches can knowingly or unknowingly distance themselves from young adults. These researchers also point toward some distinctive values that congregations might focus on to remain open to young adults. Naturally, not all young adults Read More

• by Carson E. Reed


Instrumental Music in ACU Chapel: Evolution of a Policy (9/26/16)

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

Three Metaphors for a Missional Church (Part 1: Lizard)

Somewhere along the way, our culture changed. In Resident Aliens, William Willimon claims that it happened in 1963 when the Fox Theater moved into his small town and opened on Sunday. All of a sudden, there was a choice about what to do on Sunday—whether to go to church or attend the movies. Read More

• by Steve Cloer

Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: Human Beings or Human Becomings?

This is part 3 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here: part 1, part 2. — Healthy Response #3: Focus on PROCESS not content Would you like to drive yourself crazy? It’s really quite easy—just focus on the content of your church. Your teaching and sermons aren’t as good Read More

• by Ben Fike

To White Christian Leaders

As a millennial African American leader, the past couple of months I have been fortunate to share meals with friends and associates who are white church leaders, missiologists, or ordinary good people. The conversations for most of these engagements were centered on the racial tensions that are evident throughout America. Most of my Read More

• by Steven Brice

Book Review: The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Paper or plastic? That’s the question we are sometimes asked in the grocery store. Today, the question I often ask myself is, people or paper? You see, organizing one’s time between spending time on “paper” (studying and lesson preparation, church administration, etc.) and “people” (the human element of ministry, discipling, etc.) is a Read More

• by Matthew Dowling

I Can’t Believe I Said That! When a Shepherd Mentors

Shepherd Bob and Preacher Lynn were wired up as near opposites. I have trouble keeping up with my keys, and uber-organized Bob called this a character flaw, while I accused Bob of thinking in rigid, boring columns. I like stories. He likes facts. He was left-brained: cerebral and analytical. I tend toward right-brained: Read More

• by Lynn Anderson


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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