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The Space between Grace and Discipline

One of the hardest things in life is knowing where to stand. On a recent trip to Israel I had the honor of going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I’m not sure what was happening that day, but there were people everywhere. It was a veritable feast of polite pushing, rushed… Read More

• by Adam Daniels

No Room for Snobbery

In a recent meeting, a group I work with was discussing which version of the Bible to use for an event. One of the attendees good naturedly quipped that for small churches, we should only use the King James Version, and although this was said in good humor, it hints at a common… Read More

• by Alyssa Johnson

The Things that Make for Peace: Getting Off Facebook

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the thingsthat make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — This year on Ash Wednesday, I walked down the hall to my wife’s office (we’re both on the ministry… Read More

• by Ben Fike

Midweek Musings - Summer in Abilene, Surviving the Heat

Summer in Abilene and throughout West Texas is the time to ask friends where they have been or where they are going. Friends don’t let friends stay in the heat until they have asked what’s wrong with them or taken them to get a brain scan, or both. Those who stay behind for… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton


Abortion in 2017, Numbers 5 (and 1 Prize)

Editor’s Note: There is something unusual today’s post (other than the text and topic). If you catch it, recognize, or otherwise know why the post is unusual be the first to name what is unusual through a comment to this post (not on Facebook, email, etc.) and you will win your choice of… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Education Matters

What is the gospel? In short, we might say the gospel is the way God is glorified through his son Jesus and through his creation—you and me. But those first two words in that definition—the way—have been defined in a lot of … well … ways. Books and books have been written about… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

Reclaiming Imagination: An Update

Months ago I wrote on this site about the need for the church to reclaim its imagination in order to feed the imagination-starved world. If you have not yet, please do read that post before continuing. Since writing that post, I have invested myself in the task of practically realizing the idea of… Read More

• by Chess Cavitt

Our Spiritual Worship

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on September 14, 2016. — Sermon Text: Amos 8:4-7 In 1967 my husband Charles Siburt and I came to ACU for graduate school to prepare for ministry to the church. I earned a Master’s in Education/ School Counseling and Charlie an M.Div. While… Read More

• by Judy Siburt

The Devil's in the Details: The End Doesn't Justify the Means

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, two names that dominated baseball in the 1990s. One among the best pitchers of his generation, the other the all-time home run leader in baseball. For the fifth consecutive year they have both failed to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Their… Read More

• by Justin Simmons

That’s What You Do in a Small Church

“One of these days, you’re going to be old and your children are going to leave you, and it will break your heart, then you’ll know what it feels like.” Those are the words that dear Mrs. Margaret spoke to me after teaching my last Wednesday night Bible class as the minister of… Read More

• by Jason Wilder


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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