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In my Happy Place

I’m in my happy place today. The ice, even thunder-ice moved in early this morning with a little snow. Actually, I’d prefer 6 to 10 inches of snow instead of ice—but I’m still happy as a clam (whatever that means). I love the ice and snow, with apologies to all those who must… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Confessions from the Wilderness

I recently made a fairly public confession about my personal life: I struggle with depression. And while “confession” is definitely not the right word to use for this scenario, I maintain that it feels right simply because I feel guilty for being depressed. I feel called to inspire hope and joy in my… Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

Dispatch from the Contemplative Ministers Initiative

I’m currently with 23 other ministers at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center near Dallas. We are here as part of the Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative, coordinated and directed by the Siburt Institute at Abilene Christian University. CMI is now in its third year. As the name suggests, the aim of the program is to… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

"Mercy" (A Prayer from Jessica Lemmons)

I’ve been at a loss for words since the horrific school shooting in Florida, unable to enter the darkness for fear of losing myself. Thankfully, the prayer “Mercy” found its way to me; it’s from the blog “Not a Starving Artist Girl” by Jessica Lemmons (shared here by permission). I warn you, these… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton


Gospel in the Key of G: Keeping Jesus's Glorification at the Center

Musical keys are very important. If a musician fails to take note of the key in which a song is written, many of the notes they play will be wrong. That’s not only bad for the musician, but it hinders any attempt the musician makes to harmonize with others who are playing the… Read More

• by Justin Simmons

Raising Up Prophets

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on January 24, 2018. Sermon Texts: Deut 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28 — Well, here we are in Epiphany. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Epiphany it’s the few weeks between Christmas and Lent, and it’s often overlooked by churches as “ordinary time.”… Read More

• by Mindi Thompson

The Missing Christian Leader

That the modern world is filled with spiritual sickness is no surprise. Despite our increasing mastery over nature through medicine, technology, and science, the battle within still rages on. Depression is on the rise, alienation the norm, and fear dominates everything from the 24-hour news cycle to what car we should drive if… Read More

• by Adam Daniels

Can You See Me Now? Women, Service, and the Small Church

A while back, I had an appointment with a new optometrist. She examined my eyes and then she changed my prescription (the one I had for at least ten years) and went on with her day. I wasn’t too happy about her change—the old prescription worked just fine. Last month, my left eye… Read More

• by Shannon Rains

Waking up to Fear

“I guess I have always been afraid,” I heard myself say to a friend over lunch a few days ago. When I was a little girl there were many times I would have to take something outside to the trashcan. This may not seem like a big deal, but our big industrial-sized trashcan… Read More

• by Kelly Edmiston

Life Leaves a Mark

It was hot that day. 100 degrees, 87% humidity, and you needed a shower before you ever made it from your front door to your car. This kind of heat shows up in Houston in the late summer. I woke up nauseated and tried to eat a saltine cracker to calm down my… Read More

• by Rhesa Higgins


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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