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When Ministers Change Their Minds

Summertime provides a lot of opportunity to interact with ministers from around the world. As we make our way across conferences and lectureships, I often use the interactions as an occasion to listen for trends in ministry. What kinds of sermons are people preaching? How are our churches growing or shrinking? What struggles Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

The Parable of the Birds

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. Read More


The Race

A few days ago, my nephew challenged me to a race. I’m no runner, but I decided to take him up on his challenge anyway just for the fun of it. My brother, his dad, joined in too. We settled on a finish line, counted down, and off we went! And surprisingly enough, Read More

• by Laura Callarman

Fast Lane Flocks and Cyber-World Shepherds

Harold’s lip quivered slightly as he wrung his napkin. He attempted a gracious smile, but his eyes revealed weariness and a bit of pain. “Shepherd is a beautiful idea,” he began. “Looks to me like that is what God wants of me as an elder in this church. But I feel lost. How Read More

• by Lynn Anderson


Six Reasons Good Teaching Matters by Houston Heflin

I recently met with a fabulous group of adult volunteer Bible class teachers who were thinking about their roles on Sunday mornings. Our conversation focused on one important question: What benefit do learners receive from having a Christian teacher? This question emerged from the realization that most students can access the same information Read More

• by Adams Center for Teaching and Learning


I was lying in the dentist’s chair last week, waiting to get a tooth repaired after part of it chipped off. The dentist told me what was going to happen with the deadening shot and forthcoming repair work and, at 47, nothing has changed much. I know the routine. While having two people and Read More


I’m Not Afraid of Trump: 5 Reasons Christians Should Stop Worrying about the Election

I’m 47 years old, and I’ve never experienced an election cycle like this one. We might be at an inexplicably strange point in history. How does one explain where our county is and how we got here? To be totally honest, though, I’m not overly concerned about who will be the 45th president of the United States. Read More

• by Jason Locke

Three Bells by C. S. Bell Still Ring at Freed-Hardeman University

By Tom L. Childers, Henderson, Tennessee There is something very magical and memorable about a school bell. Freed-Hardeman University has three of them, all manufactured by the same foundry. Charles Singleton Bell (1829-1905) apprenticed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to learn the foundry business from his uncle. In 1858, he began his own company called Read More

• by Carisse Berryhill

Reflections on the Heritage of a Christian University

Dr. Royce Money, Chancellor of Abilene Christian University, shares insights regarding the importance of the historical nature of a Christian University.

• by John Weaver


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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