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Job Description for a Shepherd

In a recent Saturday retreat with an elder group, some familiar questions were raised: “What does it mean to shepherd the church?” “How is it supposed to look?” These are good questions that congregational leaders often raise. Elders want to be good shepherds, but they often acknowledge a lack clear definitive practices that Read More

• by Carson E. Reed

Not My Sin, Not My Problem

There was a small platform, a single microphone, and two large speakers set up just outside the campus center. A large crowd was beginning to form, so I rushed to see what was happening. As I came within earshot of the demonstration, I heard the voice of one of my students. She had Read More

• by Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

The Bible in Analog

I received a turntable for Christmas and have discovered a new appreciation for music. I grew up with 45rpm and 33rpm LP records. I still have my old records. I also have albums that belonged to my parents and my grandfather. In addition, I have a stack of 78rpm records that I discovered Read More

• by Chris Benjamin

The Wall

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one Read More

• by Eric Gentry


Why Sing in Jail?

It is one of those stories we know so well that we do not even have to think about it very much in order to teach or preach on it. The story of the Philippian jailer is that familiar. Paul and Silas in jail, the earthquake, and the jailer finding salvation. But when Read More

• by Steve Ridgell

Zip, Click

As an off-the-charts extrovert, I only have one speed — wide open. This trait serves my work as Connections Minister particularly well since my responsibilities include welcoming guests and new members at our church, working with small group leaders, and helping volunteers find a place to serve. Making new friends and helping people Read More

• by Amanda Box

The Real Reason and Remedy for a Divided Society

I have some bad news. In case you haven’t noticed, our country is a little divided. There are deep schisms along multiple fault lines. It’s heartland versus coast. It’s white collar versus blue. Our rifts take on political, economic, religious, ethnic, and even educational contours. I’m guessing you’ve taken note of these divisions. Read More

• by Jason Locke

Living within Limits

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the First Colony Church of Christ. — I was preparing for a class that I was scheduled to teach at a conference in one week. In terms of preparation, Read More

• by Kelly Edmiston

Urban Public Schools and the Kingdom of God (Part 1)

For the past ten years, I have ministered in an urban environment, and a big part of that has been getting to know and ministering to urban public schools. Our church has served our neighborhood schools in various ways: helping with school supplies, feeding teachers, hosting events, mentoring and tutoring students. For the Read More

• by Steve Cloer

January’s Gentle Whisper

This is the time of year when everyone gets very business-like about life. We ask questions like, How can I get my book published this year? What is my goal weight and how I am going to reach it before Thanksgiving? How many books can I read in a year? What steps can 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 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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