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What Not to Wear, Deuteronomy, and the Clarity of Scripture

For the record: I’m still confused. Our prior work (RuPaul and the Clarity of Scripture) prepared me to translate our text: A woman must not wear the things of mighty men, nor a man dress in women’s garments; for whoever does is abhorrent to the Lord your God. (Deut. 22:5) I admit that… Read More

• by Glenn Pemberton

Without Hope or One in Christ?

Do you remember where you came from? Some of us came from wealth, some from food stamps. Some of our parents were educated in schools, some on the streets. Some of us were raised in Christian homes while some were openly hostile to Christianity. We spoke different languages, had special traditions and funny… Read More

• by Jen Hale Christy

Coaching the Team

A month ago, I began a foray into coaching. Our local high school needed a boys’ track coach. The principal remembered that I had run track in high school, so she asked if I would be interested in taking the position. Over the course of this month of practice, I have found my… Read More

• by Justin Simmons

When Insecurity Parades as Certainty

In the midst of my (still relatively new) theological studies I am learning so many things. I am experiencing the Bible in ways that I never have. I am reshaping my thoughts on things that were long taught to me as “Gospel truth” and reimagining what the Word of God is capable of… Read More

• by Tara Petty


New Creation: Lenten Reflection

Genesis, the first book of the Bible, starts with something new. A new world that is created and spun into motion by God. So, you open your Bible, turn to its first pages, and the message from the beginning is, like Paul says later, that we have a “God who gives life to… Read More

• by Eric Gentry

When to Quit, and When to Persevere

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” —Vince Lombardi — Deep within the psyche of every American lurks an idea. A dangerous idea. It’s one that is reinforced in film and music, it’s hinted at in inspirational posters and videos shared on Facebook, and its opposite is held in such high esteem one… Read More

• by Adam Daniels

He Made a Robot, and Then He Married Her (It?)

Zheng Jiajia is an artificial intelligence expert from Japan. He was evidently unable to find a suitable mate (or could not find love) so he built a humanoid robot. And then married her, or it. Or whatever. His family even attended the ceremony. He programmed his robot to speak some rudimentary sentences and has… Read More

• by Steve Ridgell

Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 2

From Part 1: “Many of our conversations about women contain some pre-conceived notions of who women are or who we think women are supposed to be. When we refuse to re-examine our core beliefs, we risk ostracizing half the church. It’s important to understand where these core beliefs come from…” — Sexism, or… Read More

• by Kaitlin Shetler

The Privilege of Participation

Lisa has two young children. She is married to Andy, a kind man who works hard and cares about Lisa and their kids, but he doesn’t share her faith. Every Sunday morning Lisa takes her kids to church while Andy swims and lifts weights at the local gym. While she wishes he would come to… Read More

• by Amy Bost Henegar

It Is the Community That Saves Us

On a monthly basis, I am fortunate to share life with a wide range of individuals who are doing spectacular things in their world. Often, I leave these “let’s catch up” meetings filled with inspiration and a renewed perspective that shapes the way I view myself, the world, and the work that I… Read More

• by Steven Brice


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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