Author Archives: Adams Center for Teaching and Learning

We believe that learning is a lifelong process and that those of us who teach make a commitment to continue our learning throughout our lives. The Adams Center exists to promote the lifelong learning of Abilene Christian University’s faculty as they strive to integrate their faith and their discipline.

CHARIS: An Election That Will Not Be Great by Neal Coates

Adams Center for Teaching and LearningWe believe that learning is a lifelong process and that those of us who teach make a commitment to continue our learning throughout our lives. The Adams Center exists to promote the lifelong learning of Abilene Christian University’s faculty as they strive to integrate their faith and their…

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Instrumental Music in ACU Chapel: Evolution of a Policy (9/26/16)

Adams Center for Teaching and LearningWe believe that learning is a lifelong process and that those of us who teach make a commitment to continue our learning throughout our lives. The Adams Center exists to promote the lifelong learning of Abilene Christian University’s faculty as they strive to integrate their faith and their…

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The Integration of Faith and Learning in a Professional Program by Rachel Slaymaker

When reflecting on the integration of faith and learning, it is important to recognize that an institution’s mandate to integrate faith and learning into the classroom can become more complex for professional programs, including social work. This has required me, as a social work faculty member, to reflect on how a professor’s mission…

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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…

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Bad Church Music: A Survival Guide (by Dan McGregor)

As a member of that somewhat rare species known as the Campbellite Visual Artist, one of the tensions I’ve had to navigate is bad aesthetics in worship. At some point a few years ago, churches of Christ decided that visual things in worship services weren’t all that bad and jumped seemingly overnight from…

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Alexander Campbell and Race in America: His Influence on Attitudes in Churches of Christ

Irish immigrant to the United States Alexander Campbell arrived in America in 1809 and stepped into a nation that, in retrospect, was headed toward a massive war over the issue of race. Insisting that the controversy over slavery and race was a political and civil matter that should not become an issue for…

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What in the World is Going on in Christianity Around the World?

Dr. Foster shares a report from the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, including the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.       Adams Center for Teaching and LearningWe believe that learning is a lifelong process and that those of us who teach make a commitment to continue our learning…

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What an Atheist Taught Me about Spirituality (by Stephanie Hamm)

“You know what? I think he is searching.” I said this to my husband about my friend Eugene. I had been admiring Eugene’s photography. He takes wonderful pictures of landscapes and buildings and churches—particularly the steeples of churches. I was enjoying such a steeple picture when I made this comment. I guess I…

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Holy Hospitality: Following the Call of Jesus to Welcome ALL Children with Dana Pemberton

We all know the passages. Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me.” Let the little children come to me  . .  for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God Belongs. And yet, we often struggle in our churches and children’s ministries to welcome many of the children we encounter —…

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