CHARIS: “Shape Notes and Widescreens” by DJ Bulls

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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Author: Adams Center for Teaching and Learning Publish Date: November 8, 2017

An Undoubtedly Very Different Benedict: On Rod Dreher and Four Mistakes to Make with Monasticism

The last several decades have witnessed the flourishing of a certain enchantment with monasticism. Whether it’s the product of some “postmodern” thirst for spirituality, or the idealistic quest of youth that equates radical practice with authenticity, or simply perhaps the perennial appeal of novelty, the literature of Christian spirituality that taps into centuries…

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Author: Brandon Pierce Publish Date: August 1, 2017

CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster

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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Author: Adams Center for Teaching and Learning Publish Date: March 16, 2017

CHARIS: “The Latest News on World Christianity” by Doug Foster

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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Author: Adams Center for Teaching and Learning Publish Date: November 8, 2016

CHARIS: “What Relevance Does the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement Have for a ‘Post-Christian’ World?” by Doug Foster

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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Author: Adams Center for Teaching and Learning Publish Date: October 20, 2016

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…

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Author: Lynn Anderson Publish Date: April 22, 2016

When You Are Expected to Give an Answer When There Are No Answers

It happens in every congregation sooner or later – that time when someone’s entire world is turned upside down. Times when the pain is unbearable and the future seems unfathomable. When God did not answer their prayer and they wonder if he even heard their cries. Events that change lives forever. The things…

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Author: Steve Ridgell Publish Date: April 8, 2016

Ouch?

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…

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Author: Amanda Box Publish Date: April 4, 2016

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.…

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Author: Jason Locke Publish Date: April 1, 2016

The Soul Question

What is your ministry context? This is a topic of various projects and conversations for me lately. As ministers, this question is insider jargon to describe where we work and what we do. Were we to describe our context we might talk about the geographic location, socio-economic status, age, race, gender, and culture…

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Author: Kelly Edmiston Publish Date: March 30, 2016

About CHARIS

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 @ acu.edu.

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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