Going to Church on Christmas

Pope Julius I was not a forward thinking leader.  Instead of fixing Christmas on the 25th of December, he could have set the date of Christmas on the last Thursday of the month.  That’s what Abraham Lincoln did with Thanksgiving, and it is so much easier to schedule worship services and office closings…

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Author: Chris Benjamin Publish Date: November 30, 2017

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

Gaining Perspective

A perspective is a view or outlook.  It is also a fundamental lesson in drawing or painting.  The artist is trained to see the relationship of all things and render three-dimensional vistas into a two-dimensional representation. Perspective is good not only for the artist, but for all.  Sometimes we  need to gain perspective. …

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Author: Chris Benjamin Publish Date: September 18, 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

A Different Style of Prophetic Preaching

I have noticed a trend toward equating “prophetic preaching” with a confrontational, rough and tough style of delivery.  It is a little less than what was once called a “hellfire and brimstone” sermon.  Maybe it is closer to what was once called a “toe-stomping” sermon.  I have inquired about the fascination with such…

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Author: Chris Benjamin Publish Date: July 17, 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

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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