#sorrynotsorry

Confession: I find Demi Lovato’s song “Sorry Not Sorry” just as catchy as most, and if you aren’t in the category of most I forgive you. However, as a Christian I have no tolerance for any sort of #sorrynotsorry theology or doctrine. Example 1: Recently, a friend of mine was trying to coordinate…

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Author: Chess Cavitt Publish Date: November 16, 2017

Lean on virtue’s side: An early-morning reflection on Alexander Campbell

The quote above is from pages 440-441 of Silena Huntington Campbell’s book Home Life and Reminiscences of Alexander Campbell. She is reflecting on her husband’s (Alexander Campbell) personality and disposition and she has some rather wonderful things to say.  Look at him…consistent, calm, just.  She paints a flattering portrait. At the same time,…

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Author: Mac Ice Publish Date: November 9, 2017

CHARIS: “Shape Notes and Widescreens” by DJ Bulls

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…

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

CHARIS: “MLK 50 Years” by Dr. Jerry Taylor and Dr. Doug Foster

This talk was originally given on September 28th, 2017. CHARIS

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Author: CHARIS Publish Date: October 20, 2017

That you may give it in due time to others: a brief meditation for congregational historians and others who care about the past and the future

In 1939 Frederick John Foakes Jackson* published A History of Church History: Studies of Some Historians of the Christian Church (W. Heffer & Sons Ltd: Cambridge).  His final book–he published it at age 84–it surveys in fourteen chapters just what its title suggests using biographical and bibliographical lenses. Foakes Jackson studied under Bishop John Lightfoot…

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Author: Mac Ice Publish Date: October 9, 2017

The Day I Escaped My Bubble

Someone pointed me to a recent episode called “Bubble-Hopping” from the podcast Invisibilia. The focus was whether it’s possible to escape the bubbles we all invariably inhabit. The main part of the episode focused on Max, a tech industry employee in San Francisco. Max created an app to help him experience things he would…

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Author: Jason Locke Publish Date: October 5, 2017

Searching for Human Goodness

A few months ago, my husband and I moved from Abilene, Texas, to Boston, Massachusetts, so that I could begin working on my PhD at Boston University. We’ve enjoyed wandering through historic neighborhoods and museums, and we have definitely indulged in our fair share of clam chowder. This city has been good to…

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Author: Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby Publish Date: September 20, 2017

What Are We Doing Here … at Church? 

“What are we doing here?” Do you ever wonder about that on Sunday mornings? You get up early to get the kids bathed and dressed before church. It’s hectic. Maybe your body aches because you spent all day Saturday mowing the yard or visiting your grand kids.

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Author: Eric Gentry Publish Date: September 15, 2017

God, Glory, Giving, and a Natural Disaster

It happens every time there is a natural disaster. Churches begin discussions about how to help. Social media is full of questions – and suggestions – about how and where to donate. It happens because Christians care and want to help. We want to do good to all people, and especially those in our…

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Author: Steve Ridgell Publish Date: September 6, 2017

About CHARIS

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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