Theonas on reading Scripture

Let no day pass by without reading–at a suitable time–some portion of the sacred lessons, allowing time for meditation.  And never cast off the practice of reading the sacred Scriptures; for nothing feeds the soul and enriches the mind as much as those sacred lessons do. Theonas was Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt ca.…

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Author: Mac Ice Publish Date: November 27, 2017

Remembering Meta, Part Three, by Frank Bellizzi

Author Frank Bellizzi is a minister and a historian residing in Tulia, Texas. This guest post is the third of a series on Meta Chestnutt Sager (1863-1948), Oklahoma Hall of Fame educator.   Side by Side on the Prairie Meta Chestnutt was adamant: early education is vital, and women should have equal opportunities…

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Author: Carisse Berryhill Publish Date: October 23, 2017

There’s No Such Thing as Spiritual Formation Without the Church: A Review of Richard Valantasis’ Dazzling Bodies

When I tell my kids to do something and they ask me “why?” my response is so often: “Because I said so!” I know intuitively that what I’m asking my kids to do is good for them, even if I don’t have a systematic explanation ready to give. The same is true of…

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Author: Brandon Pierce Publish Date: October 16, 2016

Siburt Institute – Mission Revisited

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As September approaches, the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry begins its fifth year of ministry to leaders and congregations. Our executive team held its annual review day in May, and we were inspired by the development of new services and encouraging stories from people and the churches where they worship and serve. We…

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Author: Carson E. Reed Publish Date: August 26, 2016

Looking for Millennials … In All the Wrong Places

A conversation I hear repeatedly in many congregations is the lament over the loss of younger adults. Even many of the younger adults who do remain within the congregation seem to be less than fully engaged in the life of the church. The question I’m often asked is, “Why?” I don’t know that…

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Author: Carson E. Reed Publish Date: July 22, 2016

Remembering Meta, Part Two, by Frank Bellizzi

A Girl and Her Dreams On September 3, 1944, a few days before her eighty-first birthday, Meta Chestnutt Sager looked back on her remarkable life and composed a long letter for her great-niece, Eva Heiliger. “So now to your questions,” she wrote. Responding to some of what Eva had asked about—Heiliger’s letter to…

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Author: Carisse Berryhill Publish Date: July 18, 2016

Remembering Meta, Part One, by Frank Bellizzi

Author Frank Bellizzi is a minister and a historian residing in Tulia, Texas. This guest post is the first of a series on Meta Chestnutt Sager (1863-1948), Oklahoma Hall of Fame educator. At Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, a framed photograph with a brief biography hangs in the main hall of the College…

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Author: Carisse Berryhill Publish Date: July 7, 2016

Gratitude as a Leadership Practice

I’ve been reading a new book on interpersonal communication. [1] I found it surprising that the authors, Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski, begin the book with a chapter on gratitude. Why gratitude? Schultze and Badzinski argue that communication emerges out of our character, and our character is forged by our attitude toward God…

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Author: Carson E. Reed Publish Date: June 24, 2016

Arrived . . . Or in Process?

Two quarts of brand new motor oil are tucked behind a pillar on my front porch for Sally. She hasn’t called to collect them—and I don’t know if she will. We had a visit last Friday at the auto parts store; she needed oil for her car and had no money. Would I…

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Author: Carson E. Reed Publish Date: May 26, 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

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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