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

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

Fixer Upper, Shiplap, and the Importance of Greeting

Greeting others when we gather for worship may seem unimportant or a simple courtesy, but in truth it participates in the substance of who we are as God’s family. As a preaching minister, I feel a sense of responsibility for welcoming others into our worship gathering. It goes with the job and it…

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Author: Chris Benjamin Publish Date: June 19, 2017

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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