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Faith and Learning

The faculty mission of ACU articulates our desire to equip students to live “integrated, Christ-centered lives of service and leadership.” The mission outlines goals of seeing that students combine Christian faith, professional commitment, and knowledge into a worldview recognizing the connection of God’s universe. The goals are based on Christian values including God,… Read More

Posted by Amy Boone

Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 3)

Hospitality toward immigrants is a culture in the kingdom of our re-birth, and evidence of it abounds in Scripture. Cities of Refuge in Num. 35 offer the church a relevant model of hospitality toward the immigrant and refugee. Yet, biblical aids to relearn Christian hospitality toward immigrants do not stop in the Bronze Age. Read More

Posted by Tiffany Dahlman

Whatever Happened to Eschatology?

I am a geek when it comes to end-time scenarios. I appreciate the creativity and skill that goes into producing charts, timetables, and future histories. One can bend and twist Scripture over other theological categories such a salvation, ecclesiology and the nature of Christ, yet it will always be a derivative of previous… Read More

Posted by Chris Benjamin

Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 2)

Find part 1 and part 3 of this series. – “People are attempting to enter the country to do us harm.” “Removing borders is not loving toward my family whom I’m called to protect.” “Our church resources are limited. We can barely care for our own families; we can’t care for refugee families.” Fair concerns remain about… Read More

Posted by Tiffany Dahlman

Thinking Globally for Renewal!

One of the most interesting and challenging books of the summer for me is Wesley Granberg-Michaelson’s Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century.[1] Although Granberg-Michaelson writes for church leaders in North America, his view is the global church. And that is where both the interest and the challenge emerge for… Read More

Posted by Carson E. Reed

Conversation Skilz

In all my 25+ years of helping people talk to each other, I can be confident of two things: 1. People already know what they are supposed to do and have the ability to do it; 2. They won’t do it on their own. Let’s begin with number one. People already know what… Read More

Posted by Amanda Box


Stone-Campbell Hymnals

Lyrics, scanned pages, MIDI files, and background information on the authors and compilers for over 9,000 hymns from 19 hymnals.

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Brackett Library

This collection contains interviews conducted at Harding University in the 1970s with Church of Christ missionaries from all over the world (Switzerland, France, Italy, Holland, Nigeria, Jordan, etc.)

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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 @

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Dr. Carisse Berryhill
Dr. Jason Fikes
Karissa Herchenroeder
Mac Ice
Chai Green
Tammy Marcelain
Molly Scherer
Dr. John Weaver

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