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Control Syndrome

The recent hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and shootings remind us that we are not in control. Still … we think we should be. One only has to read through the recent onslaught of tweets, or listen to the news-anchor arguments surrounding the NFL #takeaknee protests to see this. We crave control. I use the… Read More

Posted by Eric Gentry

The Samaritan Woman and the Church's Response to #MeToo

At the site of Jacob’s well, which is still in existence today, Jesus met a Samaritan woman on his way back to Galilee and asked her for a drink of water. We find many discrepancies at play within the breadth of this narrative and its culture: local women did not draw water alone,… Read More

Posted by Lauren Rutland Hightower

We Can't Handle the Truth!

“You can’t handle the truth!” We all know that line don’t we, from A Few Good Men? Tom Cruise’s character, Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee is hammering away at Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson. Kaffee says “I want the truth,” to which Colonel Jessup replies bristling, “You can’t handle the truth!” Colonel Jessup believed… Read More

Posted by Justin Simmons

The Tension between Invitation Versus Protection and Why You Should Never Eat Mediocre Food in Mississippi

Yesterday as I was leaving my office, I noticed a man on a motorcycle in the parking lot. It’s always an adventure walking out to the parking lot after work. Our church building is right on the frontage road for I-55 in Jackson, Mississippi, so we get an impressive sampling of travelers. Motorcycle… Read More

Posted by Amanda Box

From Judginess to Fruitfulness: When to Speak Out and When to Remain Silent

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about when, where, and how to speak out about social issues such as immigration, race, and religion in public discourse. Do I say something from the pulpit or does that make it a bully pulpit? Do I post stuff and fight the futile battle for moral high… Read More

Posted by Greg Taylor

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… Read More

Posted by Jason Locke

OTHER RESOURCES

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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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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