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The Space between Grace and Discipline

One of the hardest things in life is knowing where to stand. On a recent trip to Israel I had the honor of going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I’m not sure what was happening that day, but there were people everywhere. It was a veritable feast of polite pushing, rushed… Read More

Posted by Adam Daniels

No Room for Snobbery

In a recent meeting, a group I work with was discussing which version of the Bible to use for an event. One of the attendees good naturedly quipped that for small churches, we should only use the King James Version, and although this was said in good humor, it hints at a common… Read More

Posted by Alyssa Johnson

The Things that Make for Peace: Getting Off Facebook

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the thingsthat make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — This year on Ash Wednesday, I walked down the hall to my wife’s office (we’re both on the ministry… Read More

Posted by Ben Fike

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

In my frequent work with church leadership teams, I find that a constant challenge for ministers and elders is the way they address the relational dynamics that are constantly present in a congregation. When all is said and done, a critical component of leadership is how to relate to people! One way to… Read More

Posted by Carson E. Reed

It’s All Who You Know

When my kids were little, they received a paperback picture book about emotions. Each page demonstrated a feeling with a fruit or vegetable that had a face. Within its pages, an angry apple or a frustrated strawberry tried to communicate with their friend, an amused pepper. Besides being a hilarious bedtime read, it… Read More

Posted by Rhesa Higgins

Adopt-a-Street for Jesus

Ever so often, I see signs along the roadway that say a section of the road or highway is sponsored by a certain group or organization. This typically means that this organization is responsible for keeping that section clean. So they routinely pick up trash or do other activities to keep the area… Read More

Posted by Steve Cloer

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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