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The Knu Black

I’m in foreign territory today, but so proud of the work a former student is doing to spread positive Christian messages to younger generations through the medium of rap. Just recently, the album “Ohana” by Knu Origen (Darren Hagood, ACU 2014) with his musical partner Kay Sade received serious recognition through major blogs… Read More

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CHARIS: "Shape Notes and Widescreens" by DJ Bulls

Related Posts Going to Church on Christmas The Congregational Singing Crisis Singing Is a Sacrament A Different Style of Prophetic Preaching Read More

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CHARIS: "MLK 50 Years" by Dr. Jerry Taylor and Dr. Doug Foster

This talk was originally given on September 28th, 2017. Related Posts CHARIS: Christian Faith and the Politics of Nation States: 3 Views by Vic McCracken CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster CHARIS: “Growing up in a Greek Orthodox Family: Then and Now,” by Rev.… Read More

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CHARIS: “Growing up in a Greek Orthodox Family: Then and Now,” by Rev. Dr. Anton Vrame

Related Posts CHARIS: Christian Faith and the Politics of Nation States: 3 Views by Vic McCracken CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster CHARIS: “MLK 50 Years” by Dr. Jerry Taylor and Dr. Doug Foster Instrumental Music in ACU Chapel: Evolution of a Policy… Read More

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Joseph Smith and Alexander Campbell - How Alike Were They? by Doug Foster

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CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster

Related Posts Going to Church on Christmas CHARIS: Why Should Churches Care? Clean and Unclean: A Contemporary Christian Conversation Keep Calm and Carry On Read More

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CHARIS: “The Story of a Critical Biography of Alexander Campbell”by Doug Foster

Related Posts Instrumental Music in ACU Chapel: Evolution of a Policy (9/26/16) CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster The Idea of the University with Fred Aquino CHARIS: “MLK 50 Years” by Dr. Jerry Taylor and Dr. Doug Foster Read More

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CHARIS: "The Latest News on World Christianity" by Doug Foster

Related Posts Benedict’s Wisdom for the Ages: Four Slants on Spirituality Benedict’s Wisdom for the Ages: It’s a Cenobite’s Life for Me Why I Love the Doctrine of the Trinity I Came to Call Sinners: A Lenten Reflection on Matthew 9:9-13 Read More

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CHARIS: “What Relevance Does the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement Have for a ‘Post-Christian’ World?” by Doug Foster

Related Posts CHARIS: Christian Faith and the Politics of Nation States: 3 Views by Vic McCracken CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster Buying Fresh Flowers and Other Matters of Hebel CHARIS: “MLK 50 Years” by Dr. Jerry Taylor and Dr. Doug Foster Read More

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CHARIS: Christian Faith and the Politics of Nation States: 3 Views by Vic McCracken

Related Posts CHARIS: An Election That Will Not Be Great by Neal Coates CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster The Day I Escaped My Bubble CHARIS: “Growing up in a Greek Orthodox Family: Then and Now,” by Rev. Dr. Anton Vrame Read More

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CHARIS: An Election That Will Not Be Great by Neal Coates

Related Posts CHARIS: Christian Faith and the Politics of Nation States: 3 Views by Vic McCracken CHARIS: “What Relevance Does the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement Have for a ‘Post-Christian’ World?” by Doug Foster A Lesson to Learn Before the Next Election What Does It Mean to Have a King? Read More

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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… Read More

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Instrumental Music in ACU Chapel: Evolution of a Policy (9/26/16)

Related Posts CHARIS: “The Story of a Critical Biography of Alexander Campbell”by Doug Foster CHARIS: “Where do our churches go from here?” by Bernard Gatson, Eric Gentry, and Doug Foster The Confusion between Winning and Success (by Joe L. Cope) The Idea of the University with Fred Aquino Read More

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The Integration of Faith and Learning in a Professional Program by Rachel Slaymaker

When reflecting on the integration of faith and learning, it is important to recognize that an institution’s mandate to integrate faith and learning into the classroom can become more complex for professional programs, including social work. This has required me, as a social work faculty member, to reflect on how a professor’s mission… Read More

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Six Reasons Good Teaching Matters by Houston Heflin

I recently met with a fabulous group of adult volunteer Bible class teachers who were thinking about their roles on Sunday mornings. Our conversation focused on one important question: What benefit do learners receive from having a Christian teacher? This question emerged from the realization that most students can access the same information… Read More

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In the Beginning Was the Word (by Laura Carroll)

As a teacher of rhetoric and writing, I believe that words create worlds. One of the foundations of rhetorical theory is Aristotle’s artistic proofs, or means of persuasion. According to Aristotle, audiences are persuaded by ethos, pathos, and logos. In The Rhetoric Aristotle is teaching his students the power of words. In ancient… Read More

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Bad Church Music: A Survival Guide (by Dan McGregor)

As a member of that somewhat rare species known as the Campbellite Visual Artist, one of the tensions I’ve had to navigate is bad aesthetics in worship. At some point a few years ago, churches of Christ decided that visual things in worship services weren’t all that bad and jumped seemingly overnight from… Read More

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Alexander Campbell and Race in America: His Influence on Attitudes in Churches of Christ

Irish immigrant to the United States Alexander Campbell arrived in America in 1809 and stepped into a nation that, in retrospect, was headed toward a massive war over the issue of race. Insisting that the controversy over slavery and race was a political and civil matter that should not become an issue for… Read More

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What in the World is Going on in Christianity Around the World?

Dr. Foster shares a report from the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, including the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.       Related Posts The Creation of Race in the US and its Implications for Christians: Part 1 The Idea of the University with Fred Aquino Turning the Tide… Read More

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What an Atheist Taught Me about Spirituality (by Stephanie Hamm)

“You know what? I think he is searching.” I said this to my husband about my friend Eugene. I had been admiring Eugene’s photography. He takes wonderful pictures of landscapes and buildings and churches—particularly the steeples of churches. I was enjoying such a steeple picture when I made this comment. I guess I… Read More

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Holy Hospitality: Following the Call of Jesus to Welcome ALL Children with Dana Pemberton

We all know the passages. Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me.” Let the little children come to me  . .  for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God Belongs. And yet, we often struggle in our churches and children’s ministries to welcome many of the children we encounter —… Read More

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Broom Colloquium with Jamie Wright

Jamie Wright is, in her own words, “the very worst missionary.” She is a former missionary and current blogger that reflects regularly on missions, Christian service, and contemporary culture with her gift for turning the mundane into witty, fun-to-read insight. Jamie will help us think about the current passion for social justice and… Read More

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Broadening Horizons: Critical Reflections on Martha Nussbaum’s Philosophy of Education with Fred Aquino

Pursuing wisdom in the university rarely if ever takes place in isolation. Rather, the process is profoundly social! The practice of gleaning insights from others plays a fundamental role in enabling one to move from a particular set of claims to a more comprehensive understanding of things. This third session (in the series… Read More

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Leaves Fall as I Wait for Something to Change: Reconnecting Faith and Learning by Steven T. Moore

I look out the window, having realized evening approaches and the golden hour – blazing like fire – send sparks lifting off into the air, abandoning the shiny surfaces of every leaf. They change slowly, the leaves – moving from green to red, then red to orange, then orange to yellow.   The… Read More

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Theological Education in Churches of Christ: Prospects and Perspectives (Part Three) by Mark W. Hamilton

On Theological Ends and, therefore Means All of these changes, then, raise a key question: what is the goal of theological education? If we think that the means should fit the end, that the end of the birthing of new vibrant communities of faith and the renewal of old ones, and that we… Read More

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The Creation of Race in the US and its Implications for Christians: Part 2

Contrary to most people’s assumptions, race does not exist as a clearly definable biological reality. Yet “race” as a concept functions in powerful ways to shape our attitudes and actions. Doug Foster sketches the history of the creation of the concept of race in American history, asking participants to explore implications of this… Read More

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Theological Education in Churches of Christ: Prospects and Perspectives (Part Two) by Mark W. Hamilton

The Theological Landscape Today  In the previous post, I claimed that the changes in church life and theology over the past few years offered, for the most part, good news. But if the news is good, what precisely is it about? To answer the question, let me step back in time. In the… Read More

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Pursuing Wisdom in an Information Age: Critical Reflections on Newman’s Idea of a University with Fred Aquino

We live in a world with unprecedented access to vast quantities of information. In one sense, we feel more connected through social media and various technological advances. At the tap of a finger, the requested pieces of information are readily available. Yet, such information alone does not necessarily produce understanding or wisdom. In… Read More

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Theological Education in Churches of Christ: Prospects and Perspectives (Part One) by Mark W. Hamilton

Once upon a time, a group of cousins inherited a large mansion, one of those plantation houses with wide be-columned porches all about, from which the owners could gaze across verdant lawns down to the river. It had once been glorious, and parts of it still were, though it had recently fallen into… Read More

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Integrating Faith and Learning by Lloyd Goldsmith

Integrating faith and learning must be intentional if we are to fulfill the spirit of the ACU mission statement and avoid Elzinga’s “gap between the secular and the sacred” (Elzinga, p.14). Each course must intentionally include a spiritually focused text – a faith read aligned with the course-learning outcome. The faith read can… Read More

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Turning the Tide on Baptismal Indifference: Some Thoughts on the Teaching of Baptism with Anthony Cross

Dr. Anthony R. Cross, a historian at Oxford University and an ordained Baptist minister, offers a personal reflection on the ways that he has taught baptism to students and congregations when the majority of ministers and churches are generally indifferent to baptism, both in the New Testament and the contemporary church. Dr Anthony… Read More

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The Idea of the University with Fred Aquino

Dr. Fred Aquino leads the discussion on the Idea of the University. Purposeful teaching and research at ACU is dependent upon sustained and serious reflection upon the idea of the Christian University within our context. Along these lines, the group explores the theological and philosophical rationale for the idea of Abilene Christian University.… Read More

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The Creation of Race in the US and its Implications for Christians: Part 1

Contrary to most people’s assumptions, race does not exist as a clearly definable biological reality. Yet “race” as a concept functions in powerful ways to shape our attitudes and actions. Dr. Doug Foster sketches the history of the creation of the concept of race in American history, asking participants to explore implications of… Read More

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The Confusion between Winning and Success (by Joe L. Cope)

I teach negotiation. Here are the most common student expectations I hear:             I want to learn . . . to negotiate great deals for me and for my organization. to manipulate others into doing what is best for me. to avoid exploitation and come out on top of all my negotiations. to… Read More

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Campbell Lecture Series with Carisse Berryhill

Long before James K. Smith, Campbell understood the importance of beauty, narrative, and imagination in moral formation. Exciting manuscript evidence reveals the roots of his aesthetics, his pedagogy, and the practices he employed as a Christian educator. Campbell Lecture Series by Carisse Berryhill from AdamsCenter 4 Teaching&Learning on Vimeo.   Related Posts Students… Read More

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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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