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Matt Dabbs

Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

Homepage: http://mattdabbs.com

There is a word so seemingly insignificant that newer translations are relegating it to the footnotes. It is the Hebrew word “selah.” You can find this word 74 times in the Old Testament: 3 times in Habakkuk 3 (verses 3, 9, and 13) and 71 times in the Psalms. In all of the instances it is used in the context of Hebrew poetry and probably has musical significance, like…

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One of the things I have had to remind myself of, at times, is that the church belongs to Jesus. The church doesn’t belong to me. The church doesn’t belong to the elders. The church belongs to Jesus. That means we need to lean on Jesus to do more of the heavy lifting because he has the more invested in what happens to his church than anyone else.

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The church has always been known for her benevolence. From the earliest days when believers shared their positions to their treatment of orphans and widows I believe where the church has gotten Jesus the most is in her benevolence. The church is a giving church. The church is a sacrificial church. People know her for her generosity. She is the Proverbs 31 women in congregational form.

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As catchy as all the one word church names are these days I still don’t know a better name for God’s people than the Church of Christ or “Christ’s church.” It all belongs to Jesus. He is the head and we are the body. Some times I get wrapped up in all the wrong things and forget this very simple fact. I get worked up on owning too much…

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The church has taken a lot of heat lately. In our world of deconstructive tendencies we have learned it is far easier to pick people and things apart than it is to build people and things up. Certainly some things need to be critiqued and improved. There is no doubt about that. But often we don’t take the time to look at things from a positive perspective. It is…

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There are a lot of Christian leaders who experience extreme insecurity. Two ways you will notice it is that they either tend to downplay themselves or overplay themselves. They will either take themselves out of the picture as much as possible or they will make themselves the center of attention as much as possible. Both of those actions can come from insecurity. One is trying to make sure they…

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One of the primary metaphors for a spiritual leaders in the Bible is a shepherd. In the Old Testament, even the highest executive office in the land (the king) is supposed to shepherd the people (2 Sam 5:2). Shepherds don’t lead by proxy (through others – a hired hand). Shepherds don’t lead from far out front. Shepherds lead the sheep by being with the sheep and knowing the sheep.

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Imagine being a mechanic where someone brings you their car because it is having problems. You identify several issues and bring them to the owner’s attention, offering to repair it. They don’t give you permission to fix it but they hold you responsible for when the car breaks down the following week, sending you the bill for the repairs they need done.

Or think about being a doctor. A patient…

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We have a leadership crisis in Christianity today. I don’t want to get too specific in this theme introducing post but instead will open it up for discussion. Do you believe we have a leadership crisis? How does our autonomy help or hurt this? How do our leadership structures help or hinder leadership development that isn’t hitched to corporate business mentality? What resources have you found helpful on helping…

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“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” – Galatians 5:1

Let’s start a conversation this Independence day. It is a conversation about our freedom in Christ and exactly what that means for a Christian. There are so many things in this world that can enslave us. If we aren’t careful we can even do things to keep each other bound up. What does it mean to be…

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