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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

I came into ministry as Paul would say, “as one abnormally born.” I didn’t want to be a minister growing up. I wanted to be a clinical child psychologist. I was so set on this that before I got to college, I took the course catalog and mapped out a path to finish with my B.A. in three years…

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“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters.  And if Christ is not risen, nothing else matters.” – Jeroslav Pelikan

In my opinion the most stunning letter in the entire New Testament is not one that we have as a “stand alone” book of the New Testament. The letter I am thinking of is a lot shorter than any of Paul’s letters and even shorter than all of the…

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April’s theme is on resurrection…a term in the Greek New Testament that at its core means “to rise up to a better status” (BDAG anastasis – See Luke 2:34). It just so happens that when a dead person is raised up to a better status that is not just any regular sort of uplifting…that is “resurrection”!

The rhythm of life seemed…

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Powerful words from our brother Josh Patrick who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer.

 

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Sex and money are two of the most cited reasons for divorce in America. Neither one ranks highly on what most of our churches are talking about. We can talk doctrine all day, all the while marriages fall apart and people are being used and abused in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.

There is a disconnect here that…

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We are going to give away a copy of Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Early Church by Scot McKnight. This is happening over on our Wineskins Facebook page. Feel free to stop by over there and comment on the giveaway post!

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In light of the previous review of Peter Enns’ book, “The Bible Tells Me So” I wanted to share some thoughts from Dr. Ben Witherington critiquing Enns’ view of scripture and myth from his book “The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible.” I appreciate Dr. Witherington and Baylor University Press allowing us to reprint this here. – Matt

Sometimes analogies can be stretched too far….

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It is inevitable that anything that is alive is going to go through some changes. That is true of living organisms as well as living organizations. This implies that there are there are such things as dead organisms and dead organizations as well…something we certainly want to avoid!

When God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 37 God commanded him…

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The following was provided to us by Dr. Doug Burleson highlighting events at this year’s FHU Lectures and looking ahead to 2016’s lectures.

The 79th Annual Freed-Hardeman University Lectureship is happening this week in Henderson, TN.  This year features the theme “Give Us A King: Faith, Failure, & Forgiveness in Samuel.” The program features around 120 presentations, which feature…

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Prayer is so vitally important in our churches and homes. We believe it is important to pass on some resources for those of you who want to do more reading and study on how to draw closer to God through prayer. Here are a few books you might consider:

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer by Eugene…

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