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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

Here are a few resources to consider in studying how to read and understand the Bible.

How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth By Gordon Fee

This is a must read book for any student of scripture. Fee unpacks everything from genre to the differences in translation so you can choose one that is closest to what you need….

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Here are a few things to consider as you read from Scripture that have been helpful or formative to me that I wanted to pass along to anyone who finds it helpful.

1 – Study now for what you will need later. This is what I call the “Joseph effect”…go ahead and store up scripture in barns today for what you…

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As we kick of the November issue we want to spend considerable time on the topic of how we read the Bible. The Bible can be plain and simple…as direct and straight forward as one could possibly imagine. It can also be complex: a rich text with multiple layers of meaning, diverse contexts, written into various circumstances and translated from…

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It is nearly impossible to make accurate predictions looking ahead for churches of Christ. I don’t believe everything I am about to say will happen as I describe it, I do hope that in dreaming and discussing these things that some principles will be highlighted along the way that I believe will be a big part of the future of church culture, practice and doctrine in the years to…

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This article is by Royce Money, Chancellor of Abilene Christian University. I have not personally had the privilege of meeting Dr. Money but as I was asking around to find out who was the right person to get an update on how God is on the move at ACU the name I heard over and over again was Royce Money. Listen in on the exciting things God is doing…

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A synagogue leader named Jairus had a daughter who was dying. He went to find Jesus and when he found him, he fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come and heal his daughter. At that same time a woman who had suffered for 12 years with bleeding needed relief. She got close enough to Jesus, thinking if she could just touch the edge of his cloak she…

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This month’s issue of Wineskins is going to kick off a new trend here at the site. As the last post stated, we are going to be highlighting areas where we see God at work among His people. We are going to highlight ministries, missions, universities, individuals and congregations that are partnering with God to do some amazing work….

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If you have followed Mike Cope’s blog for any length of time you may have noticed the subheading of his site “Sniffing Out God’s Work in the World…” I love that line and I love the fact that Mike ends that with ellipses. Those three little periods indicate that there is something more. When it comes to God there is always something more going on…something new that if…

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We just started a new forum on site called the Wineskins Marketplace. The goal is to create a space for the buying, selling and trading of books and materials related to faith, NT & OT studies, ministry, and related fields. I have posted a few things just to get the ball rolling but the goal is not to make this a place for me to sell my extra…

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What is it that gets people stirred up with the body of believers you worship with? The answer to that question will reveal a lot about the core values of the congregation.

Do people get more riled up over someone being in “error” than they do with their own sin and mistakes? Do people get more upset over the violate of tradition than over lost people who aren’t being reached?…

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