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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 part of what is most deeply important to us in Churches of Christ that goes against the grain of our typical analytical, left-brain culture. I am talking about two things that are very experiential…Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These have tended to be two of our biggest non-negotiables in our churches and as such we have developed…

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When people struggle with control issues in their lives one helpful therapy technique is to talk about who is writing your story. People often struggle with letting others affect them or control them in ways that aren’t appropriate. It is as if our life is a story that is being written in a book. The words that appear on…

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It wasn’t until I entered therapy that I became aware of how much your story affects so much of your life.

I was in therapy for five years but I didn’t enter therapy the traditional way. I entered therapy as a therapist.

When you learn to do psycho-therapy one of…

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In my previous post, I made the point that calling is something that is rarely talked about in Churches of Christ and as a result our outreach has suffered. The fact that people aren’t really sure if God does any calling today makes people reluctant to feel like God has anything specific in mind for them to do…but only in regard to…

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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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