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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

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Raymond Brown – Community of the Beloved Disciple Brown’s take on the Johannine community in the Gospel and Epistles of John.

Marianne Meye Thompson – The God of the Gospel of Joh The title perfectly describes the book. This book is about how God is described and talked about in the Gospel of John. This is a…

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Robert C. Tannehill – The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts (Vol 1) This book goes chapter by chapter through Luke giving you the various threads that connect the parts.

Craig Blomberg – Historical Reliability of the Gospels (2nd ed) Unlike his Historical Reliability of the Gospel of John, this book doesn’t run through the Gospels chapter…

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Willard Swartley – Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story This book makes a lot of theological connections between major Old Testament themes and the Synoptics. This has proven very useful in my studies especially in regard to the theology of the synoptics through the lens of Judaism.

David Rhodes – Mark as Story This is…

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Evertt Ferguson – Backgrounds of Early Christianity This is a standard work in New Testament studies. Ferguson also comes from a Church of Christ background and has taught at ACU for many years. This is a must have book for any student of the New Testament with thorough articles on hundreds of relevant topics.

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Willard Swartley – Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story This book makes a lot of theological connections between major Old Testament themes and the Synoptics. This has proven very useful in my studies especially in regard to the theology of the synoptics through the lens of Judaism.

Craig Blomberg – Historical Reliability…

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As Jesus went about healing the least of these Matthew lets us in on a little secret in Matthew 12:15-21. Matthew tells us that Jesus’ healings were a direct fulfillment of Isaiah’s words about the suffering servant in Isaiah 42:1-4,

“18 “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,     my beloved, with whom my soul…

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I want to speak into a lot of the hurt that I see going on out there in Christian conversation because I believe there is a better way. It must start with a humble recognition of our own fraility and imperfection and then move toward an attempt to truly understand another person. So here goes…

I am not interested in back…

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A husband and wife come in for marriage counseling. Things are falling apart. They should have come in long ago but here they are and things don’t look good. She never apologizes. He always gets what he wants. She doesn’t feel like he cares about her. He never tells her that he loves her.   That isn’t anything new. He was never…

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By the time the first century rolled around race was quite the hot button issue in Judaism. The Jewish people were living under Roman (read foreign/Gentile) oppression and occupation. Before that it was the Seleucids and before that the Ptolemies of Egypt. Under Seleucid rule they faced tremendous persecution for their faith by the notorious Antiochus Epiphanes that sparked the…

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It seems like race has always been an issue when it comes to faith. I don’t mean to start off on a bleak note because I think there is a lot of hope and I think it has been the voice of Christians at various times in history (including the present one) that have been a very positive force for…

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