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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

The more you study the Bible the more your views will change. It is inevitable and it is good. Somehow change has become a byword in our fellowship especially in two areas: worship practices and our view on the Holy Spirit.

I grew up like many people in my fellowship, believing the Holy Spirit had little to nothing to do with my life. The work of the Spirit was complete…

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Whether in person or online in social media God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are involved in our conversations with other Christians. In Acts 8, when Jesus confronts Saul on the road to Damascus, he tells Saul that Saul’s persecution of the church was actually a persecution of Jesus himself, “Why do you persecute me?” Three chapters earlier in Acts 5 we have the story of Ananias and Sapphira….

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We have had an interesting relationship with the Spirit in Churches of Christ. In part this is one thing I love about our movement – there is no denominational hierarchy barking orders on what the official teaching of the church is supposed to be. On the other hand we somehow still have an unofficial official teaching on the Spirit over the years. In some corners of our movement one…

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The words of Father Zossima in “The Brothers Karamzov,”

“The world has proclaimed the reign of freedom, especially of late, but what do we see in this freedom of theirs? Nothing but slavery and self-destruction! For the world says:

‘You have desires and so satisfy them, for you have the same rights as the most rich and powerful. Don’t be afraid of satisfying them and even multiply your desires.’ That…

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Karl Barth once said that theology is done, “with the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.” His point was that when communicate about scripture we bring the ancient truths in touch with modern times. It is important that our message is heard in a way that people understand the relevance of scripture for today. I believe there is much more that goes into…

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In a world set on convenience, being a Christian is as counter-cultural as ever. How do we live a “take up your cross” life in a world that caters to convenience? When you decide to follow Jesus you become part of the group who are aliens and strangers in the world (1 Peter 1:1, 2:11). When you become a Christian, you come to expect suffering (Philippians 1:29-30). You are…

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It is no coincidence that we are hearing about the #metoo movement at the same time we are dealing with another school shooting. It isn’t a coincidence because the root is the same – objectification. The same way you touch a person inappropriately is the same way you shoot a person with ease – objectification. Once you turn a human being into an object that person is to be…

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There have been some spiritual giants who passed away over the last twelve months and it is fitting we take some time to honor them. This month’s theme will be a tribute to the people in our lives who influenced our faith who have died recently. I am thinking of people like Helen Young, Jay Guin, and Edward Fudge. I am also thinking about my own father who passed…

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We are excited to announce our newest Featured Author here at Wineskins, D.J. Bulls. You can read D.J.’s bio below. We are excited to have him writing for us so he can share his wealth of knowledge about worship!

D.J. Bulls…Husband to Meghan, father to Mackenzie…loves baseball, the Texas Rangers, and Alabama Crimson Tide Football.

Bulls has 17 years of ministry experience in churches large and small with…

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We appreciate Heather Heflin Hodges sharing from her wealth of knowledge on art in worship and ministry. I hope you will consider what she has to say over the next few weeks and also hope that you will share these with people you know will be blessed by it. Often our artists are severely underutilized in the life of the church. It wasn’t always that way, nor does it…

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