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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

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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One of the things we learned when studying psychology is that most behavior is functional on some level. At some point in time the behavior worked for us. It may not be healthy behavior but it served some function. Dysfunctional behavior always comes with a story. Often over time…

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Scripture is full of reminders that God is a God who makes all things new. What we are told at the end of the story, “I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5) is just a summary startement of the previous 66 books of the Bible. From Adam and Eve to God’s fresh start with Noah…from Abraham and Sarah having a child in their golden years to Joseph and…

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In the month of December our articles will focus on what to give the One who has everything. I am sure you have experienced that dilemma around Christmas time. You are trying to pick the perfect gift for someone special but it seems they already have everything they need. God is a lot like that. He owns everything. It is all his. So what is it He really wants?…

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When we were unloading our moving truck having just arrived in Bakersfield I moved a shelf inside the moving truck that happened to have another piece of furniture leaning on it. When I pulled the shelf out the other piece smacked me right by my right eye. I saw stars. Then I saw the blood. Standing in the midst of people I had either just met or had met…

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If you walked out in your yard, picked up a rock and threw it up in the sky at 25,000 mph you could put it in orbit given a few other assumptions. It takes quite a bit of power, effort and direction to escape the gravitational pull of the earth.

Congregations are often like that. There is a gravitational pull that keeps things pulled back to itself. The weight of…

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I am not much of a feeler but it is hard to miss all the hurting that is going on out there. Well, it is not just “out there” but “in here” as well. Those of us who like to think the trauma is always somewhere else or with someone else just need to reflect a bit harder and have a bit more honesty with ourselves about things.

Trauma is…

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