Author Archives: Matt Dabbs

Leafwood Publishers – 40% off For our Readers

I am thrilled to let you know what Leafwood is offering Wineskins readers 40% off their orders. This came about because I read Don McLaughlin’s book “Love First” and wanted to get the word out about this book. Leafwood came on to advertise with Wineskins this month and offer the 40% off with the code WS40 at checkout.

What I am hoping is that some Bible class teachers will see this and use this as an opportunity to pick this book up for a Bible class at the discount.

There are a lot of good books, mostly by Restoration Movement authors that may interest you (Don McLaughlin, Chris Altrock, Larry James, Shane Wood, John Alan Turner, Les Ferguson, Martha Singelton, etc). Here is their website – Leafwood Publishers

Recommended Books on How To Better Read the Bible

I love reading books about how to read the Bible. I guess I love that because I love meta-cognition, thinking about how we think about things. There are so many treasures in the scriptures and, as Bobby Valentine has written in the last two articles, the closer we come to understand things about their worldContinue Reading

Want to Learn the Big Story of Scripture?

One of the things that I have been most excited about this year at Wineskins is the Theodrama – unpacking the big story of scripture in 70 episodes. I decided to not post all of them on the blog but I do want you to know this exists. Here is the playlist if this isContinue Reading

Love First: Ending Hate Before It’s Too Late By Don McLaughlin

By Don McLaughlin “Perfect love casts out fear.” We learn early that some people seem to get the idea of love better than others. I’m not suggesting that I have met anyone who is perfect at loving God, themselves, or others, but it does seem some are very committed to perfecting the way they love.Continue Reading

Take Heart…Jesus Has Overcome the World

Christians always say, “You have to read your Bible. You have to be in the word.” One of the reasons for that is that there are times when your heart is going to be heavy and you need a word from the Lord to calm yourself down. When you are in the word, your repertoireContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship that Fits” Chapters 10 & 11: The Transparent Context

The transparent context are groups of 2-4 people, which is a group size ripe for developing deep relationships that exude transparency and connection. It is impossible to grow deep if you don’t let people know who you really are. It is very difficult (impossible really) to do this in a room full of people orContinue Reading

How to Be the Kind of Person Who is Remembered for Generations

We recognize that church isn’t perfect. We talk about what needs to improve. We talk about what is unhealthy. There are changes that need to take place. I wonder if sometimes that conversation happens far too easily. I wonder if criticism isn’t easier to engage in than constructively working toward something better. Problems are easyContinue Reading

Two Free Resources To Encourage and Equip You!

First, ACU’s Summit wrapped up and they have quite a bit of the content online on their YouTube channel. I wish I could have gone this year so I have been waiting on these videos! Here is that link – ACU Summit 2019 There is also a free webinar called, “Rock Solid Theology for DiscipleContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship that Fits” Chapters 8 & 9: Personal Context/Small Groups

The personal context consists of groups of 4-12 people. This would be a small group in most churches. This was embodied in Jesus’ ministry in his work with the 12. As the group size decreases the connectivity increases. Our ability to be more transparent goes up with fewer, better connected people in the room. BobbyContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship That Fits” Chapter 7 – Missional Communities Demystified

If you haven’t picked up on the rhythm of “Discipleship that Fits” yet, Bobby and Alex devoted two chapters to each of the five social-spiritual contexts. By way of review those include: public context, social context, personal context, transparent context, and divine context. These groups of people get progressively smaller as you work down theContinue Reading

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