Author Archives: Matt Dabbs

The Next Needed Shift on the Holy Spirit In Churches of Christ

The way we talk about the Holy Spirit today is far different than I remember it being 20+ years ago. Now, we acknowledge that the Spirit is alive and well…working in our world and in our lives. I have been very happy to see that shift take place. But we are still holding back. TheContinue Reading

Lipscomb University Lanier Center for Archaeology Hosts Free Virtual Reception Oct. 6

By Scott Sager & Scott Sager and Drew Bloodworth  Lipscomb University will celebrate the launch of its new Lanier Center for Archaeology at a special virtual reception on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. CDT. Attendance is free, but registration is required to obtain a link to join the reception. Register here. This summer theContinue Reading

When God Does The Shaking Up, How Do We Respond?

Have you ever driven somewhere familiar that when you arrived at your destination you didn’t remember the drive? There are seasons of life where you just feel like you are getting through the day. In times like that we need a good shaking up! Have you ever driven at night, dangerously tired…veering a bit toContinue Reading

COVID Church Mixed Messages

Pre-COVID we had a message – church is done at church. We knew we are the church. We knew it wasn’t the building but we still conceptualized as church being done together at the building. Enter COVID19. Everyone stays home. Those who are of the persuasion that church happens at the building starting feeling aContinue Reading

Study: Creating and Sustaining a Discipling Culture

By Micah Cobb I first learned about discipling and discipleship from a conversation with Gailyn Van Rheenan, Mission Alive’s former Executive Director. In my first conversation with him, he told me about Mike Breen and 3DM’s approach to ministry.  I studied Breen’s Building a Discipling Culture over the following weekend. The framework and insights containedContinue Reading

Why Churches of Christ Got More Focused On Church Than Jesus

Churches of Christ were started in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. At that time in the U.S. Some estimates of the religious landscape in the 1700s is that 80% of the U.S. population attended church. In short. They agreed on Jesus. What they didn’t agree on was church. Thomas and his son AlexanderContinue Reading

Mission Alive’s Discipleship Cohorts Are Making an Impact At York College

By Sam GarnerVice President for Spiritual Development, York College Though York College sits in the middle of the Great Plains, our students regularly arrive here from over twenty states and at least a handful of other countries. They represent a wide array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, which contradicts our otherwise rural Nebraska setting.Continue Reading

Longing For Spiritual Growth in Your Life? Try This Resource

By Diane Reynolds “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Are you being transformed? I want to be transformed. I long to be transformed. I pray and plead toContinue Reading

What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Did I Commit the Unforgivable Sin?

I have multiple people ask me during my time in ministry if they had committed the unforgivable sin. If you are asking, you probably didn’t. What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? It goes back to Mark 3:2. Jesus has been healing people and casting out demons. He has also done this, in the firstContinue Reading

Does God Still Speak to Us Today?

What is God really up to? Is He doing miracles? In what way is God engaging the world, now? We read about all the things He did in the Bible. Does He still do things like that today or did something change? To the point of this article, does God still speak to people today?Continue Reading


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