Incarnation Issue Re-Incarnates New Wineskins (Jan 2012)

By Matt Dabbs

By Keith Brenton

We Americans have been cruising through the seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and have been thinking about our own gratitude, the generosity that surrounds us, and the opportunity to start over. These are values that are foundational to Christian thought, and at the heart of them is a sense that as Jesus gave up everything to come into this world, to give and share His all, we who believe and follow Him should have a yearning within to imitate His generosity by our gratitude. And at the beginning of a new year, what better time to start?

We Americans have been cruising through the seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, and have been thinking about our own gratitude, the generosity that surrounds us, and the opportunity to start over. These are values that are foundational to Christian thought, and at the heart of them is a sense that as Jesus gave up everything to come into this world, to give and share His all, we who believe and follow Him should have a yearning within to imitate His generosity by our gratitude. And at the beginning of a new year, what better time to start?

We’re intuiting the Incarnation, a Story which begins with Jesus but does not end with His departure in a cloud in a resurrected body. The Incarnation continues through us; He lives in us through His Holy Spirit and we are part of His body, His church. This is a theme that New Wineskins has visited before, but it seemed especially appropriate to me to revisit it as the magazine starts over.

After a year of dormancy and sabbath rest, the decision was made within our former partners, ZOE Ministries, that their outreach would no longer include New Wineskins as of the autumn of 2011. The magazine was offline for most of the month in October while, as its sole remaining caretaker, I pondered and prayed — and even fasted — about what should be done. Plainly, this publication has blessed many — and perhaps infuriated others — but has served as a shepherd’s goad to prod the flock to think; to stay in line with scripture over the instructions of man; to prove all things and hold fast that which is good.

The options were to maintain it as an archive … to leave it offline forever … or to attempt to bring new life and new blood to it. This last option was my choice. So, New Winesksins begins again (reincarnate?) with the goal to be a part of the Incarnation: to be more and more like Jesus, the Christ; the Son of God … to draw others closer to the Father through the Son with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit … to serve humbly and attempt to continue the tradition of the e-zine’s many editors and contributors to present the Way, the Truth, the Life. New Wineskins is no longer part of a (501)(c)(3) charitable organization.

If you would like to help, pray. Above everything else, please pray. If you would like to write, photograph or provide art; or serve as an editor for reviews, interviews, or creative submissions — let me know about your willingness to volunteer! If you would like to support the e-zine with money … buy an ad!  You’ll be helping defray the expense of e-mail and commenting software providers, as well as build a reserve so that writers, artists, and photographers can be paid a significant percentage of what they’re worth!

If you just have more money than you know what to do with, I encourage you to continue supporting our former partners at The ZOE Group’s new site launched on January 10, 2012 as they continue to help believers build a  life of worship. There are also many other ministries and resources that will bless others and glorify God through your donations.) In the meantime, a reduced need for operating funds has yielded a kind of new freedom. With its new and renewed emphasis on Christ, New Wineskins can be free to send readers to many other sites where content will also bless them and glorify God. At the bottom of our redesigned pages, you’ll find recent feeds from weblogs (blogs), many of whose authors have graced the pages of New Wineskins  before. But back here at these pages, the goal is to continue the ministry begun in 1992 by Rubel Shelly, Mike Cope, Philip Morrison and others — with renewed focus on the believer’s purpose in life; To be Christ in this world, as He was God in this world. To help and lead others to do the same.

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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.

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