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Author: Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson's books include works of spiritual theology and Christian apologetics as well as historical fiction, fantasy literature, explorations of the writings of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien, and books about trout fishing, fly fishing, rivers, and ecology. His recent books include: Disciple Making in a Culture of Power, Comfort, and Fear and The Voices of Rivers: Reflections on Places Wild and Almost Wild. He was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park. He lives in Vermont with his wife, dog, and cat, not far from three married sons, and is an active member of Memorial Baptist Church. Matthew is also a professor of computer science at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Gentleness, Thanksgiving, and Rejoicing

Jesus modeled gentleness to his disciples.

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Gentleness and Anxiety

While our anxieties can make it more difficult to be gentle, God promises gentleness as the fruit of his Spirit.

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Work Harmed and Redeemed

Sin and death impact all of our labors in many ways: we labor toward evil ends, or with evil motives; we become greedy or prideful about our work; our relationships are harmed by sin, and broken community also negatively impacts our labors.

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Sin, Mortality, and Work

We were made for fruitful labor, as one of the ways that we glorify our creator God. Nonetheless, work in this world has been negatively impacted by sin and death.

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Vulnerability and Empathy

In imitating Jesus, we can learn to be vulnerable and empathetic with others.

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Jesus and Vulnerability

Our culture values strength and invulnerability. However, Christ calls us to the practice of vulnerability.

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Advent and the Earth

Creation groans and suffers from the results of human sin.

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Advent and the Body

The coming season of Advent is an invitation to reflect on God’s redemptive plan and the characteristics of his coming kingdom.

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Why Gentleness and Kindness Matter

Kindness and gentleness, though countercultural, are virtues God desires to build in us.

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The Counter-Cultural Virtues of Gentleness and Kindness

Kindness and gentleness are not often valued in our culture, and practicing them may even impede our worldly success.

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Following the Example of Paul in Athens

Listening to those with whom we disagree rather than being dismissive—and listening with the goal of understanding rather than merely arguing—can help us as we seek to understand and love those around us.

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Building Bridges to a Secular Culture

It’s easy to ridicule those who have a different religious, moral, or even political viewpoint than we have, using derogatory or dismissive terms for those we disagree with.

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“Everything You Need” Includes the Refreshing of Your Soul

The Lord, as your Shepherd, leads his sheep to rest.

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Everything We Need (Even in a Pandemic)

In Psalm 23, the former shepherd David reminds us that God, our great Shepherd, provides his sheep with everything we need.

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Suffering and the Pursuit of Power

Those who follow Christ are not immune to suffering, and can expect persecution.

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