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Jan
9
My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 2)

My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 2)

Hey Dojo readers, Here is part 2 from my interview with Compassion Radio about Christians in Bethlehem. If you missed part 1 you can find it at http://jmsmith.org/blog/compassion-radio-1 For links to a number of resources that explore this subject in much more detail from a variety of perspectives, as well as a 90-min friendly debate I […]

Dec
13
My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 1)

My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 1)

Hi Dojo readers. I hope you’re having a wonderful Advent season. I wanted to share a 2-part interview I did for Compassion Radio regarding the state of Christians in the town of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem. The Christmas hymns, pageants and church displays stand in stark contrast to the realities on the ground that our brothers […]

Dec
5
Disciple Dojo reading recommendations for 2017

Disciple Dojo reading recommendations for 2017

Hi Dojo readers, An article I came across and shared on Facebook last week revealed that a stunning number of people in our culture have not even read a single book in the past year. As our smartphones and social media bombard us with text, sound-bytes, and viral lists, there is a need (I would […]

Nov
22
“Black Money” and Old Testament Law

“Black Money” and Old Testament Law

Hi Dojo readers, As many of you know, I recently returned from my 4th teaching trip in India. You can see a few pics, as well as some of the reasons we go there each year over on my Senior Pastor Talbot Davis’ blog (which you should follow if you don’t already). This year was different […]

Oct
12

Was the Jesus story based on older pagan mythologies?

“Christianity is just a copy of older pagan religions! Jesus is just Mithra/Horus/Dionysus version 2.0 that Christians copied as the Gospels!” I’ve heard this claim many times, and I imagine you have too, Dojo readers. If you watched the Bill Maher documentary “Religulous” or the internet film “Zeitgeist” then you’re quite familiar with this claim. Usually, […]

Sep
21
Disciple Dojo reflections today from Charlotte

Disciple Dojo reflections today from Charlotte

Yesterday was a dark day in our city. If you don’t know what I’m referring to then just skip this post altogether because I don’t have the energy or desire to recount the story. After reflecting, reading, listening, and praying for our community there are a few points that I can’t seem to shake: ——————— 1. […]

Aug
18
Rachel Held Evans and a Complementarian Conundrum

Rachel Held Evans and a Complementarian Conundrum

Hi Dojo readers, I came across this image a friend shared on Facebook this afternoon of a Twitter exchange between ex-evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans, LifeWay head Ed Stetzer and Darrin Patrick (with whom I’m not familiar)… The comment that accompanied the post said, “Somebody call the burn center. We’ve got a third-degree here.” The implication being […]

Jul
7
Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Impreccatory Psalms and the need for Lament

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Impreccatory Psalms and the need for Lament

Yesterday after an amazing few days of birthday celebration (both mine and America’s), I saw a video pop up on my Facebook feed…and I wish I could unsee it. It was the video over the shoulder of the police officer in Baton Rouge who shot a man named Alton Sterling multiple times in the chest […]

Apr
22
#RefugeeJitsu 658 visits Renzo Gracie Charlotte!

#RefugeeJitsu 658 visits Renzo Gracie Charlotte!

Hey Dojo readers, Last night we took the kids from our #RefugeeJitsu program at Project 658 to my home academy Leadership Martial Arts/Renzo Gracie Charlotte for their first ever class inside an actual BJJ academy. It was so much fun! Our students from Ivory Coast and Ethiopia were not able to make it, unfortunately. But the […]

Mar
22
Why does God hate pork and shrimp? (Understanding OT food laws)

Why does God hate pork and shrimp? (Understanding OT food laws)

Hi Dojo readers, As you may or may not know, one of the primary ministries of Disciple Dojo is our weekly #RuthsChrisBibleStudy that I have been leading here in Charlotte for about 3 years now. We began in Genesis 1 and have taught through both Genesis and Exodus chapter by chapter (most of which are […]

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