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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 […]

Mar
21
Do we know if Jesus actually existed in history?

Do we know if Jesus actually existed in history?

Hi Dojo readers, While working on a drawing last week, I was listening to “The Fighter and the Kid“, a very popular MMA/comedy podcast, and the hosts were discussing a celebrity who had compared himself in importance to Jesus. Now the podcast is definitely NOT Christian (in fact, the language is exceedingly R-rated at times, so listener be […]

Mar
16
My interview with BJJLegends.com on #RefugeeJitsu!

My interview with BJJLegends.com on #RefugeeJitsu!

Hi Dojo readers, Check out this interview I did for BJJLegends.com about our #RefugeeJitsu program here in Charlotte! Project 658 Presents: Refugee BJJ Written by  Monta Wiley Brazilian Jiu-jitsu community outreach attempts to bring value and dignity to the children of international refugees. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina Project 658 is an organization that works […]

Feb
25
Healthy Conversations on Human Sexuality and the Church

Healthy Conversations on Human Sexuality and the Church

Hi Dojo readers, It’s been a busy month getting our #Refugee-Jitsu program up and running, and things are going great so far! But I wanted to share another recent opportunity I had that was equally rewarding, but quite different than teaching Jiujitsu! 🙂 I was invited to participate in an excellent and honest dialogue here […]

Feb
8
New Refugee-Jitsu project: The Panther Gi

New Refugee-Jitsu project: The Panther Gi

Hey Dojo readers, So it’s been a while since I’ve been able to post much here on the Dojo blog, because it’s been a crazy busy new year! We had our first Refugee-Jitsu class last week at Project 658 and it was AWESOME! I seriously love these kids from all over the world who God […]

Dec
14
Refugee-Jitsu! *UPDATE*

Refugee-Jitsu! *UPDATE*

*UPDATE*  We have received the initial funding for the mats and equipment!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!  Our first class at Project 658 will be Thursday, Jan. 28th from 6-8pm! I’ve also heard from my friends www.deusfight.com that they are interested in helping provide gis for the kids! So if you’re a grappler […]

Dec
11
“I’m open to religion…where do I start??”

“I’m open to religion…where do I start??”

Today a good friend of mine tagged me in a very thoughtful post in which he basically said “I was raised Catholic, but I don’t really have a personal belief in a theistic God. I’m open to searching for religious truth. Where do I begin?”

Nov
25
The “Surround Yourself With Positive People” Myth (Guest Post)

The “Surround Yourself With Positive People” Myth (Guest Post)

Hi Dojo readers, This post was submitted by my friend and fellow martial artist Chris McCauley today, and I thought it was a good word worth sharing, particularly in this age of Instagram motivational quotes culture in which we find ourselves. Chris and I often disgree over a number of things and have done so […]

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