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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 […]

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 […]

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