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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 […]

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 […]

Nov
9
The Book of Genesis in 11 minutes and 18 seconds!

The Book of Genesis in 11 minutes and 18 seconds!

Hi Dojo readers, Most of you know that I believe the best way to teach and learn the Bible is NOT through memory verses or reading isolated stories or passages from it. Rather, it’s through first putting the “edges of the puzzle” together (see Bible For the Rest of Us if you don’t get that […]

Sep
25
*UPDATED* Win this original Fight For the Forgotten “sketch[ed]book”!

*UPDATED* Win this original Fight For the Forgotten “sketch[ed]book”!

…here’s how you can win this amazing book with some one-of-a-kind artwork sketched inside by yours truly (or what I call a “sketch[ed]book”)

Sep
3
Why the Kentucky magistrate is not a hero or martyr

Why the Kentucky magistrate is not a hero or martyr

“Jesus said the His followers were to “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Therefore, Christians should treat non-Christians with whom they often strongly disagree in the same way we ourselves would like to be treated. I would not want to be denied a secular license or permit because I held different beliefs from the magistrate issuing it to me. Therefore, I cannot support a magistrate denying a secular license or permit to someone whose beliefs they themselves do not agree with or condone–even if I agree with them.”

Aug
29
A respectful Methodist dialogue on Christian LGBT ethics (Part 2)

A respectful Methodist dialogue on Christian LGBT ethics (Part 2)

Hi Dojo readers! It has been a busy Summer and I have been travelling quite a bit, so I apologize for how long it’s taken for me to respond to Sam’s post. For those who are just joining us, my friend Sam (a United Methodist Pastor in the midwest with whom I have dialogued before […]

Aug
27
Freedom, water, and human dignity (my latest #ArtOfTheDojo project)

Freedom, water, and human dignity (my latest #ArtOfTheDojo project)

Hey Dojo readers, Tomorrow is a BIG day! After a 5 year absence from the sport, my friend Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren will be returning to MMA competition in the Bellator cage! You may remember Justin from previous posts here in the Dojo… http://jmsmith.org/blog/prayer-with-a-viking/ http://jmsmith.org/blog/fftf/     Justin’s story has caught hold within the […]

Jun
22

Now you can take the Dojo with you anywhere!

Hey gang, I just wanted to let everyone know that the entire Disciple Dojo audio archive will now be available in podcast format at both SoundCloud and iTunes! In addition to the current resources, all of the sessions from our weekly Ruth’s Chris Tuesday Bible Study will be uploaded as well in audio format as […]

May
29
Gay Marriage vs. Religious Freedom: A proposed solution (part 3)

Gay Marriage vs. Religious Freedom: A proposed solution (part 3)

“Of course it would not satisfy those on both sides who seek full capitulation of everyone else to their way of thinking. Such individuals would continue to demonize those with whom they disagree as either “bigots” or “perverts” (or any number of similar slurs often found in current rhetoric).”

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