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Oct
8
Rereading David & Goliath – Part 3: What actually killed Goliath?

Rereading David & Goliath – Part 3: What actually killed Goliath?

“If you were to ask 10 people “how did David kill Goliath?”, I’m willing to bet that 10 out of the 10 would say “with a rock to the forehead!”

Sep
30
Rereading David & Goliath – Part 2: Where did the sling-stone hit?

Rereading David & Goliath – Part 2: Where did the sling-stone hit?

Click HERE for part 1 In addition to how tall he was, we are also told that Goliath was well-equipped with the latest hi-tech gear when he strode out to face the armies of Saul… “…on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.”  1 Samuel 17:6 What […]

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
24
Rereading David & Goliath – Part 1: How tall was this giant?

Rereading David & Goliath – Part 1: How tall was this giant?

“…just imagine LeBron James in bronze armor and high-tech weapontry coming at a farm implement-wielding Danny DeVito and you’ll have an idea of the dread the average Israelite solder would’ve felt!”

Sep
23
A “TULIP” for non-Calvinists

A “TULIP” for non-Calvinists

When it comes to theological pedigree among Protestants, many Christians have been led to believe that the subset of Reformed Theology known as “Calvinism” is the absolute pinnacle of intellectual Biblical-theological thought. If one is serious about theology (rather than folk-religion or “man-made doctrines”), one is a Calvinist, plain and simple. It is the teaching […]

Sep
17
Thayer Thursday – Storms and Redwoods

Thayer Thursday – Storms and Redwoods

Chris Thayer is the Director of Discipleship at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, NC where he oversees adult life groups and Biblical education. On Thursdays I share his weekly “Thayer’s Thoughts” for small group leaders, which are based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Click HERE to watch or listen to the accompanying sermon. I love […]

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 […]

Aug
20
Thayer Thursday – Boethius and Jesus

Thayer Thursday – Boethius and Jesus

Chris Thayer is the Director of Discipleship at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, NC where he oversees adult life groups and Biblical education. On Thursdays I share his weekly “Thayer’s Thoughts” for small group leaders, which are based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Click HERE to watch or listen to the accompanying sermon.   Two […]

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