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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Nov
19
Syrian refugees and homeless Americans: why we can’t make this argument

Syrian refugees and homeless Americans: why we can’t make this argument

“We simply cannot make this argument if we are a follower of Jesus (and this post is only addressed to those who claim that name).”

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.”

May
23
Gay Marriage vs. Religious Freedom: A proposed solution (part 1)

Gay Marriage vs. Religious Freedom: A proposed solution (part 1)

“we decided that it would be good if we were able to put forth a solution to this debate–to introduce something people can be FOR rather than simpy what they are AGAINST.”

May
18
A FIGHT that actually matters!

A FIGHT that actually matters!

Hi Dojo readers, I wanted to let you know about an AMAZING story involving my friend, and former UFC Heavyweight fighter, Justin “The Viking” Wren. You may remember Justin from season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. At the time of the above photo, Justin was a drug addicted alcoholic with no sense of direction or […]

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