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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 […]

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
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?”

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