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Nov
25
The “Surround Yourself With Positive People” Myth (Guest Post)

The “Surround Yourself With Positive People” Myth (Guest Post)

Hi Dojo readers, This post was submitted by my friend and fellow martial artist Chris McCauley today, and I thought it was a good word worth sharing, particularly in this age of Instagram motivational quotes culture in which we find ourselves. Chris and I often disgree over a number of things and have done so […]

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.”

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 […]

Jul
8
A respectful Methodist dialogue on Christian LGBT ethics (Part 1)

A respectful Methodist dialogue on Christian LGBT ethics (Part 1)

Hi Dojo readers, A few years ago, I hosted an 8-part dialogue here on the Dojo blog with my friend Sam–a UM Pastor in the midwest–on the issue of same-sex ethics and the church. If you missed that series, I wholeheartedly recommend reading it. It was an excellent and cordial discussion that I was grateful to participate […]

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).”

May
26
Gay Marriage vs. Religious Freedom: A proposed solution (part 2)

Gay Marriage vs. Religious Freedom: A proposed solution (part 2)

[Click HERE for part 1] So how then should we go about creating laws for an increasingly multicultural society which consists of vastly different views on sexuality? How might the government find a way to prevent any cultural or identity group from obtaining unfair legal power over another group? This is important because terms like “tolerance” […]

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