Yesterday after an amazing few days of birthday celebration (both mine and America’s), I saw a video pop up on my Facebook feed…and I wish I could unsee it. It was the video over the shoulder of the police officer in Baton Rouge who shot a man named Alton Sterling multiple times in the chest […]
“It’s telling that Paul uses the word “wrestling” to explain the fervency with which Epaphras prayed for the Colossian church. Wrestling is not an easy sport – it’s physically exhausting.”
I received the following email from a good friend in India this week…
“Yesterday I saw two Facebook posts on friends’ timelines that illustrate that the war in Gaza is not just about bombs, rockets, bullets and land…it’s also a war of ideas.”
Events like this force us (whatever our religious beliefs!) to confront face to face the problem of senseless, gratuitous, mindless evil.
We can’t escape it–be it through pious determinism (i.e. “The Lord works in mysterious ways…”) or atheistic/pantheistic sophistry (i.e. “there’s no such thing as evil really, we’re just ‘dancing to our DNA’…” or “evil is merely an illusion that comes from an attachment to earthly desires…”).
“I invite all Dojo readers to lift up Justin Wren in your prayers. He’s a phenomenal athlete and a genuinely nice guy with a heart for God and a desire to walk faithfully before him, whether in the cage, the ring or the Congolese jungle…”
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” -1Corinthians 13:2
I would also appreciate any help Dojo readers can give in getting the word out this week about this…so Tweet away, “Like” or share this post on Facebook, Stumbleupon, your own blog or send it to people via email (particularly MMA organizations, fighters, promoters or other martial artists you may have contact with!)
“…Instead, he lived with what he calls “the darkness”…and his portrait of the darkness is one of the most VIVID and HEART-BREAKING depictions of the true nature of Sin and the destruction it wreaks within the souls of humanity that I’ve ever read.”
“As I’ve said many times throughout this discussion, if fellow followers of Jesus cannot discuss this issue charitably and honestly, what hope do other cultures/groups/governments who are without Messiah have? Thus this truly is a form of ministry–one of the most practical forms of ministry, I would argue–to a watching world in need of healing and reconciliation.”