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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! OurĀ students from Ivory Coast and Ethiopia were not able to make it, unfortunately. But the […]

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! šŸ™‚ I was invited to participate in an excellent and honest dialogue here […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 hostedĀ 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 readingĀ it. It was an excellent and cordial discussion that I was grateful to participate […]

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 ā€œbigotsā€ or ā€œpervertsā€ (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 unfairĀ legal power over another group? This is important because terms like “tolerance” […]

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.”

Mar
10
United Methodists and same-sex ethics forum (video)

United Methodists and same-sex ethics forum (video)

“Regardless of your position, if you are interested in the future of Methodism as it pertains to the topic of sexual ethics and inclusiveness, please watch and share this post with your Pastor, District Superintendent, Lay Leaders and Bishop.”

Jan
9
A black Christian’s experience and reflections on racial tensions

A black Christian’s experience and reflections on racial tensions

Hi Dojo readers, In response to the Examiner post I wrote at the end of last year (Ferguson, justice and a suggestion for white Christians), I invited a number of my African-American friendsĀ to share their honest thoughts as to what they most wanted their white brothers and sisters to hear and to consider. One of […]

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