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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 […]

Aug
18
Rachel Held Evans and a Complementarian Conundrum

Rachel Held Evans and a Complementarian Conundrum

Hi Dojo readers, I came across this image a friend shared on Facebook this afternoon of a Twitter exchange between ex-evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans, LifeWay head Ed Stetzer and Darrin Patrick (with whom I’m not familiar)… The comment that accompanied the post said, “Somebody call the burn center. We’ve got a third-degree here.” The implication being […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sep
23
A “TULIP” for non-Calvinists

A “TULIP” for non-Calvinists

When it comes to theological pedigree among Protestants, many Christians have been led to believe that the subset of Reformed Theology known as “Calvinism” is the absolute pinnacle of intellectual Biblical-theological thought. If one is serious about theology (rather than folk-religion or “man-made doctrines”), one is a Calvinist, plain and simple. It is the teaching […]

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 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 […]

May
6
An atheist’s reason for being pro-life

An atheist’s reason for being pro-life

Hey Dojo readers, Many people mistakenly  believe that abortion is a “religious” issue. That there is a “war on women” (news flash: there is not) and it is being waged by “religious fundamentalists” who seek to impose their theocratic views on all the wombs in America. Of course anyone who’s educated on the topic knows […]

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.”

Feb
6
A non-Calvinist version of TULIP

A non-Calvinist version of TULIP

“Calvinism has been summed up in various ways over the centuries, but the most popular summarization of its five main tenents (also known, to Calvinists as the “Doctrines of Grace”) is with the acronym “TULIP”

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