"Jesus' wasn't no Glass Joe!"

There was a New York Times article several months ago now that commented on the growing trend among many churches of promoting Mixed Martial Arts in an effort to reach young men for Christ.  I meant to blog on it, but never did.  Thankfully, someone from within that community who is also attending seminary at Duke has dealt with the issue in a very helpful fashion in article titled, “The Confessions of a Cage Fighter: Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Fear of Losing Control.”

What I like about his article is that the author deals with this issue sympathetically, and he is able to critique both MMA itself as well as the problematic ways that many Christians have tried to co-opt it in some sort of ill-conceived notion to recruit men back to a church that, in their opinion, has been “feminized.”