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The Warrior Priest Podcast

The Warrior Priest Podcast

By Warrior Priest
Standing at the intersection of conflict and belief to better understand the human condition.
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Sermunition Sunday #59 - Pay Attention, My Son...
Regardless of what culture teaches us, the distinction between man and woman is very real, and it not washed away in baptism. It is clarified, deepened, and called very good by God. What baptism does wash away is the cultural brainwashing and juvenile thinking that has emasculated men for decades. It washes away "Happy Wife, Happy Life.” It washes away "Yes, Dear." It washes away the cartoonish stereotype of the fat, buffoonish, man-child who needs a wife-mother to clean up his messes.  Baptism washes away our depression and aimlessness. It washes away our inability and impotence. Baptism washes away our ungodly dependency on pornography, drugs, video games, and junk food; the things the world pushes on us to keep us blinded to the fact that we are not misbehaving little boys, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb; washed to live as free, godly men who are identified by strength and grit, wisdom and self-sacrifice, charity and yes, even as dangerous to the wolves at our doors.
September 18, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #58 - Man-made in Baptism
But, regardless of what culture teaches us, the distinction between man and woman is very real, and it not washed away in baptism. It is clarified, deepened, and called very good by God. What baptism does wash away is the cultural brainwashing that has emasculated men for decades. It washes away "Happy Wife, Happy Life.” It washes away "Yes, Dear." It washes away our depression and aimlessness. It washes away our inability and impotence. Baptism washes away our ungodly dependency on pornography, drugs, video games, and junk food; the things the world pushes on us to keep us blinded to the fact that we are not misbehaving little boys, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb; washed to live as free, godly men who are identified by strength and grit, wisdom and self-sacrifice, charity and yes, even as dangerous to the wolves at our door.
September 15, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #57 - What to Expect in Jesus' Church
But in the Church, Jesus reconstructs sinners from personal destruction. He remakes us, rebuilds us, and resurrects us so the demons that hide in the cracks can't get ahold of us, the devil can't break us, and hell will never know us. And we got all this from the blood that was spilled. We get all this from the blood poured down our throats at the Lord's Supper. We get all this from Jesus in his Church. 
September 15, 2022
0126: Midweek Debrief - Ancient Addiction & Coping with Trauma
The episode uploaded before I realized I’d missed some throat clearing that needed to be taken out of the audio, so I went back and edited the episode then republished it but Spotify and Apple podcasts haven’t updated the episode yet, so I apologize if you listen to the unedited version of this 🙏 • Was Alexander the Great an alcoholic? Did Odysseus take opium in the land of the lotus-eaters? Was the romance of Anthony and Cleopatra an alcohol-fuelled orgy, and was the Oracle at Delphi the world’s first rehab?
September 07, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #56 - Lord, Come Quickly to Help Us
We hear people preaching that hatred's the real problem with our society, but hating straight, white men and Christians is common. Coca-Cola is telling people they should be less white. The company's advertisements preach tolerance but if you disagree with their message, they attack and demonize you. Soldiers died for this country and every one of us benefits from their sacrifice, but we repay their service by giving welfare to the bums and forgetting about the veterans. Black folks and white folks are being divided by the news, but no one is saying how we're all made by the same Creator and loved the same by Jesus Christ.
September 04, 2022
Bonus Episode: Stand Fast, It Gets Better
A bonus episode about sobriety, setting a standard and standing fast when others avoid conflict, consequences, and us.
September 03, 2022
0125: Midweek Debrief - Avoid Overtraining Like The Plague
What do athletes and fitness fanatics share in common that can be their greatest asset but also their ultimate downfall? Perfectionism and obsession. When this leads to over-training. You want to be training more than everyone else. Working harder than everyone else. You put in the hours even when your body is crying out for you to stop. It’s a fine and difficult line. So how do you know when you’re overtraining? How do you know when you’re doing more harm than good?
August 31, 2022
0124: Midweek Debrief - Quitting or Not Quitting?
No matter what goal or challenge we take on in life, there tends to be that moment that occurs along the journey where you make a decision because you are forced with a choice of quitting or not quitting. The goals, the timelines, the processes are different for each of us, but we typically have to rely on pure will, guts, determination, and remember “our why” in order to be successful with the personal or team mission you are trying to accomplish. The process that we have to consider is how do we best utilize our past, present, and even the future to help us get through what feels like sticking points in personal, professional, team, or military selection goals. - Stew Smith
August 24, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #55 - Triggered by God's Word?
This message, this confrontation between God and his people is why the prophets were executed by the people that they were sent to preach to. This message, which was born, lived, and ministered to his people, is why his people executed him on a cross. This message makes fake saints into haters and real sinners into saints. This message isn't safe, but it's good. It’s good because it points you to the God who loves you a d cares for you and not to the culture who could care less whether you live or die. It’s good because it points to the truth that is revealed to you by God’s Word; Savior Jesus. The Lion of Judah. The Protector and defender of your life and life everlasting.
August 21, 2022
0123: Midweek Debrief - What is The Warrior Ethos?
Ethos is a derivative of the same Greek word for ethics, and for the warrior comprises a code of conduct that guides his values and actions. It is often an oral code, passed down from one warrior to the next. Warrior ethos dictates not just how a warrior should behave towards his enemies, but also how he should relate to his people and overcome his own weaknesses. It is a philosophy that must balance the encouragement of active aggression with voluntary self-restraint. This tension lies at the core of warrior ethos.
August 17, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #54 - We Can't Hack God's Word
God's Word creates life, so we invent abortion, suicide, and euthanasia. God's Word creates man and woman, so we invent over one hundred different genders. God's Word is the big T truth, so we invent our own truths. God’s Word gives us leaders so we invent rebellion, banana republics, and civil war. God’s Word gives us marriage and family, so we invent divorce, domestic violence, and child abuse. God’s Word gives us everything we need to care for our body and life, so we invent pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods, slavery and war. God’s Word gives us good weather and a world teeming with life, so we invent climate change, environmental movements, and doomsday cults. God’s Word sends us his preachers, so we invent other gods and religions, praying to ourselves, preaching to ourselves, worshipping ourselves, inventing our own sacraments, trying to absolve ourselves, trying to save ourselves from God’s Word and his preachers.
August 14, 2022
0122: Midweek Debrief - Stop Affirming Lies
“First off, don’t let the force of the impression carry you away. Say to it, ‘hold up a bit and let me see who you are and where you are from — let me put you to the test’ . . .” — EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.18.24
August 10, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #53 - Jesus Is Not...
Jesus is not, as so many paint him, and even Christians do this now, Jesus is not an impotent, feminine, passive, weak individual. He is the Lion of Judah. He is our shield and fortress; a mighty warrior, as the psalmist writes, who fights for us against sin, death, and all evil.
August 07, 2022
0121: Midweek Debrief - Do I Need to Freak Out?
“There are a few things to keep in mind when faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. We must try: To be objective. To control emotions and keep an even keel. To choose to see the good in a situation. To steady our nerves. To ignore what disturbs or limits others. To place things in perspective. To revert to the present moment. To focus on what can be controlled”. - Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is The Way
August 03, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #52 - God's Word Is A Passing Rain Shower
And you need not think that you will have God's word and gifts forever because your ingratitude and contempt will not make them stay. So seize and hold fast, wherever you can, whenever you can, to God's word and gifts because those who don't will soon discover that God has taken away even the little that they have.
July 31, 2022
0120: Midweek Debrief - When Our Good Is Bad
An old man was doing his daily walk along the beach one morning, when he spotted a young boy crouched by the water, scooping something up from the sand and throwing it into the sea. The beach was normally empty at this time of day, and so the old man stopped to watch for a while. He noticed that the boy kept on shuffling a little further down the beach, then repeating this same action again and again – stopping, scooping, throwing, moving. “What are you doing there, boy?” the old man asked, walking closer. “I’m saving these starfish that are stranded” replied the boy, “if they stay on the beach they will dry out and die, so I’m putting them back into the ocean so they can live.” The old man was silent for a few seconds. “Young man” he said, “on this stretch of beach alone, there must be more than one hundred stranded starfish. Around the next corner, there must be at least one thousand more. This goes on for miles and miles and miles – I’ve done this walk every day for 10 years, and it’s always the same. There must be millions of stranded starfish! I hate to say it, but you’ll never make a difference.” The boy replied “well I just made a difference for that one”, and continued with his work.
July 27, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #51 - What Makes a Christian a Christian?
There's only one thing, one person, who makes you a Christian, and it's not you. It's Jesus Christ alone through the work of the Holy Spirit because the Father wants it. That's the only thing that translates sinners into Christ's kingdom.
July 24, 2022
0119: Midweek Debrief - Live Smarter, Not Harder
In this episode, I ruminate on what it's like to get old, and what that means for training and life. 
July 20, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #50 - God Hides Where Jesus Isn't
...without Jesus Christ, you would be right to revile God for evil. In that case, you should try to run out of this world and find some better god. But your mistake was to run to what you imagined was a god while the true God was coming into the world to end evil.
July 17, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #49 - God Unfairly Forgives
When Christians confess together their belief in the forgiveness of sin, it's like pinching themselves to make sure that what they heard isn't a dream. Absolution seems somehow illicit, frightening, and joyful all at once. Can this be true? May God just forgive me? Can a word of promise accomplish what's promised? Is it right? Is it binding? Will it last? Is it legal? Is it even possible for the God who knows all things and counts the hairs on our heads to forget something, especially something as obvious as our selfishness?
July 10, 2022
0118: Midweek Debrief - Tolkien's Warrior-Code for The New World
In his fictional world of Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has adapted old world ideologies by removing the parts he deemed to be un-Christian and in doing so created a warrior’s code for the new world.
July 06, 2022
Sermunition Sunday 048 - Deliver Us From the Evil One
Deliver us from evil, we pray. That's what Jesus taught us to pray. But, in Greek, the petition in the Lord's Prayer is this: Deliver is from the evil one. Evil is not an abstract concept. It's not an outdated, old-fashioned idea like swinging a dead cat over your head to ward off evil. Evil is personified and personalized as the work of the evil one. The devil, Satan, the father of lies, the Prince of Darkness masquerading as an angel of light.
July 03, 2022
0117: Midweek Debrief - Honor, Loyalty & Worth?
For the Anglo-Saxons, a man’s value to society was dependent on his ability to take his place in the social order: to pledge unshakeable loyalty to his lord and in return for the lord to prove his value as a leader by rewarding loyal warriors with gifts and status. This transaction is what imbued a man with his “worth”, or weorð in Old English, and this was what constituted honor. The warrior class separated themselves from “ordinary” folk based on a sense of honor, defining themselves as the geweorðode or those “made worthy”.
June 29, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #47 - The End Has Already Come
What you need redeeming from, deliverance from, is your slavery. You are in bondage. You are in a pickle. And I tell you, soberly, you are in a big pickle. In the end, there's no escape. But there is deliverance. There is redemption. There is a way for you to get into the wedding feast.
June 26, 2022
0116: Midweek Debrief - The Stoic Way to Happiness
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus, Discourses
June 22, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #46 - The Chasm Between Abraham & Moses
You have to remember, that in Jesus' day, there was a great fight going on. Who's the hero of the Bible? Who's the big kahuna in the Bible? Who's number one in the Bible? The two front runners were Abraham or Moses. The big fight is finally about whether the Bible, the Old Testament as we call it, was finally about Moses or finally about Abraham. But, there was even a fight about why Abraham was so great. What makes him the father of us all, which is what this parable is all about, so that it is into his bosom you will be taken in heaven? Not Moses' bosom, but into Abraham's bosom. And that's where heaven actually is.
June 19, 2022
0115: Midweek Debrief - Nietzsche, Nihilism, and Mass Shootings
Nihilism consists in an inability to find value and meaning in the higher aspects of this life and world. It empties the world and purpose of human existence. Nietzsche defines nihilism as: “the radical repudiation of value, meaning, and desirability” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Will to Power, Book I: European Nihilism
June 15, 2022
0114: Midweek Debrief - The Body As a Temple, part 2
Many techniques of meditation try to achieve the same results, but often they rely on a relatively passive way, involving the body only marginally. In this way, since relaxing becomes more mental effort ("Now I must relax") rather than a natural, physical process, they end up producing more paranoia than harmony. On the contrary, what martial arts point out is that individual harmony can only begin with one's body. - Daniele Bolelli, On The Warrior's Path 0112: Midweek Debrief - The Body As a Temple:
June 08, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #45 - The Holy Spirit Is A Who, Not A What
Is the Holy Spirit a what or who? Well, we have good news, he's a who. Usually, it's kind of hard to keep this straight because whenever we use the word spirit, we think of a what, a thing. So we say: I've got school spirit or something like that. Well, that's a thing. It's not necessarily an object. But, it's still a thing, and usually when you say you’ve got spirit or you’re spiritual, it means something you can feel like an emotion. But, here, at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit really is a person and we know that because of the way that the Holy Spirit has been given to us, which happens first in baptism: I baptize you in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
June 05, 2022
0113: Midweek Debrief - Wild & Untamed, But Meek
Rather than being confined to a separate dimension, martial arts should be an extension of our way of living, of our philosophies, of the way we educate our children, of the job we devote so much of our time to, of the relationships we cultivate, and of the choices we make every day. - Daniele Bolelli, On the Warrior's Path
June 01, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #44 - Get Over Your Hate for Jesus
The real problem is that the Holy Spirit knows you have to get over your hate for Jesus. This is what actually has to happen to you. This is the comfort the Holy Spirit has to provide. And you will not have the comfort of a true and certain conscience until you know truly and certainly what Jesus Christ is actually saying to you...
May 29, 2022
0112: Midweek Debrief - The Body As a Temple
Rather than being confined to a separate dimension, martial arts should be an extension of our way of living, of our philosophies, of the way we educate our children, of the job we devote so much of our time to, of the relationships we cultivate, and of the choices we make every day. - Daniele Bolelli, On the Warrior's Path Book Link:
May 25, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #43 - You Don't Know How to Pray
What is that Name? The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And where did you first receive this Name? In baptism when you were baptized into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That means you take this Name and use it. In the midst of tribulation you call upon the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are not righteous by the law and award, but are righteous according to mercy, which pours out of them in love and gives you the Name.
May 22, 2022
0111: Midweek Debrief - Martial Art or Martial Game?
...when any martial art shifts its intent and focus from the reality of combat to the requirements of success in a game, it becomes watered down to become only a shadow of its former self; indeed, the notion that success in competition can be equated to success in an actual armed encounter, is, at best, delusional. - Ben Miller, The Best Defense is a Good Offense... Really? Article Link:
May 18, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #41 - Baptism Is All The Confirmation You Need
That's why God never asked if you wanted to be confirmed. Such a question would be inappropriate. This is not for you to decide. You're a sinner after all. You can no more make a lifelong commitment to God than you can make a commitment today to your future wedding plans, what kind of a career you will choose, or what kind of a grandparent you will be. It's all by God's grace and mercy that you are confirmed in baptism and brought here today to confess before witnesses that, yes, for Christ's sake, God is good to you, keeps his promise to be your God, and holds you in his grace and mercy all the days of your life.
May 15, 2022
0110: Midweek Debrief - Without Anger, We Seldom Lose
"...masters of the past have warned against attempting to overcome an adversary through fury, passion, and aggression. For instance, in an addendum to Johann Liechtenauer’s Recital on the Longsword, a medieval author notes that a person who fences “wittily and without all wrath” will “seldom lose.” - Ben Miller
May 11, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #41: When Is Jesus Coming Back?
So what does it mean for you now, who lives after the end? It means that the answer you have to give to all the books and all the people who are trying to project through the signs: When is the end going to come? When is the end going to come? And you have to say: I'm sorry to tell you this. You've missed it. It's already gone. It's already passed. And you failed. You flunked. You did not get prepared. You did not have oil in your lamp. You thought you could get ready for this, but you're not ready for this.
May 08, 2022
0109: Midweek Debrief - The Best Defense Is a Good Offense… Really?
...the idea of “emphasizing offense over defense” becomes extremely problematic when applied to the martial arts, or to individual armed combat. Except in the rarest of cases, the human individual, as a holistic being, does not have the luxury of sacrificing a limb or a major organ in the pursuit of victory—that is, if they wish to maintain the ability to defend themselves, and to be of full service to their family, to their nation, to humanity, and to themselves.  - Ben Miller Article Link:
May 05, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #40 - The Wolf Eats Jesus
I'm going to lay down my life. When the wolf comes, the wolf is coming for me instead of you. I'm actually going to stand there and take it. When I say I'm going to lay it down and pick it up, I'm now telling you what it means for me to know you, how well I know you, and how I've chosen to never unlink myself from you. So when you ask: Am I a good sheep, I'm going to tell you again: I took it all for you. When I lay down my life I do it with all your sin on me. I do it because I know you. And by this, you will know me: I call you by name. That's the word that's going to be in your ear, not: What have you done? So when I pick up my life, I pick you up with me. I own you. Not as property, but I own you as someone who calls your name over and over again.
May 01, 2022
0108: Midweek Debrief - Nietzsche's Question About Greatness
By contrast, today, when the herd animal in Europe is the only one who attains and distributes honours, when "equality of rights" all too easily can get turned around into equality of wrongs - what I mean is into a common war against everything rare, strange, privileged, the higher man, the higher soul, the higher duty, the higher responsibility, the creative fullness of power and mastery - these days the sense of being noble, of willing to be for oneself, of being able to be different, of standing alone, and of having to live by one's own initiative - these are part of the idea "greatness," and the philosopher will reveal something of his own ideal if he proposes "The man who is to be the greatest is the one who can be the most solitary, the most hidden, the most deviant, the man beyond good and evil, lord of his virtues, a man lavishly endowed with will - this is simply what greatness is to be called: capable of being as much a totality as something multifaceted, as wide as it is full." And to ask the question again: today - is greatness possible? - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good & Evil, 212.
April 27, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #39 - God Is Found Deep in The Flesh
God gives himself in the for-youness of his body. God is found deep in the flesh. Why? To help dying you. Jesus' death saves only when it is preached for you. Otherwise, his cross casts a long shadow of judgment over history.  But, when the cross is preached for you, Jesus comes to you now, awful and joyful.
April 24, 2022
0107: Midweek Debrief - Eight Virtues of The Samurai
Just a few decades after Japan’s warrior class was abolished, U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt raved about a newly released book entitled Bushido: The Soul of Japan. He bought five dozen copies for family and friends. In the slim volume, which went on to become an international bestseller, author Nitobe Inazo interprets the samurai code of behavior: how chivalrous men should act in their personal and professional lives. Article Link:
April 13, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #38: A New Word, From a New King
Behold, not the Son of David, but the Lamb of God. This is the new word, the second word, or Gospel, of John the Baptizer's sermon. When the Gospel arrives, whether on a donkey or in an over-packed U-Haul. Christ comes to speak a new word. From Christ's mouth comes an absolute promise: "Repent, and believe the Gospel."
April 10, 2022
0106: Midweek Debrief - Being a Good Fighter in Life
If you want to succeed in life, you have to be a good fighter. Why? Because you need to fight to achieve valuable things in life. While you could achieve some things without much effort, there is always a price to pay to get the valuable ones. They won't just come to you out of thin air.
April 06, 2022
High Ground #5 - Perseus & Medusa
Perseus cautiously entered, crouching low to avoid the sloping roof, slimy green and dripping with water. The foul stench made his stomach heave. He crawled further in, peering ahead in the gloom. The distant snoring of the Gorgons, and the soft hissing of the snakes that crowned their heads, reached the anxious warrior. The air turned bitter, the cold stinging his body like a swarm of wasps. He crept silently on, using the shield to reflect the way ahead. Suddenly, he tripped on a rock and a low grunt of pain escaped his lips. He froze, listening, peering. What was that?
April 04, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #37: Getting The Dead to Listen
How does one get dead people to worship God? How does one get dead people to give God his due, especially when they delude themselves that they're alive and going places? What would bring them in? What would church them, as we say today? What, after all, do the dead like to do?
March 28, 2022
#0105: Midweek Debrief - Michael Kurcina - We Make Ghosts
This book is meant to help you get ahead in life by realizing that you are not the same person, and that you shouldn’t let the past retard you from growing spiritually and emotionally. You have more control over your mind than you might think. Hopefully you are inspired by reading this book; 365 pages of thought-provoking suggestions are here to help you healthily revisit the past, to keep you focused on the rewarding present, and hopeful for a better tomorrow.
March 23, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #36 - Gospel Scum...
What happens when Jesus comes revealing himself to faith for faith? Religious leaders and the crowd will consider him to be the scum of the earth. He speaks too boldly, too uniquely. His words expose, tear down, and annihilate everything that gets in the way of him reconciling sinners to himself. In the same way, Jesus' preachers are foolish in the world because in the end his preachers are garbage and scum, just as Jesus planned it.
March 20, 2022
0104: Midweek Debrief - Nietzsche & Jung Need a Hero
“The state is merely the modern pretence, a shield, a make-belief, a concept. In reality, the ancient war-god holds the sacrificial knife, for it is in war that the sheep are sacrificed…So instead of human representatives or a personal divine being, we now have the dark gods of the state…The old gods are coming to life again in a time when they should have been superseded long ago, and nobody can see it.” Carl Jung, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra
March 16, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #35 - The Truth, and Nothing But
No wonder so few of you actually want the raw, naked truth—getting to the truth about yourself, God, the world, good and evil, life and death is out of your hands. The truth God wants you to hear is the very thing you spend your days trying to avoid, just as you try to avoid a car accident or hail storm.
March 13, 2022
0103: Midweek Debrief - Carl Jung's Problem with Modern People
“If the individual, overwhelmed by the sense of his own puniness and impotence, should feel that his life has lost its meaning…then he is already on the road to State slavery and, without knowing or wanting it, has become its proselyte.” Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self
March 09, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #34 - Obedience Over Freedom?
The truth is, the kind of freedom Jesus offers is a burden that most Christians are simply unable to shoulder. But, what if it's not your burden to carry?
March 06, 2022
0102: Midweek Debrief - Disciplined, Not Rigid
While disciplined following of operating procedures is a powerful tool for development, excessive discipline can kill free thinking and creativity. Discipline is a guideline that must be married to acting with adaptability and common sense. Such freedom allows operating procedures to best support teams and their mission.
March 02, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #33 - Unwillingly Unblinded by Jesus
Sin asks: WHAT is life all about? Answer: Surrounding myself with people and things that make me happy. Faith asks: WHO is life all about? Answer: Jesus, because Jesus is Life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the only Way that your eyes will ever be opened to see what is real and true, and what is a lie.
February 27, 2022
0101: Midweek Debrief - Aggressive, Not Reckless
How much risk is too much risk? Can a lack of aggressiveness sometimes be an issue? How about being too aggressive? How easy is it to take the concept of “default: aggressive” too far? Why is it important to make sure you and those around you clearly understand the “why” of the task, the mission, and the roles and responsibilities of those involved?
February 23, 2022
High Ground #4 - A Pastor Against Tyranny
Mayhew distinguishes between the moral duty of the Christian to submit to lawful authority and the citizen’s duty toward “lawless, unreasonable” tyranny: Those who resist a reasonable and just authority, which is agreeable to the will of God, do really resist the will of God himself; and will, therefore, be punished by him. But how does this prove, that those who resist a lawless, unreasonable power, which is contrary to the will of God, do therein resist the will and ordinance of God? - Eric Patterson, Jonathan Mayhew: Colonial Pastor against Tyranny
February 22, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #32 - The World Is Hell-bent, But Jesus Has Overcome The World
The days are very dim and very dark. Satan is attempting to build hell on earth. His servants significantly outnumber God's children. They have all the world's money, power, and influence at their command. But, you have Christ, the one who has defeated sin, death, and hell. He has overcome the world.
February 20, 2022
0100: Midweek Debrief - Train Hard, But Train Smart
What does training “hard but smart” mean? What can individuals, groups, and teams do to promote effective, productive training? How does personal improvement fit in to training, and how can it produce good leaders? Can an individual or team be “too busy” to train? How can you train yourself and others when time and opportunities are limited? How can you ensure training is educational and not just a “test” of capabilities?
February 16, 2022
High Ground #3 - Everything About The Modern State Is Corrupt
“All-too-many are born: for the superfluous the state was invented.” Everything about the modern state was corrupt: education (“they steal the works of the inventors and the treasures of the sages for themselves”), the media (“they vomit their gall and call it a newspaper”), and most of all, politics. Nietzsche characterized politics as a mad rush for power, which squandered the talents of great men, who were forced to pander to the lowest common denominator. Article Link:
February 15, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #31 - True Hope Doesn't Care About Your Feelings
So then, how can Jesus' cross be the one thing you've waited for all your life? Can it be that in the cross God has found a way to stop you from chasing other hopes and dreams, bad lovers, little gods, and all? Has God found a way to plant you where you belong in this old, dying world? Is Christ's ugly cross the very thing that will finally get you to belt out the old blues song with Etta James: "At last, my love has come along"?
February 13, 2022
099: Midweek Debrief - Wild, Wise Lions
Hungry, violent, lonely, godless: thus the lion-will wants itself. Free from the happiness of slaves, redeemed from gods and adorations, fearless and fear-inspiring, great and lonely: such is the will of the truthful. - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Second Part
February 09, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #30 - God Kills You & Makes You Alive
God not only started and preserved the world's course by speaking, he also interrupted the world's course by speaking a new word. He does this without apology because he's angry and determined to change the course of what we've done to his creation. The interruption is decisive and final with the crucifixion of Jesus. 
February 06, 2022
098: Midweek Debrief - How to Avoid Getting Killed By A Statue
The man of knowledge must not only love his enemies, he must also be able to hate his friends. One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. And why do you not want to pluck at my wreath? You revere me; but what if your reverence tumbles one day? Beware lest a statue slay you. - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: First Part.
February 02, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #29 - Jesus Alone Is Lord Over Fear
Jesus alone is Lord over fear. Fear knows him as its master. Fear gives way to him alone. So look to Christ when you're afraid. Think of Christ. Keep him before your eyes. Call upon Christ and pray to him. Believe that he is with you now, helping you. Then fear will grow pale and fade away, and you will be free. Through your faith in this strong and living Savior, Jesus Christ, you're free of fear.
January 30, 2022
097: Midweek Debrief - Heroic, Noble, Cruel & Violent
If the Comanches were better known for cruelty and violence, that was because, as one of history's greatest warring peoples, they were in a position to inflict more pain than they received. - S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon
January 26, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #28 - You Can Confidently Rest in Him
Far too often, we think about eternal things only when they are thrust upon us. We are reactionary creatures. We foolishly trust that the fail-safes of our government and culture will save us. That is until we sense a real threat. Then our default reaction is to panic. Few people have the resolve to stand strong when the storms of life come. And those who try to stand without Christ are swept away in the floodwaters because their strength and resolve are built upon shifting sand. They prepared for temporary things. They did not prepare for the more important things that carry eternal significance.
January 23, 2022
096: Midweek Debrief - Ruthless, Clever, and Fearless in Battle
Though no one would be able to even estimate the date of his birth until many years later, it was mostly likely in 1848, making him twenty-three that year and eight years younger than Mackenzie, who was also so young that few people in Texas, Indian or white, knew much about him at the time. Both men achieved their fame only in the final, brutal Indian wars of the mid-1870s. Quanah was exceptionally young to be a chief. He was reputed to be ruthless, clever, and fearless in battle. Excerpted from Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne.
January 19, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #27 - Marriage & Family w/Christ at Its Center
When the nation and its people are held captive by an oppressive, morally and spiritually bankrupt government and society, then Christians and their families must push as hard against the government and society as it pushes against them. That's how a marriage and family with Christ at its center lives.
January 16, 2022
095: Midweek Debrief - A New Kind of War
Though they did not know it at the time — the idea would have seemed preposterous — the sounding of "boots and saddle" that morning marked the beginning of the end of the Indian wars in America, of fully two hundred fifty years of bloody combat that had begun almost with the first landing of the first ship on the first fatal shore in Virginia. The final destruction of the last of the hostile tribes would not take place for a few more years. Time would be yet required to round them all up, or starve them out, or exterminate their sources of food, or run them to ground in shallow canyons, or kill them outright. - S. C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon
January 12, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #26 - You've Got A Target Painted On Your Back
In those moments, when you want to give up, and family and friends don't show up for you, and you're sure you don't have the strength to get up again, you're going to wish, you're even going to pray, that you could be un-baptized. No more sin or Satan. No more wrestling with temptations. No more asking God, "Why have you abandoned me?"
January 09, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #25 - The Church Can Wait
The Church doesn’t need to search for the next, best, newest thing that will satisfy her until Jesus comes, because she is always given to by her Creator. She's given time and patience. The gifts of salvation are given to her to quiet and calm her fears. She's given life because her Savior speaks to her and serves her with absolute devotion.
January 02, 2022
094: The Ninth Jiu Jitsu Debrief - Zugzwang The Fight
For those unfamiliar with the term, zugzwang is when you place your opponent in positions that force them into positionally or materially worse positions, irrespective of what move they choose. Each move leaves them worse for the ware until there is nothing left but the checkmate. - Adisa Banjoko
December 29, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #24 - Slaughter of the Innocents
Only in Christ does death equal victory and weakness equal strength. Long before Christ would say to his disciples, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39), these children were already resting securely in the arms of their Savior, the infant child Jesus. 
December 26, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #23 - Christmas Morning Sermon
Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a nice enough idea. A white-bearded, old man comes from the sky to reward good little children, but withholds his gifts from the naughty ones. That’s Santa in a nutshell. That’s not God, but it does describe Santa Claus. But that’s how most people envision God. They imagine that he's very much like Santa Claus. And like Santa, they also believe that God is a white-bearded, old man who comes from the sky to reward good people and punish the naughty ones. But, Jesus isn't Santa Claus. Not even close.
December 25, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #22 - Christmas Eve Sermon
The story about Jesus' birth, the true story, just wasn’t as nice as we make it out to be in children’s Christmas pageants. For example, in his Gospel, Luke gives a hint at the shame suffered by Joseph and Mary. He writes that there was “no room for them in the inn.” Now, despite the sweet-talking and all the hoop-jumping we go through to clean-up the story, the text doesn’t say there was no room. The text says there was no room for them. And this should cause us to do a little head-scratching.
December 24, 2021
093: Midweek Debrief - Fight Monsters, Don't Become a Monster
"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146.
December 22, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #21 - Behold, The Lamb of God...
Every sin of every sinner. No one's sins are kept away from this Lamb who was slain but lives. And like John, you are witnesses. You are put on the stand to testify to your little corner of this world. You are witnesses to Jesus – proclaiming, preparing, focusing your preaching on pointing this dying, messed up, terrorized, sin-filled world to its Savior.
December 19, 2021
092: Midweek Debrief - Waging War Against Pity
Christianity is called the religion of pity. Pity stands opposed to the tonic emotions which heighten our vitality: it has a depressing effect. We are deprived of strength when we feel pity. That loss of strength which suffering as such inflicts on life is still further increased and multiplied by pity. Pity makes suffering contagious. - Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist
December 15, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #20 - Like Eagles Taking Flight
When your bones grow weak, Jesus still loves you. When the blood dries off your veins, Jesus still loves you. When your love slowly fades away from this earth and you are embraced by the dirt, Jesus still loves you. God's love is more than father, mother, friend, or anyone else could love you, even more than you are able to love yourself… because God is love and his promises to you are unbreakable, even into eternal life.
December 12, 2021
091: Midweek Debrief - Receive Suffering As A Gift
Solzhenitsyn's audacious claim was that suffering had refined him, taught him to love. It was only there, out of the experience of intense suffering, that the prisoner began to understand the meaning of life and first began to sense the good inside himself. *** Never eat chocolate covered espresso beans after drinking espresso, before recording a podcast - Donavon 
December 08, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #19 - How Have We Done This?
How many of you have become indifferent about God’s love because your expectations remain unmet? How often do you become disappointed and in your disappointment, break away from God’s love for you? Be honest. Don’t you do this whenever God doesn't meet your expectations? Isn't this your response when God doesn't give you the answer you want when you want it? Don't you stop caring about God’s love for you that's demonstrated in Christ Jesus because you're not seeing the good things he promises?
December 05, 2021
090: The Eighth Jiu Jitsu Debrief - Check Your Ego, Stay Relaxed, Keep It Playful
“I don’t call it humble as much as I call it a very clear definition as to what ego is. The more confident I have become, the more in control or aware I am of my ego. Because I am so well prepared for physical confrontation, my ego is less confrontational. I feel less of a need to prove myself. The ego is everywhere. It is a beautiful thing, but most people don’t talk about it enough to even understand it.” - Ryron Gracie
December 01, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #18 - What Would The Lord Have Us Do?
So listen now, before it's too late. "Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
November 28, 2021
High Ground #2 - The Warrior Ethos and the Masculine Journey in the Lord of the Rings
The warrior ethos in the Lord of the Rings is about cultivating virtuous masculinity. It helps develop men who can protect, provide and procreate with an ethical, moral and competent ideological, theological and sociological ethos. The toxic kind of masculinity being lamented today is often a caricature of the worst of masculinity, unmoored from it’s virtuous center. - Eric Blauer
November 26, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #17: Thanksgiving Sermon - God Gave You an Appetite
God gave you a hunger at your baptism into Christ so that now, every gravy smeared plate, every wine stain on the couch, every pie crumb ground into the carpet incites you to give thanks for God’s gorgeous, fatherly heart made solid.
November 25, 2021
089: Midweek Debrief - Organize Now, While You Can
*** Apologies. I was thinking about too many things at once and said this is the Banned Books Podcast, Midweek Debrief #89. I crossed the streams. If you're here for The Warrior Priest Podcast, you followed the right link. Enjoy!  Komaromi agrees that we have to start somewhere in our rebellion against contemporary atomization. The individual standing alone against the machine will be crushed.
November 24, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #17 - Live Not by Lies, But Stand in The Truth
You are not to allow someone else to violate your body or the body of another person. You will not allow someone to violate the body of those who are weak, needy, fatherless, poor, and oppressed. You will not allow someone to be bullied, attacked, and harmed in their body. You have a biblical mandate to steward God's temple, your body. You have a command to steward the temple that God has given to other people too.
November 21, 2021
High Ground #1 - On The Tarantulas
The tarantulas, of course, would have it otherwise. “What justice means to us is precisely that the world be filled with the storms of our revenge”—thus they speak to each other. “We shall wreak vengeance and abuse on all whose equals we are not”—thus do the tarantula-hearts vow. “And ‘will to equality’ shall henceforth be the name for virtue; and against all that has power we want to raise our clamor!” You preachers of equality, the tyrannomania of impotence clamors thus out of you for equality: your most secret ambitions to be tyrants thus shroud themselves in words of virtue.  Aggrieved conceit, repressed envy—perhaps the conceit and envy of your fathers—erupt from you as a flame and as the frenzy of revenge. Friedrich Nietzsche: On The Tarantulas On The Tarantulas:
November 18, 2021
088: Midweek Debrief - Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird in Society's Eyes
"[My father] believed that he was accountable before God, not before people. It didn't matter to him when other people didn't understand why the did the things he did. He acted in the sight of God. And you know, the Bible gave him strength because it is full of stories of the prophets and others going beyond the border of what was comprehensible or understandable to people, for the sake of obeying the Lord." - Marketa Benda
November 17, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #16 - Resurrection, By Any Means Possible
The apostle Paul writes that the goal of the Christian life is: “That by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” That's your goal. That’s your Christian life. The resurrection of the dead, BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE. Might that include taking certain earthly risks? Of course! Might that include giving up on temporary things so that you might be raised bodily from the dead? Of course!
November 14, 2021
087: Midweek Debrief - Families Are Resistance Cells
Marriage and family offers three gifts that are urgently needed for believers struggling within a totalitarian order. The first is the fruitful fellowship of love... the second gift is freedom... the third gift is the dignity of the individual within family fellowship.
November 10, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #15 - He's Brought All of Heaven with Him
But, for now, we hear the Lamb’s voice in His Word: “Take, and eat. Take, and drink.” He is here. He’s brought all of heaven with Him. All the angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven. Here, in the Lord's Supper, is our heaven on earth. That’s because Jesus gives us access by his blood to Himself and to the Father who sits on the throne.
November 07, 2021
086: Midweek Debrief - Value Nothing More Than Truth
It is up to us today to take up the challenge, to live not by lies and to speak the truth that defeats evil. How do we do this in a society built on lies? By accepting a life outside the mainstream, courageously defending the truth, and being willing to endure the consequences. These challenges are daunting, but we are blessed with examples from saints who've gone before. Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless:
November 03, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #14 - Time For a Reformation
Jesus is the true reformer, and the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word of forgiveness is the true Reformation, and like the Reformation of the 16th century, the work of Christ is not only a spiritual, but also a social, economic, cultural, scientific and political reformation.
October 31, 2021
085: Midweek Debrief - Crippling Nostalgia for The Future
We have to throw away this crippling nostalgia for the future, especially the habit we Americans, a naturally optimistic people, have of assuming that everything will ultimately work out for the best.
October 27, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #13 - What It's Like When World's Collide
God's Word tells us that because we refuse to admit the truth, that we're all insane, that each of our worlds doesn't match God's reality, that our worlds don't match the reality of God and us revealed by Jesus, the truth about reality is a mystery to us.
October 24, 2021
084: Midweek Debrief - Rebel Against a Kingdom of Lies
Everybody says that they have no choice but to conform... and to accept powerlessness. But that is a lie that gives all the other lies their malign force. The ordinary man may not be able to overturn the kingdom of lies, but he can at least say that he is not going to be its loyal subject.
October 20, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #12 - Only Losers Are Invited
You're a loser. But, for Jesus, that means you're just the kind of person He wants sitting with him at his wedding feast. You don't deserve to be here, and that's exactly how God's grace works.
October 17, 2021
083: Midweek Debrief - Beware The Pink Police State
Today's left-wing totalitarianism once again appeals to an internal hunger, specifically the hunger for a just society, one that vindicates and liberates the historical victims of oppression. It masquerades as kindness, demonizing dissenters and disfavored demographic groups to protect the feelings of "victims" in order to bring about "social justice." Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents:
October 13, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #11 - A God of Life in This Deathly World
God created you to live together, in concrete, physical relationships, serving and sacrificing for the health and well-being of the person standing in front of you. God created you for communion. You're created and planted in the world by God to produce good fruit not fairy gold. Whether you're changing diapers, serving on the front line, harvesting wheat, responding to a car accident, or comforting a worried friend, that's what God has chosen for you to do with the life He's given to you and the lives he's entrusted to you.
October 10, 2021
082: Midweek Debrief - You're Not A King, You're A Conqueror
“You are not a king, my young friend. You are a conqueror.” “Observe my kingdom,” Porus explained, “governed with wisdom and justice. The people prosper and are happy. The land flourishes and yields its bounty. Men are free to speak and to exercise their ambition. Steven Pressfield's Blog: Virtues of War: The Afghan Campaign:
October 06, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #10 - Evil Is Destined to Fail
The forces of evil have Satan on their side. But, he only knows how to hate, threaten, and destroy what God creates. On our side, we have Jesus Christ, the Lord Almighty, the God of armies dressed for battle, who will crush the head of the ancient serpent. And, as the apostle writes, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
October 03, 2021
081: Midweek Debrief - Rise Up & Become A Legend
The unwise man thinks that he will live, if from fighting he flees; but the ails and aches of old age dog him though spears have spared him. - Havamal 16
September 30, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #9 - Forgiving Is A Radical Act of Worship
Forgiveness releases to God what rightly belongs to him. Since God is “the Judge of all the earth who will do what is right,” releasing to God's judgment the one who sinned against you places the offense in the purest context of judgment. Forgiving releases the grievance and the offender to God’s all-knowing perspective and to his justice and mercy. This honors Jesus by placing matters into His nail-pierced hands to uphold His judgment, as He chooses, in His time.
September 26, 2021
080: Midweek Debrief - Cowards Give Up An Undertaking Once Begun
“None but cowards give up an undertaking once begun,” answered Siegfried. “Go back to Rhineland yourself, if you are afraid; but you must go alone. You have brought me thus far to meet the dragon of the heath, to win the hoard of the swarthy elves, and to rid the world of a terrible evil. Before the setting of another sun, the deed which you have urged me to do will be done.” Siegfried's Story:
September 22, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #8 - You've Not Been Given a Coward's Heart
God's Word and Spirit have created a humble heart in you so that you can overcome fear, live boldly for Christ, and lay down your life for Him because you know Jesus' final victory is at hand.
September 19, 2021
079: Midweek Debrief - Courage Conquers Fear
Fear is not only debilitating, but its existence also destroys the cohesion of a command. It is the responsibility of a commander to identify the limits of courage, break the paralysis of fear, and motivate his soldiers to continue with the mission. Courage conquers fear. - Maj. Dick Winters Conversations with Dick Winters:
September 15, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #7 - Christian Faith Is More Than a School Subject
Christ saves you through his body, the Church, because you're a member of his body. You are that hand or foot that Jesus can't live without, and that can't live without his life-blood.
September 12, 2021
078: Midweek Debrief - A Disaster of Ignorance
I don't think we'll get rid of schools anytime soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we're going to change what is rapidly becoming a disaster of ignorance, we need to realize that the school institution "schools" very well, but it does not "educate" - that's inherent in the design of the thing. It's not the fault of bad teachers or too little money spent, it's just impossible for education and schooling ever to be the same thing. - John Taylor Gatto Why Schools Don't Educate by John Taylor Gatto:
September 01, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #6 - Suffering is a Gift
Christ’s love for you is the mortar that binds you to each other and to God. Suffering is the proof test and the gift that leads to the resurrection to eternal life.
August 29, 2021
077: Midweek Debrief - Fight The Dragon, Not The Snake
“Condition for being a hero. If a man wants to become a hero, the snake must first become a dragon: otherwise he is lacking his proper enemy.” -   Nietzsche, Human, all too Human
August 25, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #5 - God is with You in the Fight
The enemies of God are not coming to invite you to a picnic. Instead, they are mustering for battle. They will not come unprepared to fight and win. They're coming to take from you what God has given to you: your body, possessions, and life. They're coming to attack Jesus' faithfulness and love towards you. But you don't have to be afraid. You don't have to flee the battle. You have been dressed in the armor of God and handed the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. 
August 22, 2021
076: Midweek Debrief - The Man in The Arena
“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twisted pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt.” - Theodore Roosevelt
August 18, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #4 - The Battle is Already Won
As God said to Israel in the days of King Jehoshaphat, and announces to you again today, "You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf… Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed… go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
August 15, 2021
075: Midweek Debrief - Breathe: A Life in Flow
My goal today is to create a form of jiu jitsu that will empower the entire person, both on and off the mat. If I can make a nervous person feel more relaxed than they've ever felt before, I'm changing them from within in a way that a psychiatrist or a pill never can. - Rickson Gracie, Breathe Book Link: Rickson Gracie Interview on Jocko Podcast:
August 11, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #3 - Resist Evil at All Times
When we refuse to make war against evil, to expose those who tempt believers, then the evil grows more and more monstrous. But, throwing aside fear, the faithful are bold to proclaim their faith in the face of opposition and affliction. Then, those who wage war against the Church have a hard time destroying the Spirit's work.
August 08, 2021
074: Midweek Debrief - Born to Fight. Learn to Win. Live to Help.
You must meditate, you must pray, you must be thankful, you must give. I think those things are very important spiritually for you to be at peace with yourself. Once you’ve tried to improve spiritually, physically, and mentally your are in a good way. - Rickson Gracie Interview Link:
August 04, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #2 - The Righteous Are Bold as Lions
Many churches today want to avoid the 800 pound gorilla in the room. They’re obedient to government and culture instead of Christ. They’re about works-righteousness instead of the Gospel. They’re obsessed with making the world a better place, even though that’s not the primary mission of the Church. Churches today are more worried about complying with the government and marching in step with culture than obeying God’s call for them to be conformed to the image of the Son.
August 01, 2021
073: Midweek Debrief - Will You Fight The Monster?
Men of Athens, will you send your sons to contest the monster, Philip? Or have you grown so fat and happy that you care not, and instead dispatch hired troops, who are not of our blood or kin? Will these mercenaries, who fight only for profit, possess the will to hold Philip back? Or will the day come when we awake to discover that we have ceded future liberty to current ease? - Demosthenes The Warrior Ethos, by Steven Pressfield -
July 28, 2021
Sermunition Sunday #1 - Power and Authority Belong to God Alone
Government and religious leaders to this day still want you to believe that your safety and security comes from their power and authority. This is, of course, a lie that too many people blindly accept as truth. Christ, on the other hand, tells you that all power and authority is found in God alone.
July 25, 2021
072: Midweek Debrief - Keep Going, Don't Quit
No matter how much it hurts keep going, because when you look back and realize that you could have given more it will be more agonizing then any pain you may have been feeling in those brief moments. - Kevin Ross
July 21, 2021
071: Midweek Debrief - Age Isn't a Disadvantage, It's An Excuse
The only thing too old for jiu-jitsu is the question of whether or not you are too old for jiu-jitsu... - Chris Zahar
July 14, 2021
070: Midweek Debrief - Embrace Pain, Live Dangerously
“Only great pain, the long, slow pain that takes its time... compels us to descend to our ultimate depths... I doubt that such pain makes us "better"; but I know it makes us more profound... In the end, lest what is most important remain unsaid: from such abysses, from such severe sickness, one returns newborn, having shed one's skin... with merrier senses, with a second dangerous innocence in joy, more childlike and yet a hundred times subtler than one has ever been before." ― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science
June 30, 2021
069: Midweek Debrief - Live Not by Lies, part 2
The more of us set out together, the thicker our ranks, the easier and shorter will this path be for us all! If we become thousands—they will not cope, they will be unable to touch us. - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Essay Link:
June 24, 2021
068: Midweek Debrief - Live Not by Lies
We are approaching the brink; already a universal spiritual demise is upon us; a physical one is about to flare up and engulf us and our children, while we continue to smile sheepishly and babble: “But what can we do to stop it? We haven’t the strength.” - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Link to essay:
June 16, 2021
067: Midweek Debrief - A Fighter’s Fear, Like Feathers Stroking Your Face | How to Accept it
One of a fighter’s greatest and most difficult tasks is dealing with fear. I always get nervous before fights and at the beginning of my fight career I rejected... - Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu
June 09, 2021
066: Midweek Debrief - A Fighting Mindset?
Winners are not created in a vacuum, after all. There are countless variables operating, most of which go unnoticed by the viewer. Of these factors, the value of losing is perhaps most often overlooked.
June 02, 2021
065: Midweek Debrief - Hiero the Tyrant
"...this is exactly the most pitiful aspect of tyranny. It is impossible to let go of it.” Hiero, or "The Tyrant" - A Discourse on Despotic Rule, by Xenophon: Anabasis, by Xenophon:
May 26, 2021
90: Chuck Palahniuk - We Look Forward to Getting You Back
Because every once in a while, somebody brings me my lunch tray and my meds and he has a black eye or his forehead is swollen with stitches, and he says: "We miss you Mr. Durden."
May 21, 2021
064: The Midweek Seventh Jiu Jitsu Debrief - A Furnace in Which Steel Is Forged
It should be a furnace in which steel is forged. Ideally, it’s also a family to celebrate with.
May 19, 2021
89: Chuck Palahniuk - The Middle Children of History
“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club 
May 14, 2021
063: Midweek Debrief - How Is Freedom Measured?
How is freedom measured in individuals and peoples? According to the resistance which must be overcome, according to the exertion required, to remain on top. The highest type of free men should be sought where the highest resistance is constantly overcome: five steps from tyranny, close to the threshold of the danger of servitude. - Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
May 12, 2021
88: Chuck Palahniuk - Ruled by Mediocrity
The idea is to take some Joe on the street who's never been in a fight and recruit him. Let him experience winning for the first time in his life. Get him to explode. Give him permission to beat the crap out of you. You can take it. If you win, you screwed up. Nietzsche’s nightmare – the rise of the untermensch, a world ruled by mediocrity:
May 07, 2021
062: Midweek Debrief - Against the Preachers of Death
Let us beware of waking the dead and disturbing these living coffins! 
May 05, 2021
061: Midweek Debrief - Learning How to Lose, to Win
Trophies are placeholders, participation awards are pointless, and losses are lessons.
April 28, 2021
87: Chuck Palanhiuk - Step Out of Line
The good news is... there's a new group, but the first rule about this new group is you aren't supposed to talk about it.
April 23, 2021
060: Midweek Debrief - Searching For A Struggle-friend
The well-travelled know how slicing sorrow can be by one’s side, short a struggle-friend, however dear. - The Wanderer
April 21, 2021
86: Chuck Palahniuk - We Need Heroes, Not Tourists
"Open your eyes," Tyler says, and his face is shining with tears. "Congratulations," Tyler says, "You're a step closer to hitting bottom."
April 16, 2021
059: Midweek Debrief - Who Is The True Enemy?
How much respect has a noble person for his enemies! And such respect is already a bridge to love. After all, he demands his enemy for himself, as his distinction; he can stand no enemy but one in whom there is nothing to be despised and much to be honored. - Friedrich Nietzsche 
April 14, 2021
85: Chuck Palahniuk - Making Something of Ourselves
"Maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves." - Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
April 09, 2021
058: Midweek Debrief - Mental Toughness
Things aren’t always going to go your way and pay off. All I am saying is with the right thought patterns you can put yourself in the best frame of mind leading up to a fight. This stuff can be applied to any aspect of your life! - Ellis Barboza
April 07, 2021
057: Midweek Debrief - The “Unvaccinated” Question
Today, the New Normals are presenting us with a “choice,” (a) conform to their New Normal ideology or (b) social segregation. What do you imagine they have planned for us tomorrow?
March 31, 2021
84: Chuck Palanhiuk - What Owns You?
Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.
March 26, 2021
056: Midweek Debrief - Self-overcoming
"I am that which must always be overcome." - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part
March 24, 2021
83: Chuck Palanhiuk - Fight Club
It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero. - Chuck Palanhiuk
March 19, 2021
055: Midweek Debrief - War & Warriors
And if you cannot be saints of knowledge, at least be its warriors. They are the companions and forerunners of such sainthood. - Friedrich Nietzsche
March 17, 2021
82: Takemi Sasamori - Jesus' Double-Edged Sword
We teach that to effectively execute this technique, students must first take stock of their own shortcomings, and "cut away" selfish desires, pride, and wickedness.
March 12, 2021
055: The Midweek Sixth Jiu Jitsu Debrief
How to achieve balance in training and life, and enjoying living in the tension between humility and ego.
March 10, 2021
054: Midweek Debrief - Fight For Every Atom of The Truth
“Man has had to fight for every atom of the truth, and has had to pay for it almost everything that the heart, that human love, that human trust cling to. Greatness of soul is needed for this business: the service of truth is the hardest of all services.”  –  Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist
March 03, 2021
053: Midweek Debrief - The Beast Within
“To call the taming of an animal its “improvement” is in our ears almost a joke. Whoever knows what goes on in menageries is doubtful whether the beasts in them are “improved”. They are weakened, they are made less harmful, they become sickly beasts through the depressive emotion of fear, through pain, through injuries, through hunger. – It is no different with the tamed human being…” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols  
February 25, 2021
81: Takemi Sasamori - Grafting Christianity & Bushido
Christianity without Bushido is morally deficient...
February 21, 2021
052: Midweek Debrief - Rising Above The Herd
A noble type of man and woman is not subject to the morality of the herd. Herd morality favors mediocrity. Therefore, standing beyond good and evil is rising above the herd.
February 17, 2021
80: Takemi Sasamori - After Courage & Personal Sacrifice
Bushido is the path to pursue justice as one who is thirsty pursues water...
February 15, 2021
051: Midweek Debrief - The Last Man Standing
The earth has become small, and on it hops the last man, who makes everything small. The Last Man is an individual or a collective that partakes in a path of decay and feels perfectly comfortable in doing so, to the point where any opposition to this feeling on the part of another person makes that individual fit for "the madhouse."
February 10, 2021
79: Takemi Sasamori - Baptized Samurai
The mere pursuit of material wealth is meaningless, and that one should live a life based on spiritual values and faith.
February 08, 2021
050: Midweek Debrief - More A Battlefield Than A Man
Self improvement is self destruction... “Let the youthful soul look back on life with the question: what have you truly loved up to now, what has elevated your soul, what has mastered it and at the same time delighted it? Place these venerated objects before you in a row, and perhaps they will yield for you, through their nature and their sequence, a law, the fundamental law of your true self…for your true nature lies, not hidden deep within you, but immeasurably high above you, or at least above that which you normally take to be yourself.” - Untimely Meditations, Friedrich Nietzsche
February 03, 2021
78: Takemi Sasamori - Warriors Born Too Late
Is Christianity compatible with the martial arts and the ancient samurai code of Bushido? The Reverend Sasamori Takemi, Methodist minister and pastor of the Komaba Eden Church in Tokyo, Japan and inheritor of three ancient martial arts traditions, unequivocally answers: "Yes!" In Bushido and Christianity, the Rev. Sasamori weaves together elements Japanese history, lessons from the Bible, and his own personal experiences growing up in a samurai family to trace where Bushido, the martial arts, and Christianity intersect and shows how following these 'Ways' can lead to a more fulfilling life. The Rev. Sasmori has over forty years experience as a pastor and over seventy years of training in traditional Japanese martial arts. He is regularly featured in the media in Japan and is a sought-after lecturer on the connection between Bushido and Christianity worldwide. His life's mission has been to bridge the cultural divide between East and West.
January 31, 2021
049: Midweek Debrief - Possess The Power of Kings
“A man’s maturity is to have regained the innocence of a child at play.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
January 27, 2021
77: William McRaven - Stand up to The Bullies
If you want to change the world, don't back down from the sharks. 
January 24, 2021
048: Midweek Debrief - Understanding & Defeating The Enemy
“…how ready they themselves are at bottom to make one pay; how they crave to be hangmen. There is among them an abundance of the vengeful disguised as judges, who constantly bear the word “justice” in their mouths like poisonous spittle, always with pursed lips, always ready to spit upon all who are not discontented but go their own way in good spirits…The will of the weak to represent some form of superiority, their instinct for devious paths to tyranny over the healthy – where can it not be discovered, this will to power of the weakest!” Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality
January 20, 2021
047: Midweek Debrief - The Final Revolution
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
January 15, 2021
046: Midweek Debrief - Focus on Fundamentals
What does it mean to focus on fundamentals as a martial artist, citizen, in our vocations, and for ourselves? 
January 07, 2021
76: Kevin Ross - Just Have Faith
It's always hard to understand things while we are in the middle of them. It's only when we look back that these things become clear, if ever. Just hold  onto God, know that whatever you are going through He can help you through it. He can use it for your benefit as well as others, just have faith. Kevin Ross' website:
January 03, 2021
75: Jordan Peterson - Carry That Weight
“You don't want to be in a place where there's no challenge. You might even quit your job if there's no challenge. Say, 'Well, that's a good job. It gives you security,' and you think, 'God, I can't stand this. It's eating away at my soul. It's all security and no challenge.' So why do you want a challenge? Because that's what you're built for. You're built to take on a maximal load, right? Because that's what strengthens you, and you need to be strong because life is extraordinarily difficult. "(Why is that?) Because the evil king is always whittling away at the structure of the state. And you have to be awake and sharp to stop that from happening so that you don't become corrupt. And so that your family doesn't become corrupt. And so that your state doesn't have to become corrupt. You have to have your eyes open, and your wits sharp, and your words at the ready. And you have to be educated. And you have to know about your history. And you have to know how to think. And you have to know how to read. And you have to know how to speak. And you have to know how to aim. And you have to be willing to hoist the troubles of the world up on your shoulders. And what's so interesting about that, so remarkable. And this is something that's really manifested itself to me as I've been doing these public lectures. I've been talking about responsibility to people, which doesn't seem to happen very often anymore, and the audiences are dead quiet. And I lay out this idea that life is tragedy tainted by malevolence, and everyone says, 'Yeah, well we already always suspected that, but no one has ever said it quite so bluntly, and it's quite a relief to hear that I'm not the only person who has those suspicions.' "Then the second part of that is the better part, and it's the optimistic part, which is despite the fact that life is a tragedy tainted by malevolence, at every level of existence there's something about the human spirit that can thrive under precisely those conditions if we allow that to occur, because as difficult as life is – and as horrible as we are – our capacity to deal with that catastrophe and to transcend that malevolent spirit is more powerful than that reality itself. And that's the fundamental issue. I think that's the fundamental issue of the Judeo-Christian ethic, with its emphasis on the divinity of the individual. "As catastrophic as life is – and as malevolent as people can be, and that's malevolent beyond belief – fundamentally, a person has, in spirit, the nobility to set that right and to defeat evil. And that more than that the antidote to the catastrophe of life, and the suffering of life, and the tragedy of life that can drive you down and destroy you, is to take on exactly that responsibility, and to say, 'Well, there's plenty of work to be done, and isn't that terrible? "There isn't anything so bad that we can't make it worse, but I have it within me to decide that I'm going to stand up against that. I'm going to strive to make the world a better place. I'm going to strive to constrain the malevolence that's in my own heart, and to set my family straight, and to work despite my tragic lot for the betterment of everything that's in front of me.' And the consequence of that – the immediate consequence of that – is that when you make the decision to take on all of that voluntarily – which is to stand up straight, by the way, with your shoulders back – to take all that on voluntarily, as soon as you make that decision, then all the catastrophe justifies itself in the nobility of your striving. And that's what it means to be an individual.” - Jordan Peterson
December 20, 2020
045: Midweek Debrief - Rise, Rebel, Resist
What are we willing to do, and suffer, for the sake of a hit of dopamine? What are the consequences of failure to distinguish concrete reality from virtual reality? What must we do to stop giving bullies our lunch money?
December 16, 2020
74: Violence and Overcoming Emasculation
Despite the fact that fighting is supposed to enable the men in Fight Club to rise beyond their innocuous existence, it in fact reinforces social order and power relations. Fight Club & Nietzsche: Overcoming Emasculation:
December 13, 2020
044: Midweek Debrief - Searching for a Friend for the End of the World
How do we define family and friendship? What are the consequences when we don't have people we can call on when we're in trouble and need? How can we create and nurture relationships that strengthen, encourage, and empower others?
December 09, 2020
73: Steven Pressfield - The War Inside Ourselves
Before we decide to go to war with the world, maybe we should take a hard look at ourselves...
December 06, 2020
043: Midweek Debrief - Get Up, Stand Up...
The Great Reset, the morals of multi-national corporations, and the question, "Who's going to stand up and fight back against injustice?"
December 02, 2020
72: The Fifth Jiu-Jitsu Debrief
Very often people will ask me about the effects of body type on jiu jitsu. It appears that many people hold the belief that there is an optimum body type in jiu jitsu that confers advantage over other body types. Even a moments reflection will reveal that this is false. A look at the medal platform at the world championships will always show a wide variety of body types which are represented in no particular order of success. If I ask you to name for me the five most successful jiu jitsu champions of all time, I guarantee your list will show big disparities in body type. There is no dominant body type on the medal stands. There is however, a dominant body ETHOS. Champions always maximize the ability of whatever body they have been born with to perform the skills of the sport. Whilst there is no one body type that dominates the sport, there is a need on everyone's part to maximize what you can do with your body that will improve your jiu jitsu performance. Everyone's body has an optimal weight and conditioning that maximizes its performance for a given activity. It is your duty to find what that is for you and to maintain yourself close to that ideal (getting closer if competition is near). Thus any body type can win a world championship, but only one way of maintaining that body of yours will maximize your ability to perform the skills you hope to win that championship with. Here are three EBI champions. All three are very different somatotypes - Garry Tonon is a classic mesomorph. Gordon Ryan an ectomorph and Eddie Cummings an endomorph masquerading as a mesomorph. Yet all three have found a way to maximize their very different bodies to perform the skills they needed to win. Thus any body type can win a world championship, but only one way of maintaining it will maximize your chances of doing so. - John Danaher, Body type and BJJ.
November 29, 2020
Thanksgiving Debrief - You Can't Always Get What You Want
When times are troubling, when people abandon us, and when we struggle to move through hardships, is there anything to be thankful for?
November 26, 2020
71: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of The Samurai, part 11
The foundation of a Nabeshima samurai should be in knowing this fact; in being deeply resolved to return this blessing by being useful; in serving more and more selflessly when treated kindly by the master ; in knowing that being made a ronin or being ordered to commit seppuku are also forms of service ; and in aiming to be mindful of the clan forever, whether one is banished deep in the mountains or buried under the earth. - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: Book of the Samurai
November 22, 2020
042: Midweek Debrief - Preaching Impotence
“Politics becomes even more of a magnet for self-aggrandizing sociopaths and liars than it already tends to be by nature, and men with no meaningful political power or authority waste their time and energy trying to convince complete strangers to convert to their way of thinking, even when those strangers have different group identities, different religious beliefs, and completely incompatible or opposing ideas about what is good or “best in life.”  ― Jack Donovan, Becoming a Barbarian
November 18, 2020
70: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of The Samurai, part 10
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.
November 15, 2020
041: Midweek Debrief - The Empire of Nothing
The Empire sells superficial identities that are fleeting, synthetic, empty and unsatisfying. In a world of single, spoiled boys who have been able to walk away from any commitment or association — lifetime brotherhood is a radical idea. Collective honor is a radical idea. Working to help people you know and care about instead of strangers is a radical idea.
November 11, 2020
040: Midweek Debrief - Retain Faith, Confront Facts
“You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time…You must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” U.S. Navy Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, originator of the Stockdale Paradox
November 04, 2020
69: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of The Samurai, part 9
The man who shuts himself away and avoids the company of men is a coward... Hagakure online:
November 01, 2020
069: Midweek Debrief - Heroes and Victims
Ancient societies gave the highest status to their heroes. Our society gives the highest status to victims. How did we get here? What defines a hero, what defines a victim, and why is the latter more popular today than ever?
October 28, 2020
68: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 8
To be prideful about your strength while your mettle is not yet established is likely to bring you shame in the midst of people. You are weaker than you look.
October 25, 2020
038: Midweek Debrief - Burn Like Oak
A noble man should be silent, thoughtful, and bold in battle - Havamal 15
October 21, 2020
67: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 7
Kyuzaemon has always been a severe man, and even if I were cleared by the investigators, he would probably have me executed as a coward right before his eyes. In such a case, dying with the bad reputation of having run away from a place would be extremely regretful. The Hagakure:
October 18, 2020
037: Midweek Debrief - Be Prepared Or Be Overrun
What do we do every day to prepare for the next challenge or crisis? How does our preparation help us to not be overwhelmed when the moment comes that we need to react to things out of our control?
October 14, 2020
66: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 6
What is called winning is defeating one’s allies. Defeating one’s allies is defeating oneself, and defeating oneself is vigorously overcoming one’s own body.
October 11, 2020
036: Midweek Debrief - Love Enough to Stand Up...
Do we understand what true love is? Are we willing to do whatever is necessary to love someone for their good? 
October 07, 2020
65: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 5
It is good to breathe these things into their ears even when they are too young to understand.
October 04, 2020
035: Midweek Debrief - Why You Want Cops to Have a Warrior’s Mindset
Why You Want Cops to Have a Warrior’s Mindset by Ayman Kafel Over the past several years, the term “warrior” has been used, labeled, demonized, idolized, and applied to all kinds of professions. These days when someone mentions the word “warrior,” typically, it is synonymous with members of the military, sports figures, MMA, UFC, and others. The term “warrior” in the law enforcement community has been a taboo title. It went as far and removing the word completely from the culture and replaced with words like “guardian” and “sheepdog.” In the law enforcement community, when the word “warrior” was used, it was referred to as a mindset. The warrior mindset. Political correctness demonized it in the profession and associated it as part of the “militarization” of police. Across the country, that word was wiped out from any curriculum at police academies. It meant that police officers were too aggressive for modern society, it meant police officers will only use lethal force, it meant police officers will think of themselves as above their fellow man. The warrior mindset is far from that. The core beliefs of someone adopting the warrior mindset are discipline, respect, selfless service, honor, courage, and integrity. A warrior mindset, at a deeper level, helps individuals realize the true enemy is not external forces but the internal. Weakness, fear, jealousy, greed, ego, laziness, and many other negative traits are recognized as the enemy of the warrior mindset. Miyamoto Musashi once said, “If you wish to control others you must control yourself.” Think about it, Musashi did not mean literally “control” people, he was referring to the idea of the “self.” To have a warrior mindset is to look inward and defeat those negative traits in our hearts to be an effective officer in the community.
September 30, 2020
64: Yamamoto Tsunetomo – Book of the Samurai, part 4
When the crime itself is unclear, the punishment should be light.
September 27, 2020
034: Midweek Debrief - Cowards Don't Know Peace
“The coward believes he will live forever If he holds back in the battle, But in old age he shall have no peace Though spears have spared his limbs.” ― Hávamál 16
September 23, 2020
64: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 3
There is nothing felt quite so deeply as giri, but what is "giri" and what can it teach us about ourselves in the present?
September 20, 2020
033: Midweek Debrief - How to Fight Tired
Every fighter faces total exhaustion in the ring someday. Instead of panicking and getting beat up, you can learn how to fight tired and box your way through exhaustion. The sport of boxing is forever characterized by endurance and exhaustion. To ever be a good boxer, you will have to eventually face the challenge of fighting beyond your limits. Your body will be pushed beyond a point of exhaustion you never thought was possible. Spiritually, you must have the heart to dig deep inside yourself and find energy you no longer have. Technically, you must find ways to fight without exerting energy. If you can do this, you will have successfully learn how to fight when you are tired. - Johnny Nguyen
September 16, 2020
63: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 2
Look at the human condition. It is unseemly for a per- son to become prideful and extravagant when things are going well. Therefore, it is better to have some unhappiness while one is still young, for if a person does not experience some bitter- ness, his disposition will not settle down. A person who becomes fatigued when unhappy is useless.
September 13, 2020
032: Midweek Debrief - Self-Talk and Self-Sabotage
The voice tells us not to work today and it gives us a reason. Our daughter’s dance recital starts at seven; this headache is killing us; the boss wants us to organize the Penske file. This is not self-talk, it’s self-sabotage.
September 09, 2020
62: Yamamoto Tsunetomo - Book of the Samurai, part 1
Hagakure is the essential book of the Samurai. Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo... These philosophies are centered on loyalty, devotion, purity and selflessness, and Yamamoto places a strong emphasis on the notion of living in the present moment with a strong and clear mind. Hagakure Link:
September 06, 2020
031: Midweek Debrief - Where Did The Warrior Ethos Originate?
Where did the Warrior Ethos come from? Why would anyone choose this hard, dangerous life? What could be the philosophy behind such a choice?
September 02, 2020
61: Ayman Kafel - Death of the Modern Day Warrior
The United States is headed down a dangerous road. Without modern-day warriors, who will protect the people?  Who will step up when the citizens need it?
August 30, 2020
030: Midweek Debrief - The Benefit of Killing?
The idea of killing "the enemy" appeals to some people, and is glorified in the entertainment industry in television, movies, and music. But, as horrifying as it is, is there a benefit in killing, or is it all bad?
August 26, 2020
60: Academy of Ideas - The Psychology of Heroism
“Ours is not an age that wants heroes. Ours is an age of envy, in which laziness and self-involvement are the rule. Anyone who tries to shine, who dares to stand above the crowd, is dragged down by his lackluster and self-appointed “peers”.” - Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette, "King, Warrior, Magician, Lover"
August 23, 2020
029: Midweek Debrief - The Power of Emotions in Motion
Emotions have the power to set us in motion, often to our detriment, but it doesn't have to be that way. We can choose to control our emotions, rather than allowing our emotions to control us.
August 19, 2020
59: Aaron Jahn - Too Old to Fight?
How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight? - Tyler Durden
August 16, 2020
028: Midweek Debrief - Which Version of You Do You Meet?
In a battle, you meet many versions of yourself, some old some new. - Johnny B.A.N.G. Reilly
August 12, 2020
58: The Story of August Landmesser - Stand Your Ground
Learn more about the tragic story of August Landmesser, the man who refused to salute Hitler. Link:
August 09, 2020
027: Midweek Debrief - Rage Against the Dying of the Light
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night
August 05, 2020
57: Gratitude Has Pushed Through My Fear
January 22, 2020 TODAY MY GRATITUDE HAS PUSHED THROUGH MY FEARS Today my gratitude has pushed through my fears, as a severely abused child fear of cruelty and threat to life is expected when life gets a little peaceful.  My abusers were narcissist and these deformed people are never at peace and hate to see another in this elusive state they never seem to be able to attain.  The jealousy drives them to disturb those immersed in the gratitude state, those emotionally crippled by thought insignificance scream at the constant insulting consciousness that taunts them, they are in perpetual agitation and grind their teeth psychologically with rage at their incarceration with no release date in sight. My first abuser would attack me and beat me out of my enjoyment of enjoying my presence of being gifted to be alive and in balance with my balanced and well put together anatomy, grooming my mind.  Always when the bruises calmed down their fire and lumps would shrink and lose their presence to my touch, would i hear her breath quicken with words of complaint for some small thing i over looked to keep tidy.  The next thing i knew is the room would change its angles, i would see lights and things would smudge as if what was a painting is now vandalised, my eyes stopped working and then there was a familiar smell of my own blood.  This bomb site i called my life, and it always happened when i was quiet. FEAR was my soundtrack that did not let the better tuned emotions become my music.  This emotion that made my muscles twitch, my jaw flex, and my fists clench, always kidnapped me when things were quiet, as soon as i acknowledged peace, anticipation of what usually happened next snapped me back into the paranoia that something painful was going to happen.  Sometimes i would make it happen so i would not be surprised, but since the age of eight i have strived to enjoy a little peace and today at 55, my work is paying off.  Gratitude pushes through all my bodies muscle memories and i feel all of me relax and give thanks, i give thanks for my muffling of angst.
August 02, 2020
026: Midweek Debrief - Fear Can Make Us Stronger
We're not broken because we survived. We kept getting up. We hoped in the face of horror so that now we don't fear failure. We're challenged by it to grow.
July 29, 2020
56: Kevin Ross - Love, Compassion & Understanding Will Free Us All
So before you jump to a conclusion and align with a side, take a step back. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes, think about these situations happening to you or someone that you love and care for. At the very least, it should give you a more balanced perspective on most situations. Love, compassion and understanding will free us all.
July 25, 2020
025: Midweek Debrief - We Always Want More
Whether we’re striving for a new job, more meaningful relationships, or personal enlightenment, we need to actively want something more in order to live well. In fact, neuroscience shows that the act of seeking itself, rather than the goals we realize, is key to satisfaction. - Olivia Goldhill
July 22, 2020
55: Tim Ballard - Making Sure The Monsters Won't Come Anymore
"As I’m driving, I’m listening to a singer, who is my favorite singer, who, I didn’t know him at all at the time, Peter Breinholt. Right as I was approaching the first off-ramp that would lead me to a life of chasing down pedophiles and sex traffickers, and everything else, this song comes on, that, before this moment didn’t have much meaning to me, it wasn’t necessarily my favorite song that Peter Breinholt sang. It is called ‘Lullaby’. It tells the story of a parent figure who is talking to a child, who is having some kind of nightmare of something bad happening to them. The parent comes into the room, he soothes the child, and then what the parent keeps saying is “They won’t come around here no more, they won’t come around here no more…”, meaning these monsters, the nightmares. I thought “you know what, because of what we did, and, again, I didn’t do anything spectacular on this case, but because of our efforts, the monsters won’t come anymore to this little boy.” - Tim Ballard
July 18, 2020
024: Midweek Debrief - Don't Conform to Mediocrity
Does the average man or woman come across as a strong individual who is armed with the character traits to face up to the challenges of life, or to paraphrase the author Richard Weaver, does “the typical modern have the look of the hunted”? (Ideas Have Consequences)
July 15, 2020
54: Jonas Salzgeber - Keep Your Weapons Close at Hand
Just like a boxer with his fists, try to have your principles ready at all times. Spotter up in-depth tactical solutions: The Little Book of Stoicism, by Jonas Salzgeber: *** I don't know why I blanked on it, but Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161-180. 
July 11, 2020
023: Midweek Debrief - The Fight within the Fight
At that moment, I knew this is where I belonged - in an old, battered, run-down gym with a blood-splattered canvas covering an uneven boxing ring. This was now my home. - Billy Moore, A Prayer Before Dawn
July 08, 2020
53: Michael Kurcina - Hated
Men will find themselves judged, cursed, and crushed for their intelligence and honesty in a world of declining values, declining manliness, and declining desires for achieving a worthy place in the world. Hell, even a dull hell awaits men without courage and a vision, or the objectivity to stand back and understand what every man must pursue. Critics will attempt to publicly injure risk takers and will ask how dare they. Men should never stop trying to become fully developed persons. Attempting to truly live means men will also experience tremendous shocks to the soul, shocks that wound us severely. The delicate instrument of love will close off some of our injuries from further insult but we must have enough courage to see the operation through, and have enough to pursue the path of being alive! Wandering, questioning, doubting, unbelieving and believing, coming, going, dying and growing. We must never stop. Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters
July 06, 2020
022: Midweek Debrief - When Boys Are Bred to Be Sheep
We breed boys to be sheep and allow wolves to be shepherds, and if we don't right that wrong, we're going to have a nation of weak hearts when it's time to fight the heartless. Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters
July 01, 2020
52: Homer - Don't Serve Too Many Masters
“If you serve too many masters, you'll soon suffer.” ― Homer, The Odyssey
June 27, 2020
021: Midweek Debrief - A Few Questions...
When I open my mouth, am I complaining? Does what someone does outside of my sphere of influence really matter to me, or am I being tricked into feeling a false sense of outrage? If it really does matter to me, what steps have I actually taken to do something about it (besides posting articles on Facebook)? Am I contributing to the conversation in a positive and helpful way?
June 24, 2020
51: Frederick Douglass - Self-Made Men Aren't Self-Made
The lesson taught at this point by human experience is simply this, that the man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down. This rule may appear somewhat harsh, but in its general application and operation, it is wise, just, and beneficent. I know of no other rule which can be substituted for it without bringing social chaos. Personal independence is a virtue and it is the soul out of which comes the sturdiest manhood. But there can be no independence without a large share of self-dependence, and this virtue cannot be bestowed. It must be developed from within.
June 20, 2020
020: Midweek Debrief - Revolution or Rebellion?
Revolution: A political upheaval in a government or nation-state characterized by great change. Rebel - A person who resists an established authority, often violently.
June 17, 2020
50: Rudyard Kipling - Own Yourself
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Rudyard Kipling, Interview with an Immortal
June 13, 2020
019: Midweek Debrief - Mind Control
“You have to decide that you are going to be in control, that you are going to do what YOU want to do. Weakness doesn’t get a vote. Laziness doesn’t get a vote. Sadness doesn’t get a vote. Frustration doesn’t get a vote. NEGATIVITY doesn’t get a vote. ” “You are declaring martial law on your mind: MIND CONTROL.”
June 10, 2020
49: Joseph Goebbels - Propaganda Never Rests
Joseph Goebbels presents Nazi propaganda as the model for the rest of the world, calling it the “background music” to government policy because a modern state, whether democratic or authoritarian, cannot withstand the subterranean forces of anarchy and chaos without propaganda.
June 06, 2020
018: Midweek Debrief - BJJ, Equality & Peace
If you want to find a place of equity, where you're not judged by the color of your skin, gender, sexual orientation, political ideology, or religious belief, sign up for jiu-jitsu. GoFundMe for 10th Planet BJJ - Long Beach:
June 03, 2020
48: Martin Luther King Jr. - Loving Your Enemies
There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. “Love your enemies.”
May 30, 2020
017: Midweek Debrief - Choose, Slavery or Love
Why do people act against their best interests and consent to their enslavement? has been common to assume that the masses are purely victims in their enslavement, unable to mount any form of resistance due to the threat of force wielded by those in power. In the 16th century, the French philosopher Etienne de La Boétie challenged this view in his essay The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. All governments, he argued, including the most tyrannical, can only rule for extended durations if they have the general support of the populace. Not only are those in power vastly outnumbered by those over whom they rule, but governments rely on the subjugated populations to provide them with a continual supply of resources and manpower. If one day enough people refused to obey and stopped surrendering their wealth and property, their oppressors would, in the words of La Boétie, “become naked and undone and as nothing, just as, when the root receives no nourishment, the branch withers and dies.” (Étienne de La Boétie, The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude) Hence mass submission to even the most oppressive political regimes is always a voluntary servitude, one based on popular consent. As de La Boétie explains: “Obviously there is no need of fighting to overcome this single tyrant, for he is automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything, but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself. It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude. A people enslaves itself, cuts its own throat, when, having a choice between being vassals and being free men, it deserts its liberties and takes on the yoke, gives consent to its own misery, or, rather, apparently welcomes it.” (Étienne de La Boétie, The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude)
May 27, 2020
47: Academy of Ideas - Disobedient Virtue
Why do we have a strong tendency to obey those in positions of power? Why do people obey commands that seem both bloodthirsty and stupid? Are those who in the face of corrupt power, who are willing to stand up and refuse virtuous, or villains?
May 24, 2020
016: Midweek Debrief - No More Lies
Brute force is not enough to maintain tyranny, rather a tyrannical regime will only maintain power if they can control the minds of their subjects. Previous podcast on Fear & Social Control:
May 20, 2020
46: Musonius Rufus - Hard, Beautiful Work
When each person strives to outdo the other in devotion, the marriage is ideal and worthy of envy, for such a union is beautiful. “In marriage, there must be complete companionship and concern for each other on the part of both husband and wife, in health and in sickness and at all times, because they entered upon the marriage for this reason as well as to produce offspring. When such caring for one another is perfect, and the married couple provides it for one another, and each strives to outdo the other, then this is marriage as it ought to be and deserving of emulation, since it is a noble union. But when one partner looks to his own interests alone and neglects the other's, or (by God) the other is so minded that he lives in the same house, but keeps his mind on what is outside it, and does not wish to pull together with his partner or to cooperate, then inevitably the union is destroyed, and although they live together their common interests fare badly, and either they finally get divorced from one another or they continue on in an existence that is worse than loneliness.” Musonius Rufus And, for those who don't know... Gaius Musonius Rufus was a Roman Stoic philosopher during the reign of Nero. Rufus is considered the Roman Socrates and was the teacher of Epictetus.
May 17, 2020
015: Midweek Debrief - Thought Boxing
In our thinking, if we can recognize self-defeating thoughts as they come up, block them, and then respond with a productive counterpunch, we can avoid trouble and live a good life.
May 13, 2020
45: Academy of Ideas - Fear & Social Control
How can fear be used as a tool to manipulate others? How do those in positions of power, past, and present, effectively use fear to control certain aspects of society? Transcript: JP Sears, Awaken with JP: Academy of Ideas, Fear & Social Control:
May 09, 2020