• Love it!! Thanks Laura. Great stuff!!

  • Tim

    I’m not sure if I agree with your assertion that “violence,” in the context of MMA is a negative thing. I don’t think we can view it in the same lens as physical violence in the real world. I attend Paul Burress’ church and I don’t think he (or anyone in this movie for that matter) would condone assaulting someone outside the ring.

    A competitive contest which happens to be combative is a different story. Just because there is physical contact in a sport doesn’t make it any less ethical. You’d have to then imply that the “violence” in sports from boxing to football and lacrosse should be viewed in the same negative lens.

  • MMA is a fully sanctioned, highly regulated, international professional sport that features skilled martial artists and elite athletes many of whom have competed at the collegiate and even Olympic level! There is a big disconnect between the fight community and the Faith community and that makes for an interesting film. However, anyone who is educated about this sport would have no moral objection to it. I am a full-time MMA Chaplain much like you would find in every other pro and semi-pro sports. I interact with MMA athletes and coaches on a daily basis and I can assure you that MMA is about competition, not blood lust, brutality, violence or any of the other nonsense portrayed by the media. There is next to no ill will or hard feelings between the athletes. On the contrary, there is an amazing mutual respect that stems from the martial art tradition. I would love to discuss this further with anyone interested. You can contact me josh@fightchurch.com

  • I was really disappointed in the disparaging tone of this review. The pastors depicted in Fight Church are participating in a sport, not committing random attacks on innocent bystanders. As a Christian, a fellow filmmaker, and a huge fan of MMA, I can’t wait to see this film!

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  • I don’t understand the need to masculinize Christianity. Of course you need activities at church targeted towards helping men become involved in fellowship, but you don’t have to do that with guns or fighting. Jesus said that those who live by the sword, die by the sword. I don’t think he would approve of gun giveaways and other gimmicks that churches are using these days. As Christians, we have to try to open people up to the truth, not just get them through church doors. There are lots of people who go to church who are not saved. Thanks for your article, it got me thinking about this problem in the church.

  • Jason