Greater Love Hath No Man…

QIC:  Lutefisk 

Date: 01/17/2020

PAX: Peanuts, Angel Hair, Walla Walla, Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Wuzntme, Mayhem, Bernie, DNF, Annie, 9 Bolt, Three Skin, Speed Trap, Toe Tag

AO: hacksaw


Brisk and cool like the mountains of Norway on a warm summer day.


Circled around the flag. A few merkins, arm circles, and burpees later we were ready to roll.

The Thang

My Brother’s Keeper
PAX started at one of the two ends of the line of flags. They then completed one of the follow sets of exercises in order to progress to the next flag. However, the goal was for EVERYONE to finish, which meant that PAX who got ahead were encouraged to switch with whichever PAX was at the 6.

Burpees – 5

Merkins – 10

Bonnie Blairs – 10

Squats – 15

Lunges – 15

Crunchy Frog – 20

Leg Lifts – 20

LBCs – 25

Once every PAX had made it through, every circled around the final flag where we completed 30 burpees (with the encouragement that PAX who finished first could help other PAX complete their tally) and then completed a plank/squat variatio


Hacksaw is named after Hacksaw Ridge, where Desmond Doss, a combat medic and pacifist due to religious beliefs, saved the lives of dozens of soldiers (both American and Japanese) during World War 2. He was a man who embodied the verse, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” In the example of Desmond Doss, however, we see the term “friends” as we know it extended to not only those who were his personal friends but all humanity.

In Ephesians 2, Paul writes, ” For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility (v. 14)… And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near (v. 17).” Paul speaks of how Christ came and preached peace to those who were far off (the Gentiles) and those were near (the Jews), making them in to one man and breaking down “the dividing wall of hostility.” The Jews and Gentiles were people groups that were culturally, religiously, politically, ethnically, and socially different from one another, and yet Christ broke down the walls of hostility and preached peace to both.

The Japanese and Americans were different culturally, religiously, politically, ethnically, and socially, and yet Desmond Doss broke down the walls of hostility in the moment of chaos and preached peace to both.

As we enter in to 2020, where we in American have sectioned ourselves off culturally, religiously, politically, ethnically, and socially from one another, building dividing walls of hostility, can we choose to lay down our lives for our friends, those around us, and preach peace to both those who are near (those who think, look, act, and speak like us) and those who are far (those who do not think, look, act, and speak like us)?

We will never see someone for who they truly are (how Christ sees them), if we look at them through a wall. So, in 2020, may we be bridge builders, not wall builders. May we be focused on being good listeners and not being right. And may we preach (model and show) peace (love without conditions, selflessness, respect) those who are near and those who are far.


Mayhem served Hot Chocolate communion during the COT. It was magic.


OTB AO Saturday at NGa Brainerd Baptist Campus from 7-8.

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