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What church has a fight night?

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 20, 2012 | 1:58 pm

George Clinkscale died last fall after participating in a charity boxing match at GUTS Church in Tulsa. (If any names makes a church sounds like it subscribes to the Macho Jesus, it’s GUTS.) Here’s an excerpt of the story from Tulsa World:

The event was not sanctioned, according to the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, which started an investigation Thursday and indicated evidence would be provided to the state attorney general’s office.

GUTS Pastor Bill Scheer said Clinkscale’s death has affected everyone at the church, and he wants to speak with Clinkscale’s mother, who was driving to Tulsa from Dallas, before he issued official statements.

“To us, it’s tragic,” Scheer said. “We have to evaluate everything. … I want to be sensitive to his family.”

Read the rest here.

“Outside the Lines” just aired the above video documenting Clinkscale’s death. They approach it from the angle of the boxing event being unsanctioned and without a licensed ref or trainer.

But I wonder about this from a religious angle. Why—why would a church hold a fight night, even for charity?

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