The 1992 zombie flick Braindead (which is incidentally Peter Jackson's best and most important work and is better known in the U.S. as Dead Alive) featured a Catholic priest who "kicks ass for the Lord." If you haven't seen the clip, watch it. You will thank me.
While scouring the news today for work, I came across this ABC News piece about a Kentucky based church called Xtreme Ministries. The church, which caters largely to people returning from military service, is also a gym. Congregants train there, participate in mixed martial arts matches on Saturdays and hold church services there on Sundays.
As a fan of MMA, I have long observed a relationship between missionary Christianity and the combat sports community. Some of the earliest and biggest stars of the sport such as Matt Hughes and Jens "Lil' Evil" Pulver are outspoken Christians. Fierce competitor Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is a Born Again, and considers himself "God's Street Soldier" as the tattoo on his arm reads. There is even a clothing line called "Jesus Didn't Tap." The name means that much as a MMA competitor ideally refuses to "tap out" thereby yielding to his opponent, "Jesus didn't quit after going through unimaginable suffering and pain when he was crucified on the cross." I'm unsure of the significance of this trend, but it is interesting to say the least.
I previously posted about serial killer Rodney Alcala, an amateur photographer whose work was released by police in hopes of identifying previously unknown victims. In an update to that story, detectives are currently fielding hundreds of calls according to the L.A. Times.