'Tame' modern Christian men encouraged to play 'Barbarian Games'

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Lifepoint Church deacon Michael Smith — participating in the caber toss competition during previous Barbarian Games — says this weekend's activities aim to remind men that they are brave and courageous.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 02:17 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Archery, tomahawk throwing, blow darts, a kettle bell toss and a tug-of-war are on this weekend's agenda for Lifepoint Church men. 

This Saturday, men are encouraged to leave their inhibitions behind and participate in the 4th Annual Barbarian Games, church deacon Michael Smith, the event organizer, said.

The outdoors event allows men to compete in games and enjoy fellowship, he said. Two popular activities are a tug-of-war and the caber toss, in which participants attempt to toss a large wooden log end over end.

Many participants wear kilts during the event.

 "It's amazing how many of the guys will go out and get a kilt on their own," Smith said. Although attendees are encouraged to wear kilts, they can wear regular outdoor attire.

In addition to eating roasted-pig cooked over an open fire, men are encouraged to bring minimal camping equipment, when sleeping outdoors.

The activities will conclude with faith-based messages from Smith, the Rev. Mark English and guest speaker Kevin Mucher, a chaplain from the 6th U.S. Army Ranger Training Battalion on Eglin Air Force Base.

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