ezine: May 13, 2003
Subject for ezine:
The Good Fight, no.9
Father Dave's newsletter no.9
Dave's Monthly Newsletter
view from my corner
Yep. I've just returned from a week in the USA. I've brought
back with me a souvenir Southern General's hat and I'm doing
my best to retain the accent.
It was a terrific week that centered around a three-day conference
on the American Civil War entitled "In the footsteps
of Stonewall Jackson."
I'll resist the temptation to sprout off about Jackson at
this point and save it for another 'rave'. Suffice it to say
that he was a man ahead of his time. I learnt a lot, and thanks
again to Marty, Richard, Cindy and Bob for showing me such great
When I wasn't at the conference I was getting things organised
for 'Father Dave's Gettysburgh Tour' - scheduled for July,
coinciding with the 140th anniversary of the great battle.
Yes, it looks like it's all happening. We've got a goodly
number of participants, and we're looking to sponsor a couple
of our local Dulwich Hill young people to come along. It should
be dynamic. At this stage I've still got room for two more people,
but let me know right away if you're interested. And if you haven't
seen the promotional video I put together for it, you can click
here to download it.
I got one major surprise on this USA visit. I found that people's
opinions on the war with Iraq were much less predictable than
I had imagined. I knew that the people attending the Civil War
seminar would be mainly Vietnam veterans, and I sorta assumed
that most of them would be taking a 'my country right or wrong'
attitude to the war. Conversely I expected that my more serious
church-type friends would be deeply opposed to the conflict.
I was surprised on both counts.
Some of the vets expressed grave concerns to me about what
their country was doing. I was impressed by the extent to which
people seemed to be making up their own minds on the subject.
I was less impressed by the treatment the Dixie Chicks were getting,
but that's another story.
new on the site
Well, I must be doing something right. After rejoicing last
month that the site scored 22,525 hits in March, we nearly doubled
it in April with 44,154 hits! I trust that all those downloaded
sermons are doing some good.
This month I have included a brief 'Rave about the War'.
The best part of the rave is actually the articles that
you'll find linked to it. These are the best of what I've read
on the web.
If you've found material of a similar calibre, please forward
it on to me and I'll put up some more links. To go straight to
the rave now click here.
Tip #9 - Getting Rid of Spam
Last month we discussed viruses. This month we'll address
that other great scourge of the electronically-connected community
- unsolicited email or 'junk mail', commonly known as SPAM.
Spammers get hold of your email address in any number of ways.
They buy lists of addresses from other unscrupulous companies
that collect information about you when you innocently sign up
for a newsletter or software download. They can gather their
harvest of addresses through electronic web-spiders that scour
the internet looking for information. Alternatively they can
generate random addresses. If they send out emails to 1,000,000
randomly generated addresses and 1000 don't get bounced back,
they know they've located real live targets, and once they know
you're there ...
How do you avoid being Spammed? Well, it's a good idea to
always read the privacy statement of any internet company you
intend giving your email address to, but given the multiple techniques
at a spammer's disposal, you won't remain immune by simply NOT
signing up for anything on the internet. The only surefire way
to deal with SPAM is to fight back with a dedicated email filtering
I use 'I Hate Spam', and couldn't be more happy with
it. I tried a number of different products initially, but particularly
liked the way 'I Hate Spam' goes through my email AFTER
it's been downloaded. This means:
1. It doesn't interfere with anti-virus software that filters
email before it gets to the inbox.
2. It stores all suspect email in a folder that can be easily
accessed, in case the program has accidentally quarantined some
The only downside of 'I Hate Spam' is that it only
works with either Outlook or Outlook Express, but if one of these
is your email programme, I'd recommend it to you without reservation.
I liked 'I Hate Spam' so much that I joined their affiliate
programme, which means that if you decide to purchase a copy
after clicking here
, Fighting Fathers Ministries will get a kickback! Frankly,
at $US20, I do believe it's the cheapest and best SPAM weapon
on the market.
of the month
The fourth Sunday after Easter each year is traditionally know
as 'Good Shepherd Sunday. The Psalm for the day is everybody's
old favourite - Psalm 23 - and the other Bible readings tend
to revolve around Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
'Good Shepherd Sunday provides a challenge to the preacher,
who has to try to come up with a new sermon each year on exactly
the same text! To see how I stood up to the challenge this year
Tip No.8 - Jackson's fight tips
Fresh from my American Civil War conference in the USA, it seems
approrpiate this month to take a fight tip from the great Stonewall
"Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy; and
when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit."
Stonewall's dictum was targeted at warfare in the mid-nineteenth
century. Even so, his principles apply equally well to modern
pugilism. A ringfighter's translation might be:
"Always bawk, confuse, appear to take aim at one target
area and then strike for another. And when you get your opponent
on the ropes, don't back off until he's on the canvas."
These were the tactics that enabled Jackson to overcome opponents
much larger and better equiped than he was. They involved deception,
audacity, intimidation and persistance. Look at some of the great
ring fights in history - for example, Ali's Rumble in the
Jungle with George Foreman - and you'll see exactly the same
tactics at work, yielding equally spectacular results. I wonder
if Ali is a fan of Jackson?
The pic is of the Jackson monument at Manassas Battlefield
Park. Click on it for an enlargement.