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Date for ezine: 08-09-2009
Subject for ezine: Partners in the Good Fight

Father Dave's Partner's Ezine

Partners in the Good Fight

When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.

Dom Helder Camara

Welcome Fighter

It has been almost a month since my last ezine, and I'm feeling exhausted, though as I look back over the last four weeks, I'm hard pressed to think of anything in particular that I've accomplished!

I'm reminded of a monologue once given by John Cleese. It went something like this:

Q: What was that I just saw fly by?
A: That was your life, mate!
Q: Wow! That was quick!  Do I get another one?
A: Sorry mate. Only one per person.

Time limits all of us, and we do need to make the most of the time we have.  Yet I'm conscious too of the fact that some of the most important things we can do with our time will not be those yielding obvious short-term results:
  • Playing games with our children
  • Spending time in prayer
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In truth, life is less about jobs that need to be done than it is about relationships that need to be invested in, and people that need to be loved!

We all need to make the most of our time, and I loathe wasting time, but what I need to keep reminding myself is that human worth can't be measured by 'accomplishments'. A completed to-do list does not necessarily indicate a life well-lived.

It's curious.  I've taken two significant funerals in the last two weeks, and I always find it quite remarkable at these events how little tends to be said by friends and family members regarding the accomplishments of their lost loved one. What is remembered is always the humanity of the person lost, and all the little ways this expressed itself - in the way they joked with us, cared for us, listened to us.

Anyway ... I hope you enjoy the rest of today's ezine and accept it for what it is - a work of love.  

I hope the sermons and video strengthen and inspire you, the articles challenge you, and that the software makes your life a little easier, so that you can concentrate on the more important things. If I achieve any of these things through this ezine, it will have been time well-spent.

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What's news on ?

There have been plenty of things happening in the Fighting Fathers network of late 
  • Welcome to our newest members Mina Gilto, John Sylte, Donald DeCouto and Australian boxing champion, Solomon Egberime. Click on the names to send them a welcome message.

  • As we welcome new members we must also say goodbye to one faithful member: Bette Whittington, Sadly, I buried Bette last week. She was also a loyal member of our parish and a long-time friend.

  • I've published some more sermons online:
  • Also this month I've re-published the controversial article by Israeli Professor Neve Gordon where he expresses his support for a program of boycott, divestment and sanctions against his own country!

  • I've also published an article by Malaysian human-rights activist, Chandra Muzaffar, on the growth of Islamophobia in Europe. The article focuses on the tragic case of Marwa al-Sherbini - the 31-year old Egyptian woman who was stabbed to death by her neighbour while in court in Germany, where she was seeking protection from her attacker, who had been harassing her and calling her a terrorist.!

  • I've received around 40 votes of support for my application to become Action Aid Australia's next Outreach Blogger, but could do with 40 more (click here).

  • And we've had plenty of action on the forum this month:
  • And finally, our teleconference with everybody's favourite Dutch monk, Father Elias, has been uploaded.
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Listen to the recording now by clicking the play button, or to listen to it later, download the MP3 from this page on the Fighting Fathers member site (by clicking the down-arrow next to the volume control).

Virtual Pulpit: 2 More Sermons on John 6!

Eating the Flesh of Jesus
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."  (John 6:48-51)

Thus begins one of the most  distasteful dialogues
that we ever hear from Jesus, where he exhorts the crowd to eat his flesh and drink his blood!.  "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" the crowd ask, and it's a good question.  You can hear my thoughts by clicking the play button below.

/Father Dave

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The Incomprehensibility of Jesus!

When many of his disciples heard this, they said, "This is a difficult statement. Who can accept it?" But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Does this offend you? What if you saw the Son of Man going up to the place where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life... That's why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father." (John 6:60-63,65)

Jesus' offensive dialogue concludes with him losing disciples like an autumn tree shedding leaves.  "This is a difficult statement" His followers say, and indeed it is!  And Jesus, instead of responding by trying to simplify his teachings, tells them that they will never comprehend Him anyway unless God allows them to.

It all sounds rather unfair - incomprehensible even? And while  I can't promise to make sense of it all, you can hear my thoughts by clicking on the play button. members can also download the MP3 version of this from the 'Members Benefits' area or by right-clicking here and choosing 'save target as'.

Video of the Week: 'About Men' (1st installment)

I'm very proud to offer you this segment of our most recent TV appearance.

We were a key focus in the first episode in this three-part documentary series on men in contemporary Australia.  

Our episode dealt with the transition stage between boyhood and manhood, where we showed how a young man's first fight can function as an initiation ritual into the adult male world.

This is the first of four such excerpts from this documentary series that I intend to upload over the next few weeks.

Of course, if you're in Australia you can still catch the rest of the series of 'About Men', which is to be followed by the 'About Women' series, that I expect to be equally fascinating.  And if you'd like to see the complete first episode that featured us, you can watch it online here.

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OK, my friend. That's plenty for today.

Let me conclude today by offering you my apologies for taking so long over this ezine.  The problem is that we are still very short-staffed here, and with a new baby in the household, everything seems to take a little longer than it used to.

I'm quietly hoping that the Good Lord is going to convince one of you Fighting Fathers from some remote spot in the world to come over and help us here.  I can offer you the same time-honoured package of low pay, long hours and sub-human living conditions that the rest of us here enjoy.  Or perhaps you'd feel safer staying where you are and just helping with the ezine?  Either way, all offers of assistance will be gratefully accepted.

May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Yours in the Good Fight,


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