Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
in the Good Fight
one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together,
is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
It's my first ezine for 2011, and I want to
begin by giving a big thank you to all Fighting-Fathers.com
members. Thank you for your loyalty and support,
for your creativity, and for you ongoing commitment to justice and
peace. Thank you.
I am hoping that this year will be a
productive one for all of us - one in which together we will make a
real impact on the principalities and powers that
threaten to destroy our world. And it is an important year for us to
really make an impact, for I fear we could see the outbreak of World
War III this year.
Perhaps you think I am being overly
dramatic, but things in the Middle East seem to be unraveling fast.
Once untouchable despots are falling like dominoes, all of which is
very encouraging in itself, but it raises the big question: 'how
will Israel react?'
As sympathetic dictators are replaced with
leaders who more reflect the convictions of their people, Israel will
inevitably find itself increasingly isolated on account of the Palestinian
Occupation, which will never be accepted by her Arab
So will Israel do what needs to be done in
order to set up a Palestinian state, or will they accept their
isolation and rely on their military strength to solve their problems?
If the recent Israeli incursions into
Lebanon are any indication, the signs are not at all encouraging. And
if Israel goes to war with Lebanon again, Iran will almost certainly
get involved this time, which will mean ... World War III (potentially).
You'll forgive my political rave,
I hope. In all truth, I have zero interest in politics for its own
sake. My interest is in human health, and my fear
is that an enormous number of our sisters and brothers will suffer and
die this year if certain tough decisions aren't made by some of the key
people in power
Mind you, not all the signs are
discouraging, and one of the most encouraging signs I'm seeing is the
way in which ordinary people are playing key roles in shaping the
world's future. And I'm not thinking only of the Egyptian protesters,
but of people like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning and others who
have had the courage to publish the truth - truth that seems to be
changing the course of our world.
And that gives me hope for the work we do.
We of the Fighting-Fathers.com community are
in the business of publishing truth, and publishing truth whether
people want to hear it or not! May God grant us courage to speak the
truth this year, and the wisdom to know how best to communicate it,
click the pics to see the full-size images
Month's Freebie: Wordpress
OK, it's not the most brilliant book title in the world and the graphic
leaves a lot to be desired, but I think when you read this book you'll
agree that the authors focused their time and energy where it counted -
on the content!
And in case you're wondering why I am pushing Wordpress so
remember our offer to all paying members - to build a Wordpress website
for you. Our offer is to build it and host it for you, and give you
tips on how to monetize and develop your site further. It's all covered
by your $10/month membership package.
And in case you're wondering about the quality of these free sites,
take a look at one we're in the process of completing now: www.alcoholicinrecovery.com.
The content for this particular site was written entirely by one of our
members. He also chose and purchased his own domain name.
We've done the rest.
There's still a fair bit to do on this site but with tools like theWordpress videos
Dumb-Dumbs you will have the tools to develop a
this into something that is going to make a real impact on the world.
So download your Freebie
of the Month now and let me
know when you're ready for us to build your site.
The above link only works if you are already a member at www.fighting-fathers.com.
If you're not, click hereto
sign up a the one-month
free trial.You can download all the free software when
you're on the trial.
"The wind blows where it wills.
You hear its sound but you cannot tell whence it comes or whither it
goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit!" (John 3:8)
As you probably know, it's not my usual practice to talk about my own
experiences in my sermons. I like to follow St Paul's maxim, "we preach not ourselves but
Christ Jesus" (2 Corinthians 4:5). Even so, there is a
time and place for sharing what you've learned over the years, and last
December, on the 20th anniversary of my ministry at Holy Trinity
Dulwich HIll, I figured that it was both the time and place
I chose John chapter 3 as my text, as I don't think any other passage
in the Bible so well reflect my own experience of the unpredicable
nature of God's activity.
So see what you
think. I knew this was going to be a controversial sermon when I wrote
it, and some will no doubt see this offering as the final proof of my
departure from orthodox Christianity. Of course I do not see
it that way but consider the position I take in this sermon to be true
to both the Bible and the Spirit of God. You be the judge
You can hear the sermon by clicking the play button below or you can
watch and hear the entire thing on video by clicking here, or if you'd
prefer the print version you can read that here.
When I was initially asked whether I intended to give a speech at my
20-year anniversary service I did give it some thought, but decided
about my experience would be more authentic than talking about
At around the same time I heard Eminem's classic song 'Business' for the
first time, and it struck me right away that the sentiments in the song
mirrored so much of how I felt about my history with the church!
And so a
re-translation of Eminem's classic rap tune began to germinate inside
of me, eventually
taking flower in the creation you see on the right. .
Of course you might consider my flower
to be more of a weed,
way, I think you'll agree that it's a reasonably unique offering
OK fighter, I think I've
given you plenty to chew over in this ezine so I'll try not to keep you
much longer. I did though want to keep you up to date with some of the
things we have planned over the coming weeks and months as you might
well want to get involved.
March 2011 should see the launch of the Fighitng Fathers Novitiate
Program in which we'll be training people in how to start
their own Fight
Clubs/Youth Ministries based on the model we have
operating here. My hope is that by late 2011 we'll be able to send our
new Fighting Fathers
into communities where there are serious youth violence and
drug problems, where they can really make a difference!
Also scheduled for launch in March 2011 is our
inter-faith radio show, featuring both myself and my dear friend Sheikh
Mansour Leghaei. We'll be chatting about Christianity and
Islam, and hopefully modelling a pattern of respectful
inter-faith dialogue. This will be an Internet-based radio
show, broadcasting from www.christiansandmuslims.com
Our other big launch this year will be of the Binacrombi Wilderness Programme.
This will be a 10-week program where we hope to host ten at-risk young
people at Binacrombi and give them basic
life-skills and fitness training. Our hope is that each of our
participants will also end up with basic
accreditation for a job in the fitness industry so that they can truly
make a fresh start
when they return from the bush.
In addition to these offline pursuits I'm hoping that we can really
ramp-up our online work this year too, and one of our key focuses will
be to get you publishing your own a blog (if you're not doing
so already) so that you can share your passion with the world.
I certainly intend to ramp-up my own online publishing
efforts this year too.
As I said, this year could be a big year, and we'll have to take our
stand together if we want to make a difference. Are you ready
to come out fighitng when the bell rings? If so, expect to
see me in your corner.