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 good to be back in your corner with this, my first ezine of 2012!
As has been our pattern in years past, we Fighting Fathers tend to hibernate for a while in the early part of the year, but now we are back in full swing (so to speak).
In truth, we haven't taken a lot of time off, but have been working behind the scenes on a series of significant initiatives for 2012:
The final roll-out of our Fighting Father's Novitiate program and boxing training program for at-risk youth (scheduled for March)
The launch of our inter-faith radio show (scheduled for April)
The launch of a new book, written by a key member of our Fighting Fathers team (scheduled for May)
My attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of continuous rounds of boxing (scheduled for April 1st).
It's this last item I wanted to focus on today, as I'm going to need your help to make it happen!
The idea is simple enough. I'm going to attempt to do 120 rounds of boxing on April 1st - 3 minutes per round,
with a one-minute break between rounds. The goal will be to raise $10,000 for Trinitys Youth Centre.
We've been having extensive discussions with the Guiness World Book of Records people, and it appears that the only official record they recognise is for 25 continuous rounds! Given that I completed 60 rounds in my
box-a-thon last November, this should be no problem. There is an unofficial sparring record though of 111 rounds, set by a fitness instructor in Holland, so I'll be trying to break both the official and the unofficial record.
In order to do this though I'm going to need lots of people to help me - fighting, refereeing, doctoring, cooking sausages on the BBQ, etc., etc! Are you willing to be involved? If so, please contact Fighting Father Denning,
who is in charge of managing the logistics. It would be great to have you on board!
I should point out too that April 1st, 2012, is both Palm Sunday and April Fool's Day! It was meant to be!
This Month's Free 'How to' Videos
This month we are beginning a brand new series of give-aways, featuring 'How to' videos that I hope you'll find both fun and useful. I purchased the rights to a large bundle of these videos. The terms of purchase were such that most of the videos can be given away and passed around freely. In the case of some of the videos though I can only pass them on to financial members of our member-site.
So ... we have two videos available this month: one that can be freely downloaded by everybody and shared around, and one that is a private video, available only to members of www.fighting-fathers.com.
Click on the buttons or text links above to access the videos. This will open a new window where you'll have the choice to watch the video now or download it to your computer for later viewing. Everyone should be able to access the first video. If you try access the 'members only' video it may ask you for a username and password.
I hope you find both of these helpful and would be grateful for your feedback. And remember, if you're not yet a member at www.fighting-fathers.com you can click here to sign up a a one-month free trial.
Virtual Pulpit: There's something fishy about Jonah
If you are anything like me, you hear the word 'Jonah' and you think 'fish'.
Indeed the story of the prophet Jonah is a classic fish story, but I get the feeling that the real message of the book may be one that got away (pun intended).
For in truth, references to the fish only turn up in three of the forty-seven verses of the book of Jonah. It is hardly a major theme!
But if it's not just a ripping yarn about a prophet and a great big fish, what is the book of Jonah about?
Let me cut to the chase and say that I believe that The Book of Jonah is about racial prejudice. It's about how we are supposed to act towards our irreligious Arabic neighbours. It's about Christians, Muslims and Jews learning to get on with one another. It's about nationalism, bigotry, and about forgiving those bastards for what they did to us during the war!
And if you're wondering how on earth I got that out of the text, you'll need to read the sermon here, or download it for later listening from the member site, or just click the button below to listen now.
Video of the Month: ABL National Masters Title 2011!
I must confess that I wasn't very happy with this fight on the night, even though I won.
It was last November, and the final night of the Australian Amateur Boxing League's national title bouts. I was competing for the gold medal in the 75kg Master's Division (ie. old guys division).
The reason for my disquiet was that I'd been told that the fight would go for four two-minute rounds. I wasn't overly impressed with this as I really prefer to fight a minimum of four three's. Even so, when I'd fought in Adelaide it was only three two's, so I figured I couldn't complain. But when I made my entrance into the ring I discovered that the fight had been shortened to three one-and-a-half minute rounds! Surely the shortest title fight in history!
You might wonder why I care, but a fight of that length is, in my opinion, more of a pub brawl than boxing. Short fights favour people who just come out swinging haymakers. Real boxing is an art, where you take time to assess your opponent and gradually wear him down, all the time conserving your own energy for when it might be needed.
Anyway, I won the fight, but full credit to my opponent, Darren Fitzsimmons, who laboured under the same restrictions that I did and, while he might have been a bit younger, was also a little lighter and shorter and less experienced than me. Yet he took it right up to me, and looked like he might get the better me in that first round!
OK fighter. It's time to sign off on another edition, but before I do I have an invitation for you:
I turn 50 on February 17. Yes, I know I don't look a day over forty-nine-and-a-half but it's the truth, and there will be a not-long-to-go-now celebration BBQ at my place after church on Sunday 19th. YOU are invited!
Just hit me back and let me know if you can make it, and if you have to travel all the way from Birmingham or Bethlehem or anywhere in between, I promise I'll put an extra snag on the BBQ for you.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you until next we meet.