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
Yes, we did it!
That's me on the right after round one-hundred-and-something, nearing the end of our recent 120-round box-a-thon.
Yes, we broke the world record for the longest ever boxing match.
Yes, we raised nearly $20,000 for Trinity's Youth Centre.
Yes, it was a fantastic team
experience and community event.
I want to resist the temptation of devoting this entire ezine to reminiscences of the box-a-thon. Even so, I do want to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support - my corner team, the working group that put the whole show together, the celebrities who got involved, the other churches and Fight Clubs who contributed participants to the event, and everybody who showed up and/or tuned-in to the videocast.
Your support - prayerfully, personally and financially - made this a memorable community experience as well as a great fundraiser. I can't thank you enough.
I'll stop raving on about the box-a-thon now (at least for a moment) but if you do want to capture more of the event, take a look at the Fairfax video (below) or at the slide-show on our member site. If that's not enough, you'll find videos of almost all of the TV coverage in the media section of the member site, and copies of most of the newspaper and magazine articles in the press clippings section of the Father Dave blog.
Enough! Read on to discover all the other goodies packed in to this ezine, including a very special announcement towards the end. Enjoy!
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This Month's Free 'How to' Videos
Once again we have a couple of brand new how-to videos that hopefully will be as helpful as they are awesome. This month we look again at Paypal, a handy-dandy tool once you learn the in's and out's. Hopefully this will help. The second, for members only, is a more advance way to make a living in the digital age. You may find it more useful than you first imagined.
As per usual, the first video can be freely downloaded by everybody and shared around, and the other 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 for 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 for a one-month free trial.
The US version of '60 Minutes' published a story on why Christians were leaving Palestine. The producers received an enormous backlash of criticism, and much of it before the program even went to air!
I found Yousef Munayyer's article very enlightening with regards to the strengths and weaknesses of the program. You'll find links to this and other articles in the Twitter feed, and a link to the program itself if you haven't seen it.
Virtual Pulpit: Finding the Infinite in the Everyday
"Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
This passage from John chapter 20 gives a very plain-clothes description of the dawn of the first Easter Sunday morning. The verses that follow describe a lot of running-about activity on the part of the disciples and Mary's encounter with someone she presumes is the gardener. All in all, it's a very unspectacular account of what is surely the most significant miracle celebrated by the Christian church.
Yet is this not typical of the way God works - embedding the infinite in the everyday?
The phrase was coined by Kierkegaard, I believe. To find the infinite in the everyday is to recognise what is unique and wonderful in the regular activities of life. Even the most routine event can take on spectacular dimensions when seen with the eyes of faith!.
This, I believe, is part of the miracle of Easter - a plain (and possibly confusing) story on the surface, but to those who meet the resurrected Jesus, the most magical tale ever told!
You'll find the written version of this sermon here or your can download the MP3 from the member site (and leave some feedback please) here. Alternatively, just click the play button below to listen now.
We were privileged to receive a lot of great media coverage for our April 1st box-a-thon. Indeed, I think we did seven TV spots in all, but this one, produced by Fairfax Media, was by far the most comprehensive.
These guys managed to capture not only the blood and sweat of the event but the community feel as well, and even something of the humour. If you'd like to leave a comment or rate this video, please do so here.
As you probably already know, for the last 15 months I've been working on putting together a training package whereby I can share with my online community everything I know about how to make a difference in this world.
I consider myself to be extremely privileged to have a platform now - both online and (to a lesser extent) in the media - through which I can broadcast my passions to the world. At the same time, I consider myself to be an extremely average guy in terms of eloquence, charisma, and entrepreneurial acumen.
In other words, I sincerely believe that there is nothing special about me, and that there is nothing that I've accomplished in my work as a Fighting Father that anybody with a medium amount of intelligence and a sincere devotion to Christ could not have done. The only issue is know how.
The goal of my training package is to give you that know how - to pass on to you everything I know about how to change the world using the technology and tools that are already at your finger-tips.