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Date for ezine: 05-11-2005
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight, November 2005

The Good Fight

The Good Fight


Father Dave's
In this month's issue:
The View from my Corner
the world according to Dave
Sermon of the month
Going to the Mountain-Top
This Month's Special Offer
Trinitys Internet Angel
Sites of the month
Six of the best
For Your Diary
A good month to be in Sydney
Fight Tip of the Month
Interview with the Pitbull: part 4

 The View from my Corner 

It's been an extraordinary month already, and we're only a few days in!

Last week I was guest speaker at a Ramadan dinner, where the audience included three bishops and a large number of other clergy, both Christian and Islamic. Why I was chosen as guest speaker, I still have no idea!

with the Mayor at the Ramadan dinner

This week I was flown down to Melbourne, where I spent the day in a TV studio debating a Rabbi over the merits of boxing.

I also got to meet some amazing people from all sorts of faiths (all guests for the same show), including an Islamic girl who used to be employed as a temporary wife!

Where she was from, she told me, they don't allow prostitution, but it's quite legal to marry a girl for half an hour and then divorce her!

what is John Safran holding in his hand?

It's funny. I never envisaged myself as an inter-faith person of any sort, but all of a sudden I'm finding myself dialoguing with some amazing people whose life and perspectives are a million miles from my own.

I'm learning a lot!

In between these two events:

The Greganought launches another knockout left

  • Our boy Greg Stanton (affectionately known as 'the Greganought') scored a first round knockout against a younger and more-fancied opponent!

  • Trinitys Youth Centre has launched its own software package, hoping to raise badly-needed funds before Christmas (more on this below).

  • I have started what I suspect is the most unusual form of offline advertising for a website ever entered into by a priest (for a clue, click on the above pic of me with John Safran).

It's been a big month already, with more to come. Read on!

Your brother in the Good Fight,


P.S. If you want to catch that TV show, it's a new half-hour show on SBS TV (Australia) called "Speaking in Tongues", screening on Monday nights at 9pm. My session is scheduled for Monday November 14th.


 This Month's Special 

Trinity's Youth Centre launches its own software!

Here's your chance to help both your children and our children at the same time, through puchasing a copy of this excellent software, with all proceeds going to our Youth Centre.

Trinitys Internet Angel is designed to limit where your children can go on the NET. It also monitors what they see and what they type.

My advice: don't underestimate the damage to your kids that can result from unsupervised time on the Internet.

Click here or the pic to get a copy of Internet Angel for just $29.95

Special note: Our audio speed-reading course, guaranteed to double your reading speed in just 16 minutes, is also on special this month - down from $47 to just $34.95. Click here.

 For Your Diary 

Sydney looks like the place to be this month. If you're busy in the Bahamas, book your ticket now and let me know when to pick you up from the airport.

Wednesday November 9th - The Pessoptimist

If you happen to be in the Marrickville area on Wednesday, do join us for a live performance of 'The Pessoptimist'.
It's a play that does the impossible - bases a comedy on the crisis in Palestine! Click here or the pic for more details.

So what is the difference between a pessimist and an optimist living in Israel? The pessimist says things can’t get any worse while the optimist says they can.

click for details

Friday November 18th - Fight Night at Richmond RSL

Fight fans who are in the Richmond (NSW) area can look forward to seeing at least three of our boys (Doug, Kelsen and Rick) in action there this month.

I say 'at least' because I'm expecting that the Greganought will be keen to jump back in after his first round knockout win last week. The action starts at 7pm.

click for the full-size pic

Sunday December 4th - Christmas at Trinitys

Presented by everybody's favourite community choir, the Jubilate Singers, this years event includes excerpts from Handel's Messiah and a variety of traditional Carols.

There will be a sausage sizzle and stalls in the church grounds from 5pm, with the concert starting at 7.

click for the full-size pic

Friday December 9th - Why can't we be friends?

This is the date we're looking at for a joint festive dinner with members of the Islamic community, taking place in a hall provided by the local Council.

Details are sketchy at this stage, but I thought you'd like to know. I'll be speaking about Christianity, and my friend Sheik Mansour will speak on Islam.

You're bound to learn something, so set the date aside.


 Sermon of the Month 

Going to the Mountain-top
(a sermon on Deuteronomy chapter 34)

The text from Deuteronomy 34 became the inspiration for Martin Luther King's greatest speech, and no wonder! While the text focuses on the death of Moses, it is a death that takes place in a context of hope, with Moses looking forward from the mountain-top into a wondrous new future!

This text is not only inspirational, but fundamental to our understanding of the Scriptures, for this is the story that concludes the Torah - what we might call the first edition of the Bible. Click here if you're ready to explore this further.

 Sites of the Month 

For your prayers:

War is a state of Mind

I sincerely recommend this article to you if you feel a need to understand the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This article not only imparts a comprehensive understanding of the history of the conflict. It also offers hope for the future.

Written by the great Jewish peace-activist, Uri Avnery, it is reprinted on with permission. Click here.

Uri Avnery

The distress of Single Fathers

While we in Australia are finally giving our child support laws some much-needed attention, we remember the 10th anniversary of the suicide of Andrew T. Renouf.

His was a tragic case, where the Family Responsibility Office in Canada took 100% of his wage, such that he was unable to buy himself food and yet couldn't get welfare assistance since, technically, he had a paying job.

Click here to read more on the Renouf tragedy on the Dads in Distress site, where you'll also find a copy of the sermon given at this funeral, or here for a direct link to a copy of the suicide letter he wrote before departing.

For a better life online:

Spam Solutions

I've published an article, outlining different ways to respond to spam attacks. You'll find it here. I hope you find it helpful.

If you want to go a step further, my friend Ken Mathie has published a 40-page book on the subject that you can download for free here (if you can find the link).

Here's a new site, created by one of my favourite subscribers. Christi hasn't included any pics of herself up there yet, but the site is still in the early stages. Feel free to email her through the contact link on the site with your suggestions.

For a good laugh:

Meet Harlan McCraney - speechalist

This has to be one of the funniest short films I've ever seen. McCraney is apparently the genius behind US President Bush's many seemingly stupid remarks.

This is a very professional 4-minute film, well worth the time it takes for a 14 meg download (click here). If you're on dialup, click here for a lower-res version.

Credit where it's due - this guy is very clever, and the website is a brilliant indication of his humour and his genius. It's so clever, it looks amateurish!

Yes, this is the same John Safran who interviewed me this week for his 'Speaking in Tongues' series, though the pic is from his 'John Safran vs. God' series, through which he inadvertently found faith!

My session with him will screen on Monday November 14th at 9pm on SBS TV (Australia).

That's it for this month. If you have your own site, and I haven't mentioned it yet, please remind me. Don't wait for me to work it out. Take account of the number of hits to the head I've taken and remind me.


 Fight Tip of the Month 

Interview with the Pitbull: Part 4

Just a short excerpt from the Pitbull interview this month, as we examine the physical training and conditioning routine that took Pitbull Grima to the top.

What sort of training regimen do you need to rise to the top of a tough sport like kickboxing? And what parts of his training routine would Paul change now in hindsight?

It's all here in this month's installment of the great Pitbull interview! Click here.

Interview with Pitbull Grima

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