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Date for ezine: 13-05-2008
Subject for ezine: The Good Fight No.56

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
Duelling Padres on John 17!
Offer of the Month is Back!
Sites of the month
must-visit sites and articles
For Your Diary
Some Must-Attend Events
Interviews of the Month
dialogueing with the Sheikh

The View from my Corner

It's good to be with you again, my friend, in what is a tough period of history for our world.

The tragedy in Burma this month has rocked all of us. With tens of thousands dead and over a million homeless, it's hard to imagine the pain that is being felt by the people of that land at the moment.

The response of the international community has been encouraging in many ways, and it has been good to see the church at the forefront of relief efforts. Less encouraging of course has been the resistance to international help from the ruling military junta in Burma. Even so, it appears that aid is getting through, and if you'd like to support the ecumenical efforts of Action by Churches Together you can make a donation online through Anglicord here.

Of course, great suffering continues in the Middle East too as we commemorate this month the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

To many Jews this is a cause of celebration. To most Palestinians it is a time of grieving, where many remember the day when they were evicted from their family home to make way for the new state. Palestinian human rights groups here and around the world are urging our governments to recognise both sides of this anniversary.

For Elias and myself this month has been marked by an unprecedented amount of media attention.

We hosted a Fighting Fathers Special on the Koori Boxing Show. We dialogued with a sex therapist on ABC Radio on the subject of lust (details here)! We were picked up by one of Sydney's leading newspapers for a full-page story (see here) and we're about to be the focus of the first part of a new TV series on Growing up Male (details to follow).

Another exciting thing for us is that the Binacrombi gym is nearing completion, and we've been in negotiation with the local police and Salvation Army about seeing this place of respite in the Australia bush used to its full potential.

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And of course, perhaps the most exciting thing of all has been the launching of our new Fighting Fathers Membership Site (see more below). While this is proving costly in terms of both finances and time, I am hopeful that this site will prove to be the most significant online work that I have ever undertaken.

The goal of is to equip you and every member of our online community with the tools you need to make an impact online - to provide a platform from which you can spread the Gospel of love and peace. If we can achieve that in even a small way, it will have been worth whatever it costs us!

In summary, the battle continues to be fierce, but we are most definitely making ground! May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen you for your part in the battle!

Your brother in the Good Fight,


P.S. Don't strain your eyes trying to make out the details in the thumbnail pics in the above right-hand column. Click the pic and you'll get the full-size version.

This Month's Special Offer

It's Time to join the Order!

In case you've been hiding under a rock and missed it, the NET's premiere membership site for spiritual warriors is now up an open and accepting members!

So why would you want to join our new membership site?

  • You get 24/7 access to amazing online tools that will help you record audios, build a video presentation, publish a blog and more.

  • You'll receive lots of free software and ebooks, designed to enhance your life and ministry.

  • You get to be part of a great online spiritual community - meet new people, share your life and work, and so get inspired and empowered!

  • You get to add the initials OFF to the end of your name (Order of the Fighting Fathers) once you've taken the vows.

  • It's FREE (for the moment).

Yes, there is a paid option, and you get bigger and better privileges if you can support us to the tune of $10 per month, but the free option is pretty powerful too.

Some of the FREE stuff that you get when you Join the Order:

  • A free copy of Web TV, allowing you to watch
    free-to-air TV stations on your PC. Personal version
    is for all members. Resell version for paid members
  • Disorders of the Brain is a 33-page introduction to mental illness. Personal version for all members. Resell version for paid members
FREE Disorders of the Brain!
And a very special new addition for paid members:
  • Internet Angel (child protection software

    Internet Angel is a simple and effective way of controlling what sites your children can access on the web and of monitoring their Internet activity.
    FREE Internet Angel

    Once you've signed up, click the 'Members Benefits' link to download your gifts

    P.S. Some members using the Windows Vista have had some trouble logging in. Here is a link to the trouble-shooting page if you have any difficulty.

    For Your Diary

    A selection of Events from the Fighting Fathers Calendar

    • May 14 (Sydney) at 7pm
      Ali Abunimah and Antony Loewenstein

      Two great minds on the Israel-Palestine crisis will speak at Gleebooks in Sydney. Abunimah, the founder of Electronic Intifada and Lowenstein, best known for his book, "My Israel Question". Details here.

    • May 16 (across Australia)
      Global Nightshift Fights Child Slavery

      A youth event held simultaneously in six state capitals across Australia. All proceeds go to the work of the Oaktree Foundation. More info here.

    • May 21 to June 1 (Sydney)
      Dreams of Home - A photo exhibition

      Marrickville Councilís Chrissie Cotter Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photographs taken by children of Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. More info here.

    • May 24 (Sydney) at 7pm
      The Fighting Fathers Return to the Ring

      At least three of our lads will be fighting at Petersham RSL Club this month. The main even will feature Dulwich Hill's own Fighting Father Joe Barnes, fighting for the Sydney Metropolitan Middleweight Title!
    Ali Abunimah

    Anthony Lowenstein

    Joe Barnes

    Of course this is only a small selection of the activities in which the Fighting Fathers are involved this month. All full members of can post details of events straight into the Fighting Fathers Online Calendar.


    Sermon of the Month

    Duelling Padres
    (Fathers Dave & Elias head to head)

    Jesus prayed, "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message, that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me." (John 17:20-21)

    Here are two sermons on John Chapter 17 - one from Dave and one from Elias. Both sermons were given at Holy Trinity. Both are on the topic of Christian Unity. And that's where the similarities end!

    Father Dave

    Father Dave

    Father Elias

    Father Elias

    To receive an (almost) weekly sermon podcast, join as a paid member of

    Sites of the Month

    My selection of this month's most exciting online sites, projects and products.

    Friends of

    Here's a new resource I've set up for our 'Friends of Bethlehem' group, that's based here in Marrickville.

    It's a library of video resources covering Palestinian human rights issues, with a focus on the 'little town' of Bethlehem in particular. I hope you enjoy it.

    The Child Custody

    This is a new and improved version of the video site for single parents that I put out last month (

    I†trust that this site will prove both informative and useful to all those interested in the subject, and especially to those who are struggling to get access to their children.

    The Child Custody

    Alternative Tours of the Middle East

    Here's a brilliant variation on the traditional 'Tour of the Holy Land''. Courageous Israeli tour guide, Fred Schlomka, runs tours for locals and international tourists that highlight the aspects of Israel and Palestine that the government would rather remained hidden from public view.

    Alternative tours of the Holy Land

    Tour the demolished houses of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and see Bethlehem's enormous 'Separation Wall'. Click here for an itinerary.

    Playgrounds for Palestine

    This is a fantastic initiative, taken by Palestinian human rights activist, Susan Abulhawa, who believes that the Right to Play is crucial to healthy development of all children. Playgrounds for Palestine finances and builds playgrounds and recreation areas for Palestinian children living under the Israeli military occupation.

    Playgrounds for Palestine

    "Palestinian children deserve more than mere shelter and sustenance", says Susan. "They deserve to thrive, having outlets for creative expression."

    Online Business Building Strategies

    Here's a new one from Canadian mate, Terry Telford (the man behind 'The Business Professional'), with a massive audio library of online business advice.

    Terry guarantees that if you don't increase your online income through his 47 audio presentations, he'll personally work with you until you do.

    Online Business Building Strategies

    Dynamic Popup Generator

    And finally this month, here's a new product from one of my most creative mates online - Micael Hopkins.

    DPG3 is by far the most crazy and comprehensive popup generator ever created. I thought Michael had pushed the envelope all the way in version 2 (and you can read my review here) but he's managed to find even more things you can do with popups!

    Dynamic Popup Generator

    Now, here's the best part! When you go to buy DPG3, enter this coupon code in the purchase window -†XKL34D8ES - and you'll pick up the product for $37 rather than $67! Thanks Michael.

    If you've enjoyed this month's recommend sites, do their creators a favour and head out to stumbledupon and give them a 'thumbs up'. And if you've got something to say about these sites, say it on the forum.

    Interviews of the Month

    Christianity & Islam on God & Gospel
    Sheikh Mansour and I are good friends

    This is my fourth recorded dialogue with my friend, Sheikh Mansour, and while we've spent most of our time focusing on our areas of common concern, it seemed only right to also look at points where Christians and Muslims diverge.

    So rather than pussy-foot around the edges, we've jumped in the deep-end and tackled the big issues - God, the identity of Jesus and the nature of 'Gospel'.

    It remains to be seen whether any of our readers are going to be swayed towards Islam through this dialogue. Either way, I anticipate coming under some heavy criticism for the way in which I present the Christian position. Of course, you'll have to listen to the interview before you can make a response.

    Have you got something to say about this interview?
    Let your voice be heard on our forum.


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