Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
Partners in the Fight
When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
Father Dave here again, and I'm currently 21,000 feet above sea-level as I begin this ezine, flying back from Griffith again, but I'm feeling a lot happier this week than I was last week at this time.
If you remember, I travelled to Griffith last weekend too to support a guy awaiting sentencing on a serious criminal matter, but it wasn't until we arrvied at the local court that we were told that the pre-sentence report hadn't been completed and that we'd all have to come back next week!
Well, today it all happened: the case was heard, I got to testify, and our friend received a suspended sentence - a very good outcome in my view.
I don't often leave court feeling satisfied that justice was done, but today is a happy exception. Now I just need to pray hard that my mate stays out of trouble!
Oh! And I worked out where Griffith is! It's west of Canberra - a long way west!
I'm feeling quite proud of both myself and our online community this week.
Having launched my new ebook on Drug Addiction, I've now followed it up with a new site - www.addictiontodrugs.org - and I'd be very grateful if you would take a look at it and (if you think it's a useful site) recommend it to others.
There's been plenty of action on the Forum lately, particularly on the subject of creating a greener environment. If you're interested in learning more about hydrogen technology and how it could mean the end of our reliance on fossil-fuels, check out some of these threads.
My postcard of last weekend was a big hit! Maybe it was because it was unusual, but lots of you viewed it and responded to my appeal to update your www.fighting-fathers.com profile. I'm thinking now to do a series of postcards featuring the 'women of fighting-fathers.com'
As ever, I've published three new articles this week:
The other good news is that, at last count, we were up to 95 members at www.fighting-fathers.com. Once we reach the 100 mark, my costs go up, and so I'll be transitioning away from the free membership option, and replacing it with a free trial period. Bottom line: if you were wanting to join up for free and haven't got around to it yet - now is the time!
Why we should Nuke Iran!
I couldn't resist adding this snippet today from a radio talk-back show, where radical Scottish MP, George Galloway, responds to a caller who I think would prefer to remain nameless.
Mr Galloway is best known for having fought doggedly to prevent the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and now he is working equally hard to prevent the insanity from repeating itself in Iran.
Feel free to offer your comments on this one on the forum.
God told me to Kill my Baby!
After these things God tested Abraham ... He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." (Genesis 22:1-2)
This ancient story has to be one of the most controversial and talked-about passages in the entire Bible. Is God really in the business of telling people to kill their children?
This passage has also had a special significance for me, as it has played a special role in my relationship with Morde Vanunu - the man who told the world about Israel's secret stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, hidden in the Negev desert. The connection might not seem immediately obvious but it's explained in the sermon.
I note that our brother Morde is scheduled to go back to court in another week's time (July 8th). Certainly we should be praying that he, like Isaac, might be spared from further suffering.
Well, that's it from me for this week and that's it for me and Griffith too, though I'm afraid I'm not finished with court yet. Indeed, I'm scheduled to be back in court next Monday, supporting another friend, though this time the location is the Central Coast, north of Sydney.
This guy was arrested last New Years Eve for getting into a scuffle in a pub, and he's been held in detention since. So far as I can work out, he hasn't had his case heard at all yet, which seems outrageous to me, and I'd like to think his treatment has nothing to do with the fact that he's Aboriginal, though I can't see a white guy getting this sort of treatment.
The case also leaves me wondering what happens if my friend is sentenced to a term that is less than what he has already served? Does he get a 'get out of jail free' card - a bit of credit towards his next act of mischief? I'll let you know in next week's ezine.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.