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
It's Father Dave, back with you again, finishing up a fantastic festival of fun, fellowship and fighting!
I trust you received Father Elias' invitation to our great celebration as well as my own. The main event took place last night - our Christian community of the Holy Trinity in Dulwich Hill played host to hundreds of pilgrims from the Community of St John who were here for World Youth Day.
We provided dinner for more than 100, beds for another 70, and we shared in prayer and worship with everyone who could make it! We had a fantastic time. The prayers and the music were great. The young people were just lovely. And the spirit of joy in Christian unity was unmistakeable.
As one of the brothers said to me, "It was a real sign of God's grace. Who would have believed that, with the Anglican and Catholic Diocese as they are, that this could take place. And yet ... It happened!"
Father Dave gets Thumped!
It was probably not the dinner entertainment our young World Youth Day guests had anticipated. Even so, we had no trouble rounding up combatants willing to compete for the 'I Thumped Father Dave' trophy.
Young John from Texas proved to be the most destructive of the four pugilistic pilgrims who graced me with their presence in the ring on Monday night. John is a lovely young Christian with a promising right hook!
You'll have to forgive me for a somewhat truncated version of the highlights this week:
I've added a new review this week, of John Reese's second edition of 'Traffic Secrets' - certainly one of the year's most anticipated product launches in the Internet Marketing world
There are three new articles this week:
The Crazy Farmer is last Sunday's sermon on the well-known parable from Matthew 13 - The Parable of the Sower (nb. the audio version is featured below).
If you only have time for one article this week, I'd encourage you to make it this final one. Baroud's attempt to deconstruct the media narrative in the US regarding Israel and Palestine is one of the most thorough and insightful treatments of the subject that I have ever read.
Dads need to see their Children
I received an interesting press release this week from my friend, Tony Miller - founder of Dad's in Distress.
The press release came in response to a recent Australian government report that came to the not-surprising conclusion that most dads wish they could see more of their kids, and almost half the mums surveyed felt similarly that their children didn't see enough of their dad.
For Dad's in Distress, this raises again the legal impasse: “Recently the Government came out with huge fanfare to punish dads who were not paying child support, many of whom haven't seen their kids for years.
CSA now has the power to sell up houses, cars etc, garnishee wages, use optical surveillance etc, but what happens when a resident parent refuses to abide by court orders that allow kids to see their dads? Absolutely NOTHING."
For a copy of the press release, right-click here and choose 'save target as'.
The Crazy Farmer
"Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn't deep. But when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants. But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants bore grain: some had one hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty." And Jesus concluded, "Listen, then, if you have ears!"
This parable is probably an old friend to many of us, but it is rather unique amongst the parables of Jesus, in part because it is one of the few that Jesus takes the time to explain to His disciples.
This might suggest that there is little need or room for interpretation, yet it is my opinion that most people get this parable back to front. You'll see what I mean when you click the play button below.
OK. It's time I wound up this week's ezine, but I should mention that the position vacant that I mentioned last week is still vacant at this stage. Yes, I'm still looking for a web assistant to help us push forward the membership site in particular, and I can manage to pay some remuneration for the right person. Just email me back if you're interested.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.