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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
I hope you're in good health and spirits.
It's been a wonderful month of birthdays for us here. It was my dear daughter Imogen's 11th birthday last weekend, and my dear wife is turning ... something slightly greater than that ... this weekend.
It's also been another month of battles.
I'm about to enter Round 2 in my battle with Google. I don't expect to get any of the $3,000 in earnings that they owed me, but I do intend to push them for a thorough explanation, which will hopefully act as a salutary warning for others. I'll keep you informed.
And if you missed my 'P.S.' last week, I've now set up my own search engine at www.fatherdave.info. It needs work, but feel free to ditch Google and make it your home page.
Teleconference with the Sheikh
In case you missed my invitation email, you are invited to join Father Elias, myself and Sheikh Mansour for a teleconference this week at 11am this Wednesday 17th (Sydney time) where we will discuss the controversial Dutch film, 'Fitna'.
If you haven't seen 'Fitna' yet, go to this site where you'll find both the movie and a rather comprehensive collections of reviews and responses - both written and on video. Be warned though that there are a number of graphic and violent scenes in the movie, and if you'd rather read a detailed scene-by-scene description first, there's one in Wikipedia.
If you're not on the East Coast of Australia, the scheduled time is actually 1am Greenwich Mean Time, which works out as:
Joining the online conference is free except for the cost of the phone call, and if you're in the US its a local call. If you're not in the US, I suggest you use an Internet phone or get hold of a discount phone card so that the cost of the call is negligible.
So how to you register for the call?
Email me, using my normal address (the link is after my signature below)
Yes, you do need to be a member of fighting-fathers.com, as I'm using our member site's platform to organise the call, but if you're not a member, you can register now I'll approve you immediately as a free member.
Is this my most Heretical Sermon yet?
"Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:10)
The verse seems innocuous enough, but I do believe that in these words is demarcated a vast divide between religion that is based on love and a faith that focuses on obedience to a set of rules.
After giving this sermon, I asked one of my learned mentors, "Have I now abandoned my Evangelical heritage?" to which he replied, "You've still got a few steps to go, but you'll get there!"
I'll be keen to hear what others think of this one. Let me know if you think I've finally lost the plot! Read the written version here or click the play button below to hear it now.
This film provides a striking comparison of U.S. & international media coverage of the Middle East, zeroing in on how distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced erroneous perceptions of the Israel/Palestine crisis.
The film exposes how US foreign policy interests, oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, work in with the Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.
And before I let you go, a quick invitation for a (very) limited number of people in the Sydney area who would like to join me for some Sunday evening sessions on 'The Meaning of Meaning' over the next four weeks.
Clerics from the Taliban, Southern Baptists, and Catholics all say that "God is merciful", but do they mean the same thing when they use these words?
When I disagree with other Christians over what is the correct Biblical perspective on homosexuality, does our disagreement simply mean that one of us doesn't know the Bible as well as the other, or do we see different meanings in the same words?
Moreover, what does it mean for something to mean something?
If you can see the significance of these questions and you're going to be in the area, let me know and I'll see if we can squeeze you in to our Sunday night discussion group.
And if the group is a big hit, I'll certainly consider doing some online video-chat sessions on the same topic!
That's plenty for today.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.