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Date for ezine: 24-04-2009
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

Welcome Fighter!

It's great to be with you again, and especially as I have a rather important invitation for you today.  I'd like to invite you to join me for an online video-web chat on this Sunday night at 10pm.

Now, of course, when I say 'Sunday night' I mean 'Sunday night if you happen to be living on the East Coast of Australia' (or somewhere with a similar longitude).  If you're living on the US West Coast, it's actually the crack of dawn on the same morning. Either way though, you're welcome to join us if you can manage it

Here's a simplified time-zone breakdown:
  • Sunday Night 10pm, Sydney time, is
  • Early Sunday afternoon, 1pm in London and 
  • Sunday morning 8am in Richmond, Virginia and
  • Dawn of the same morning (5am) in Reno, Nevada
I think you can work out the rest of the times from there.

Now ...if you don't know how to join an online web-chat:

Father Dave
  1. Login at (yes, you need to be a member)
  2. From the sidebar on the left, click the link that says 'Web Video Chat'
  3. Click 'Launch Web Video Chat' and ... if there's no one there, you probably mixed up your times.

Oh, and in case you're wondering what I want to chat to you about, I'm hoping that this Sunday's meeting will be the preliminary get-together for a weekly online discussion group, the content and format of which we will decide upon on Sunday night.

Should we do a weekly Bible study or hold a philosophical discussion on the Meaning of Meaning? Or perhaps we should just drink beer and watch a few fights together?  It's up to you, but if you want to have your say, you will need to join me on Sunday.

What's news on ?

Again, there's no shortage of exciting things to report:
  • Brother Andy has contributed a powerful and gut-wrenching poem that he's written, entitled, "I Walk in the Shadow of Death". Be sure to leave your comments.

  • Alfamax offers a forum post highlighting the limitations of the non-directive approach to counseling and also directs us to a free book on 50 Scientists who Believe in God.

  • While he is indeed my least favourite Iranian President, I'm not convinced that Mr Ahmadinejad's speech this week at the international conference on racism was as 'hateful' as the New York Times suggested.  I've reprinted the speech in full here so that you can decide for yourself.

  • For those who recall the dubious antics of 'financial adviser' Roy MacDonald, it seems that he is up to his old tricks again. Heather McGarry has contributed her saga of woe, as a warning to those who would do business with 'Onelife' to do their due diligence first! 

  • And our old friend Eileen Flemming (OFF) has shown enormous self-control when interviewed on Iranian TV recently, alongside Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mairead Maguire, and  British lobbyist Charlie Wolf.  I'll leave you to watch it for yourself, but I can assure you that her problem was not with Ms Maguire.  Be sure to give your feedback to Eileen directly through our member site.
And please keep contributing your ideas, stories, poems, pics and videos to the member site, and be sure too to add your events to the members' calendar as well. If you post your events to, I can both tweet about them to my 2000 Twitter friends and will publicise them through this ezine (which reaches another 2000 people).

Virtual Pulpit: Jesus Shows us His Scars!

Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called the Twin, wasn't with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he told them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe!" 

Thus begins the well-known story of 'doubting Thomas' - a story about a man who seemed to be obsessed with the idea of touching the injured parts of Jesus' body!  

What was behind Thomas' seemingly macabre obsession? Why did he so want to touch Jesus' injuries, and did he do it when he got the chance?

Father Dave

Click the play button below to hear my thoughts on the subject, but be warned that I lost the first three minutes of the audio due to microphone problems. The positive side of that, of course, is that the sermon has been reduced to a sleek twelve minutes (and one second)!

If you'd like to read what the audio leaves out, you'll find the written version of my sermon here

Full members of can download the MP3 version of this sermon from the 'Members Benefits' area or by right-clicking here and choosing 'save target as' (you may need to enter your member name and password).

Video of the Week: An Appeal to the Pope 

I mentioned in last week's ezine that our brother in San Fransisco, - Father Labib Kobti - was behind an appeal to call on the Pope to visit Gaza during his scheduled tour of the Holy Land next month.

Labib asked all of us to put together video appeals that can be posted on YouTube, in the hope that the Pope (or one of his minders) will get to see it. And even if no one in the Vatican see it, the videos will start to generate a buzz about the idea, and hopefully that buzz will reach Pope Benedict?

Anyway, as you can see, I've now completed my video, and it took me less than an hour, once I'd put my mind to it.  

So please, now is the time for you to put together your video and upload it to YouTube.  And when you do, let both me and Father Labib know about it, through a private message on the member site.

And, most important of all, be sure to sign the online petition!

To keep up to date with my video uploads, subscribe to my video channel

Recommended Webmaster Resource: Exit Splash
(click on Fighting Father Todd to get the full story)

I'm, adding a new column today that I hope will become a regular monthly feature. It's the Recommended  Webmaster's Resource', and it's for all you budding Internet gurus and for anyone who is trying to make the most of their online work.

This one comes with a video introduction from Todd Gross.  He's not really a Fighting Father yet, but I have high hopes.

The product he's recommending is Exit Splash - a new script that harnesses the exit traffic from your website/s.  It's the brainchild of scripting genius Dave Guindon, and it officially launches on April 21.  Click here to check out Exit Splash.

My offer: if you order Exit Splash via any of these links, I'll throw in a free copy of any one of the items on that takes your fancy.  Just email me and let me know which item you'd like after you've made the purchase.

OK. Before I let you go today, let me thank you again for your kind words of support regarding the baby. If she's awake on Sunday when we go to air, I'll try to give her a spot on the webcam.

And note please that you DON'T need a webcam in order to join in on our web-video chat, though it is an advantage.  If you don't have a webcam, you will be able to see me and all of those who do have one but we won't be able to see you.  So long as you have a microphone though we should be able to hear you.

Of course, you don't need a microphone either if all you want to do is listen in, and you can always type in your input, but this does put you at an enormous disadvantage. My suggestion, if you haven't got one, is to head out to the shopping mall tomorrow and grab a cheap $5 plug-in mic, and have you say. 

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you on Sunday. 

Yours in the Good Fight,


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