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Date for ezine: 14-05-2009
Subject for ezine: Partners in the Good Fight


Father Dave's Partner's Ezine

Partners in the Good 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 only Tuesday and I'm already exhausted. I guess starting off my week with a funeral didn't help, but I think a large part of my tiredness is anticipation of what lies ahead:
  • On Friday (15th) World Heavyweight Contender Solomon Haumono visits our Youth Fellowship.  He'll be sharing his testimony of how God has touched his life and generally spreading inspiration.

  • On Saturday (16th) four of our Fight Club boys will be boxing at the Cardiff Workers Club (two hours north of Sydney).  If you'd like to join us, the details are here.
Then we've got three big events on the Sunday:
  • Peace activist Cairon O'Reilly - a man who has been arrested in more countries that I've had hot dinners in - will be our guest preacher at our 9am Eucharist.
  • Our community choir - the Jubilate Motet - will present an evening of Bach's cantatas (at 7.30pm) with all proceeds going towards the new 'life-skills program' for kids at risk that we're setting up at Binacrombi.

Father Dave
  • Late Sunday night (10pm Sydney time) we've scheduled a phone conference with Cairon O'Reilly!
This last event is organised for all members who live outside of Sydney but don't want to miss out on their chance to meet the man.  The call will be open to all financial members of www.fighting-fathers.com, and you can get the details here (nb. you will need to use your special members password to access this page). Free members and guests will be able to access the recording of the online conference when it goes online next week.

And one final 'hot' piece of news for you this week is that one of our cabins at 
Binacrombi bush camp burnt to the ground on the weekend!  Thankfully nobody was in it or near it when the fire started.  Indeed, we have no idea how the fire was started at this stage, but the before and after pics are below.

As I say, we thank God that nobody was hurt.  Even so, it's going to take a lot of work to put it back together!  I guess that's another reason why I'm feeling so tired.  Or maybe it's just the joy of having a one-month old baby in the house.
 
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This Month's Freebie
(keep watching this space Oh dear!)

Sorry. The Free Twitter Videos still aren't ready at this stage.

I had planned to have them all ready to download by now but life seems to have got in the way of my plans again.  I hope to have them available by the end of the week and will let you know.

Note that the videos will be free to financial members of www.fighting-fathers.com only, but that free members and other subscribers to the mailing list will be able to get them at a substantial discount.


What's news on Fighting-Fathers.com ?

Lots of things to share with you this week, even beyond the special events mentioned above:
  • I published my interview on "Dads on the Air" where I spoke alongside Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey about the way Australian churches have neglected the needs of men. Click here.

  • Found an excellent article by Uri Avnery, that continues the discussion on Iran (that I started here) concerning whether they really pose any existential threat to Israel. Click here.

  • On the same subject, I re-printed this excellent article by Former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts,  about issues of anti-Semitism and freedom of speech. Click here.

  • I published a (somewhat belated but nonetheless excellent) Easter sermon by my colleague, Dr Keith Mascord. Click here.

  • And finally, just to whet your appetite further for the visit of Cairon O'Reilly, I found that activist actor, Martin Sheen, has been praising his achievements!  Click here.
And I am hoping to see plenty of you guys this coming Sunday morning when Cairon joins us as our guest preacher.  You'll find all the details on the Fighting Fathers Calendar.




Virtual Pulpit: 
Jesus can heal but He can't keep people quiet!

"And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone ..." But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news..." (Mark 1:40-45)

I wasn't happy with last Sunday's sermon so I've included an old favourite today instead that has never been published online before.

It's the story recorded in Mark chapter 1, where Jesus shows that He has the power to heal a person with leprosy yet, at the same time, seems to be completely incapable of keeping the healed man quiet!

Father Dave


www.fighting-fathers.com members can download the MP3 version of this one from the 'Members Benefits' area or by right-clicking here and choosing 'save target as' (you'll need your member name and password).



Video of the Week: Seven Jewish Children 

Israel's recent bombing and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, killed 1,417 Palestinians; thirteen Israelis were killed (five by friendly fire).

Thousands of Palestinians were seriously wounded and left without adequate medical care, shelter or food. Among the Palestinian dead, more than 400 were children.

In response, Caryl Churchill - one of the UK's leading playwrites - wrote  "Seven Jewish Children" - a 10-minute play that explores the difficulty of explaining violence to children.

Churchill's 10-minute play consists of seven short scenes in which Israeli adults discuss how they will explain to children, who are never seen on stage, seven key moments in Israeli and Jewish history. This includes the Holocaust, the first Intifada and the present-day bombing of Gaza.

Churchill has made the play available for productions without licensing or royalties for presenters who request audience contributions for the London-based relief organization Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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Well, it's a big week and it's been a big ezine!    

Before I let you go though today, I must tell you the sad news that Dads in Distress may have to close shop in June this year if they don't get more funding. Tony Miller, who runs Dads in Distress, is great man and a mate. Check out their great work with Dads-at risk here, and feel free to follow my example and make a donation here.  All donations are tax-deductible (in Australia anyway).
 
I'll hope to catch you on Sunday for the tele-conference if I don't see you before then.

May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Yours in the Good Fight,

Dave

www.fatherdave.org

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