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Date for ezine: 04-06-2009
Subject for ezine: Partners in the Good Fight

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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

And a happy Pentecost to you!

Pentecost Sunday fell on May 31st this year, and it's the celebration of the birth of the church.

If you're familiar with the story of Pentecost (as recorded in the Book of Acts, chapter 2) it's a story of people coming together from every corner of the globe to build a new spiritual community.  

It's a beautiful story that reminds us that unity with diversity is the very essence of the church, and it's been an appropriate time for us here in Dulwich Hill to celebrate our own diversity.

As you'll see from the pics below, we held our own feast to celebrate the new citizenship of some of the Sierra Leonian members of our congregation, and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect upon the diversity of our community here, which brings together black and white people, young and old, professional academics and professional fighters. 

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True community is possible, and it's the very calling  of the church to demonstrate that possibility to the world. So this Pentecost let's renew our commitment to helping to build a diverse but unified community.

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What's news on ?

Lots of interesting stuff to pass on to you this week:
  • Our teleconference with Ciaron O'Reilly has now been published as a streaming audio on our member site.  If you missed the live call, don't miss this excellent and inspiring exchange. VIP members can also download the MP3 of the podcast by right clicking here and choosing 'save target as' (nb. you may need your username and password).

  • South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu declares that "God is not a Christian" while making a blistering attack on both the church's hypocrisy and the world's failure to solve the Israel/Palestine issue. Click here.

  • John Pilger makes a devastating critique of Obama's first 100 days in office, while Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery sees the American President's contribution as subtle but significant.

  • Fighting Father Bob Birch posts an excellent critique of Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard's, plans to make a friendly visit to to Israel. Click here to visit Bob's blog.

  • For Evangelicals with a sense of humor, check out the iBible.

  • And for something else completely left-of-field, check out Alfamax's forum post on Capitalism and its effects on the development of gym equipment.

  • I launched a new 'Questions and Answers' site for men and women struggling with child custody issues - The Child Custody Please let me know what you think.

  • One of our beloved Nigerian parishioners, Solomon Egberime, will be fighting for the Australian Junior Welterweight title on June 12th.  I plan to travel to Brisbane to assist him in the corner. Expect some good news and plenty of pics in the next ezine. 

  • This Sunday we'll be doing another teleconference call - this time with Brother Andrew Blair, a dear brother who was born female but 'crossed the gender divide' as an adult. Andy has spent his life ministering to people on the margins, and has extraordinary insight into issues of life and faith and human sexuality.
I'm really hoping that as many as possible will join us for this call on Sunday at 10pm (Sydney time). VIP members can find full details here. (nb. you will need you username and password to access this page).   Free members can get access to the dial-in number and details here.

Virtual Pulpit: There's Room for Everybody!
"The crowd rushed together and was startled because each one heard the disciples speaking in his own language.

Stunned and amazed, they asked, "All of these people who are speaking are Galileans, aren't they? So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the district of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome. We are Jews, proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs. Yet we hear them telling in our own tongues the great deeds of God!"
(Acts 2:5-11)

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This is the story of how the church began, with the author of the story giving us this almost tedious list of the different countries of origin represented in the crowd.  A point is being made - that everybody was there and that everyone is invited to join the community.  There's a lesson here for the contemporary church, and you'll get my angle on it by clicking the play button below.

If you'd prefer the written version of this sermon, you'll find it here. 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: Dave Interviews Jean Bouchebel
Jean Bouchebel is a true multi-cultural figure - a Lebanese man who lives in California, visiting Sydney to talk about World Vision's work in the Middle East.

Jean is truly a mediatorial figure, who tries to work with Christians of all traditions as well as with Muslims and Jews. His goal in Sydney was to build bridges between World Vision and the Arabic churches of the diaspora.

Jean and I talked about his work, his personal history, and his views on how the
situation in Israel/Palestine affected the welfare of Arabic people across the Middle East.

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OK mate, it's time for me to leave you in peace for another week, but can I ask for your prayers before I let you go today?

Life is always a battle here, but things seem have turned particularly nasty here of late. There was a fair bit of aggression and vandalism at our Youth Centre this week, to an extent that is truly out of character. And then I found out yesterday that another of our lads has been shot!

He isn't exactly a parishioner, but certainly a part of our broader community - an occasional member of the Fight Club, and a guy who we've tried to get down to Binacrombi, to help him get his life together.  Apparently he was involved in some horrible armed hold-up that went terribly wrong. Numerous people were shot, though nobody, thankfully, was killed.

Anyway, between the violence and the crazy behavior on the streets I think I'm going to have my work cut out for me this week and I could do with your prayers.

I'll hope to catch you on the teleconference with Brother Andy this Sunday night.

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

Yours in the Good Fight,


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