Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
in the Good Fight
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
has been happening in our world since we last spoke, so much of which
is very disturbing:
death toll in Afghanistan has risen dramatically.
has launched another rocket.
hijacked a boat full of aid-workers and human-rights activists on route
according to radio and television, only one event of any significance
has taken place in the last month - the death of Michael Jackson.
is it that the death of an entertainer can figure more highly in the
public consciousness than the murder of any number of innocents
or the most serious of human rights abuses?
It's all a part of the way our media works - distracting us with
trivialities while the world burns.
reminded of Kierkegaard's story of the clown who, in the middle of a
show, realises that the theatre is on fire. He rushes out to
warn the audience, but they just laugh and applaud, assuming that he is
acting. So, Kierkegaard suggested, the world would come to an
- with most of us laughing and applauding, thinking it's all just a
part of the show!
of our recent media coverage - click the thumbnails to see the articles
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Fighting Father Tim Bellamy (who is due to be married next week ) has
contributed a fascinating and uplifting post about the origin of his unusual hat.
forum, Fighting Fathers Keith and Alfamax have introduced some powerful
discussion on the stages of faith that we pass
through, while Dan and Jarey have provided us with videos and
commentary on the subject of global sustainability.
the forum (but reprinted here
in the Fighitng Father blog) Keith asks
the big question: "if
the Holy Spirit is supposed to lead us into all truth, why doesn't
she?" - a question that caused some consternation amongst
my Twitter followers this week (but
alas, only because I quoted Keith in his use of the pronoun 'she').
finally, I earmarked a couple of remarkable videos on Israel/Palestine
this week, guaranteed to inspire and encourage. Yes, there's not
normally much news from that region that brings much joy, but take a
look at this beautiful 46-second video,
and if you enjoy that, settle back and watch this
20-minute inspiring story.
Thanks for the wonderful contribution so many of you have made in this
violent windstorm came up, and the waves began breaking into the boat,
so that the boat was rapidly becoming swamped. But Jesus was in the
back of the boat, asleep on a cushion. So they woke him up and said to
him, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to die?"
story is recorded in Mark 4, and of
course it has a rather spectacular ending, and yet it's always
befuddled me somewhat how Jesus managed to remain asleep in a boat that
was filling with water, though in the end, this is
only one of a number of confusing questions raised by this passage
truth, I wasn't particularly happy with this sermon, but I've included
it this week because so many others seemed to really enjoy
it. I suspect that's because so many of us are traversing
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is Welcome in his Own Town
"Jesus left that place and went back to his hometown, and his disciples
followed him. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the
synagogue, and many who heard him were utterly amazed. They said,
"Where did this man get all these things? What is this wisdom that has
been given to him? What great miracles are being done by his hands!
This is the builder, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph,
Judas, and Simon, isn't it? His sisters are here with us, aren't they?"
And they were offended by him." (Mark 6:1-4)
The relationship between Jesus and his earthly family was always a
tricky one. At times it seemed that both were an
embarrassment to the other!
Why is it
that familiarity always seems to breed contempt? How would we have felt
about Jesus had we known HIm all His earthly life? And is the
modern quest for the 'historical
Jesus' a genuine attempt to know HIm better, or rather an
attempt to de-mystify the impenetrable aspects of His character?
Video of the Week:
Israeli Navy seizes Relief Boat en route to Gaza
This is a
story that has somehow been missed completely by most of the world's
30th, the Greek-flagged vessel, "Spirit
of Humanity" was hi-jacked by the Israeli Navy while in
International waters. The crew, including former U.S.
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Noble laureate Mairead Maguire, were
ship was carrying three tonnes of medical supplies, cement, olive trees
children's toys, and was attempting to bring relief to the people of
to this report, 19 of the 21 people imprisoned have been deported.
All aid supplies were confiscated.
The good news is that a new convoy is being launched - headed up by
Vietnam War Veteran, Kevin Kovic and Scottish MP, George Galloway.
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Resource: Twitter Slap (click on the
video to get the full story)
that I'm having unprecedented success with Twitter.
Indeed, by the time you read this, I'll hopefully have
followers - people who share my interests, read my articles, and help
support us in our work.
seems to be working brilliantly for me but I do have a secret fear -
that I'll turn on my computer one day to find that I've been Twitter-Slapped and that my
account has been shut down.
My experiences with Google and GoDaddy
have left me in no doubt about the brutal way these Internet giants
For the same reason I'm particularly glad that Todd Gross has come out
with a guide on how to prevent getting your account Twitter-Slapped - things to do,
things to avoid, things you should never tweet about, etc. Nothing is
foolproof, but forewarned is forearmed. I purchased my copy of Twitter-Slap as
soon as it came on the market. If you're a Twitterholic, I'd encourage
you to do the same.
Before I let you go today, I've got three
invitations to pass on - two only apply if you're going to be in
Sydney. One has no such limitations:
On July 15 at 6.30pm - Our Anglican
community of the Holy Trinity is sharing fellowship with the Catholic
Community of St John (Father Elias' Order), who are visiting Australia
this month. Join us at Holy Trinity at 6.30pm for prayers followed by a
BBQ in the Youth Centre.
On July 26 at 9am we have a very special
guest preacher joining us at Holy Trinity - Anthony Venn-Brown, the
ambassador to the Gay and Lesbian community.
Anthony was at one time one of Sydney's most prominent evangelists and
preachers, and a pioneer in communicating the Gospel to young people
using rock music and dance. He now gives himself full time to
trying to break down barriers of prejudice and fear between the
churches and the GLBT community.
On the same day we hope to do a
teleconference phone linkup with Anthony so that all members of our
online community will be able to meet the man and ask their questions.
P.S. If you're free to join us for our weekly
web-chat, we meet every Sunday in the Fighting Fathers Video Web-chat room.
We meet at noon, Greenwich Mean time, which translates as 10pm Sydney
time, 8am USA East Coast, 5am on the West Coast, and ... you can work
out the rest.
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