Father Dave’s Fight Club throwing in the towel?

It’s been a difficult week for me. I think we’ve lost the battle for boxing club. The church is throwing us out and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to stop this happening or even to get a short delay of execution. We opened our doors early in 1991. I’d been asking local people what was most needed in our area and they all said, “the kids have nothing to do after school”. That’s when Kon Pappy and I opened up the church hall in the afternoons as a drop-in centre – offering wrestling classes to local kids – and I started Father Dave’s Fight Club in the evenings. The rest is history.

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Tough Times

It still seems extraordinary to me that we acquiesce to this level of totalitarian control. Why do we accept that our governments have the right to grant and to withhold freedoms that most of us had thought were God-given prior to this pandemic? Freedom of movement, freedom of association, freedom of worship and even freedom of speech – all of these seem to have become the property of the government, to give and to take away as they see fit. In the case of the Victorian government, the situation is even worse, as new powers adopted by Fuhrer Dan Andrews means that the prerogative to give and to take away has become his alone!

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Am I heading to Prison?

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

A House Divided

Hi Fighter, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” If I were to ask you who said that, you’d probably recognise it as a quote from both Jesus and Abraham Lincoln. Jesus definitely said it first, but it was Lincoln’s use of the image in 1858, which he applied not to an individual (as did …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Is Civil Disobedience the way forward?

. Hi Fighter, “And out of the smoke, locusts descended on the earth … They had tails with stingers like scorpions, which had the power to injure people for five months. They were ruled by a king, the angel of the Abyss.” (Revelation 8) Forgive me for starting with the book of Revelation but things …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

A Nation Divided

. Hi Fighter, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) These must be amongst the most forgettable words Jesus ever spoke. Could the Prince of Peace really have said “I did not come to bring peace”? And had Jesus really ever been intending violence? To the latter question, I think …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Let me work your corner

. Hi Fighter, Father Dave here, and glad to be back with you. You’ll forgive me for the long time between posts but I’m in the process of restructuring my online activities as I try to relaunch myself as a physical and spiritual fitness coach. In truth, I’m not going to be invited to pastor …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Down but not Out

Hi Fighter, I’m beginning this newsletter a little late. Indeed, I am on-board a flight to the Gold Coast with my wonderful daughter, Francesca, for a three-day holiday at Seaworld on the Gold Coast! This trip was originally planned for this time last year – timed to coincide with the end of my term as …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Is God a Muslim Communist?

. Hi Fighter, It’s Friday night as I begin this newsletter and I’m back in the bush. We are past Summer now and the nights are already getting chilly again. I’m wearing my Syrian Army jacket though and it is more than a match for the cold. Moreover, it warms my heart as well as …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Beginning again

Hi Fighter, I begin this update from a place that is as unusual for me as it is wonderful – sitting on the balcony of a hotel, overlooking the beach in Surfer’s Paradise! I’ve been up here for three nights already with my son and, in truth, I’m enjoying the environment almost as much as …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four