My son, Soren, and me

It’s a Spiritual War!

Jesus has no credentials, and he was not a member of any of their parties or organisations. Jesus was not a Pharisee or a Sadducee or a Herodian or … anything. He was just Jesus, and yet he was making all the official representatives of God and the State look stupid. No wonder they wanted to kill him!

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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Free Julian Assange

Whosoever believes!

Saint Athanasius did complicate things. I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, and I believe it was an important step forward in helping us understand how we can authentically speak about God. Even so, I don’t believe embracing the faith is as difficult as the Athanasian Creed suggests.

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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Bobby recovering after his first fight

The Violence begins at Home

Change will always generate friction. What Jesus warns us in this week’s Gospel reading is that we can expect this opposition to begin from within our own ranks. That has certainly been my experience. I’ve never had any problems with ‘ioudaios’ (which was John’s tribe). Those who have done me damage have almost all been white Anglican Christians (my tribe). That’s how it works

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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It's never too late to stand up for Palestine

Get a Life!

one thing I’ve found that all of us who struggle have in common is that none of us have a lot of confidence in ourselves, nor a lot of hope for the future. I can see Saint John here taking each of us by the hand and saying, “Hey, if you have the Son of God, you have eternal life! That’s enough. You’ve made it! The Son is all you need.”

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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Dave, Joy, Kate and Kate

My Enemy is my Guest

“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” (Acts 10:47) Greetings, Fighter, You’ll have to forgive me if our opening verse today looks a lot like last week’s. Our stories from the Acts of the Apostles are following the explosive growth of the early Christian community and

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Soren's birthday dinner

If they move, Baptise them!

“If they move, baptise them. If they don’t, bury them.” That’s been my policy for the last 35 years when it comes to admitting people into our spiritual community. What? Shouldn’t we have some standards? If we allow the riff-raff in, what will become of us? Perhaps that’s where the church went wrong? Perhaps I need to be more discriminating?

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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Freedom for Palestine

Good Shepherding

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) Greetings, Fighter, It’s Shepherding Sunday again this weekend – that day when we sing everybody’s favourite Psalm. Even those of us who know nothing about sheep or shepherding can manage to bleat out a verse of ”The Lord’s my shepherd”, so let’s

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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The Banality of Holiness

“While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet;

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