What will tomorrow look like?

. Hi Fighter, Once again I start on my newsletter from my cabin in the remote Australian outback. It’s raining outside. The weather forecasters have been predicting rain every weekend, and every weekend people cancel their bookings here on account of these dour forecasts. Earlier today I said to one of the two families that …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Sufficient unto the day

A Hi Fighter, As ever, I start this newsletter from my cabin in the wilderness. Binacrombi is about as far from human civilization as is imaginable in my context, yet nowadays it feels like an oasis of humanity in a country that feels less and less like home. Binacrombi helps me live in the present. …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Vote No-Lockdown Party

Hi Fighter, I’ve just read a story of another two more young men who suicided due to the lockdowns – two young Queenslanders, both in their teens. I can’t know, of course, what pushed these poor young men along such a tragic trajectory. Even so, I know how the lockdowns affect me and, listening to …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Father Dave’s Preach and Punch Fest

Hi Fighter, It’s midnight on a Saturday night as I start this missive. I’m in the middle of the Australian bush. It is cold and damp. If you did an inventory of lifeforms within a 50km radius, you’d find a thousand kangaroos and wombats for every human being. My friend, Mike, has just arrived after …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Are you ready for a fight?

. Hi Fighter, Father Dave here, writing from my remote outpost in the middle of the Australian wilderness. At Binacrombi I am a long way from the toxic wastelands of the Big Smoke where life seems to revolve around the virus. Out here we have our own struggles with drought, fire and flood, yet I’m …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Rebuilding Community

. Hi Fighter, As the choking grip of government restrictions slowly loosens its stranglehold and we emerge from our bunkers, we look at the devastated scene around us and wonder whether things will ever be as they once were. The dead and injured lie strewn all around us like corpses on a battlefield. Those bodies …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Brave New World

. Hi Fighter, I’ve just finished reading Aldous Huxley’s classic, “A Brave New World”. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, as I don’t read much fiction. What surprised me even more though was to finish the book and then realise that it wasn’t fiction at all. I was living it! Seventy years ago, …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Ready for an Easter Miracle?

. Hi Fighter, It’s Easter week, but it hardly feels like a time to celebrate. Yes, the great feast day of the Christian year is almost upon us – the day of new life and triumph and chocolate eggs – but there will be no dancing in the streets this year and no Easter-egg hunts …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Controlled by Fear?

. Hi Fighter, I begin today’s newsletter from beautiful Lord Howe Island, somewhere off the east coast of Australia (though I have no idea exactly where). This is not somewhere I ever thought I’d end up, but about 18 months ago I agreed to do a wedding here for a young Swedish boxer named Ola …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Into the Wilderness

. Hi Fighter, Last Sunday was my last service in my current position at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Dulwich Hill, where I’ve been parish priest since 1990. Father Hugh Isaacs joins us this Sunday. Although he’s not officially on staff until March, next Sunday, to my reckoning, marks the beginning of the …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four