Ted Time

Hi Fighter, It’s Father Dave. Forgive the long time between posts but I had two weeks’ holidays and things have been predictably hectic since I got back. Much has happened since I last wrote. A lot of it involved me spending time relaxing with my wonderful children, but there have been other events worth sharing …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

One more round

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) Hi Fighter, I remember as a young Christian – still a teenager – hearing a woman preach on these words of St Paul (reprinted above) to the church …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Feeling Weary

Hi Fighter, It’s Father Dave, and I am feeling weary as I pen this week’s update. Energy levels ebb and flow for all of us – I know. I’m at a low energy point today. Coming to terms with the fact that this may be my last year in parish ministry is something I’m struggling …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Back from Damascus

Hi Fighter, Dave here – back from Syria and finally ready to debrief the experience. It was my eighth trip to Syria in the last six years, and it’s been remarkable to see how the country and the people have evolved over that time. Back in 2013, I’d look out from my hotel room in …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

On the road to Damascus

Hi Fighter, Father Dave here, and I’m on the road to Damascus (more or less). To be exact, I’m starting this quick update on board a flight from Abu Dhabi to Beirut, at which point we’ll hopefully find a bus waiting for us that will put us directly on the road to Damascus. It’s been …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Needing Prayer

Hi Fighter, It’s Father Dave, and I’d appreciate your prayers. For any who don’t know, my family is having a rough time at the moment. Ange and I are not currently living together. Two weeks ago, Ange and my son, Soren, moved to an adjoining suburb. My youngest daughter, Fran, stayed with me. It’s been …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

The light shines in the darkness

Hi Fighter, Here we are, at the end of Holy week. As begin to write, it’s still Friday, and the images of our wonderful Good Friday service are still fresh in my mind. Even so, it’s been a busy and emotionally-draining week for me. Years ago, what always exhausted me this time of year were …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Not Happy

Hi Fighter, It’s Dave, touching base again, and this week I’m not happy. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, and I know I have a lot to be thankful for – a healthy family, supportive friends, and a wonderful church community. Even so, when my fight was cancelled last Friday night just before I was …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Christians and Muslims can be friends

Hi Fighter, These are dark days. We’ve seen the most horrible face of bigotry on display, and so close to our own shores. I’m referring, of course, to the terrible massacre of our sisters and brothers at prayer in the Christchurch Mosque. Yes, the crime was committed in Christchurch, New Zealand, and that’s not exactly …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four