just turned 57 and I've got some news to share
Father Dave, and Im starting this post on my 57th birthday.??
is my first missive for 2019, but my resolution for this year is to produce a
new missive every two weeks basically, every week Im not preparing
a sermon. This is going to require me to rework the preaching roster a little.
Even so, I think Ill have things on track within the next month or so. In
short, you can expect to hear from me a lot more often this year.
other resolution is to get active on the member site www.fighting-fathers.com.
At the moment its a bit of a wasteland nothing but virtual tumbleweeds
blowing about there but Im hoping that over 2019 we are going to
build fighting-fathers.com into
a thriving online community.
have high hopes for this year. Indeed, Im hoping to fight for a boxing title
at some point in the year. That probably sounds ridiculous, but Ive always
specialized in the ridiculous. Im also champing at the bit to get back into
Syria as I believe we still have a contribution to make there. Im also determined
to see freedom and dignity come to the asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.
Im convinced that God has a role for us to play there too.
a little sketchy on the details in all of the above but there is one thing I am
entirely clear about namely, that we are going to need a team of committed
Fighting Fathers both men and women if we are going to fulfill our
destiny for the year ahead.
me! Im going to need your help this year. You can start by joining me on
www.fighting-fathers.com and making that a place where we can exchange ideas and
motivate and inspire one another. You can join me for church too if youre
up to it, and for a cuppa or a beer, and you can even join me for a few rounds
in the ring and help me prepare for that title fight. Im keen to engage
and to share dreams and ideas remembering that (as the great Dom Helder
Camara said) when one person dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all
dream together, its the beginning of a new reality.
of my last sermons was on the first miracle of Jesus recorded in Johns Gospel
the turning of the water into wine.
such an odd miracle almost more like a party trick than a real sign from
God. What was it all about? Did the party-goers gain some special spiritual insight
through this experience or did they just get a little more drunk? There must be
more to this incident than meets the eye.
youd prefer the written version of this sermon, click here.
you might have guessed from the picture of us with The Man Mundine,
Ive been working pretty hard on completing my Christians and Muslims
can be friends book. The interview with Anthony was, in fact, the 13th and
final interview I needed to complete the book.
hoping to publish within the next few months, and Im hoping that the book
will make a tangible difference to relationships between Christians and Muslims
in this country, and hopefully around the world. Please put in a prayer for me
in this work. If youd like to review a draft version of the book, just let
it for today. Part of my new publishing routine will be to keep things shorter
and sweeter. Keep me in your prayers as I do you.