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The Road to Damascus (A sermon on Acts 9:1-20). (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-04-15 22:56:35 - viewed 2493 times

The Road to Damascus (A sermon on Acts 9:1-20).

Doubting Thomas and the rights of women in the church (Margaret Wesley) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-04-08 20:50:21 - viewed 535 times

Sermon by Margaret Wesley.  First preached on April 7, 2012, at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. 

I will NOT fight for Queen and Country (fatherdave)
Category: Activism
created on 2013-04-08 03:59:35 - viewed 845 times

On 7th February 2013 The Oxford Union held the debate “This House Would Not Fight for Queen and Country”. it was the 80th anniversary of the original debate in 1933 in which The Oxford Union voted in favor of the motion.

Easter Sermon 2013 (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-04-02 03:10:57 - viewed 771 times

Eater Sermon 2013. A sermon on Luke 24: 1-12.
First preached at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill on Easter Sunday, 2013. To watch or share the video version click here. To read or comment on the written version click here.

world politics (23)
    Does Syria really have Weapons of Mass Destruction (fatherdave)
    Category: world politics / world politics
    created on 2013-04-02 01:12:21 - viewed 1007 times

    This interview with Deepa Kumar was part of the 'Letters and Politics' segment on KPFA Radio. Kumar is  Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University in the USA and author of a new book entitled, "Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire".

Partying with Jesus (A sermon on John 12:1-11) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-03-17 23:00:54 - viewed 605 times

Partying with Jesus (A sermon on John 12:1-11)

Feel Good (1)
    Harmonica Man (fatherdave)
    Category: Feel Good / Feel Good
    created on 2013-03-12 02:50:09 - viewed 452 times

    This reminds me of one of Jesus' parables.

Love is Senseless (A sermon on Luke 15:1-32) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-03-12 00:48:46 - viewed 580 times

Love is Senseless (A sermon on Luke 15:1-32).
First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on March 10, 2013.

The Unsinkable Ship (A sermon on Luke 13). (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-03-04 18:28:46 - viewed 709 times

The Unsinkable Ship. A sermon on Luke 13. First preached by Rob Smith (that's right, Father Dave Smith's brother) at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill on March 3rd, 2013.

Boxing/Fighting Arts (30)
What is this thing called ‘love’ (A sermon on 1 Corinthians 13) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-02-04 00:33:04 - viewed 693 times

What is this thing called love? A sermon on 1 Cor 13. 

Good News for the Poor (A sermon on Luke 4:14-21) (Father Dave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-28 23:10:33 - viewed 920 times

Good News for the Poor. A sermon on Luke 4:14-21.

The Wedding at Cana (David Baldwin)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-23 00:13:59 - viewed 522 times

The Wedding at Cana. A sermon by Davd Baldwin. 

What's going on in Homs (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2013-01-21 03:23:49 - viewed 896 times

As ever, there are conflicting narratives about what is really going on in Homs.

The Baptism of Jesus (A sermon on Luke 3: 15-22). (Father Dave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-13 23:55:13 - viewed 941 times

The Baptism of Jesus (A sermon on Luke 3: 15-22).
First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on January 13, 2013. For the written version click here. To watch or share the video version click here.

Teacher, What should I do (A sermon on Luke 3:7-18) (Margaret Wesley)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-08 19:10:27 - viewed 937 times

"Teacher, What should I do?" A sermon on Luke 3:7-18.
First preached by Margaret Wesley at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill December 16, 2012. To see the video versio click here. To read the written version click here. Image source.

Water is thicker than Blood (A sermon on Luke 2:41-49). (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-08 03:09:52 - viewed 635 times

Water is thicker than Blood (A sermon on Luke 2:41-49). 

Mary 2012 (A sermon on Luke 1:39-55) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-08 02:47:00 - viewed 619 times

Mary 2012 (A sermon on Luke 1:39-55). First preached at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, December 23, 2012. 

Christmas 2012 (A sermon on John 1:1-5,14) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-07 23:13:33 - viewed 493 times

Christmas 2012 (a sermon on John 1: 1-5, 14).
First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on December 25, 2012.

Epiphany 2013. (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2013-01-07 22:43:35 - viewed 423 times

Epiphany 2013. A sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, first preached at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, on Sunday January 6, 2013.

Julian Assange's Christmas address (fatherdave)
Category: Activism
created on 2012-12-22 04:17:36 - viewed 4871 times

Rumor has it that Julian Assange may soon run for the Australian Senate too! The 'Wikileaks' party would be the one political party I might consider joining!

Video Giveaways (7) Video Members Only (5)
    How to Block People From Facebook (DenningJames)
    Category: Video Members Only / Video Members Only
    created on 2012-12-17 00:35:39 - viewed 781 times

    How to Block People From Facebook. A handy dandy video for Fighitng Fathers members... if only it worked in real life. One day perhaps. 

Tidings of Comfort and Joy … NOT! (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-12-09 19:01:38 - viewed 1060 times

Tidings of Comfort and Joy … NOT! (A sermon on Luke 3:1-9)

Homosexuality, the Old Testament and Today (Part 1) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-12-05 23:53:01 - viewed 677 times

Homosexuality, the Old Testament and Today (Part 2

Homosexuality, the Old Testament and Today (Part 2) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-12-05 23:50:03 - viewed 713 times

Rev. Keith Mascord talk on Homosexuality, the Old Testament and Today. 
First Preached at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, on December 2, 2012.

Comedy (6)
Ruth – A Prostitute for God (A sermon on Ruth 1:16-18) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-11-04 19:24:09 - viewed 2745 times

Ruth – A Prostitute for God? (A sermon on Ruth 1:16-18). First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on November 4, 2012.
To read the written version of the sermon click here.

Dulwich Hill Gym 'Faith Fighting' Fight Club on Weekend Today (DenningJames)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2012-10-29 00:03:29 - viewed 494 times

http://dulwichhillgym.com/ Channel 9's Weekend Today features the Holy Trinity Gym and it's fight club ministry. Father Dave (David Smith) explains his 20 year ministry to those on the edge featuring every boxing/priest pun you could imagine.

The Healing of Bartimaeus (A sermon on Mark 10:46-52). (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-10-28 21:02:51 - viewed 1068 times

The Healing of Bartimaeus (A sermon on Mark 10:46-52). 

Father Dave interviews Mother Agnes (DenningJames)
Category: Activism
created on 2012-10-24 21:44:35 - viewed 647 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ Father Dave Smith interviews Mother Agnes Mariam during a recent tour of Sydeny and talk of the events currently taking place in Syria.

How to Resize an Image (DenningJames)
Category: Video Giveaways
created on 2012-10-21 06:14:22 - viewed 570 times

'How to resize an image'. A completely unrestricted video that you can view, pass on to others, and even sell if you like. 

The history of Iran and the USA in 10 minutes (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-10-20 01:02:43 - viewed 493 times

This is an excellent educational resource. It makes no outrageous claims, and all the evidence is in the public record. At the same time, how many Americans know this?

Whoever divorces and marries another commits adultery! (A sermon on Mark 10:2-16) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-10-07 20:46:06 - viewed 970 times

Whoever divorces and marries another commits adultery! (A sermon on Mark 10:2-16). A sermon by Father Dave Smith, first preached at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, October 7, 2012. 

Syrian Christian Pastor appeals to the US President NOT to back the rebel armies (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-10-06 23:00:32 - viewed 596 times

Leader of the Evangelical Church in Aleppo, Pastor Ibrahim Nseir, addresses US President Barack Obama regarding what his administration's policy towards Syria is doing to Syria's population.

Teleconferences (7)
The Good Wife - a sermon on Proverbs 31 by Margaret Wesley (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-09-25 01:37:09 - viewed 1461 times

Sermon by Margaret Wesley.  First preached on September 23, 2012, at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. 

Israel/Palestine (35)
    Ilan Pappe on ABC Radio Conversation Hour (fatherdave)
    Category: Israel/Palestine / Israel/Palestine
    created on 2012-09-23 09:18:10 - viewed 706 times

    An erudite presentation by Pappe, which deserved a better context than these presenters were able to provide.

    Ilan Pappe on Radio National (fatherdave)
    Category: Israel/Palestine
    created on 2012-09-22 09:02:52 - viewed 803 times

    Monday 17 Sep 2012 - Ilan Pappe is an Israeli Jew and was professor of History at Haifa Universtiry in Israel but is now based at the University of Exeter in Britain. As a part of Pappe's Australian tour he was interviewed by Geraldine Doogue on ABC's National Radio Breakfast Show.

    Democrats divided over Undivided Jerusalem! (fatherdave)
    Category: Israel/Palestine
    created on 2012-09-06 22:58:09 - viewed 518 times

    Are there cracks appearing in the official party line!

Song of Song (M) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-09-05 22:01:16 - viewed 474 times

Song of Song (M) A sermon on Song of Songs, first preached by Father Dave Smith at Holy Trinity Duliwich Hill, on August 2, 2012. 

Julian Assange interviewed in the Ecuadorian Embassy (fatherdave)
Category: Activism
created on 2012-09-05 10:18:32 - viewed 491 times

Julian Assange is interviewed by Uruguayan journalist Jorge Gestoso from within the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Where else have we to go (a sermon by David Baldwin on John 6:68) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-08-27 01:22:39 - viewed 1036 times

This is an excellent sermon, delivered by well-known Australian actor and one of Holy Trinity's greatest preachers - Dave Baldwin.

The Armour of God (A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-17) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-08-19 20:30:03 - viewed 2533 times

The Armour of God (A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-17). First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on August 19, 2012. To read the written version of this sermon click here.

Lovemore N'dou vs. Gairy St Clair - August 10, 2012 (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2012-08-13 11:47:19 - viewed 750 times

With both a WBF World Title and and IBF Pan-Pacific title on the line, this was a major bout for both men!

Israeli human-rights activist, Sahar Vardi, at Holy Trinity (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-08-13 05:42:42 - viewed 1109 times

August 12, 2012, about 70 people - Christians, Muslims and Jews - from around the Dulwich Hill area gathered in the Holy Trinity church building to hear Micha Kurz and Sahar Vardi share their stories and their wisdom.

Israeli human-rights activist, Micha Kurz, at Holy Trinity (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-08-13 05:38:40 - viewed 1211 times

August 12, 2012, about 70 people - Christians, Muslims and Jews - from around the Dulwich Hill area gathered in the Holy Trinity church building to hear Micha Kurz and Sahar Vardi share their stories and their wisdom.

Morde Vanunu's Hiroshima Day Message (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-08-09 08:10:42 - viewed 487 times

It is great to see my old friend, Morde Vanunu, still waging peace from his place of captivity.

Morde and I go back to 1986 - some time before he 'blew the whistle' on his own country by telling the world about the massive nuclear armament stockpile that Israel had developed.

Morde was kidnapped, shipped back to Israel, secretly tried, and sentenced to 18 years in prison, the first 11.5 of which he spent in solitary confinement.

In 2004 Morde was 'released' but with 'conditions' - banning him from communicating with foreigners and barring him from leaving Israel.

Since then he has done another prison term. The 'only democracy in the Middle East' locked him up again because he spoke to the press about his convictions, and he was treated viciously.

Even so, Morde continues to speak out. He is careful about who he speaks to now, which is why I no longer have any direct contact with him. Even so, his convictions are as strong as ever and he takes every opportunity to share his message and his vision for a world without nuclear weapons.

You can read more of my articles on Morde at www.fatherdave.com.au

Dave

Unity with Diversity (A sermon on Ephesians 4:1-6) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-08-06 22:51:51 - viewed 1740 times

 Unity with Diversity (A sermon on Ephesians 4:1-6). First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on August 5, 2012. To read the written version of this sermon click here.

Is the Western Media Coverage helping to Destroy Syria (DenningJames)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-07-27 09:40:47 - viewed 530 times

Why is it that the Western Media only ever seems to give half the story as to what's going on in Syria, and how is this affecting the country and its people.

Father Dave 120 round Box-a-thon Review (DenningJames)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2012-07-25 01:05:34 - viewed 518 times

Have you seen this one yet?

Ray Wheatley interviews Father Dave (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2012-07-24 08:32:30 - viewed 965 times

It was a privilege for me (the 'Fighting Father') to be interviewed by one of the fathers of Australian fighting - Ray Wheatley!

Uncovering the Secret! (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-07-22 21:38:41 - viewed 940 times

Uncovering the Secret! (A sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22). First preached by Father Dave Smith on July 22, 2012 at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill. To read the written version click here

The Death of John the Baptist (A sermon on Mark 6:14-29) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-07-17 03:33:52 - viewed 842 times

The Death of John the Baptist (A sermon on Mark 6:14-29).   First preached by Father Dave at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on July 15, 2012. To read the written version of this sermon click here.

Crisis in Syria - Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-07-13 02:00:09 - viewed 721 times

The great human rights activist, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, gives his analysis of the crisis in Syria.

Renegade Jewish Settlers - part 1 (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-07-09 01:37:08 - viewed 863 times

Jewish settlers in Palestine: the most notorious squatters in the world.

Israeli settlers have been slowly nibbling away at Palestine's West Bank territory for four decades. 300,000 setllers now occupy outposts that range in size from plywood shacks to full-blown suburban housing complexes. Their abundance has grounded the much-ballyhooed two-state solution to a halt. VICE correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels from Tel Aviv to the remote West Bank outposts where young Israelis squat for the sake of their heritage. But first, Simon pops in for some quick counter-terrorism training with a member of Israel's Special Forces, just in case.

Hosted by Simon Ostrovsky | Originally aired in 2012 on http://VICE.com

Watch the whole series here:
Part 1/5: http://bit.ly/Renegade-Settlers-1
Part 2/5: http://bit.ly/Renegade-Settlers-2
Part 3/5: http://bit.ly/Renegade-Settlers-3
Part 4/5: http://bit.ly/Renegade-Settlers-4
Part 5/5: http://bit.ly/Renegade-Settlers-5

Called to Fight, not to Win. (A sermon on Mark 6:1-6) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-07-08 23:43:24 - viewed 811 times

Called to Fight, not to Win. (A sermon on Mark 6:1-6).

Syrian Christians living in fear of U.S.-backed rebel armies (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-06-30 02:08:19 - viewed 700 times

Christians are being systematically targeted for genocide in Syria according to Vatican and other sources with contacts on the ground among the besieged Christian community. According to reports by the Vatican's Fides News Agency collected by the Centre for the Study of Interventionism, the US-backed Free Syrian Army rebels and ever more radical spin-off factions are sacking Christian churches, shooting Christians dead in the street, broadcasting ultimatums that all Christians must be cleansed from the rebel-held villages, and even shooting priests.

Now is the time! (A sermon on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-06-24 20:32:16 - viewed 4105 times

Now is the time! (A sermon on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13)

The Love of Christ Controls us! (A sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:14-17) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-06-17 19:48:58 - viewed 931 times

The Love of Christ Controls us! (A sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:14-17).

Mother Agnes talks about the crisis in Syria (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-06-15 07:12:02 - viewed 1881 times

Congratulations to Fighting Father Alan Lonergan, who decided to find out for himself what was really going on in Syria.

General Wesley Clark in 2007 discussing American plans to invade Syria (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-06-11 12:15:47 - viewed 603 times

Retired four-star general and former Democratic Presidential candidate Wesley Clark speaks in 2007 about decisions secretly made by US politicians in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

How to Sell Your Website on Word Press. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Members Only
created on 2012-06-06 21:26:27 - viewed 613 times

How to Sell Your Website on Word Press.  A video for Fighting Fathers Memebers only. 

Using Google Trends to Spot Profitable Niches. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Giveaways
created on 2012-06-06 21:23:11 - viewed 531 times

Using Google Trends to Spot Profitable Niches. A completely unrestricted video that you can view, pass on to others, and even sell if you like. 

What is really going on in Syria - Haroutune Selimian (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-06-02 06:35:19 - viewed 27533 times

Rev. Stephen Sizer interviews Rev. Haroutune Selimian - President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria.

What is really going on in Syria - Adid Awad (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-06-02 06:29:04 - viewed 664 times

Rev. Stephen Sizer interviews Rev. Adib Awad - General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon.

Pentecost – the party that nobody missed! (Acts 2:1-21) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-05-27 21:51:08 - viewed 983 times

This is Pentecost. A sermon on Acts 2:1-21. First preached by Father Dave Smith at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, May 27, 2012. 

Princess Di taken out because of her commitment to Palestinian human rights (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-05-27 09:51:10 - viewed 588 times

Annie Machon is a former MI5 officer who was involved in surveillance of Princess Diana!

It's 3am... (A sermon on The Epistles) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-05-23 02:46:14 - viewed 979 times

3am. A sermon on the Epistles by David Baldwin. First preached at Holy Trinity Dulwich HIll, May 20, 2012. 

God has no favorites! (Acts 10:44-48) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-05-13 21:11:41 - viewed 1136 times

"God has no favorites!" (A sermon on Acts 10:44-48).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on May 13, 2012. 

Media Coverage (15)
Whinging Thomas (A sermon on John 20:24-29) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-04-22 20:49:39 - viewed 939 times

Whinging Thomas (A sermon on John 20:24-29). A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on April 15, 2012. 

Why is Israel so nervous about these activists from abroad (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-04-21 06:47:46 - viewed 648 times

This is an excellent forum discussion hosted by Al Jazeera, featuring Mick Napier,Gregg Roman, Mustafa Barghouti.

Father Dave back on on Channel 7's "Sunrise" after breaking the world record (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2012-04-19 11:46:23 - viewed 529 times

April 2nd, 2012. This interview was given on the morning after Father Dave set the world record for continuous rounds of boxing, completing 120 rounds.

Father Dave talks to Channel 10's 'The Project' about his world record (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2012-04-19 11:40:04 - viewed 458 times

This interview was given on the day after Father Dave broke the world record for continuous rounds of boxing - April 2nd, 2012

Best Marketplace to sell your domain names. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Members Only
created on 2012-04-11 10:14:46 - viewed 774 times

Best Marketplace to sell your domain names.

How to create a Paypal custom payment page. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Giveaways
created on 2012-04-11 10:13:23 - viewed 1395 times

How to create a Paypal custom payment page. A completely unrestricted video that you can view, pass on to others, and even sell if you like. 

Finding the Infinite in the Everyday (A sermon on John 20:1-18). (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-04-11 00:40:10 - viewed 1001 times

Finding the Infinite in the Everyday (A sermon on John 20:1-18). A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on Easter Sunday; April 8th, 2012. 

Palm Sunday (A sermon on Mark 11:1-11) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-04-11 00:31:46 - viewed 1207 times

A Plam Sunday sermon on Mark 11:1-11.  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on April 1st, 2012. 

Iranians who love Israelis (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-03-22 18:11:14 - viewed 605 times

This is beautiful - a grassroots cry for peace.

Israelis who love Iranians (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-03-22 18:07:00 - viewed 677 times

This is beautiful - a grassroots cry for peace.

For God so loved the World (A sermon on John 3:14-21) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-03-18 19:37:26 - viewed 872 times

For God so loved the World (A sermon on John 3:14-21).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on March 18, 2012. 

Father Dave on Channel 7's "Sunrise" promoting the 120-round box-a-thon (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2012-03-16 06:49:15 - viewed 543 times

We had a lot of fun working with the "Sunrise" team on this.  What you see only lasts a couple of minutes, but behind the scenes there's quite a bit of time put in - filming and editing etc. 

There are a lot of good reasons to follow Jesus … NOT! (A sermon on 1 Cor) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-03-12 19:43:33 - viewed 1355 times

"There are not not a lot of good reasons not to not following Jesus … NOT!" (A sermon on 1 Cor).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on March 11, 2012. 

Fox Sports covers Father Dave's Box-a-thon (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2012-03-12 08:42:48 - viewed 845 times

Thank you to the great boxing commentator, Paul Upham, for giving us a menion on Fox Sports.

How to use YouTube for unlimited private content. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Giveaways
created on 2012-03-07 19:24:07 - viewed 714 times

 

How to check for Completed Listings on eBay. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Members Only
created on 2012-03-07 19:18:48 - viewed 784 times

The second in the series of free video downloads for members only. "How to check for Completed Listings on eBay." This should follow on nicely from last months how to win last minute bids on eBay. 

Transfiguration – for a 21st Century faith. (A Sermon on Mark 9) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-02-27 20:29:12 - viewed 1086 times

Transfiguration – for a 21st Century faith. (A Sermon on Mark 9). First preached by Keith Macrod on February 19, 2012, at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. To read the written version of this sermon click here

"Before I was a Muslim I was a Christian". (A sermon on Genesis 9:8-17) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-02-26 23:10:54 - viewed 1201 times

"Before I was a Muslim I was a Christian". (A sermon on Genesis 9:8-17).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on February 26, 2012. 

An Irish tribute to Palestinian hunger-striker, Khader Adnan (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2012-02-22 06:18:55 - viewed 875 times

Lyrics: Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands

The Miracle of Mining (fatherdave)
Category: Comedy
created on 2012-02-17 10:07:32 - viewed 865 times

Here's a wonderfully over-dubbed version of some propaganda put out by the Australian mining magnates.

This is my sort of Coke ad (fatherdave)
Category: Comedy
created on 2012-02-17 09:15:27 - viewed 707 times

I'm a little disappointed that they didn't cast me in this role.

Former CIA officer talks about the Iranian oil embargo and the possibility of another World War (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-02-15 21:20:33 - viewed 719 times

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi being interviewed by Russian TV about the repercussians of an oil embargo on Iran

US admits Israel is arming and training terrorist groups in Iran (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-02-13 07:43:53 - viewed 631 times

This news still has me wondering why it is OK to murder Iranian scientists so long as you're not getting a terrorist group to do your dirty work for you? 

I do not box as one punching the air! (A sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-02-12 20:56:44 - viewed 964 times

A sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, first preached by Father Dave on February 13, 2012 at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill.

Climate skeptic ‘Lord’ Monckton advising mining executives how to control Australian media (fatherdave)
Category: Activism
created on 2012-02-08 19:11:31 - viewed 570 times

This week mining billionaire Gina Rinehart became the largest shareholder in Fairfax, having already bought a stake in Channel Ten. But this new video reveals this move is bigger than one woman's ambition -- it's part of a coordinated and very deliberate strategy, with climate skeptic 'Lord' Monkton seen here advising a room full of mining executives on how the industry must gain control of Australia's media.

USS Enterprise - a false flag operation to provoke war with Iran (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-02-08 06:16:13 - viewed 642 times

This sort of thing might sound crazy but history shows that 'false flag' operations like this have happened with disturbing regularity!

Another Miracle (Mark 1:29-39) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-02-05 19:47:02 - viewed 1528 times

Another Miracle (A sermon on Mark 1:29-39).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on February 5, 2012. 

Noam Chomsky on Wikileaks and Julian Assange (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-02-02 01:09:46 - viewed 993 times

"Julian Assange should be congratulated for carrying out the responsibilities of a citizen in democratic societies, where the population should be aware of what their selected representatives are doing and planning.

The Wikileaks revelations have surely advanced such awareness and understanding, and are a valuable contribution for that reason".

Noam CHOMSKY
December 2011

Win last minute auctions on eBay. (DenningJames)
Category: Video Members Only
created on 2012-01-30 20:00:01 - viewed 716 times

How to win last minute auctions on eBay. 

Brand your Videos using Windows Movie Maker (DenningJames)
Category: Video Giveaways
created on 2012-01-30 19:55:27 - viewed 748 times

How to Brand your Videos using Windows Movie Maker. A completely unrestricted video that you can view, pass on to others, and even sell if you like. 

There’s something fishy about Jonah! (A Sermon on Jonah 3:1-10) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-01-22 20:55:59 - viewed 1409 times

There’s something fishy about Jonah! (A Sermon on Jonah 3:1-10).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on January 22nd, 2012. 

The Calling of Samuel (A sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-10) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2012-01-15 22:25:30 - viewed 1454 times

A sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-10, first preached by Father Dave on November 15, 2012 at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill.

Ron Paul's 2002 predictions (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-01-11 19:00:12 - viewed 828 times

It appears that Ron Paul predicted exactly where the US was heading ten years ago! His speech in April 2002 has turned out to be chillingly accurate.

Iran - a recent history (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2012-01-07 22:30:25 - viewed 732 times

A simple history of Iran over the last 60 years. This is the background that most Westerners forget when they wonder why Iran doesn't consider the US its friend.

More Palestinian homes destroyed by Israeli troops (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-12-14 22:57:46 - viewed 731 times

This is the sort of footage that is never broadcast in the West.

John the Baptist meets Eminem (Mark 1:1-8) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-12-04 20:51:18 - viewed 792 times

John the Baptist meets Eminem
Mark 1:1-8

Parody of a Modern Church Service (fatherdave)
Category: Comedy
created on 2011-11-25 05:07:39 - viewed 1355 times

This is brilliant!

Christ is King! (Matthew 25:31-46) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-11-21 19:09:03 - viewed 1193 times

A sermon on Matthew 25, first preached by Father Dave on  November 20, 2011 at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill.

We Teach Life, Sir! (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-11-21 17:45:15 - viewed 1307 times

This is a truly stunning 4 minutes from Gaza.  Rafeef Ziadah speaks/sings with power, authority and passion!

A Talent for the Ridiculous! (A sermon on Matthew 25:14-30) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-11-13 18:41:24 - viewed 716 times

A sermon on Matthew 25, first preached by Father Dave on November 13, 2011 at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill.

Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons Factory In 3D (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-11-12 00:39:54 - viewed 579 times

Thanks to the revelations of Morde Vanunu (and to the capabilities of modern graphics rendering software) we now have a 3D recreation of Israel's Dimona Nuclear weapons factory in the Negev desert.

Are the UK and US about to attack Iran (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2011-11-06 08:56:24 - viewed 752 times

Scottish MP's speak out in support of Mordechai Vanunu! (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2011-11-04 04:20:45 - viewed 512 times

Sandra White told MSPs you "can not devolve the right to speak out against injustice" during a member's debate on Israel's Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, on 3 November 2011.

Father Dave V Marty Lawrence. Original Fight. (DenningJames)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2011-11-04 03:13:31 - viewed 793 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ Father Dave Smith verse Marty Lawrence in the 2011 Masters games in Adelaide. Original, full version. 
Music by Mordechai. 
http://www.mordechaimusic.com/

Father Dave V Marty Lawrence. Video Game Style. (DenningJames)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2011-11-04 00:25:31 - viewed 971 times

Father Dave Smith vs. Marty Lawrence in the 2011 Maters Games in Adelaide ... except that this video has been a little pimped out!

Michael Moore parodies racism in the New York Police Department (fatherdave)
Category: Comedy
created on 2011-11-03 00:39:14 - viewed 681 times

Michael Moore sheds light on the fact that some cops have a hard time distinguishing a wallet from a gun.

The love which must not be named (Binnsy)
Category: Activism
created on 2011-11-02 04:46:46 - viewed 702 times

I wrote this song for a conference to help gay and lesbian etc people survive in the church. It is about gay marriage.

BDS Flash mob protest Max Brenner in Sydney (fatherdave)
Category: Activism
created on 2011-10-31 20:18:54 - viewed 1889 times

Jews against the Occupation led this protest, calling for boycotts of a Max Brenner store in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Charism & Power (Matthew 23:8-12) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-10-31 00:16:09 - viewed 596 times

Charism & Power (Matthew 23:8-12).  A sermon by Father Dave Smith of Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. First preached on Oct 30, 2011. 

Former Exodus leader admits "I'm gay and it can't be changed" (fatherdave)
Category: Activism
created on 2011-10-30 01:51:02 - viewed 1115 times

John Smid resigned as Executive Director of Love in Action in 2008, but has only now made statements that reveal how much he has shifted in his previous beliefs and attitudes.

Death and Taxes (Matthew 22) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-10-24 02:34:01 - viewed 835 times

A sermon on Matthew 22, first preached by Father Dave on October 16, 2011 at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill.

Psalm 30 (Old Man...river) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-10-24 01:36:46 - viewed 722 times

A sermon by Father Dave. First preeched on October 23rd, 2011 at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill. 

Living Black: Father Dave's Fight Club (DenningJames)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2011-10-20 00:09:37 - viewed 495 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - 'Living Black', Australia's premier Indigenous current affairs program, recently visited Father Dave and his Fight Club to see how his work is impacting the local community, in-particular that of the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. www.sbs.com.au/shows/livingblack

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 8: Power of One. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-20 00:07:19 - viewed 454 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 8: Power of One. 
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 7: Reality of a State. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-20 00:05:56 - viewed 530 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality.Part 7: Reality of a State.
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 6:Quotes from Charlie Glass. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-20 00:02:48 - viewed 525 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 6:Quotes from Charlie Glass. 
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 5: The issue of Terrorism. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-20 00:01:34 - viewed 498 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 5: The issue of Terrorism.
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 4: The issue of Water. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-19 23:57:03 - viewed 480 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 4: The issue of Water. 
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 3: A Brief History. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-19 23:55:54 - viewed 540 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ -Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 3: A Brief History. 
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 2: A Palestinian State. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-19 23:53:07 - viewed 503 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 2: A bid for a Palestinian State.
Israeli born American peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

Miko Peled. Israel and Palestine: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 1: Boycotting Israel. (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-19 23:49:03 - viewed 529 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Miko Peled: Separating Myth from Reality. Part 1: Boycotting Israel. 
Israeli born american peace activist 'Miko Peled' speaks on the pressing issue of occupied Palestine during a recent visit Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on an Australian Tour. http://mikopeled.wordpress.com/

The Battle for the Vineyard 2011. (Matthew 21:33-42) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-10-06 21:49:40 - viewed 1328 times

The Battle for the Vineyard (a sermon on Matthew 21:33-42). First preeched by Father Dave Smith at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill on th 2nd of October 2011. 

For the writtern version: http://fatherdave.com.au/the-battle-for-the-vineyard-2011-a-sermon-on-matthew-2133-42/
Miko Peled Q and A part 1 (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-05 02:32:14 - viewed 517 times

Part 1 of Miko Peled's Question and Answer session during his recent visit to Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. 

Miko Peled Q and A part 2 (DenningJames)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-10-05 00:18:36 - viewed 538 times

http://www.fatherdave.org/ - Part 2 of Miko Peled's Question and Answer session during his recent visit to Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. 

Interviews (22)
    Miko Peled Interview (DenningJames)
    Category: Interviews / Interviews
    created on 2011-09-28 21:59:28 - viewed 1052 times

    Political Activist 'Miko Peled' gave an outstanding talk in Dulwich Hill's Holy Trinity during a recent tour of Australia. Following this he gave us a couple of minutes for a quick interview iwth Fathe Dave. 

Life is not fair (A Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-09-19 02:14:08 - viewed 6516 times

 I remember David Sheppard, the once Bishop of Liverpool, pointing out that our traditional Western image of justice is of a woman holding a set of scales in her hands, and she is blindfolded, so that she can show no partiality. Sheppard pointed out that the God of the Bible is never depicted that way – with his eyes blindfolded or closed. On the contrary, His eyes are always open! He sees our need. And He acts, not according to some abstract concept of what is fair, but with a very real sense of the needs of each of those He loves.

Forgiven (Matthew 18:21-35) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-09-15 06:02:16 - viewed 893 times

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As difficult a subject it is to preach about on the 10th anniversary of '9/11', today we look a central theme of Christianity - forgiveness. By way of a seemingly unusual parable, Jesus talks to us of our need to forgive others if we are to seek forgiveness in turn.
Walking on Water! (Matthew 14:22-36) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-09-05 06:04:58 - viewed 990 times

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At the mention of "miracles", many ideas often come to mind which often involve much fanfare and 'magic'. And although the miracles of Jesus were indeed often spectacular and awe-inspiring, if we look closer we may see that the real miracle can sometimes challenge our pre-conceived ideas. Although impressive, the true meaning runs deeper.
An Interview with Father Roy Hayes (DenningJames)
Category: Interviews
created on 2011-09-05 00:48:56 - viewed 880 times

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Eileen Fleming Interview (DenningJames)
Category: Interviews
created on 2011-09-04 21:51:26 - viewed 652 times

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Father Dave Smith interviews American peace activist Eileen Fleming in Florida, USA. 
Three Strikes, not out. (Matthew 16:24-26) (DenningJames)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-08-28 23:58:42 - viewed 619 times

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A look at what it means to be a true follower of Jesus after a rough week in the church. 
Rich Siegel - "In Palestine" (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2011-08-10 09:58:33 - viewed 459 times

This is a gut-wrenching song and testimonial from Rich Siegel.

Marketing Jesus (my first appearance on Russian TV) (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2011-08-10 09:18:30 - viewed 577 times

I'm not particularly proud of this piece.

'No More Heroes' Mordechai music video. (DenningJames)
Category: Activism
created on 2011-08-05 09:53:10 - viewed 552 times

The award winning video to Mordechai's anthem 'No More Heroes' portrays life for Israeli anti-Nuclear activist Mordechai Vanunu, as interpreted by The Hungry Metal Animals Production Team and Denning James. 

Call + Response Trailer (DenningJames)
Category: Activism
created on 2011-08-05 09:46:00 - viewed 505 times

Upcoming screening!

The Farmer's Crazy Efforts (Parable of the Sower) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-07-12 03:30:32 - viewed 492 times

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus tells us about a farmer who sows his seeds in apparently every direction - mostly not where we would expect a farmer to focus his best efforts. But perhaps we can see in this a reflection of our own efforts (and their outcomes) in following Jesus...

Room For Everybody (Pentecost 2011) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-06-29 23:11:27 - viewed 687 times

When the Spirit came to the disciples in a dramatic scene, they began to speak in the languages of many different cultures and nationalities, who were all gathered together in Jerusalem. What can this tell us about the founding of the Church?

That They May Be One (John 17:1-11) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-06-29 11:27:15 - viewed 709 times

'Famous last words' often stand out in our memory, and this is true for the disciples' at 'the last discourse' of Jesus - which accounts for almost a quarter of the Book of John. Perhaps most unique about the words Christ chose to leave his discples with during the last supper was His focus on us rather than Himself.

He Is Not Here! (Matthew 28:1-7) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-04-27 04:02:22 - viewed 595 times

As Jesus' followers had spent much of his ministry trying to understand and keep up with him, they may have been forgiven for thinking that they would at least reach some form of closure after his death. Instead they find that more surprises and unpredictability lie ahead.

Talk is Cheap (John 9:1-41) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-04-08 06:23:37 - viewed 571 times

As those around him search for a religious explanation for the man who was born blind - something to justify or make sense of the man's condition in keeping with their understanding of God - Jesus simply (and without a lot of flourish) sets about the work of healing the blind man.

Living by Faith (Romans 4:1-5,13-17) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-03-25 03:31:24 - viewed 545 times

Recent events help to illustrate how the issues we encounter in St Paul's Letter to the Romans are as relevant to us today as they were 2,000 years ago.

BDS Speech to Marrickville Council, 2011 (James1980)
Category: Activism
created on 2011-03-17 02:44:38 - viewed 529 times

On Tuesday March 15, I was one of several people invited to speak at the Marrickville Council meeting on the subject of the BDS (Boycotts, Divestments, Sanctions) campaign. Specifically, whether a joint Israeli-Palestinian sports team's visit and official reception was in breach of the BDS resolution.

You Can't Serve Two Masters (Mat 6:24) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-03-02 02:38:54 - viewed 562 times

When Jesus tells us that, "No one can serve two masters", this is all too often taken as a recommendation or an ideal, rather than a simple statement of fact. So why is it not possible for us to serve both God and mammon?

The Schizophrenic Jesus (Mat 5:21-48) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-02-23 19:57:27 - viewed 539 times

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount contains some of the most inspirational words ever spoken, yet it also contains exhortations to self-mutilation and an unforgiving attitude to those struggling experiencing marital breakdown.  Was there a darker side to Jesus, or do we need to take a deeper look at what this sermon is really saying?

20 Years at Holy Trinity - Sermon (Audio version) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-02-13 02:37:15 - viewed 520 times

As Father Dave looks back on the last 20 years of what has been a unique ministry at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, Sydney, he draws parallels between his experience and the message given to Nicodemus in John3:7-16. The Spirit continues to move with us, often when and where we least expect, calling us to re-evaluate the limits of our understanding of God and His love.

Blessed are the poor in spirit (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-01-30 23:17:58 - viewed 513 times

Jesus' Beatitudes are often cited as some of the most beautiful verses in the Bible, but does anybody really know what it means to be poor in spirit?

Fishers of Men (Mat 4:12-19) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2011-01-27 00:10:36 - viewed 579 times

To this day, there is much debate as to why Jesus chose fishermen amongst his first disciples, including Peter. In this passage we see Jesus recruit some fishermen to become his followers, telling them he will make them "Fishers of men".

The Stoning of Stephen (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-12-31 01:08:17 - viewed 626 times

While it might seem crazy to have the remembrance of the stoning of Stephen at this time of year, so close to Christmas, we can find in this text a related theme of the birth of Christianity when we look at the values, faith and hope that Stephen lived and died for.

Christmas Day Sermon 2010 (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-12-29 02:13:11 - viewed 505 times

On Christmas Day, as we reflect upon the birth of Jesus, John's narrative reminds us of the extraordinary presence of God in what might otherwise be seen as ordinary everyday events.

God With Us (Matthew 1:18-25) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-12-21 01:50:06 - viewed 543 times

As today's passage tells us about the origins of Jesus, it is worthwhile to focus on how the nature of Christ, being both God and man, is central to our Christian beliefs and the key to understanding our relationship not only with God, but with each other in the Holy Spirit.

For it is through the earthly life, suffering, and even death of Jesus, that all of our own human experiences are closely connected with God Himself.

20 years at Holy Trinity - Sermon (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-12-16 01:13:39 - viewed 776 times

As Father Dave looks back on the last 20 years of what has been a unique ministry at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill, Sydney, he draws parallels between his experience and the message given to Nicodemus in John3:7-16. The Spirit continues to move with us, often when and where we least expect, calling us to re-evaluate the limits of our understanding of God and His love.

Church (2)
Father Elias' Advent Sermon [2010] (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-11-30 03:37:11 - viewed 550 times

A departure from the regular format! We established a live video link over the internet (via Skype) with Father Elias in Holland, so that he could be our guest preacher.

Don't Worry, Be Happy! (Col 1:15-17) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-11-22 03:11:01 - viewed 450 times

In volatile times, when it is easy for us to become overwhelmed, today's passage reminds us that we can focus our faith and our hope upon the eternal kingship of Christ - through whom "all things hold together".

Jesus' Best Joke (Luke 18:9-14) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-11-01 22:28:43 - viewed 456 times

This parable from Luke seems to have all the classic conventions of a joke being told - two natural antagonists find themselves in uncomfortably close proximity and in the exchange that follows, one of them comes off second best. Might the real punchline be that at times, this joke is on us?

The Joy of Repetition (Luke 18:1-8) (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-10-18 22:29:59 - viewed 484 times

Though the ritual of prayer may at times seem repetitious and even appear to go unanswered, in this parable Jesus illustrates the importance of persistence in prayer.

Just Do It! (Luke 17:5-10) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-10-05 04:00:11 - viewed 530 times

In this reading, Jesus calls his followers to action for the sake of duty, rather than to wait for signs or rewards to be bestowed upon us for doing the work that God has called us to do.

The Failure of the Resurrection! (Luke 16:19-31) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-09-28 04:42:06 - viewed 501 times

"Even if someone should rise from the dead they will not believe" (Luke 16:31).

A 9/11 Sermon (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-09-15 03:01:06 - viewed 538 times

The events of September 11, 2001, took place on the other side of the world nine years ago now, yet the aftermath and reaction continue to affect us here in Australia to this day. As Christians, how should we deal with the suspicions and divisions still being evoked by the memory of 9/11?

Christians v Lions 99 (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2010-09-13 02:06:12 - viewed 508 times

The year is 1999 and Father Dave - parish priest and community worker from Dulwich Hill in Sydney - is raising funds for his Youth Centre the only way he knows how - he's fighting!

Channel 10's 'Today/Tonight' picks up the action as Father Dave puts on a night of pugilistic mayhem that includes a 'Celebrity Death Match' between himself and his good friend, kickboxing champion Paul 'Pitbull' Grima. 

Female Fighters (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2010-09-13 02:04:25 - viewed 477 times

ABC's "Total Sport" looks at women who have taken up fighting as their chosen sport. Interviews are with Marie Coulter, boxing and kickboxing champion Holly Fernley, and with young Sarah Irwin and her trainer, Father Dave. 

Father Dave's Kickboxing Title Fight (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2010-09-13 02:02:38 - viewed 545 times

The year is 1996 and Father Dave - Parish Priest and community worker from Dulwich Hill in Sydney - is training for a shot at the NSW kickboxing title. Channel Ten's 'Today/Tonight' picks up the story. 

Hating your Mother and Father for Jesus' sake (Luke 14:26-33) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-09-06 04:42:11 - viewed 602 times

“Now large crowds were travelling with Jesus. He turned and said to them, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as his own life, he can't be my disciple." (Luke 14:26)

The Secular Jesus (Luke 14:1-6) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-08-30 01:20:28 - viewed 596 times

One Sabbath, when [Jesus] went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?" And they could not reply to these things." (Luke 14:1-6)

The Gospel according to Spongebob (Luke 13: 10-17) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-08-23 00:06:12 - viewed 1260 times

On the face of this account of Jesus' healing of a crippled woman on the Sabbath, some may be tempted to see a simple (if even formulaic) story emerging - but what can we see in Christ's actions here that goes beyond a mere reinterpretation of the Law, to the very heart of the New Testament?

Jesus & the Starship Enterprise (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-08-04 03:18:35 - viewed 539 times

(Luke 8:26-27)

Life Without Rules (Colossians 2:16-19) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-07-28 02:52:57 - viewed 520 times

A sermon on Colossians 2:16-19, in which we find Paul casually telling us not to get too worked up about one of the "Big 10" - and if you're not supposed to get worked up about the 10 Commandments, what are you supposed to get worked up about?

Circumcision and other Cutting Edge Issues (James1980)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-07-08 01:47:13 - viewed 552 times

A sermon on Galatians 5:1-12, in which Paul argues the distinction between a religious/ethnic custom and Faith working through Love.

Sheikh Mansour is deported without trial! (SBS News) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-07-02 08:26:44 - viewed 553 times

Moderate Shiite cleric, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, leaves Sydney for Iran after being deemed a security threat by ASIO.

Prominent Christian clergy and local community leaders testified to the significant contribution the Sheikh had made to Australian society during his 16 years of residence. Even so, the Australian Government deported Dr Leghaei without giving him any explanation for his adverse security assessment, thus denying him any chance of defending himself.

The United Nations has asked the Australian government to explain their actions, which seem to be in clear breach of International Human Rights treaties to which Australia is a signatory.

Father Dave addresses the 'Save the Sheikh' Canberra rally (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-06-28 08:14:08 - viewed 525 times

June 3rd, 2010 - over 1000 of us gather at Parliament House, Canberra, to protest the pending deportation of Sheikh Mansour Leghaei. Sheikh Mansour is to be deported without trial. Despite living peacefully for 16 years in Australia and raising a family of four children, the government is deporting him without giving him any explanation.

You are Precious to me (Ian Powell) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-06-14 21:01:53 - viewed 977 times

"Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you" (Isaiah 43:4)

Unity vs Truth (Keith Mascord) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-06-14 20:41:57 - viewed 580 times

Dr Keith Mascord looks at the prayer and the promise of Jesus in John 16 & 17. The prayer is for unity. The promise is that the disciples will be led into all truth.

Heaven on my mind (Revelation 21) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-06-14 20:37:02 - viewed 512 times

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more." (Revelations 21:1)

The Gospel was never my idea! (Galatians 1) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-06-14 10:58:20 - viewed 554 times

“For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1)

David & Bathsheeba (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-06-14 10:49:01 - viewed 554 times

It's a story fo sex, lies and murder - of the absue of power and corruption in high places. 

The Stoning of Stephen (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-06-14 10:33:53 - viewed 1015 times

"Then they dragged [Stephen] out of the city and began to stone him... While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

Sheikh Mansour Deported - ABC News (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-05-28 02:03:59 - viewed 514 times

Monday, May 17 - Australian Senator Chris Evans announces that he will NOT take any action to prevent the deportation of Sheikh Mansour Leghaei.

The Sheikh and his team subsequently revealed that the United Nations has already appealed to the Australian government NOT to deport the Sheikh until they look into his case, and suggest that his fundamental human rights may have been violated!

Sheikh Mansour Deported - 10 News (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-05-28 02:00:55 - viewed 483 times

Monday, May 17 - Australian Senator Chris Evans announces that he will NOT take any action to prevent the deportation of Sheikh Mansour Leghaei.

The Sheikh and his team subsequently revealed that the United Nations has already appealed to the Australian government NOT to deport the Sheikh until they look into his case, and suggest that his fundamental human rights may have been violated!

Sheikh Mansour Deported - SBS 9:30 News (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-05-28 01:48:31 - viewed 519 times

Monday, May 17 - Australian Senator Chris Evans announces that he will NOT take any action to prevent the deportation of Sheikh Mansour Leghaei.

The Sheikh and his team subsequently revealed that the United Nations has already appealed to the Australian government NOT to deport the Sheikh until they look into his case, and suggest that his fundamental human rights may have been violated!

ANZAC Day Sermon 2010 (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-04-30 19:13:51 - viewed 723 times

For Australian and New Zealanders, ANZAC Day is chief day of rememberance of those who have fallen in wars fought for their country.  The original ANZACs fought at Gallipoli in 1915, but ANZAC Day has subsequently become a day of rememberance for those who have fallen in all wars.

The Wounds of Jesus (John 20:19-29) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-04-30 11:52:12 - viewed 520 times

"Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, but believe." Thomas answered him, saying "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Is it because you have seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!"

Sheikh Mansour and the team on talk-back radio (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2010-04-20 11:30:02 - viewed 537 times

Sunday, April 11, 2010 – Sheikh Mansour appears on ABC Radio National, on John Cleary’s Sunday night show.

The Sheikh was accompanied by his friend, Father Dave, and by Associate Professor Ben Saul of Sydney University – a legal expert and social justice campaigner who is concerned about the way the Sheikh’s case involves a fundamental denial of his basic human rights.  Click the play button below t hear the show.
The Meaning of Easter (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-04-07 11:02:14 - viewed 1096 times

My Easter Day sermon 2010

Save Sheikh Mansour Leghaei from deportation - Father Dave's address (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-04-06 01:12:41 - viewed 496 times

http://www.savethesheikh.com The 'Unity in the Community' BBQ luncheon on March 28, 2010, gave around 1000 of Sheikh Mansour's friends the opportunity to come together and show their support, and call upon the Australian government to halt all plans to deport him. Father Dave speaks on behalf of the 'Christian Save the Sheikh Coalition' - representing churches across the region that have rallied behind the Sheikh. More info on http://www.savethesheikh.com

Sheikh Mansour gets strong support from Church leaders (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-04-06 01:03:36 - viewed 539 times

ABC Lateline, March 8 2010. Sheikh Mansour Leghaei faces imminent deportation from Australia but his supporters - both Muslims and Christians and others across the community - want to know why! http://www.savethesheikh.com

Sheikh Mansour talks about his threatened deportation (fatherdave)
Category: Teleconferences
created on 2010-03-31 07:24:32 - viewed 489 times

After a negative security assessment that dates back 13 years, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei has finally been told to leave the country.

Sex, Sin & Salvation (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-03-27 05:54:11 - viewed 498 times

"The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" (John 8)

Life is not Fair! (Luke 13:1-9) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-03-18 10:05:03 - viewed 559 times

We can’t avoid our share of crap in life. 

Jesus is Crazy! (Luke 15) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-03-18 09:59:51 - viewed 467 times

The problem with Jesus was that He didn’t just welcome social outcasts.  He ate with them and drank with them!  And He didn’t just eat and drink with these prodigals when they returned home.  He ate and drank with them when they were still very much sinners! 

Sheikh Mansour interview (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2010-03-18 09:53:02 - viewed 809 times

March 17th 2010: After being given one month to leave the country, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei breaks his silence and speaks to ABC radio, along with his twenty-year-old son Ali, who is also threatened with deportation.

The Transfiguration and the Sheikh! (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-03-02 01:49:46 - viewed 695 times

“Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.” (Luke 9: 28)

Be Tempted! (Luke 4:1-13) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-02-24 17:59:04 - viewed 546 times

The wilderness temptations of Jesus - the story is recorded in three of the four Gospels, and every year at the beginning of Lent we remember this story.

Do we need to believe in an Afterlife (Dr Keith Mascord) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-02-24 17:47:20 - viewed 548 times

"If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied." (1 Corinthians 15:19)

Father Dave interviews Australia's greatest boxers (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Interviews
created on 2010-02-13 07:28:06 - viewed 584 times

http://www.fatherdave.org Father Dave interviews three of Australia's greatest boxers - Heavyweight champion Solomon Haumono, light-welterweight champion Solomon Egberime, and the great 'contender', Nader 'Lionheart' Hamdan. Along with trainer, George Tannous, the three were at Father Dave's gym to support his Australia Day Box-a-Thon, raising money for anti-poverty agency, Action Aid. Dave took the opportunity to ask them not so much about their boxing careers as about their faith! http://www.fatherdave.org
Texas Child Custody Rights (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Activism
created on 2010-02-13 07:26:15 - viewed 485 times

http://www.texaschild-custody.com/ Texas Child Custody Rights resources. Be prepared for your Child Custody battle. http://www.texaschild-custody.com/
Blessed are you Poor! (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-02-09 00:17:44 - viewed 857 times

"But Jesus never said, 'Blessed are the poor'.  He said, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit!'"

Dreaming the Jubilee! (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-02-08 23:59:00 - viewed 572 times

When Jesus launches his earthly ministry in the synagogue at Nazareth he does so, according to the Gospel of Luke, by proclaiming "Good News to the Poor". 

Jesus Turned the Water into Beer! (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2010-02-08 22:58:07 - viewed 693 times

It never ceases to amaze me that so many of Christ's followers are against alcohol consumption when Jesus Himself clearly drank a lot, and even gained a reputation as a drunkard!

Fists of Affection - Father Dave & Sheikh Mansour (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2010-01-15 23:38:43 - viewed 632 times

http://www.fatherdave.org This 3-minute documentary was put together by my friend (and fellow Holy Trinity parishioner) Dave Mitchell.

Dave's interest was in my friendship with Sheikh Mansour - our local Islamic cleric. He wanted to know how - in the midst of so much nation-wide Islamophobia - the two of us ever became friends.

This is a low-budget doco, but I think Dave did a magnificent job in getting the message through. And the message is this: that Christians and Muslims can be friends.

I do believe that prejudice is always based on ignorance, and in this case the media has done a great job of reinforcing stereotypes and maintaining ignorance.

Change begins when we move beyond talking about our Muslim neighbours and start talking to them. That's what I discovered, and that's the story behind 'Fists of Affection'

60 seconds with Ray Minniecon (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Interviews
created on 2010-01-09 07:28:03 - viewed 667 times

http://www.fighting-fathers.com. Pastor Ray Minniecon is one of this couhtry's great Fighting Fathers and indigenous leaders.

A descendant from the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland (of he Douwaburra tribe), Ray has spent his life serving the indigenous people of this country. He was National Director of World Vision Australia's Indigenous programmes, a 'vision keeper' for the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People, a Council member of the Global Indigenous Dialogue, and has been a pastor to numerous indigenous churches.

Ray has lived and worked in 'The Block' in Redfern for many years and is deeply in touch with the needs of its indigenous community. http://www.fighting-fathers.com
The Dysfunctinal Family of Jesus (Luke 2) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-12-27 21:27:44 - viewed 681 times

‘Christian Family Values’ tend to be advocated strongly by those who are most voacl about sticking to what the Bible says. The irony though is that the Bible actually has very little to say about the significance of the nuclear family, and in terms of the childhood family of Jesus, one snippet from Luke chapter 2 is all that we get. Further, this passage hardly gives us a model we would want our families to emulate!

Christmas Day Sermon 2009 (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-12-27 21:25:12 - viewed 558 times

It's a well-known story, and maybe our familiarity with the nativity scene blinds us to its scandalous nature. 

Unexpected Journeys (Rev. Hannie Hoffman) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-12-16 18:41:04 - viewed 821 times

Visiting preacher, Hannie Hoffman, gives our Advent Sunday sermon for 2009, entitled, "Unexpectd Journeys"

Christ is King! (John 18:33-38) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-12-16 18:39:28 - viewed 704 times

A sermon for the last Sunday of the Christian year - the feast of Christ the King.

An Unexpected Yuletide Messenger (Luke 3:1-2) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-12-16 18:37:10 - viewed 521 times

He emerges from the background shadows of the nativity scene each year at the beginning of the Christmas season - that most unlikely Yuletide messenger, John the Baptist!

Father Dave on 'About Men' (part 2) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-12-06 23:10:33 - viewed 774 times

http://www.fatherdave.org An excerpt from the documenatry, ' About Men', featuring 'Fighting' Father Dave. This is no. 2 of three excerpts taken from the first episode of the series, that focuses on 'rights of passage' and the need for teenage boys to experience positive adult male role models. http://www.fatherdave.org
Father Dave on 'About Men' (part 1) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-12-06 23:09:13 - viewed 725 times

http://www.fatherdave.org An excerpt from the documenatry, ' About Men', featuring 'Fighting' Father Dave. This is no. 1 of three excerpts taken from the first episode of the series, that focuses on 'rights of passage' and the need for teenage boys to experience positive adult male role models. http://www.fatherdave.org 
Everything will be Thrown Down! (Mark 13:1-8) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-11-20 09:48:00 - viewed 583 times

"Jesus said 'Do you see these great buildings?' Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.'" (Mark 13:2)

About Men (part 3) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-11-20 02:25:48 - viewed 852 times

http://www.fatherdave.org. This is the final excerpt from the documenatry, ' About Men', featuring 'Fighting' Father Dave. This is no. 3 of three excerpts taken from the first episode of the series, that focuses on 'rights of passage' and the need for teenage boys to experience positive adult male role models. This setion focuses on a fight of one of the boys from Father Dave's Fight Club - Liam. http://www.fatherdave.org
Loving and Accepting the GLBT community (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-11-09 20:33:36 - viewed 673 times

Pastor Rob Buckingham and his wife Christie have been Senior Ministers of Bayside Church in Melbourne since its inception in 1992. Bayside isa high-profile Pentecostal church, and pastor Rob's exhortation to show love and acceptance to members of the gay and lesbian communities has been hailed as 'ground-breaking'.

The Widow's Mite revisited (David Watkins) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-11-09 19:27:01 - viewed 1215 times

Rev. David Watlkins offers a rather radical interpretation of the story of the widdow who donated 'all that she had' to the temple treasurey - a story recorded in Mark 12:41-44

Celebrating Ruth (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-11-09 18:56:21 - viewed 574 times

My sermon on the story of Ruth (as given in the book of Ruth). This sermon was given on 'All Saints Day', and Ruth seemed like an odd saint to speak on. She's not the most spectacular of Biblical heroes, especially when compared to some of her contemporaries in those ancient days of the 'Judges'. Yet the story fo Ruth presents us with something that transends the ages. It's a timeless story of love and devotion. And maybe that's what 'saintliness' is all about.

Good News to the Poor (Peter Archer) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-11-09 18:35:47 - viewed 872 times

Rev. Peter Archer from World Vision Australia speaks about the ongoing reality of the human slave trade, using Jesus' declaration of the Jubilee in Luke 4 as his Biblical starting point.

Life is a box of chocolates ... NOT! (Job) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-11-09 18:15:55 - viewed 636 times

A wise man once taught me that every complex problem always has a simple answer, and it's always the wrong answer. Suffering is hard enough to come to terms with at an existential level, but it presents us with a complex theological problem too. Why does God allow so much suffering to take place? Job is a large book (even by Biblical standards) and it focuses entirely on this question and yet the answer Job comes up with seems so unsatisfactory, unless we have misunderstood it?

The rapping Father: ) (JohnSylte)
Category: Church
created on 2009-11-09 13:22:33 - viewed 1283 times

Rev. John Sylte raps in the church of Eid in Norway, as a tribute to his confirmationcandidates.

Priest vs. confirmationcandidate (JohnSylte)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-11-09 12:18:35 - viewed 1021 times

Rev. John Sylte vs. confirmationcandidate Magnus Storebø, at confirmationcamp, Norway 2009.

The Incomprehensibility of Jesus! (John 6:60-65) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-10-22 02:02:53 - viewed 675 times

When many of his disciples heard this, they said, "This is a difficult statement. Who can accept it?" But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Does this offend you? What if you saw the Son of Man going up to the place where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life... That's why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father." (John 6:60-63,65) Jesus' offensive dialogue concludes with him losing disciples like an autumn tree shedding leaves. "This is a difficult statement" His followers say, and indeed it is! And Jesus, instead of responding by trying to simplify his teachings, tells them that they will never comprehend Him anyway unless God allows them to. It all sounds rather unfair - incomprehensible even? And while I can't promise to make sense of it all, you can hear my thoughts by clicking on the play button.

Eating the Flesh of Jesus (John 6:48-51) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-10-22 02:01:12 - viewed 638 times

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." (John 6:48-51) Thus begins one of the most distasteful dialogues that we ever hear from Jesus, where he exhorts the crowd to eat his flesh and drink his blood!. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" the crowd ask, and it's a good question. You can hear my thoughts by clicking the play button below.

Are there No Rich People in Heaven (Mark 10:23-25) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-10-12 01:04:12 - viewed 642 times

"How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" .. and how hard it is for us to accept this teaching at face value. How hard it is for us to accept that we can't serve two maters but that love of Jesus excludes love of worldly wealth.

Is Remarriage really Adultery (Mark 10:11-12) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-10-11 23:58:29 - viewed 714 times

Jesus said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Why is it that the most judgemental, self-righteous, intolerant and unsympathetic people always seem to be church members? Well, perhaps it all starts here, in this passage in Mark 10, in the apparently inflexible, intolerant and judgemental statements of Jesus Himself - that marriage is forever and that ‘whoever divorces his or her partner and marries another commits adultery against them‘!, or perhaps Jesus has been completely misunderstood.

Sex in the Bible! (the Song of Songs) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-10-07 09:36:55 - viewed 641 times

"My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away." (Song of Solomon 2:10-13) When it comes to the church's attitude towards sex words such as 'uncomforrtable', 'disapproving' and 'conservative' come to mind. And yet there is an entire book in the Bible devoted to celebrating the joys of sexual love, where the tone is anything but disapproving and uncomfortable! Not surprisingly, many in the church have wondered what to do with the 'Song of Songs'. Click the play button and form your own conclusion.

He took the Child in His arms (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-09-28 12:37:25 - viewed 738 times

"And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them: and taking him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. " (Mark 9:36-37) Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Jesus and His relationship with children is simply the fact that He always seemed to have them around about Him! Ironicaly, in this story we find Jesus trying to have some quiet time with His disciples, and yet there always seems to be a child within reach! And not only does Jesus here welcome the child. He identifies Himself with children in their vulnerability!

The Dangers of Discipleship (Father Dave) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-09-28 12:30:13 - viewed 577 times

"Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, Jesus rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not thinking God's thoughts but human thoughts!" " (Mark 8:32-33) How did the Apostle Peter manage to go from being 'the rock' upon which Jesus was going to build his church, to being 'Satan' all in the same breath! Clearly, following Jesus can be a difficult and confusing path to choose. Perhaps that's why Jesus was so keen that His disciples count the cost before getting involved. (first preached at Holy Trinity in September 2009)

God has Favourites! (Keith Mascord) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-09-28 12:17:19 - viewed 592 times

"Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison. And Rebekah loved Jacob." (Genesis 25:28) The story is of the two brothers - Jacob and Esau - that we read of in Genesis, beginning at chaper 25. Clearly part of the problem for the two brothers was that one was dad's favourite child whereas the other was mum's! As parents we generaly try hard not to play favourites, yet it seems that in this story not only is Jacob mum's favourite, but he is God's favourite as well! First preached at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill in September 2009, this is Keith Mascord's sensitive attempt to handle this difficult question.

Father Elias Teleconference (fatherdave)
Category: Teleconferences
created on 2009-09-02 21:55:38 - viewed 1231 times

Fighting Father Elias is a man who is much loved around the world, and who left an indelble mark on our little Anglican community of Dulwich Hill (in Sydney) when he stayed with us from late 2007 until the end of 2008. Elias is now back with his monastic community (the Community of St John) in Holland where he has been appointed as a University chaplain. This teleconference was an opportunity for many of us in Sydney to catch up with Elias for the first time since his departure. It was also an opportunity for others in the Fighting Fathers network to meet Elias for the first time. Elias talks about his work and calling as a monk, the role that fight-training still plays for him, and the special difficulties associated with Gospel work in Eurpope.

Father Dave on Lonely Planet TV (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-08-07 09:48:30 - viewed 1249 times

For those who aren't familiar, Lonely Planet put out a series of guide books for tourists. They also produce a less well-known TV show, called "Lonely Planet TV'. that screens occasionally on the ABC and more regularly on airlines, informing passengers about imminent destinations. My appearance was (obviously) as a part of the Sydney episode of the series, where presenter Toby Amies (who turned out to be a lovely guy) visited out gym to chat to my pro-wrestler mate, Phil Picasso, as well as to me. I remember that Lonely Planet also covered me singing 'Pretty Vacant' as part of a fundraiser at the local pub, but unfortunately the remaining Sex Pistols wouldn't give them permission to screen it.

Asking the Right Questions (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-08-07 09:31:36 - viewed 628 times

When they had found [Jesus] on the other side of the sea, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?" Jesus replied to them, "Truly, truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and were completely satisfied. (John 6:25-26) A wise person once told me: * What we see depends on what we are looking at. * What we hear depends on who we are listening to * And the answers we receive in life depend largely on the questions we ask Perhaps that's the key to understanding why Jesus is so rough with these guys who ask him a very simple question - When did you get here?' It appears that they were asking the wrong question.

Jesus' Most Trivial Miracle (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-08-07 09:27:56 - viewed 767 times

Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was plenty of grass in that place. So the men sat down, numbering about 5,000. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were seated. He also distributed the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:10-11) It had to be one of Jesus' most spectacular miracles, and is probably the best remembered. Even so, it has to be one of the most pointless uses Jesus ever made of his miraculous powers! No one is saved from death through this miracle. No souls are saved and no one is healed. So why does Jesus bother? You'll get my answer by clicking the play button.

Ciaron O'Reilly on Eco Radio (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2009-08-03 09:27:48 - viewed 1071 times

Fighting Father Ciaron talks to Eco radio about his latest arrest at this year's Peace Convergence – a mobilisation against the biennial US-Australian Talisman Sabre war games held at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland, Australia

Anthony Venn-Brown Teleconference (fatherdave)
Category: Teleconferences
created on 2009-08-03 07:34:04 - viewed 1470 times

Anthony is the unofficial ambassador of the church to the gay and lesbian community of Sydney, and he is a man uniquely qualified for the role. Formerly one of Australia's most high-profile Pentecostal preachers, Anthony 'came out' in 1991, which cost him his ministry and his marriage. His story is one of prolonged struggle - spending many years fighting his sexual identity, and seeking healing and even exorcism to help him overcome his same-sex attraction. Anthony eventually reached a point of accepting himself for who he was, and has reached the conclusion that Christ accepts him too, as he is. Anthony now sees his role as trying to build bridges between the churches and the gay and lesbian community. He sees a great deal of hostility and suspicion on both sides of the divide.

Teleconference with Brother Andy (fatherdave)
Category: Teleconferences
created on 2009-07-31 22:15:08 - viewed 1800 times

Brother Andrew Blair's story is an extraordinary one. He was born female but, after many years of struggle with his identity, 'crossed the gender divide' as an adult. This teleconference is filled with raw honesty, and lasts for the best part of an hour, more than half of which is taken up with questions and responses between Andy and the other members on the call.

Israeli Navy seizes Relief Boat en route to Gaza (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: world politics
created on 2009-07-11 09:38:19 - viewed 745 times

This is a story that has somehow been missed completely by most of the world's media. On June 30th, the Greek-flagged vessel, "Spirit of Humanity" was hi-jacked by the Israeli Navy while in International waters. The crew, including former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Noble laureate Mairead Maguire, were imprisoned. The ship was carrying three tonnes of medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children's toys, and was attempting to bring relief to the people of Gaza. Subsequent to this report, 19 of the 21 people imprisoned have been deported. All aid supplies were confiscated. The good news is that a new convoy is being launched - headed up by Vietnam War Veteran, Kevin Kovic and Scottish MP, George Galloway.

No Prophet is Welcome in his Own Town (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-07-11 09:32:10 - viewed 2246 times

"Jesus left that place and went back to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were utterly amazed. They said, "Where did this man get all these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What great miracles are being done by his hands! This is the builder, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon, isn't it? His sisters are here with us, aren't they?" And they were offended by him." (Mark 6:1-4) The relationship between Jesus and his earthly family was always a tricky one. At times it seemed that both were an embarrassment to the other! Why is it that familiarity always seems to breed contempt? How would we have felt about Jesus had we known HIm all His earthly life? And is the modern quest for the 'historical Jesus' a genuine attempt to know HIm better, or rather an attempt to de-mystify the impenetrable aspects of His character?

Jesus Needs His Sleep! (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-07-11 09:25:24 - viewed 673 times

"A violent windstorm came up, and the waves began breaking into the boat, so that the boat was rapidly becoming swamped. But Jesus was in the back of the boat, asleep on a cushion. So they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to die?" (Mark 4:37-38) The story is recorded in Mark 4, and of course it has a rather spectacular ending, and yet it's always befuddled me somewhat how Jesus managed to remain asleep in a boat that was filling with water, though in the end, this is only one of a number of confusing questions raised by this passage In truth, I wasn't particularly happy with this sermon, but I've included it this week because so many others seemed to really enjoy it. I suspect that's because so many of us are traversing life's storms

Father Dave on Denton's 'Enough Rope' (part 3) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2009-07-03 02:46:49 - viewed 1134 times

Father Dave Smith, Father Bob Maguire and Reverend Sealin Garlett appear on Andrew Denton's 'Enough Rope' in July 2005. The 'three priests' are invited to talk about their lives and ministries, and find that Andrew has a surprise for them as well.

Mr Khatami (the former President of Iran) talks to Father Dave (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-07-03 02:43:37 - viewed 1431 times

Father Dave interviews the former President of Iran - Mr Khatami - during his brief visit to Sydney in March 2009. Mr Khatami believes proposes that the key to world peace is a 'dialogue between civilisations', rather than negotiation between politicians.

Father Dave vs. Jimmy Pat (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-02 05:27:58 - viewed 723 times

'Fighting' Father Dave's professional debut against veteran pug, Jimmy 'the Devil' Pat.

Father Dave at the Free Gaza Rally, Sydney (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2009-07-02 05:14:38 - viewed 1131 times

Father Dave addresses the crowd of around 3,000 people who came together on January 4th, 2009, in support of the people of Gaza.

Father Dave on Wonder World - June 1994 (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-02 05:13:12 - viewed 1182 times

When we first opened the Youth Centre in Dulwich Hill in 1994, Father Dave issued a public challenge to any and ever tough-guys in his community: 'Do five rounds with me in the ring. If you win, I'll buy you dinner. If you lose, you join me in church the following Sunday!' Even though not many came forward to take up the challenge, plenty of media people got involved - the most exciting of which was the team from popular kid's TV show, 'Wonder World'.

Father Dave vs. Geoff Scully (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-02 03:33:12 - viewed 942 times

July 1st, 2006 - a Pankration Death Match between 'Fighting' Father Dave and the 'Mountain Man', Geoff Scully.

Father Dave's Five-Round Challenge (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-02 03:31:58 - viewed 1101 times

Father Dave publicly challenges any of the local street kids to a 5-round fight. If they win, he buys them dinner. If they lose, they join him for church. Channel 10's "Real Life" reports.

Father Dave interviews Ciaron O'Reilly (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-07-02 03:30:29 - viewed 730 times

O'Reilly is a member of the Catholic Workers Movement, best known for his radical anti-war protests. O'Reilly has broken into major military installations around the world to stage protests and disable military equipment. He has served time in prison in various countries for his activities but was acquitted from his most recent action in Ireland, where the court seemed to agree that an act of protest against the war in Iraq was a worthwhile act of law-breaking! Find Ciaron on his blog at ciaron.wordpress.com.

The Good Fight (part 2) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-02 03:14:09 - viewed 772 times

The Good Fight is a film about masculinity in a modern world, spirituality and the lore of the boxing ring. Set in Dulwich Hill, Sydneys inner west, the film delves into the gritty existence of a local Fight Club led by an unlikely character, Father Dave Smith. Directed and Produced by Citt Williams & Beck Cole for Australian Film, Television & Radio School, 2001.

Introducing Father Dave (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-01 03:08:56 - viewed 940 times

Fighter, Father, Activist, Parish Priest - 'Fighting' Father Dave is the only Australian in Holy Orders to have boxed professionally. He is best known for his work with at-risk young people in the inner-city suburb of Dulwich Hill.

The Good Fight (part 1) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-07-01 03:05:18 - viewed 974 times

The Good Fight is a film about masculinity in a modern world, spirituality and the lore of the boxing ring. Set in Dulwich Hill, Sydneys inner west, the film delves into the gritty existence of a local Fight Club led by an unlikely character, Father Dave Smith. Directed and Produced by Citt Williams & Beck Cole for Australian Film, Television & Radio School, 2001.

An appeal to the Pope to visit Gaza (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2009-07-01 03:03:49 - viewed 782 times

Father Dave's appeal to the Pope to visit Gaza during his 2009 trip to the Holy Land.

Peace between Christians and Muslims (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: world politics
created on 2009-07-01 02:59:50 - viewed 904 times

Father Dave addresses the congregation of the Iman Hussein Islamic Centre in Earlwood on the occassion of the festival of the birth of Iman Ali. The address was given in August of 2006, in the middle of Israel's 2nd war against Lebanon.

Athanasius Revisited - A Trinity Sunday Sermon (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-23 09:09:45 - viewed 1016 times

‘We believe in God’. That’s how our creed began today. That’s why we meet here today isn’t it, because we all believe in God? Some people still consider it quite an admirable thing to believe in God. Others still see it as a sign of weakness. Certainly ‘believing in God’ is not as outdated as it used to be. Nowadays people are much more spiritual than they used to be, say, a generation ago. Whereas a generation or so ago it was popular to believe that science had finally pushed back the frontiers of mystical belief to the point where belief in God was no longer necessary, nowadays God is back in fashion, and not only God but also angels and all sorts of spiritual beings and cosmic forces and truths which are out there. Spiritual is ‘in’, but church is still ‘out’. Gods and angels and mystical realities are popular topics of conversation nowadays, but the traditional Christian concepts associated with these things – repentance, grace, and self-sacrifice are not quite so popular. Even words such as ‘holy’ and ‘trinity’ may well be welcomed into conversation at the average dinner party, but a debate over the traditional doctrine of the Trinity will probably not be quite so welcome. What is so unpleasant about the doctrine of the Trinity that we avoid discussing it?

Father Dave interviews Jean Bouchebel (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-06-23 08:10:45 - viewed 778 times

Jean Bouchebel is a true multi-cultural figure - a Lebanese man who lives in California, visiting Sydney to talk about World Vision's work in the Middle East. Jean is truly a mediatorial figure, who tries to work with Christians of all traditions as well as with Muslims and Jews. His goal in Sydey was to build bridges between World Vision and the Arabic churches of the diaspora. He is certainly the ideal guy for the job.

Palestine: What it's all about (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2009-06-17 09:35:03 - viewed 703 times

In the midst of the struggle, and the dust of battle, many people still don't realize what this is all about... It is not only about land and rights

Fighting Father Dave on TCN 9 News (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2009-06-16 06:10:25 - viewed 1156 times

Combating gang violence and street crime, TCN 9 News reports on how Father Dave uses boxing and the fighting arts to teach young people self-control.

Behold, I Am Making All Things New (part 2) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-15 05:59:11 - viewed 1089 times

Father Dave's sermon on Revelation 21 - the promise of a new Heaven and a new Earth (part 2).

Fight Club (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-06-15 03:20:54 - viewed 656 times

'Father Dave's Fight Club' gives young people a channel for their aggressive energies. Father Dave uses the boxing and the fighting arts to get young people off drugs and out of juvenile crime. A Fairfax Digital Production, 2006.

Fighting Father Turns Pro (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2009-06-15 03:17:55 - viewed 1027 times

'Fighting' Father Dave turns pro as a boxer in order to raise funds for his Youth Centre in Sydney's inner-west. ATN 7 News Australia reports. Get a free preview of Father Dave's book, "Sex, the Ring & the Eucharist" at http://Fatherdave.org

My sins have caught up with me! (a sermon on Psalm 40) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-13 08:02:15 - viewed 1453 times

Psalm 40 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

Matthew 2 - the Murder of the Innocents (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-13 07:59:40 - viewed 929 times

Now after [the wise men] had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.” When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.

The Incarnation (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-13 07:58:23 - viewed 731 times

"Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. (19) Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. (20) But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (21) She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

The Parable of the Sower ('The Crazy Farmer') (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 08:21:07 - viewed 916 times

"Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn't deep. But when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants. But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants bore grain: some had one hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty." And Jesus concluded, "Listen, then, if you have ears!" (Matthew 13:3-9) This parable is probably an old friend to many of us, but it is rather unique amongst the parables of Jesus, in part because it is one of the few that Jesus takes the time to explain to His disciples. This might suggest that there is little need or room for interpretation, yet it is my opinion that most people get this parable back to front.

Brides of Jacob, Bride of Christ (Father Elias) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 08:19:29 - viewed 652 times

Somehow Father Elias manages to pull something prrofound out of this ancient story of cheating and greed.

Jacob wrestles with God (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 08:18:27 - viewed 5732 times

My most popular sermon of all time. For the last 10 years, at least one person every day has been reading this sermon on my website :-)

Upon this rock I build my church (Dave) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 07:16:44 - viewed 1404 times

A sermon on Matthew 16: 13-25 - the passage where Peter identifies Jesus as the Christ. In the first part of the passage, Peter identifies Jesus as 'the Christ' and Jesus not only commends Peter but states that "upon this rock I will build my church". In the second part of the passage, Peter gets into a disagreement with Jesus, and Jesus ends up calling him Satan! Here is Father Dave's perspective

Keith Mascord on the Syrophonecian woman (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 07:15:11 - viewed 1511 times

From Matthew Chapter 15: A Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." But Jesus did not answer her a word... But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." This isn't the end of the story of course. Even so, it's one of the most disturbing passages in the Bible, as Jesus seems to rubbish this poor woman who comes to Him for help. The story is sensitively unravelled by Dr Keith Mascord for us. Indeed, his is the best treatment of this text I have yet heard.

Upon this rock I build my church (Elias) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 07:03:32 - viewed 1302 times

A sermon on Matthew 16: 13-25 - the passage where Peter identifies Jesus as the Christ. In the first part of the passage, Peter identifies Jesus as 'the Christ' and Jesus not only commends Peter but states that "upon this rock I will build my church". In the second part of the passage, Peter gets into a disagreement with Jesus, and Jesus ends up calling him Satan! Here is Father Elias' perspective

A Parable of Banqueting and Brutality (Father Dave) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 07:02:30 - viewed 616 times

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:1-14)

Render to Caesar what is Caesar's (Father Elias) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 07:01:03 - viewed 855 times

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:15-21)

All you need is love! (Romans 13:10) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 07:00:13 - viewed 693 times

"Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:10) The verse seems innocuous enough, but I do believe that in these words is demarcated a vast divide between religion that is based on love and a faith that focuses on obedience to a set of rules. After giving this sermon, I asked one of my learned mentors, "Have I now abandoned my Evangelical heritage?" to which he replied, "You've still got a few steps to go, but you'll get there!" I'll be keen to hear what others think of this one. Let me know if you think I've finally lost the plot!

To Err is Human. To Forgive is Crazy! (Matthew 18) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 06:54:59 - viewed 721 times

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22) Forgiveness isn't something that comes natural to us. If in doubt, spend some time in the boxing ring and you'll find very quickly that the natural reaction to a good punch in the nose is not to compliment your sparring partner for his accuracy. It's to punch the bastard back! Yet forgiving people seemed to be at the very heart of Jesus' teaching and life, and he told us a rather crazy story about forgiveness. Find out more about it by hitting the play button.

The Battle for the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 06:48:13 - viewed 675 times

""Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" (Matthew 21:33-40)

The Unhappy Labourers (Matthew 20:1-16) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-12 06:46:09 - viewed 765 times

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, 'You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.' And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.' And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' So the last will be first, and the first last." (Matthew 20:1-16)

Jesus is Angry! (John 2:13-25) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 08:09:45 - viewed 1191 times

And Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!" (John 2:13-25) This depiction of Jesus is a long way from the 'gentle Jesus, meek and mild' that we are probably more familiar with. We see Him here, both sleeves rolled up, brandishing his whip and creating complete chaos in the temple! Is this really Jesus, the Prince of Peace? How do we reconcile these conflicting images? Are we really comfortable following a saviour who is capable of this sort of violence?

There's Room for Everybody! (Acts 2:1-11) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 06:50:33 - viewed 674 times

"The crowd rushed together and was startled because each one heard the disciples speaking in his own language. Stunned and amazed, they asked, "All of these people who are speaking are Galileans, aren't they? So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the district of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome. We are Jews, proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs. Yet we hear them telling in our own tongues the great deeds of God!" (Acts 2:5-11) This is the story of how the church began, with the author of the story giving us this almost tedious list of the different countries of origin represented in the crowd. A point is being made - that everybody was there and that everyone is invited to join the community.

Choosing the Path of Most Resistance (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 06:44:07 - viewed 603 times

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” The passage above is the 'action section' of the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem - an event we celebrate each year on the Sunday before Easter. I refer to it as the 'action section' because most of the verses in the larger passage (Mark 11:1-11) revolve around the preparations that were made by Jesus and His disciples to allow this 'triumphal entry' to take place - all of which point to the fact that the event was very deliberately staged. This got me thinking about why Jesus would bother to stage such an event when he knew it would get Him into trouble with the authorities?

War is the Terrorism of the Rich (Ciaron O'Reilly) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 06:40:40 - viewed 695 times

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Ciaron O'Reilly not only spoke to the week's Gospel reading. He embodied it. If you've not familiar with Ciaron and his history of radical anti-war activism, I'd encourage you to watch the video interview later in the ezine first. In this 20-minute homily, Ciaron gives some of the details of his famous actions and arrests, and shares his perspective on the relationship between war, terrorism, and social oppression.

Jesus can heal but He can't keep people quiet! (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 06:36:30 - viewed 625 times

"And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone ..." But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news..." (Mark 1:40-45) I wasn't happy with last Sunday's sermon so I've included an old favourite today instead that has never been published online before. It's the story recorded in Mark chapter 1, where Jesus shows that He has the power to heal a person with leprosy yet, at the same time, seems to be completely incapable of keeping the healed man quiet!

The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 06:34:01 - viewed 771 times

"I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:14-15) I think I got a bit lost with this sermon, dare I say like a stray sheep that strayed from the plot. Even so, as in the Psalm, I eventually found my way back home.

Jesus Shows us His Scars! (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-06-11 06:31:03 - viewed 1290 times

Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called the Twin, wasn't with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he told them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe!" Thus begins the well-known story of 'doubting Thomas' - a story about a man who seemed to be obsessed with the idea of touching the injured parts of Jesus' body! What was behind Thomas' seemingly macabre obsession? Why did he so want to touch Jesus' injuries, and did he do it when he got the chance?

Teleconference with Ciaron O'Reilly (fatherdave)
Category: Teleconferences
created on 2009-05-31 19:40:07 - viewed 1129 times

Ciaron O'Reilly is a Christian anarchist and pacifist who has been arrested and imprisoned numerous times for his vigorous anti-war protests. He is a joy to listen to. On the call with Ciaron and Father Dave is Eileen Flemming (from wearewideawake.org) and Fighting Father Doug from Montana - a Federal law enforcement officer in the US. The humble and open dialogue between Doug and Ciaron is particularly inspiring.

Dads on the Air goes spiritual (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2009-05-06 07:13:06 - viewed 1261 times

Tuesday 7th April 2009 - 'DADS ON THE AIR GOES SPIRITUAL With special guests: * Archbishop Barry Hickey * Fighting Father Dave The mainstream churches have long ignored the many issues confronting fathers in Australia today, so we decided to take a look at the issues of fathers and the various churches. Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey has written that the absence of fathers is the biggest family and social problem in our society. "If Father Christmas was offering me gifts, I would ask for peace in every family and a father at the heart of every family,'' he was quoted as saying in the publication 'Perth Now'. "The absence of fathers is the biggest family and social problem we face today. It is the biggest cause of lifelong difficulties for fathers, mothers and, most of all, for children." Fighting Father Dave is Parish priest, community worker, martial arts master, pro boxer, author, father of three, and Author of 'Sex, the Ring and The Eucharist', is the only Australian in the Holy Order of the Anglican Church who has ever had to box professionally in order to raise the funds to keep his ministry going. He is known as "Sydney's Fighting Father," who combines his work as a Parish Priest with a ministry to street kids, heroin addicts and other 'undesirables' from the underside of Australian Society. He uses boxing and the fighting arts to teach young people self-control.

An interview with Alison Weir of ifamericansknew.org (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2009-04-02 19:05:19 - viewed 862 times

Like most Americans, Alison Weir, the editor of a small-town newspaper in California, knew very little about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, other than what she had gleaned from the evening news or newspaper headlines. As a journalist, her attention was on issues much closer to home. Neither a muslim nor a jew, she nevertheless became more curious about the topic of the Palestinian uprising. And as she researched it, she became increasingly suspicious that the American media were not telling us the whole story. Months later, she traveled to the occupied territories as an independent journalist to find out for herself what the U.S. media seemed to be omitting. Three months after returning from Palestine, Alison Weir quit her job and founded If Americans Knew, an organization dedicated to quantifying the ways in which the American media was misinforming the public about the conflict. Ms. Weir explains her group's methodology, analyzes the data, and reports on the key findings. Producers: Paul Chek and John Odam (2006) Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations near you. Check website for details

Seyed Khatami audio interview - part 2 (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-28 09:14:48 - viewed 951 times

Seyed Khatami - the former President of Iran - talks to Father Dave about terrorism and its relationship to Islam. He also responds to the suggestion made by a Sydney newspaper that he was anti-semitic.

Seyed Khatami audio interview - part 1 (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-28 09:12:03 - viewed 785 times

This is the extended audio version of the video interview. Mr Khatami talks about the need for a 'dialogue between civilisations' that will lead to real peace and harmony between Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of all faiths and races.

Seyed Khatami video interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-28 09:05:54 - viewed 768 times

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 - Seyed Khatami, the former President of Iran, travels to Australia to speak at the Australian National University to promote the need for a 'dialogue between civilisations'. Father Dave caught up with him in Canberra.

Father Dave on Denton's 'Enough Rope' (part 2) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2009-03-07 05:35:43 - viewed 879 times

Father Dave Smith, Father Bob Maguire and Reverend Sealin Garlett appear on Andrew Denton's 'Enough Rope' in July 2005. The 'three priests' are invited to talk about their lives and ministries, and find that Andrew has a surprise for them as well.

Father Dave on Denton's 'Enough Rope' (part 1) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2009-03-06 05:01:21 - viewed 809 times

Father Dave Smith, Father Bob Maguire and Reverend Sealin Garlett appear on Andrew Denton's 'Enough Rope' in July 2005. The 'three priests' are invited to talk about their lives and ministries, and find that Andrew has a surprise for them as well.

Cibby Krell audio interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:26:28 - viewed 2519 times

I talk at greater length with Fighting Father Cibby Krell about his love of the Confederacy and his passion to retain the traditional values of the South.

Cibby Krell video interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:24:37 - viewed 1155 times

Fighting Father Cibby shares some of his passiion

Tom Koziol audio interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:23:26 - viewed 689 times

I talk at greater length with Fighting Father Tom Koziol about his work to help the elderly through www.senior2senior.org

Tom Koziol video interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:18:06 - viewed 1056 times

Introducing Fighting Father Tom Koziol and senior2senior.org

Doug Pyeatt audio interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:16:40 - viewed 745 times

I talk with Fighting Father Doug about a work close to his heart - the 'Montana Meth Project'.

Doug Pyeatt video interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:13:20 - viewed 915 times

An interview with Fighting Father Doug

Father Labib audio interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:10:58 - viewed 763 times

Father Labib and I talk about his pastoral work and his social justice work.

Father Labib video interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:09:32 - viewed 2153 times

A video interview with the great Father Labib of San Fransisco

Alex Ramos audio interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-06 01:07:36 - viewed 938 times

I speak to Alex at greater length about the Retired Boxers Foundation.

Behold, I am Making All Things New (part1) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-03-02 04:51:03 - viewed 1019 times

Father Dave's sermon on Revelation 21 - the promise of a new Heaven and a new Earth (part 1). http://www.fatherdave.org

Alex Ramos video interview (fatherdave)
Category: Interviews
created on 2009-03-02 02:10:55 - viewed 940 times

Father Dave interviews the great Alex Ramos - a legendary fighter and a champion human being. Alex introduces himself to the Fighting Fathers community by talking about his origins, his fight record, and his work in setting up the 'Retired Boxers Foundation'.

Clayton Bigsby (dougp)
Category: Comedy
created on 2009-02-28 21:00:29 - viewed 2500 times

Sometimes the face of bigotry is funny.

The Foolish Girls (Father Elias) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:35:42 - viewed 886 times

A sermon on Matthew 25:1-13 by Father Elias

Call no man Father (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:26:00 - viewed 680 times

A sermon on Matthew 23:8-12 by Father Dave.

The Law of Love (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:25:28 - viewed 1675 times

A sermon on Matthew 22:34-40 by Father Dave.

The Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-31) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:24:01 - viewed 748 times

on:Jesus said "What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?"

Woman, Know Thy Place! (Keith Mascord) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:21:24 - viewed 959 times

A sermon on the role of women in the church, with particular reference to 1 Timothy 2:11-15 by Dr Keith Mascord.

Jesus teaches us how to dance (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:20:14 - viewed 734 times

A sermon on Mark 1:29-31 by Father Dave.

Jesus casts out a demon with His 'new teaching'! (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:18:50 - viewed 679 times

A sermon on Mark 1:14-20 by Father Dave.

Christians, Muslims and Jews supporting Gaza (Antony Loewenstein) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2009-02-12 05:17:22 - viewed 836 times

This was the keynote address, given by Antony Loewenstein at our "Christians, Muslims and Jews supporting Gaza" meeting The meeting was held on January 30th 2009 at the Imam Hussein Islamic Centre in Earlwood. Antony speaks for 22 minutes, and then responds to questions from the floor for another 40 minutes.

Who invited the Iranians to Church (Matthew 2) (RanjithaVijayakumar)
Category: Sermons
created on 2009-02-12 05:14:41 - viewed 684 times

A sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 by Father Dave.

Love is all you Need! (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-09-18 09:18:19 - viewed 634 times

Arguably Father Dave's most controversial sermon of all time! According to Romans 13:8, "the one who loves another has fulfilled the law." If we take this literally though, what happens to all the other rules and regulations in Scripture?

'Fitna' conference about Islam (fatherdave)
Category: Teleconferences
created on 2008-09-18 09:11:54 - viewed 834 times

This teleconference took place on September 17th, 2008, and was presented by Father Dave, Father Elias, and Islamic cleric and academic, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei. The focus of the discussion was the Dutch film, 'Fitna', which is certainly one of the most unambiguously anti-Islam movies to ever be released. The brain-child of Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, the movie caused a great deal of controversy when it was released in March 2008. In our discussion we try to look at what motivated Wilders to make the movie as well as try to respond to the film's depiction of Islam.

A Burden Worth Bearing (Matthew 11:28-30) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-07-15 03:59:18 - viewed 918 times

"Come to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) I have always taken real comfort and strength from these healing words of Jesus. And yet there is a deep irony in Jesus' invitation to the weary. As Martin Luther said, "Only Jesus would invite the heavy-laden to take on another yoke". Is it really Jesus' role to relieve us of all our cares, as so many modern-day preachers suggest, or could it be that He rather exchanges our useless burdens for ones that are worth bearing?

Bereaved Families Forum (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2008-07-15 03:37:51 - viewed 9043 times

The 'Bereaved Families Forum' is a joint Palestinian-Israeli initiative to bring together families on both sides of the conflict who have lost love ones. These bereaved parents and siblings are now working together to end the conflict and build a more peaceful future for everybody. The very existence of this group is a wonderful sign of hope.

God told me to kill my baby! (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-07-06 02:37:10 - viewed 881 times

Here's my take on one of the most disturbing stories that ever turns up in the Bible - when Abraham hears God telling him to go and make a human sacrifice of his son, Isaac (Genesis 22). This story raises one of the fundamental religious questions - some would say THE fundamental religious question - namely, how can you know when it is God that is talking to you and not another voice?

Zacchaeus - debunking the myths! (Luke 19) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-06-25 12:28:57 - viewed 1078 times

I remember this story (from Luke 19) from my youth, and remember Zacchaeus as a small man with a big heart and a penchant for climbing trees. My goal here will be to call ALL these assumptions of my childhood into question. * Was Zacchaeus really big-hearted? * Did he really like climbing trees? * Was he even really short? To have these and other cherished assumptions called into question (and perhaps learn something new) have a listen.

Father Elias on Perfectionism (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-06-25 12:24:02 - viewed 867 times

Elias does his best here to preach on all three lectionary texts for the day, but my favourite insights in this sermon are in Elias' discussion on the temptation of 'perfectionism' - a favourite topic of his. Elias is of the opinion that the real division in the church is not between Protestant and Catholic or Liberal and Conservative, etc., but between those who aim at perfection and those who aim at love. See if you agree!

Was Jesus Religious (Matthew 9) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-06-11 02:18:40 - viewed 1054 times

Jesus was often depicted by his peers as a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of society's low-life. Indeed, it seems that Jesus just didn't fit the traditional model of a 'holy man' at all. Beyond that, there were some things He said that just seem entirely irreligious! This is a sermon on Matthew chapter 9, where we see Jesus speaking, partying and healing in ways that defied all the traditional religious categories. Is it right to even think of Jesus as 'religious'?

Noah's Ark Revisited (Keith Mascord) (fatherdave)
Category: Sermons
created on 2008-06-11 02:06:26 - viewed 1425 times

Many of us were brought up on the story of Noah's ark - a ripping yarn about a boat and a flood and lots of animals. But does this story have anything to say to us as adults? And it is actually a historical narrative? And does that matter? Fighting Father Keith has something to say on these issues. You might not agree with everything he says, but you're bound to find his take on this ancient story both provocative and challenging! And make sure you give Keith some feedback. His username is 'KMascord', and you'll find him in the main group members' listing.

Rachel Ray - Terrorism Suspect (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2008-06-11 00:53:33 - viewed 1409 times

Here's a wonderful example of both stupidity and straight-out racism in the corporate world. An advertising campaign for 'Dunkin Donuts', featuring celebrity chef Rachel Ray, has been pulled, due to concerns about apparent associations with terrorism! What was the problem? You'll need to watch the video to see.

Fathers Dave & Elias speak on Lust on ABC Radio National (fatherdave)
Category: Media Coverage
created on 2008-05-28 02:53:06 - viewed 1901 times

This 36 minute audio presentation was aired on ABC's Poetica program, and was the last in a series on the Seven Deadly Sins. The topic was 'lust', and Fathers Dave and Elias teamed with Leslie the sex therapist to offer their ideas on lust along with some commentary on European and Japanese romatic poetry!

Olberman on Bush, Iraq & Golf (fatherdave)
Category: world politics
created on 2008-05-20 21:14:48 - viewed 2356 times

I must admit that I love this guy. I appreciate that there are probably an equal number of damning comments that could be made about other world leaders and other US Presidential candidates (well ... maybe not quite as many) but Olberman is so unashamedly direct and incisive ... it's a sort of catharsis to hear him say it on our behalf. Anyway, feel free to disagree with my assessment and to post other videos, critical of Bush's opponents, but this guy definately deserves to be heard.

Sillicon Valley Fight Club (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2008-05-16 17:23:13 - viewed 8733 times

This is a fantastic clip about a group of guys whom we might label as hi-tech nerds, except that they meet once per month to beat eachother up. No doubt inspired by the movie, 'Fight Club', this is a fantastic glimpse at a real life fight club and at the male need to fight.

Rachel Corrie's last interview (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2008-05-14 21:48:20 - viewed 2313 times

Rachel Corrie (1979 – 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. Rachel was killed by a Caterpillar D9 armoured bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during a protest against the destruction of Palestinian homes by the IDF in the Gaza Strip.

A Protest in Galilee (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2008-05-14 21:13:16 - viewed 2154 times

This is recent footage of a demonstration of Nakba victims (ie. Palestinians who were evicted from their homes in 1948) who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, along with their Israeli supporters. The Police unit who appear are known as the 'Border Guard' - a specialized unit used to 'control' protest marches, renowned for using various methods of provocation and brutality. I found it hard to watch this without being reminded of footage of the suppression of ANC rallies in South Africa towards the end of apartheid.

Ali Abunimah on US Presidential Candidates (fatherdave)
Category: Israel/Palestine
created on 2008-05-02 08:58:11 - viewed 1789 times

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of 'Electonic Intifada' speaks on the positions taken by US Presidential candidates towards Palestinian human rights.

Father Dave's Pro Debut (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2008-04-27 10:01:34 - viewed 2495 times

My pro debut against Jimmy Pat, October 11, 1996

Father Dave v Anthony Mundine (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2008-04-27 10:00:04 - viewed 2914 times

My celebrity death-match with the World Supermiddleweight Champion

Jab (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2008-04-27 09:45:48 - viewed 2673 times

The next million dollar baby?

Boxing Cat! (fatherdave)
Category: Boxing/Fighting Arts
created on 2008-04-27 08:49:27 - viewed 8284 times

It's good to see members of the feline community developing a taste for the sweet science.


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