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Arise, my fair one! (A sermon on the Song of Songs)

“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. Flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and … Continue reading

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Australia Day Hero – The Glebe January 22nd, 1997

Priest steps into ring for work of love by Natalie Davison When Dulwich Hill’s Reverend David Smith was asked fight for funding to save a vital youth program, he took the challenge literally. The boxing padre stepped into the ring … Continue reading

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Haunted by sins of his past – The Daily Telegraph November 17th, 1999

He bragged about his armed robberies, shot three police and ran security for an underworld figure, but midway through a prison sentence Jim Taousanis had a vision. It was what the Anglican Church described as an “extreme spiritual experience” and … Continue reading

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Knock-Out Blow – Sunday Telegraph December 31st, 2000

An Anglican priest is being sued for $750,000 by his own church after a man broke his leg during wrestling practice in a parish hall. Sydney’s Reverend David Smith, a boxer widely known as the “Fighting Father” for taking troubled … Continue reading

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A Kind Heart at the Centre of a Debacle – The Daily Telegraph May 19th, 2001

When an inner-city youth centre hit by serious cash flow problems faced a bleak future, a cheque for $20,000 arrived mysteriously Ii the mail. The money came from HIH founder and former chief executive Ray Williams who had read of … Continue reading

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A Community Father Figure – The Torch: August 29th, 2007

by Jeanette Stephen ‘Fighting Father Dave ‘ reflects on importance of good role model REVEREND David Smith is considered a father figure to many. The man known widely as Fightirig Father Dave throughout the area will begin his Father’s Day … Continue reading

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The Punching Priest – On Being, September 1994

Taking on all corners for the Gospel Among other things, Jesus was called a drunkard by his detractors during his time on earth. David Smith, acting rector at Dulwich Hill Anglican Church, Sydney, could perhaps be similarly labelled a “punch … Continue reading

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