Hippolite Musing…

Fiona and I are starting our planning for the year ahead.  I keep having a recurring image (vision?) of myself teaching a series from the pulpit.  I’ve done this sort of thing before when I was an intern at Elim.  Specifically, I thought a series of six lessons around the topic of “contemporary and controversial issues confronting the church”.  The initial topics would be:

  • Evolution vs. Creation.  Does it matter?  What’s the evidence say?
  • Global Warming.  Is it real?  What’s the church’s response?
  • The Anti-Smacking Law.  What does it mean?  What’s the current situation?  Does it matter?
  • Relationships in the 21st century.  Why stay celibate until married?  Why get married?
  • Another idea I had, but I’ve temporarily forgotten.
  • This bullet point left intentionally blank.  Please respond with your own suggestions.


I’d be interested in your thoughts on the desirability and/or feasibility of this kind of thing.  I keep hearing from various people that these types of things need to be said from the front.  However, I also understand the need to balance that with keeping the Sunday morning sermon as Biblical exhortation and encouragement.  I haven’t run this by the leadership yet; it’s still an idea in germination.  “Many heads make better plans” (NKJV*)


*NKJV – Not the King James Version, it’s my paraphrase.


Book Review

Peter Jackson: A Film-maker’s Journey

Author:         BRIAN SIBLEY, a well-known British author and radio personality, is coauthor, with Peter Lord, of Abrams’ popular Creating 3-D Animation. An expert on animation, illustration, and fantasy literature, his many books include Shadowlands: The Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, The Land of Narnia, and The Map of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. He lives in London.

Book Format: Hardcover

ISBN:           0732279623

Price (RRP):      NZ$49.00

Publication:      1 November 2006

Pages:              578

Publisher:         Harper Collins


Description:     In this authorised biography, the boy from Wellington’s Pukerua Bay reveals how he beat Hollywood at its own game. It is a story of passion, single-minded determination, and, above all, an artistic vision and a sense of dramatic scale.

Through Jackson’s eyes and own words, as well as re-tellings and memories of friends, family and associates, we are shown how the director’s early life — with its obsessively pursued hobbies and first childhood attempts at film-making — were effectively one big audition for The Lord of the Rings and King Kong.

The book explores the Academy Award-winning success of Heavenly Creatures, the first abandoned King Kong re-make, then the triumphant filming of The Lord of the Rings — a project that was abandoned two years into pre-production, rejected by most studios and then picked up by New Line Cinema in the biggest gamble in film history. It takes us through the filming of Jackson’s boyhood dream, King Kong, and on to his new project, The Lovely Bones.

The story of Peter Jackson will inspire everyone who admires creativity and courage, who loves movies or is proud that a clever film-maker from a small country can show the giants of the movie world that vision and passion can succeed.

Review:            Great story, told by a story-teller with credibility in his subject matter.  Brian Sibley was formerly unknown to me, but now I will read his other works with interest.  I found this book a real page-turner.  Only problem was, I like to put down a book between chapters, and the chapters were so long!  I discovered it took me 2 hours to finish one chapter.  8 out of 10.

End Notes

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2 thoughts on “METTLE Weekly”

  1. Hi James,
    Such subjects are OK provided the message concentrates on what the Bible says.  Global warming would be difficult in this rspect I think.  
    What about working up a message on a subject that is one of God\’s favorites – God\’s rescue of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  He refers to this seven times through OT history because, I am sure, it points to His son, Jesus rescuing all believers from slavery under Satan.  There are many parallels in the two rescues – please see some of them in my booklet App 5 and notes on pp 48-50.  
    Many blessings


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