METTLE Weekly News


Hippolite Musings

Another week, another format.  One of these days, I’ll settle on a structure that you guys will love.


This week has been busy again:

  • I’m preparing for a presentation I’ll be making in April to the SQL Server Users Group about Reporting Services.  I see this very much as the continuation of a vision the Lord has given me to use my secular skills as an opportunity to reach my community of fellow “geeks” for the Lord.
  • Fiona and I have both signed up for squash membership.  The children are just at that stage where it is possible for us to contemplate taking them along, and they won’t be disruptive.
  • Fiona and I have also been attending the latest Parenting with Confidence Toolbox course.  This flows from our personal philosophy of “process of continual improvement”!  We take a parenting or marriage enrichment course at least once a year.  It’s great!  You should try it.  There’s always more to learn, and the fellowship is fun.  Who knows?  You may even meet and get to like (gasp, shock, horror) non-Christians!  On the first night, they asked the usual questions, like “what do you hope to achieve here?” to which my reply was “I desperately need to learn new techniques that work, now that I’m not allowed to smack!”
  • Easter was fun.  If you couldn’t make it to the Good Friday mini-seminar Elim ran, then here are the three sessions I blogged: here, here and here.


Book Review


Derek Prince – A Biography by Stephen Mansfield

Derek Prince Ministries Publishers

Not just another famous preacher’s story!

Derek Prince was more than just one of the best-known Bible teachers of the twentieth century. He became one of the fathers of the largest Christian movement of all time.

In more than six decades of ministry, Prince touched millions who had heard a tape, read a book, or saw him in person at any of a thousand meetings around the world.

Derek Prince – a Biography is as gritty a book as you will ever read about a religious figure. You will be inspired to practice the lessons God had pressed into Prince’s life: the discipline of fasting, the power of Scripture, the necessity of thanksgiving, the impact of prayer, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

"People who know Derek’s story will be delightfully surprised, and people who don’t know Derek are going to find an inspiring, honest story about hunger for God." says Mansfield, who was with Prince days before he died in September 2003.

Hippolite Rating: 9/10


I was one of those who had occasionally heard Derek’s teachings, been impressed, but didn’t particularly know Derek’s story.  By the end of this book, I was even more impressed.  Guys, this is the kind of book that inspires.  Don’t let your wife read it until you’ve absorbed the implications for your ministry together!

Praise Reports

  • Parents turn in teen over cannabis – The parents of an Invercargill teenager decided it was time for tough parenting when they found cannabis in their son’s room, so they called the police.  Tough Love, in response to a motivation to turn a negative situation around is not only commendable but necessary.
  • God’s cure for gays lost in sin – When Mercy Ministries says it helps young women with "life-controlling issues", it means in part that it aims to teach them not to be lesbians.  This is an article about Sy Rogers.  I’ve heard Sy in person.  He’s an awesome minister of the gospel.  This article comes from the perspective that Christians are either harsh or ignorant if we think gays can be “cured.”  Apart from that, it’s an excellent article.
  • Vatican distances Pope from views of baptised Muslim – The Vatican sought on Thursday to put distance between Pope Benedict and the political views of a Muslim whom he baptised over Easter weekend, known in Italy for his stinging attacks on Islam.  Go save those Muslims, Papa!

Prayer Requests

  • Feedback Sought On Liquor Bylaw Extension – Wellington City Council today agreed to consult the public on a proposal to extend its liquor control bylaw.  This just in; you may have an opinion you’d like to express.
  • Paper on raising the school leaving age released – The Government has released a discussion document on its policy to stop young people leaving school until they are 18, unless they are in some other form of education or training.  In my opinion, yet more Socialist interference in the lives of families.
  • Mugabe hands out cars ahead of poll – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, facing the toughest election battle of his 28 years in power, handed out hundreds of cars to doctors in what opponents say is a vote buying campaign.  It’s time to get rid of this tough guy megalomaniacal dictator… no wait, that’s Helen Clark!

Other News

  • Some climate facts to warm tocontinuing my series on sound scientific reasons to doubt climate change.
  • Christian Evidences Camp @ Foxton Beach, hosted by the Palmerston North Church of Christ, Sat 19 April to Wed 23 April.  Designed to quip Christians of all ages with the cutting edge scientific discoveries. While everyone is invited to come, we are especially aiming our lessons at our youth and young adults/intermediate/college/university). Families are most welcome. There will be special classes for all ages from cradle roll to adults. During the day there will be various sports activities and other fun events organised.  I probably won’t go (got other holiday plans in May), but this may be worth a look for your family?
  • McKellen confident of another spell as Gandalf – British actor Sir Ian McKellen is talking up the likelihood of regaining his role as Gandalf the wizard in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.  Yay!  He may be queer, but he’s still a good actor.

End Credits

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One thought on “METTLE Weekly News”

  1. Hi James,
    I grew up listening Derek Prince and have been in conventions many times where he was speaking. He\’s a good speaker… A bit dry for my tastes and not always right. But then, that goes for all of us eh! He certainly has had an interesting life.


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