METTLE Weekly Newsletter


Hippolite Musings

Now I’ve gone and done it.  I followed my own advice and sent in a submission on the Wellington City Council Draft Plan.  Specifically, I requested that “none of my rates goes into funding the Global Warming hoax.”  Well, I got an official invitation to present my views to a panel of councillors on May 27, 28 or 29.  Anybody interested in joining me?  I won’t go alone.  I can download the relevant climate change sceptic websites as backup resource material.


This (last) Sunday, Pastor Mike made a call for people who had lost jewellery to stand, and we all prayed that we would get back what was taken from us.  Let me quickly add that this is a unique call (to my knowledge) and was in the context of praying for healing and/or restoration.  It is not some more “prosperity doctrine” excess.  I stood and prayed for the restoration of my gold wedding band.  I loved that thing.  It had three types of gold in it: white (platinum), red and yellow (18ct).  I lost it somewhere.


I was fully expecting God to restore it this week.  Instead, this morning I received a vision.  In my vision, it was revealed that at least in part, the reason why I chose that ring is because of the white gold.  You see, as a teenager, when I wasn’t a Christian, I was heavily into Science Fiction.  There was a series of books, “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, White Gold Wielder and Unbeliever” by Stephen Donaldson.  In it, the protagonist was a leper in this world, but a wielder of magic in this other dimension he visits.  Anyway, God revealed to me that He allowed the ring to be lost (not “He took it”) as part of stripping me of trappings to the demonic.  Further, He revealed His mercy in that it was only my ring, and not my son that was lost!  You see, Hamish Kirk Hippolite is (in part) named after Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise! J

Book Review


Holy Sex – Song of Solomon (Paperback)


Michael Pearl


No Greater Joy Ministries (July 1, 2002)






God created his children as sexual opposites, and designed marriage to be the context of erotic pleasure. While the church has been mostly silent on the subject of sex, the world and the devil have attempted to make it their domain. The church has rightly proclaimed biblical prohibitions on the misuse of sex, but it has failed to speak out on the godliness of erotic pleasure in the context of marriage. Out of 66 books composing the Bible, one whole book is dedicated to promoting erotic pleasure – Song of Solomon. Michael Pearl takes his readers through a refreshing journey of Biblical texts. This sanctifying look at the most powerful passion God ever created will free the reader from false guilt and inhibition.


86 pages can easily be read in a single afternoon.  It was very good!

Praise Reports

  • Stars of Rings back for Hobbit – Lord of the Rings stars Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis have signed up for The Hobbit and could soon be back in Wellington, according to director Guillermo del Toro.  This story, I just like.
  • Expelled ten days later – According  to Box Office Mojo, Expelled is estimated to have:
    • Earned $5,282,000 in 10 days.
    • It is currently ranked 6th in political documentary, 12th in Christian, and 15th in documentary.
    • It is currently ranked 13 in films, but every film ranked above it was released in far more theatres.

Can I encourage you, if you’re a movie goer, to start asking the box office when they will be showing Expelled?  Your interest will drive their response.  NZ doesn’t have to get this movie at all, but we need it!

Prayer Requests

  • Supporters vow to push on with anti-smacking petition – Backers of a petition to force a smacking referendum are vowing to press ahead after as many as 30,000 signatures were tossed out as invalid.  Are we so apathetic, that we can’t turn back such obvious evil?  This intrusion into the home is pure socialism.  Or have all the conservatives already left the country?
  • Judge orders US polar bear decision by May 15 – The Bush administration must decide by May 15 whether polar bears in the United States should be listed as threatened by climate change under the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday, barring further delay.  Here is another reason the Global Warming/Climate Change hoax is bad: the reallocation of funding involved.  When God sent the Flood, was He concerned at the loss of species?  He can create new species at will!  He may choose not to do it on this planet ever again.

Other News

  • Mayoral Ward Clinics Launched – Wellington residents are invited to meet Mayor Kerry Prendergast and their local ward councillors at a series of Saturday morning ward clinics starting in the Southern Ward this Saturday 3 May.  If you can get involved, I earnestly urge you do to so.
  • Forty years on, abortion battle rages in Britain – Pro-choice campaigners mark 40 years of legal abortion in Britain next week, but say their hard-won right is under pressure from pro-life activists trying to lower the 24-week limit for the termination of pregnancy.  Let’s pray that Life will prevail against the forces of Death.

End Credits

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3 thoughts on “METTLE Weekly Newsletter”

  1. Hi James
     I do not know if I can join you for the council meeting, much as I would love to.  I wonder if Simon S. might either be a person of some standing to accompany you and give credence to your arguments; if not, he might be able to recommend someone who is well qualified. 
     About the Stephen Donaldson stuff – I too have read the books; depressing!  I threw out my copies some years ago, then promptly read my friend’s copies to complete the first two trilogies (not exactly the most Christian thing to do, I might add).  The gloomy mood seems to get worse as the story progresses – they make “The Golden Compass” look as innocent as the “Mister Men” books!
     Incidentally, we named our son Mitchell Zachary Flynn.  “Mitchell” is based on Robert “Mitch” Mitchum.
     Would you like to join me in gaining more signatures this weekend?  We seem to have under two months to gain 20’000 more.  I’m sure, if we put our minds to it, we could get half of that this Saturday in Johnsonville Mall J


  2. Hi James,

    That’s very sweet to hear how you partly named Hamish after a famous Star Trek Captain!

    That was an interesting story about your wedding ring. Yes, I guess we had better go get a few more signatures for the anti-smacking. What’s the bet the Labour will waste extra tax payer $’s and have the referendum on a separate date AFTER the election?!

    I’m not really fully informed on the global warming / climate change debate, but all the best for your submission.

    Thanks for sending out these weekly METTLE’s. Sorry for not being more responsive – I do enjoy reading them thanks. J



  3. Hi James.
    Well, well well. Fancy you into TCoTC ( Stephen Donaldson). I also have all the books and pull them out every 6 years or so and read them all. They are a great read.
    Also regarding the…  
    Supporters vow to push on with anti-smacking petition – Backers of a petition to force a smacking referendum are vowing to press ahead after as many as 30,000 signatures were tossed out as invalid.  Are we so apathetic, that we can’t turn back such obvious evil?  This intrusion into the home is pure socialism.  Or have all the conservatives already left the country?
    I sent out two e-ails last month calling for folks ( you included) to help collect sigs. On both occasions I got absolutely NO response at all from anyone, except an older friend of mine who was unable to make it due to family illness.
    On those two occasions the weather was great and we could have done well. I know that we are tired of this and have other things that crowd out our lives, but it doesn\’t take much to respond to say one is unavailable.


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