METTLE Weekly Newsletter


Hippolite Musings

I’ve been thinking.

I attended a very… interesting event last weekend (Sunday 29 June). It was called Making Sense: An Exploration of Science and Faith. What wasn’t mentioned in the advertising was the organisers take on evolution, so I was intrigued to discover what would be discussed. Here are my notes of the forum. Here is my analysis of it. Suffice to say the lecturer was either a theistic evolutionist or progressive creationist. I enjoyed myself greatly. Does anybody want to join me at the next ones?

  • Forum #2, 27 July: Deluded? Biological evolution and religious faith
  • Forum #3, 31 August: Is Christian faith dangerous? A panel discussion.

Both will be held at Karori Baptist Church at 6pm.

My next question will be along these lines:

  • Given the difference between empirical vs. forensic science
    • Empirical = testable, provable, falsifiable therefore concrete e.g. rocket science
    • Forensic = guesses about origins e.g. evolution
  • Does the professor concede that the position that "molecules-to-man evolution took place" is a statement of faith?
  • Otherwise, can the professor give one concrete example where life from inanimate matter occurs today?

Book Review


Why Won’t They Listen?


The Power of Creation Evangelism




Ken Ham


Answers in Genesis, January 1999






This revolutionary book has already opened the eyes of thousands of Christians showing why the traditional methods of evangelism are not reaching today’s humanistic, evolutionized culture. By applying proven soul-winning methods as found in the Scriptures, this book will revolutionize your witnessing. Why not encourage your pastors to read it, too?

Endorsed by Dr. D. James Kennedy of Evangelism Explosion/Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.



Following on from last week’s review of Dr. Johnathan Sarfati’s Refuting Evolution, is this text from his boss at Creation Ministries International.

While this book may be preaching to the converted in me, it still contains great wisdom. I especially liked the chapter on "the 7 Cs" summarising the entire Gospel message:

  • Creation
  • Corruption
  • Catastrophe
  • Confusion
  • Christ
  • Cross
  • Consummation

The 2nd chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles contains two distinct evangelism styles: one to Jews and one to Greeks. Our Western nation no longer shares the background to the Gospel message that allowed Peter to short-cut his presentation to the Jews. Instead, we must follow the example of Paul by prefacing our message of the Good News with a brief explanation of the Bad News first!

This is a controversial position within evangelical Pentecostalism, as we want to be the bearers of Good News, not Bad. Doesn’t the world already have enough bad news without us proclaiming it too? But in a self-deluded world that attempts to block out the message of the coming judgement, shouldn’t we be preaching Truth (but obviously in Love)?

I found Ken Ham’s style in this brief text was to raise more questions than he answers; he’s obviously got other, bigger books that answer the questions he raises. Apart from this slight irritation, this is a worthy bridge.





  1. A worrisome trend
  2. What is the gospel?
  3. Communication-it’s a problem
  4. The Cross-a stumbling block!
  5. The Cross-foolishness!
  6. Pioneer evangelism-outstanding success!
  7. From ‘Jews’ to ‘Greeks’
  8. The evolution connection
  9. Beauty and the Curse
  10. The seven Cs
  11. Practical creation evangelism
  12. The generation gaps
  13. The victory chapter!

Praise Reports

  • I won my first ever Squash Interclub match. It was a great feeling that lasted as long as the next morning, when I ached!
  • Anybody else wanna share?

Prayer Requests

  • Having difficulties adjusting to disciplining my children without smacking. I vehemently oppose the current legislation, but I am obedient to it. I haven’t found yet a quicker, easier nor as effective replacement. Not all three of my children, just one particular one. I have even threatened putting them into the school system, not because I think it will straighten them out, but because my earlier vow to make Fiona’s happiness my highest priority, supersedes my children’s best interests. "If Mumma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy." I think the gravity of the situation may have gotten through to them.
  • Zimbabwe needs our prayers.

Other News

  • We just won the rugby!

End Notes

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    One thought on “METTLE Weekly Newsletter”

    1. I lost it with one of my children after lots of refusals to modify his behaviour. one, two three strikes and I struck him. We both got a shock but ultimately it did the trick. He was due to see the doc in less than an hour for his Klingon cough. The slap mark was still visible above his buttocks. I will let you know if the prison food is as bad as they say it was.


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