METTLE Weekly Newsletter



Hippolite Musings

Some of you were kind enough to drop a reply to last week’s post encouraging me in my rage against the (evolutionary) machine.  I have placed your comments up on the blog site.  I always appreciate feedback of any kind, including negative or “constructive criticism” (if there really is such a thing).  Keep them coming!


One particular reply is worthy of special mention.  It was from a guy who was in the audience at the Making Sense seminar, very politely defending the evolutionist viewpoint.  I have also included his comments on my blog site, in the interests of being fair and sparking a debate.  Anybody else what to have a go at responding to his points?  The link is here:!A93B6100E328706D!600.entry


Book Report


Inside Narnia



A Guide to Exploring The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe





Devin Brown



Baker Books, 2005









The Chronicles of Narnia series has sold over 85 million copies worldwide and single-handedly introduced people of all ages to the central doctrines of Christianity. Anticipating the December 2005 Walden Media/Walt Disney Pictures release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this book guides readers through the novel that started it all. Inside Narnia offers a close reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Tracing through the book chapter by chapter, Devin Brown explores the features of C. S. Lewis’s writing, supplies supplemental information on Lewis’s life and other books, offers comments and opinions from other Lewis scholars, and shows the work’s rich meanings. Insightful and thorough, Inside Narnia will dig deeper into Lewis’s magical world to reveal biblical truths that often go uncovered. Fans of C. S. Lewis and those who will meet him through the upcoming film release will want to read this book.



I tell you, after the heavy reading I’ve been doing recently (see previous articles) it was a distinct pleasure to pick up something so light.


Devin’s analyses were spot on.  I got goose-bumps again, as I re-entered the land of Narnia, this time drawing together threads from all seven novels to more completely explain Lewis’s motivations.


This book would make a great home-schooling resource, as a guide to understanding the structure of a significant and successful author.





  1. Lucy Looks into a Wardrobe
  2. What Lucy Found There
  3. Edmund and the Wardrobe
  4. Turkish Delight
  5. Back on This Side of the Door
  6. Into the Forest
  7. A Day with the Beavers
  8. What Happened after Dinner
  9. In the Witch’s House
  10. The Spell Begins to Break
  11. Aslan Is Nearer
  12. Peter’s First Battle
  13. Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time
  14. The Triumph of the Witch
  15. Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time
  16. What Happened about the Statues
  17. The Hunting of the White Stag

Reference List


Prayer Requests

  • Tim’s elderly mother: fell; broke her hip; had an operation the next day; recovering.
  • Tim’s son: crashed; rehabilitated; awaiting ACC clearance to return to work.

Praise Reports

  • The All Blacks won in style, apparently.
  • I didn’t get to see the game because Fiona and I were enjoying our annual “give the kids away to friends and have one day and two whole nights to ourselves” weekend.  Praise God!

Other News

·         Mandela – The Legend and the Legacy – It is often said that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, however, this usually means that the other man has been less than fastidious in his choice of hero, or that the “freedom fighter” in question was on the crowd pleasing side.

End Notes

·          METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Elim Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily (but not exclusively) businessmen from Wellington Elim Church, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This newsletter is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from these newsletters, you are welcome to forward them along. Similarly, if your circumstances are such that membership in this distribution list is no longer relevant, then hit reply and type UNSUBSCRIBE to have it removed.

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