METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 19

METTLE

Volume 4 Issue 19

Monday 18 May 2009

Hippolite Musings

 

Thought for the Day

Gentlemen,

I gave my presentation on Ensuring Quality Code to third year Computer Science students on Thursday.  My report is here.

Russell’s in England visiting extended family.  Pray for his whanau here at home in his absence.

I’m looking forward to travelling to Auckland again this coming Thursday.  My project team want to see me during the day, and the Auckland Dot Net User Group will host me (at Ellerslie) to hear my Quality presentation.

I’m also looking forward to going away to Masterton next weekend for my birthday.

Blessings,

James


Correspondence

 

Religion in Schools

Dear folks

The Human Rights Commission  has released a consultative document on "Religion in Schools"

The final version will not be binding on schools, but it will be looked to as guidance by schools, ERO, the Ministry of Education and the courts.  Schools not following the HRC guidance could be exposed to criticism and correction. The document relates only to primary schools but may be seen as having relevance to secondaries as well.
In my view, much of the draft (by Prof Morris at Vic) is reasonable enough but there are oddities and the perspective is deeply humanist. Implications for practice in schools could be significant.

You may wish to consider responding / encouraging response to the HRC document. (Deadline end June)  To assist, I attach a response by the Maxim Institute to an earlier (and similar in tone) attempt on the subject by the Ministry of Education.  I also attach excerpts from relevant legislation.  The legislation needs to be taken as a given.

F.y.i., the definition of religion used in law in NZ is drawn from Australian case law: 
"First, belief in a supernatural being, thing or principle; second, the acceptance of canons of conduct in order to give effect to that belief, though canons of conduct which offend against the ordinary laws are outside the area of any immunity, privilege or right conferred on the grounds of religion. (High Court of Australia: Church of the New Faith v Commissioner for Pay-roll Tax (Vic) (1983) 49 ALR 65, 74.)"

Blessings
Dr Simon Smelt


Foreign Correspondent

  • Miss California Keeps Her Crown After Character Assassination – May 12, 2009
    Carrie Prejean spoke against gay marriage when questioned at the Miss USA pageant two weeks ago. Since then she has been viciously attacked from all directions, and has even been compared to a Nazi war criminal. Yet, her position represents that of a majority of Californians. "They’re really going after her," Focus on the Family President Jim Daley said of Prejean. "She’s being attacked for her opinion; she’s getting creamed for just giving her perspective." Fox News
  • Planned Parenthood Pushing For Sexual ‘Rights’ For All Ages – May 12, 2009
    The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has begun a petition drive to advocate "access to sexual and reproductive health services" for all people, "regardless of age." IPPF lists one of its advocacy objectives as getting governments "to recognize the right of all young people to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health" and to "build momentum for universal access to sexual and reproductive health services around the world." The Bulletin
  • The Pope Prays At Muslim and Jewish Holy Sites – May 12, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI prayed at Muslim and Jewish holy sites at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Tuesday, calling on men and women of good will to undertake sincere dialogue to build "a world of justice and peace for coming generations." "Here the path of the world’s three great monotheistic religions meet, reminding us what they share in common," Benedict said on the second day of his visit to Israel as he became the first pope to visit the Dome of the Rock shrine inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound dominating Jerusalem`s Old City. The Washington Times
  • US Gets Seat On UN Human Rights Council – May 12, 2009
    The United States was elected to a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, after a surprise bid that marked a turnaround in its approach to the often controversial body. The elections came under fire from human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch, which, while calling for the vote, cited many of the candidate countries for violating their citizens’ human rights. The Jerusalem Post
  • US Gov’t To Borrow Nearly Half What It Spends – May 11, 2009
    The government will have to borrow nearly 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year, exploding the record federal deficit past $1.8 trillion under new White House estimates. Budget office figures released Monday would add $89 billion to the 2009 red ink — increasing it to more than four times last year’s all-time high as the government hands out billions more than expected for people who have lost jobs and takes in less tax revenue from people and companies making less money. OneNewsNow


Why I’m An AGW Critic

Yet more scientific backing for Air Con’s main point

from TBR.cc by Ian Wishart

In the climate debate, we can choose to listen to truffle fanciers like Gareth at Hot Topic, journalists like myself or politicians like Al Gore, or one of the leading scientists in the climate field, like Roy Spencer from University of Alabama-Huntsville. The following is a fascinating essay from his blogsite, which backs up the central thesis in Air Con – most of the CO2 increase is natural, not man-made:

Global Warming Causing Carbon Dioxide Increases: A Simple Model


Sunday Service

Praise & Worship (Jamie Fukafuka)

  • How Awesome Is The Lord
  • God of Ages
  • My Soul Sings

Things You Need To Know (Ella)

  • Mission Possible, Shepherd’s Arms, Sunday 24th May after church
  • 50+ Lunch, this Wednesday Studio 6, 12pm
  • Global Day of Prayer, 2pm, 31 May, www.globaldayofprayer.com
  • Ken Gartner, next Sunday @ 6pm, Prison Ministries
  • 4 weeks until Vision Sunday
  • eMale @ Elim, Men’s Breakfast, ‘More Than Just a Numbers Game’ with Mark Gungor, Saturday 23 May @ Church Office @ 9am
  • Mike has loaned me a DVD “God of Wonders, Exploring the wonders of creation, conscience and the gory of God” by Eternal Productions

Crunchies (Selwyn)

  • Foley family: Russell’s in England, Michael got excellence on his speech
  • Lauridsen family: Matt got excellence at soccer & Reuben got an A+ for the model he made of a South American explorer’s (Herman Cortez) village.
  • Baker family: Going to International Student Convention of ACE (with Charmaine from the South Island and Melody the harp)

Sermon

  • Breakthrough Prayer: “Knock and the Door will be Opened”
  • Mike Knott

Never Give Up!

  • Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
  • Keep on seeking, and you will find.
  • Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
  • For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (pound on a door)
  • Mathew 7:7-8 (NLT)

Approaches in Prayer

  • Ask like a child – A child comes with simplicity and trust
  • Seek like a lover – It’s about intimacy and increase; wanting the best for the other
  • Knock like a General – With authority; extending the kingdom

Breakthrough Prayer

  • The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
  • Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not raise; and it did not rain on the land for three yeas and six months
  • And [then] he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
  • James 5:16b-18

Putting your faith on the line!

  • Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except by my word”
  • 1 Kings 17:1
  • After a long time, in the third years, the words of the Lord came to Elijah “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”
  • 1 Kings 18:1

Cloud like a hand

  • And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea…”
  • Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as mall as a man’s hand is rising from the ea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab…
  • Meanwhile the sky grew black with clouds,
  • 1 Kings 18:41-45

Jesus Made the Way for Us

  • My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
  • Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will.”
  • “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
  • So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
  • Matthew 26:38-44


Sunday Service #2

The Hippolite whanau were honoured to be invited to the Equippers Church this morning by Paul and Gayle MacDonald on the occasion of the dedication of their new-born baby Phoenix.  The service was held by Senior Pastor Colin Henderson.

Sermon

  • Hezekiah Tunnel, 500m long, to bring water into Jerusalem during battle
  • Hezekiah, King of Judea (about 700 BC)
  • 2 Kings 18

2 Kings 19:32

  • The King prayed, then Isaiah came with a message from God
  • “Don’t worry about them; the Assyrians will not penetrate”

My grace is sufficient for you

  • Luke 18
  • Matthew 11

2 Chronicles 32: What did Hezekiah do?

  1. Turned off the water – Don’t let Satan have a foothold in our lives
    Romans 1:21, 2 Kings 18:20, 1 Peter
  2. Strengthened himself – What you stand for creates a good wall that is a witness to others; commitments may need restoring
  3. Your success is dependent on those around you.
    James says: “Really?  That’s new.  I thought You + God = the Majority”
  4. Honoured God.

Result:

  • God struck down the Assyrians.

 

Why I Am A Creationist

Last week, I let a friend give his perspective on the Creation vs Evolution debate.  I had spoken briefly with Nate about it, and offered him the opportunity to jot down his points.  In our discussions, I wasn’t quite sure whether we were in agreement or not.  I wanted his written, considered thoughts, so that I could consider them and respond to them here.

I’m still not sure.

Initially, I had assumed that his argument that “science has nothing relevant to say about whether or not there is a supernatural creator, because that is outside the realms of materialistic, naturalistic science” sounded awfully like the “non-overlapping magisteria” (NOMA) argument of Stephen J. Gould.

Gould’s view advocates that science and religion are two domains where one form of teaching does not have meaningful discourse in the other.  The criticisms of Gould’s hypothesis is that Christians make truth claims about the universe, and are thus outside the moral magisterium to which NOMA would limit religion.

But Nate seems to be saying (my paraphrase) that science resides in a measurable bubble within the greater reality of the Creation.

My contention is that if Science is the search for Truth using empirical methods (testable, repeatable, measurable), then Nate is correct that Science will never be able to find God.  However, what Science can point to are the attributes of God, for example:

  • His Infinite diversity
  • His propensity for beauty
  • His grandness of scale
  • His attention to detail

Like scientists before (and after) Darwin, we can marvel at His creation and extol the virtues of the Unobservable by what is observable.

It is not unreasonable to look at design and infer a Designer; just as it is not unreasonable to look at a mere and infer that a Maori carved it, rather than it formed at random over aeons of time.

Nate and I agree that our faiths are not based on the Science of modern man, which changes with each new discovery.  But I am convinced that each new discovery, properly interpreted, will always align with the revealed Truth of God’s Word.  God’s Word is the standard by which all such man-made discoveries should be interpreted.


Why I Am A Christian

USA Pressures Israel for a Two-State Solution

At the crossroads of religions, Jerusalem was, is and will always stay the city of David. Reconciliation between Catholics and Jews is surely positive, but most important is the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and Jerusalem as its eternal capital.

In the videos below, you will see that many people, including the Pope, do not yet realize and accept this.

  • Tel Aviv 100 years: see Tel Aviv in color in the ‘30s [click here]
  • The Pope Speaks at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum [click here]
  • U.S.A. Pressures Israel for a Two-State Solution [click here]
  • OK to welcome the pope, but we have to tell him the truth [click here]
  • Stupid Imam: Quran anticipates the destruction of Jews [click here]
  • A fairy tale fantasy in the land of Israel [click here]
  • Muslims still destroy the Temple Mount [click here]

Why I Am Pro-Life

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New Report Details Fudged WHO Numbers on Maternal Mortality

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) A newly released research paper identifies structural flaws in United Nations (UN) data collection and analysis of global maternal health, finding that UN maternal heath policies based on the bad data are jeopardizing women’s health in the developing world. The paper, “Removing the Roadblocks from Achieving MDG 5 by Improving the Data on Maternal Mortality,” by Donna Harrison, M.D., was published by the International Organizations Research Group (IORG) [IORG is a division of C-FAM, publisher of the Friday Fax]. The paper shows how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines to UN member states require nations to collect faulty data while at the same time pressuring them to enact UN policies such as liberalizing abortion laws based on that data. Read more

EU Intervenes in Internal Philippines “Reproductive Health” Debate

By Piero A. Tozzi & Katharina Rothweiler

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The head of the delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines, Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, has vocally intervened in a contentious legislative debate in that nation, pushing legislators to pass a controversial "reproductive health" bill while linking increased foreign aid to passage, according to critics. Speaking at a forum sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to promote the Reproductive Health Care Act of 2008 in Manila last week, MacDonald chided Filipino legislators for failing to pass the bill, calling the "provision of effective and accessible" reproductive health services "a responsibility of the State towards the people of the Philippines." Read more


Humour

Coulter on Prejean

No matter what you think of the subject matter…you have to confess some of Coulter’s turns of phrase are exquist!!! Turning the tables…we need more of it…

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=98020

Renton


Book Review

 

Title

Psalms Book 4

Author

Moses, David, et al

Description

Songs of praise and worship to the LORD.

Contents

  1. LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
  2. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High…
  3. It is good to give thanks to the LORD
  4. The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty
  5. O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs…
  6. Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
  7. Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
  8. The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
  9. Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
  10. The LORD reigns; Let the peoples tremble!
  11. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
  12. I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
  13. Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come to You.
  14. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
  15. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
  16. Oh, give things to the LORD!  Call upon His name;  Make known His deeds among the peoples!
  17. Praise the LORD!  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

Review

Love the Psalm 103.  I used to sing that one to my kids every night to help them to drift off to sleep. 

8/10


Bible Reading

 

Week to 24 May 2009

  1. Proverbs 20:1 – 22:29
  2. Proverbs 23:1 – 25:28
  3. Proverbs 26:1 – 28:28
  4. Proverbs 29:1 – 31:31
  5. Ecclesiastes 1:1 – 4:16
  6. Ecclesiastes 5:1 – 8:17
  7. Ecclesiastes 9:1 – 12:14

Week to 1 June 2009

  1. Song of Songs 1:1 – 4:16
  2. Songs of Songs 5:1 – 8:14
  3. 1 Kings 12:1 – 12:33; 2 Chronicles 10:1 – 12:16
  4. 1 Kings 13:1 – 15:32
  5. 2 Chronicles 13:1 – 16:14
  6. 1 Kings 15:33 – 18:46
  7. 1 Kings 19:1 – 20:43
  8. 1 Kings 21:1 – 22:53

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at: http://biblereader.cloudapp.net/.


End Notes

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