METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 27


Volume 4 Issue 27

Monday 13 July 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Thought for the Day


We METTLE men have been challenged to write a letter to the editor in response to this letter.

DOMINION POST P.B4 2 July 2009

Letter to the editor

What it was the child learnt

Family First has reached a new low in its efforts to have assaults on children re-legalised by excusing the behaviour of a Lower Hutt father who is reported to have repeatedly pushed his seven year-old son to the ground (June 23). Apparently the child would not join in a rugby game.

The child is said to have been troubled by the fact that some of his uniform was missing. The child was hurt and humiliated in front of his peers.

What did the child learn from this experience? He learned that his father was not available to support him through a difficult and embarrassing spot that he did not have the experience to deal with.

He also learned that, when you are mad at someone, you can "lose it" and shove them. Is this good parental correction?

Pt Howard

Who will join me in refuting the world-view of this well intentioned but wrong-headed individual?



Dennis Morris-Traveller of Baanaadoze

Spokesperson for the Yes Vote campaign re the upcoming referendum, returns for a second enlightening and entertaining interview with host Renton Maclachlan.

The topic is the much publicized ‘Ambiguity of the question’ – ‘Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?’

Dennis Morris-Traveller of Baanaadoze

Spokesperson for the Yes Vote campaign re the upcoming referendum, returns for a second enlightening and entertaining interview with host Renton Maclachlan.

The topic is the much publicized ‘Ambiguity of the question’ – ‘Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?’

Foreign Correspondent

Chuck Missler’s News Roundup

  • Israel Won’t Seek US Permission To Strike IranJuly 07, 2009
    Vice President Joe Biden told ABC News earlier this week that the US would not stand in the way of an Israeli strike on Iran. However, President Obama told CNN that the US wanted to pursue diplomatic channels in resolving things with Iran and had "absolutely not" given Israel a green light to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel will therefore be unlikely to seek approval from the US if it decides that a strike on Iran is necessary for its protection. Haaretz News
  • Pope Wants Global Authority For Global EconomyJuly 07, 2009
    Pope Benedict said on Tuesday, "there is an urgent need of a true world political authority" whose task would be "to manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result." Many freedom-loving people fear a strong global government, but not the Pope. "Obviously it would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties…" he said. Reuters
  • Organic Molecules Found In Mummified Dinosaur SkinJuly 07, 2009
    Scientists from The University of Manchester have identified preserved organic molecules in the skin of a hadrosaur. A wide range of tests have shown that the fossil still holds cell-like structures, although the constituent proteins have decayed. "You’re looking at cell-like structures; you slice through this and you’re looking at the cell structure of dinosaur skin," said Dr Phil Manning, Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology at SEAES. "That is absolutely gobsmacking." ScienceDaily
  • DNA: The Alphabet Of LifeJuly 07, 2009
    DNA are three letters full of paradox. What they represent remains little understood by the public, yet they are on everyone’s tongue. Amid the chatter of popular culture, the truth gets lost that DNA is one of the most powerful clues we have of the existence of a spiritual reality, maybe to the existence of God. The Jerusalem Post
  • Robert S. McNamara Dies At 93July 06, 2009
    Robert S. McNamara, perhaps the most influential defense secretary of the 20th century, who helped lead the nation into the maelstrom of Vietnam and spent the rest of his life wrestling with the war’s moral consequences, died early Monday at his home in Washington, D.C. Free Internet Press
  • British Doctors Not Free To Offer Patients PrayerJuly 01, 2009
    The British Medical Association conference in Liverpool debated a motion saying medics should be free to discuss spiritual issues. But delegates at the union’s annual meeting refused to back the proposal. Last year community nurse Caroline Petrie was suspended by North Somerset NHS Trust after offering to pray for a patient. BBC News

Situation Vacant

Senior or Intermediate .NET Developer

  • Still looking for programmers
  • 2 month full time contract initially
  • Wellington CBD
  • Email your CV to me

Why I’m An AGW Critic

Crucial Questions Need Answers

By Muriel Newman

As a series of consultation meetings about New Zealand’s binding target for greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2020 are being held by around the country, questions must be asked about how well the public of New Zealand are being served on this issue.

Salvation Circus or Government Consultation?

By Bryan Leyland

Last Monday night I had the disturbing experience of being present at a public meeting called by Nick Smith (Minister for Climate Change Issues) to discuss New Zealand’s 2020 emissions target. It was one of 9 public meetings and 5 invited meetings arranged by the Ministry for the Environment to get public feedback on what New Zealand should do towards a 2020 emissions target.

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • With Cheryl Soukotta
  • Praise Him
  • Amazing Grace
  • Your Joy Is Our Strength


  • With Elder John Hastie
  • A stirring message of the garden of Gethsemane
  • “There was a price that was paid. Let’s be careful that our Christian culture doesn’t evolve without careful reflection upon the sacrifice of God.”
  • If we can think about these things, we will see our lives impacted, broken, and in alignment.
  • Worthy is the Lamb
  • We worship you Lord
  • Embrace us with your love

Things You Need To Know

  • With Ben
  • Kids Programmes today
  • Encounter service tonight at 6pm
  • Soup Sunday 16 August
  • Kevin & Margaret Peat, Healing Relationships, 26th July, from Elim UK
  • PowerZone, next weekend: Mission Possible launches
  • Next week: Ephesians


  • With Daniel Bell, Youth Director
  • Aimee brought friend Jessica
  • Tane and Hamish brought friend Chris
  • Family friend of the Hastie’s was visiting too

Tithes and Offerings

  • With Selwyn Jackson
  • Song: Glorious Is Our God


  • With Selwyn Jackson
  • Standing in for Ian Scarlet, who was double-booked
  • Starting our study on Ephesians
  • A book of exuberant, good news announcements

1:1 – There is some debate about whether:

  • It was particularly “to the saints in Ephesus”
  • It was actually written by Paul or dictated by Paul to a scribe

For the purposes of this study

  • The plain reading of the intro is satisfactory
  • Looking at a map of the Mediterranean: the countries from left to right go: Portugal, Spain, Italy (Rome), Greece (Athens), Province of Asia (Ephesus)
  • Ephesus was on the west coast, therefore an important trading city
  • It was written to believers, not unbelievers
  • A book of exuberant announcements, it announces a new age of ethnic unity

What Money Cannot Buy: Spiritual Blessings

  • chosen
  • predestined
  • adopted
  • redeemed
  • forgiven
  • His seal of approval

How do we respond to this?

  • Through the expression of our gratitude.
    • CH Spurgeon says, “We can bless God by praising him…”
    • By accepting and acknowledging Him. Psalm 103
  • Through the utterance of our collective agreement – AMEN
  • Through the activation of his commission
    • Witness
    • Ministry e.g. Matthew 25:34-40: the parable of the sheep and the goats. “Whatever you do for the least of these brothers of mine, you do for me”

Why I Am A Creationist

Dino-to-bird theory all in a flap!

The idea that dinosaurs could have evolved into birds is nothing more than fanciful story-telling. Yet, it is being promoted with zeal by much of the evolutionary establishment. However, there are many dissenters in the ranks on this one, and a recent new discovery demonstrates how increasingly implausible this evolutionary concept is.

Anticreationists claim CMI “lied” about film

A flurry of web outbursts by opponents of creation ministry is raging concerning CMI’s Darwin Film, The Voyage that Shook the World. The evolutionist experts interviewed, who gave so much powerful and important information, are seemingly shocked that a creation organization was funding it. Did CMI cross the line? Judge for yourself—not only have CMI and the film’s independent director made significant statements, but also the text of what each interviewee received is in this recent web article.


Jesus fish wars continue

The Jesus fish symbol is well-known to most. The anticreationists have been using their own version and subsequent variants to mock the Christian faith and embellish evolutionism. Learn about the origin of this symbol (its alleged dubious origin is often used as a debating tactic by cults such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example), and just why people are so intent on deriding it so much. Read Jesus Fish/Darwin Fish.

Evolution: The Grand Experiment

Author: Dr Carl Werner
This fresh, powerful book takes the words of evolution experts themselves and compares them with the evidence. It is highly visual, being lavishly illustrated in colour. The authors present a lot of new material in demolishing the big claims of evolution. A great teaching resource, but also recommended for general reading.

  • High School–Adult 256 pages
  • Buy the hard cover for $55 & get the soft cover (teacher’s manual) FREE!

Why I Am A Christian

The definitive article on atheism

Most of us would profess to know what defines an atheist. But there is a lot more to this term than most people realize. A brilliant new treatise on this subject is available on our website. It would be a useful tool for equipping Christians and also good for challenging those folks who actually define themselves as “atheists”.

  • See The definition of “atheism” and feel free to share it widely.
  • It would also be a great article to link to from your own website and even your church’s.

Why I Am Pro-Life

Governments Maintain IPPF Funding Despite Financial Crisis in 2008

(NEW YORK – C-FAM)  The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world’s foremost abortion provider, recently released its latest financial report which shows that the organization continues to receive the majority of its multi-million dollar budget from government grants and pay six figure salaries to dozens of its executives despite the world financial crisis. "IPPF Financial Statements 2008" highlights the work done by IPPF and its affiliate organizations all across the globe. In total, the organization boasts that it has provided over 24 million "contraceptive services" and over 650,000 "abortion-related services" during the reporting period.

CEDAW Committee Accepts "Hard Case" Pushed by Abortion Advocates

(NEW YORK – C-FAM)  The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) is representing a Peruvian teenager who sought an abortion after a rape and suicide attempt in a proceeding before the United Nations compliance committee tasked with overseeing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CRR is charging that Peru violated its obligations under the treaty because the teen was unable to obtain an abortion at a public hospital.  

Why I Am A Homeschooler

“Train a child”

Every day our children are being taught or, at least being bombarded with, evolutionary concepts. So as parents and leaders, it is important for us to realize that the only way many young ones will ever hear the truth of creation is if we teach them. Having a creation foundation is fundamental to them being able to develop a biblically-based worldview that helps them make sense of their world and can help them defend their faith. Our latest aid in this area is CMI’s brand new Homeschool Corner.

This resource is not just for homeschoolers though. There are 17 categories of help containing dozens of articles to get you started—and they’ll be adding lots more every week. You can even download a weekly article via their RSS feed. Subscribe. Take a look at Homeschool Corner.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Is Obama Trying To Distance Himself From Israel?

So, what is your opinion about Obama and Israel? Maybe the question is, with regards to Iran, do we really have the time to have an opinion?


Management Lesson

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops – a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.

At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, "Big John doesn’t pay!" and sat down at the back.

Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically week? Well, he was. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it. The next day the same thing happened – Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down.  And the next day, and the next.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.
By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, "Big John doesn’t pay!"

The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, "And why not?"

With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, "Big John has a bus pass."

Management Lesson:
"Be sure there is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one."

Presentation Schedule

In this new section, I will highlight dates, times and venues of presentations I am giving.  In this first week, I will give a brief history, in order to show the types of events to be covered.  You will notice it’s not just METTLE ministry but also my secular ministry too.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Presentation Venue
02-Apr-09 Introduction to Object Relational Mappers Web Cast to Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Users in the USA
16-Apr-09 What’s New in Microsoft SQL Services Wellington .NET Users Group
30-Apr-09 Introduction to Microsoft Certification Auckland SQL Users Group
14-May-09 How To: Design and Develop an Application to Ensure Its Quality Victoria University of Wellington
27-May-09 How To: Design and Develop an Application to Ensure Its Quality Ellerslie .NET Users Group
14-Jun-09 The Microsoft Sync Framework NZ Code Camp 2009
18-Jun-09 Programming the Sync Framework Wellington SQL Server Users Group
15-Jul-09 How To: Design and Develop an Application to Ensure Its Quality Wellington .NET Users Group
22-Jul-09 Shall we have a lunch together? The Oaks?
Sep-09 Creation: Why I Believe Jeannie’s Life Group

Book Review


The prophet Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, was from Moresheth, a country town in Judah, the southern kingdom.  He was convinced that Judah was about to face the same kind of national catastrophe that Amos had predicted for the northern kingdom, and for the same reason: God would punish the hateful injustice of the people.  Micah’s message, however, contains more clear and notable signs of hope for the future.

In the Book of Micah, passages especially worth noting are the picture of universal peace under God (4:1-4); the prediction of a great king who would come from the family line of David and bring peace to the nation (5:2-5a); and, in a single verse, the summary of so much of what the prophets of Israel had to say: “what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (6:8)

Outline of Contents

  • Judgement on Israel and Judah 1:1 – 3:12
  • Restoration and peace 4:1 – 5:15
  • Message of warning and hope 6:1 – 7:20


I love the way that Chuck Missler sums up the uniqueness of the Bible.  He calls it “an integrated message system from outside our space-time domain.”  God’s own claim to uniqueness is He is the One who sees the end from the beginning.  This means, if a prophet claims to speak from God, then fails to give an accurate account of the future, then he is a false prophet.  Micah was no false prophet.

When I wasn’t a Christian, this would have perplexed me, if I had any inclination to think about it.  Which I didn’t.  If a Christian had challenged me on this area, it might have got me thinking about spiritual matters sooner than I did.


Book Review


The Book of Nahum is a poem celebrating the fall of Nineveh, the capital city of Israel’s ancient and oppressive enemy, the Assyrians.  The fall of Nineveh, near the end of the seventh century BC, is seen as the judgement of God upon a cruel and arrogant nation.

Outline of Contents

  • Judgment on Nineveh 1:1-15
  • The fall of Nineveh 2:1 – 3:19


So, when Jonah preached against Nineveh, and they repented, and God didn’t visit his judgement upon them at that time:

  • Was Jonah being a “false prophet”?
  • Was God being capricious?
  • Why relent that time and not this time?

I believe Jonah was not being a false prophet because his warning was a call to repentance, which the Ninevites heeded at that time.

I believe God was not being capricious, in that he was giving the righteous that were alive at that time, time to escape the coming judgement.  Much like He is doing here and now.

I believe the reason He relented in the time of Jonah, but carried out his judgement in the time of Nahum, was because the righteous had died out, and not been replaced.  Nineveh had fallen to utter unrighteousness, deserving of punishment.


Book Review


The prophet Zephaniah preached in the latter part of the seventh century BC, probably in the decade before King Josiah’s religious reforms of 621BC.  The Book of Zephaniah contains the familiar prophetic themes: a day of doom and destruction is threatened, when Judah will be punished for her worship of other gods.  The LORD will punish other nations also.  Although Jerusalem is doomed, the city eventually will be restored, with a humble and righteous people living there.

Outline of Contents

  • The day of the LORD’s judgement 1:1 – 2:3
  • The doom of Israel’s neighbours 2:4 – 15
  • Jerusalem’s doom and redemption 3:1 – 20


More of the same, only different.


Booklet Review

God’s lost call to the ends of the earth

What the Bible says to the distant places
by Dr. Simon Smelt

8 pages


I learned that a Kiwi was instrumental in the formation of the modern state of Israel.  That was interesting.

In many ways, Simon was preaching to the converted when he gave me his booklet, but it’s good to have a single resource I can go to on this subject.

I hope that Simon will consider filling all the gaps he alluded to, and complete this booklet into a full book one day.


Bible Reading 

Week to 19 July 2009

  1. Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:37
  2. Jeremiah 3:1 – 4:31
  3. Jeremiah 5:1 – 6:30
  4. Jeremiah 7:1 – 9:26
  5. Jeremiah 10:1 – 12:17
  6. Jeremiah 13:1 – 15:21
  7. Jeremiah 16:1 – 18:23

Week to 26 July 2009

  1. Jeremiah 19:1 – 22:30
  2. Jeremiah 23:1 – 25:14
  3. Jeremiah 25:15 – 27:22
  4. Jeremiah 28:1 – 30:24
  5. Jeremiah 31:1 – 32:44
  6. Jeremiah 33:1 – 35:19
  7. Jeremiah 36:1 – 38:28

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at:

End Notes

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  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright (C) 2009


One thought on “METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 27”

  1. Jim me old mate, I hate to burst your bubble but there are many home schoolers who believe in and prompte evolution, even Christian based ones.


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