METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 34


Volume 4 Issue 34

Monday 31 August 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Thought for the Day


This week I report on the on-going controversy of the death of democracy in NZ due to the last two governments continual refusal to listen to the will of the people.  I start a new section for Science Fiction fans like me.  I review the new movie from CMI about the voyage of the Beagle.  I share a couple of stories: one heart-warming, the other not so.

And finally, are you keeping up with your daily reading?



[NZCPR-Weekly] Change the Law Prime Minister

The old Section 59 of the Crimes Act was very clear in its intent. It said that parents could smack their children for the purposes of correction, but they could not assault them. That meant that any parent who used unreasonable force against a child would be prosecuted for assault. And over a twenty year period, there were indeed only a handful of cases where a Section 59 defence was successfully used.[2] In other words, in the vast majority of child assault cases, the parents were appropriately prosecuted for their offence. That is the hallmark of a law that was working.

And that is the underlying problem with this issue. The law was not changed because it was not working well. The law was changed because a Green Party MP decided to force an agenda being run by the United Nations onto New Zealand. Philosophically she believed that the ban on the use of corporal punishment by parents being promoted by the United Nations was superior to the laws of New Zealand when it came to how families raise their children. Sue Bradford couched the smacking ban as being a way to stop child abuse in New Zealand. While the public saw through that, our representative politicians chose instead to ignore it as it suited their political interests at the time. They passed the ban into law with a huge Parliamentary majority of 113 votes to 8. New Zealand remains the only English speaking nation misguided enough to have imposed a total ban on smacking.

K-House News

From Chuck Missler

Dead Sea A Finalist In 7 Natural Wonders VoteAugust 25, 2009
The Dead Sea is among 14 finalists in a global Internet poll to choose the seven wonders of the natural world, organizers said on Tuesday. The salty lake at the lowest point in the world is in the running for a place alongside spectacular natural phenomena such as the Amazon River, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. Haaretz

Gov’t Stimulus Hasn’t Improved EconomyAugust 24, 2009
"The good news is the recession is beginning to end, but government’s had nothing to do with it," said Barry Bosworth, a Senior Fellow in the Economics Studies Program at Brookings Institution. "Disposable income for households have risen, but that’s been offset by government spending and payments — and people still aren’t spending. The problem is government has not acted fast enough because of the political process, and government hasn’t had anything to do with business investment growth." Campus Report Online

Netanyahu Visits London With Strong Position On JerusalemAugust 24, 2009
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in London on Monday for two days of meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US Mideast mediator George Mitchell, making clear that he will not allow anyone to question Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem. The US and Israel have been wrangling for weeks about the nature of a settlement freeze that US President Barack Obama called for in the early days of his presidency, and which the Palestinians have now made a condition for restarting negotiations. The Jerusalem Post

Korean Scientist Faces 4 Years Over Stem Cell FraudAugust 24, 2009
South Korean prosecutors told a Seoul court on Monday they wanted a four-year prison term for disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose research team has been linked to major fraud in its once-celebrated stem cell studies. The 57-year-old Hwang, touted as a global stem cell pioneer and treated as a national hero, was indicted in 2006 on charges of embezzling 2 billion won (then $2 million) of research funds from two domestic companies using fabricated reports. The Korea Times

Freed Journalists Criticized For Endangering RefugeesAugust 21, 2009
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists released after nearly five months in North Korean custody, have been widely portrayed at home as victims of unduly harsh punishment by a repressive government for simply doing their job. But…in South Korea, human rights advocates, bloggers and Christian pastors are accusing them of needlessly endangering the very people they tried to cover: North Korean refugees and the activists who help them. The New York Times

Science Fiction News

Mugabe has lost Doctor Who tapes?

author/source:Press Association (UK)
published:Fri 20-Feb-2009

Article Type : News

Zimbabwe is thought to have bought the first season of the time-travel series when it was still Rhodesia

Robert Mugabe is reported to own long-lost episodes of Doctor Who. The President of Zimbabwe apparently possesses tapes of some early episodes of the science fiction series that could be thirty or forty years old, according to The Sun. Some Doctor Who programmes were deleted by the BBC in the late sixties and seventies to make room in the Beeb’s film library for new shows and Zimbabwe is thought to have bought the first season of the time-travel series when it was still the British colony Rhodesia. But because of poor diplomatic relations with the country, UK researchers are unable to look in Zimbabwe’s TV vaults and cannot know for sure if President Mugabe owns the missing 1963 and 1964 series starring William Hartnell. The BBC, which is missing 108 of 752 Doctor Who episodes and wants to recover lost episodes to release on DVD, also suspects that some later programmes not held anywhere else in the world may also be in Zimbabwe. Over the decades some previously lost episodes have been relocated as far away as Hong Kong and New Zealand. A BBC source apparently told The Sun: "We have looked all over the world for missing Doctor Who episodes but there are still some broadcasters we have not spoken to. Zimbabwe could prove a problem as there is so much red tape. "There is a fear that we may never get our hands on the footage and that would be a real shame for fans."

Situation Vacant

Always Looking For Missionaries

Nothing in particular to advertise this week.

Why I’m An AGW Critic

Top Clinton official calls emissions trading schemes a ‘rort’

from by Ian Wishart

A top advisor in the Clinton/Gore administration has told an audience of Australian business leaders to avoid emissions trading schemes like the plague.

Robert Shapiro warned ETS schemes will invariably make rich global players even richer, and do nothing to help the climate:

The Age, 27 August 2009
Trading of emission permits around the world will become a financial rort that fails to reduce carbon emissions – and will ultimately be scrapped in favour of a simple carbon tax, a former senior official in the Clinton administration has forecast.
Robert Shapiro, former US undersecretary of commerce and author of Futurecast, predicted that the US Senate would reject the emissions trading scheme proposed by President Obama, which is now before it.
Speaking by video to the Trade 2020 conference convened by Austrade and the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Dr Shapiro said ‘cap and trade’ systems as proposed by the US and the Australian governments to limit carbon dioxide emissions and allow trade in permits do not work as intended.
"Cap and trade has proved very vulnerable to vested interests, and therefore too weak to deliver the necessary emission reductions”, he said. ”Cap and trade creates trillions of dollars of new financial instruments to be traded, and subjected to the next financial fads. China and India will never accept a cap and trade regime.”
Read more at the link.

Climate change Minister Nick Smith take note.

Sunday Service

Hippolite Family Service

Praise & Worship by Hamish

  • Blessed Be Your Name
  • Above All
  • It Is Well


  • Jonah 1 & 2 by Aimee
    • Jonah was like Jesus because he was 3 days dead
    • He preached to the people
    • The people were saved
  • Exodus 11 by Hamish
    • Moses was like Jesus because he saved his people
    • Jesus is the Passover lamb
    • Both Herod and Pharaoh tried to kill them at birth
  • Various Proverbs by Tane
    • Wisdom sayings mostly from King Solomon, son of David
  • Daniel 3 by James
    • Jesus was in the fiery furnace with the 3 friends
    • Jesus rescues
    • Nebuchadnezzar recognized him

Communion by Fiona

  • 1 John 1-9
  • 1 Corinthians

Why I Am A Creationist

Movie Review: The Voyage That Shook The World

My family went to watch this 1 hour documentary (plus an introduction by Creation Ministries International) on Sunday night at Porirua North Baptist Church.

I would characterise it as being sympathetic to the man, if not to the conclusions he reached.  It cannot be accused of being a hatched job on Darwin.

I think it accurately portrayed the prevailing attitudes, assumed knowledge and biases of the time.  I think it makes several very good points about today’s biases too.

My kids were able to sit through it with no trouble.  It had no bad language, nobody angrily denouncing somebody, just a reasoned presentation, with some period acting to put it all in context.

In summary, it reinforces something I’ve said in this blog many times.  The evolution vs creation debate is NOT peripheral, nor is it science vs religion.  It is religion vs religion.  Evolution is a prior bias, in search of continual research funds.  Darwin is their messiah.  In Richard Dawkin’s words: “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”

Why I Am A Christian

No new arguments jumped out at me this week…

So instead, here’s something interesting to read.  Click on the picture to get a bigger image.


Why I Am Pro-Life

Because a Pro-Choice, Culture-of-Death would never allow the following to occur:

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: ‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.  Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.  Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’
Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.

Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first!  Run to first!’

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!
Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the 22 boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer.

He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

Why I Am A Homeschooler

Remove Christian children from government schools

This debate was on the floor of the Southern Baptist convention

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • RED ALERT RED ALERT: OBAMA PLANNING ISRAEL AMBUSH AT OPENING OF UN ASSEMBLY:  Several sources have informed One Jerusalem that the Obama Administration is planning to significantly step up the pressure on Israel by announcing a comprehensive plan for Israel and the Palestinians at the opening of the United Nations General in September.Picture…
  • Obama’s Plans For Israel Become Clearer:  Today, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told the press that President Obama is finishing up a plan to bring about a diplomatic end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Mubarak also made clear that he told Obama that any…
  • World Jewish Congress Defends Israel, Takes on Obama:  In light of a Fatah convention that confirmed that these "moderate Palestinians" will not recognize a Jewish State, and growing evidence that the Obama administration is preparing to launch a full scale diplomatic offense on behalf of the Palestinians, at…

Media Watch

PM between a rock and a hard place

The Kiwi Party

Press Release

26 August, 2009

Kiwi Party leader Larry Baldock welcomed the news that John Boscawen’s bill was drawn from the Ballot only one day after the Chief Electoral Office released the final results of the referendum. This is good news for all those who want to see a smack no longer a criminal offence in this country.

If the PM thought he might hang tough while hoping the issue would die down, he is very much mistaken. At some point in the near future all the National Caucus will have a tough decision.  They could continue their hypocrisy by voting against John Boscawen’s bill that is based upon National MP Chester Borrows’ amendment they supported during the committee stage of Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking law, or vote for the bill and open up the select committee process and anti-smacking debate all over again.

Taking urgency and deleting Subsections 2 & 3 from Sec 59 of the Crimes Act, as I have proposed to the PM, might just be the best way forward. Who knows, if he acts quickly enough he might be forgiven for what many are considering to be an arrogant stand against the 87% of Kiwis that voted no in the referendum.

Contact Larry Baldock



Cartoonist: Kevin Spear, 1992

Placed by the Hiltons?

One day in junior church, I taught about Gideon. The following Sunday, for the sake of review, I asked who remembered last week’s Bible hero. No hands went up. "Okay," I said. "I’ll give you a clue: he fought a battle using only lamps, pitchers, and trumpets." Still no response. "Maybe you remember how he used a fleece to learn God’s will," I said. Ten little blank faces stared at me. "One final clue," I pleaded. "There are people today with the same name as our hero, who go around hotels putting Bibles in the rooms." Finally an eager 8-year-old boy shot up his hand and said, "Oh! Oh! It was Hilton!"

—Davy Troxel, New Albany, Ind. "Kids of the Kingdom," Christian Reader



Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Event Venue James Talk?
06-Sep-09 Father’s Day Everywhere N
Promise Keepers Wellington Conference Lane Park, Wallaceville,
Upper Hutt
12-Sep-09 eDay: Dispose your electronic waste Westpac Stadium N
13-Sep-09 Presentation: Microsoft Certification Code Camp, Crowne Plaza, Auckland Y
Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference Sky City, Auckland N
29-Sep-09 Presentation: Creation: Why I Believe Jeannie’s Life Group Y
29-Sep-09 A concert with Jaime Thietten St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Emmet St, Newtown N
30-Sep  – 02-Oct-09 Elim National Conference Auckland Elim N
07-Oct-09 Euthanasia and Human Dignity: Are You Concerned? Johnsonville Community Hall N

Bible Review


  • 66 books mirror the entire Bible: 39 about the judgement of Israel, 27 about the deliverance.  This gives rise (amongst liberal theologians) that Isaiah was not written by a single author.


  • The Message of Rebuke and Promise (1:1-6:13)
  • The Message of Immanuel (7:1 – 12:6)
  • The Burden upon the Nations (13:1 – 23:18)
  • The Message of Judgment and Promise, the “Little Apocalypse” (24:1—27:13)
  • Woes upon Unbelievers in Israel (28:1—33:24)
  • Further Messages of Judgment and Promise (34:1—35:10)
  • The Deliverance of Judah (36:1—37:38)
  • The Deliverance of Judah’s King (38:1-22)
  • The Deliverance of Judah into Babylon’s Hands (39:1-8)
  • The Promise and Purpose of Peace (40:1—48:22)
  • The Prince of Peace (49:1—57:21)
  • The Program of Peace (58:1—66:24)


I liked it.  Apparently modern Jews are not encouraged to read Isaiah 54 – it might lead them to question whether Jesus of Nazareth really was and is the Messiah.


Bible Reading 

Week to 6 September 2009

  1. Daniel 8:1 – 10:21
  2. Daniel 11:1 – 12:13
  3. Ezra 1:1 – 4:23
  4. Haggai 1:1 – 2:23; Zechariah 1:1 – 3:10
  5. Zechariah 4:1 – 9:17
  6. Zechariah 10:1 – 14:21
  7. Joel 1:1 – 3:21

Week to 13 September 2009

  1. 1 Chronicles 9:1 – 9:44; Ezra 4:24 – 6:12
  2. Ezra 6:13 – 8:20
  3. Ezra 8:21 – 10:44
  4. Nehemiah 1:1 – 4:23
  5. Nehemiah 5:1 – 8:18
  6. Nehemiah 9:1 – 10:39
  7. Nehemiah 11:1 – 13:31

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

End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Evangelical Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily Christian businessmen from Wellington, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This Weekly Collaborative Blog (WCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this WCB, 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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  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright © 2009

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